Top 10 KISS Albums

The Top Ten

1 Destroyer

the best

The First KISS album, Dressed To Kill, KISS Alive 1, Rock'n'Roll Over, Creatures and Lick It Up are the best albums over all. Love Gun, Hotter Than Hell and Dynasty have great songs on them but they also have some filler tunes, so I rate these albums a bit lower. The Elder is very under-rated. Crazy Nights is mostly cheese and Revenge is over-rated. Carnival Of Souls is under-rated. Paul Stanley has always been the best songwriter in KISS, though Gene has a lot of great tunes and Ace wrote a handful of great tunes. Peter never wrote a great song.

This is definitely the greatest KISS album out there. There are 20 studio albums & I like most of the ones from the first album to the mid-80s, then most from the mid-90s to their newest one from 2012. There are 10 live albums & all of their live albums are great to me. - gpaine3

Destroyer is by the far the best Kiss album but Creatures of the night is really good and under rated!

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2 Creatures of the Night

I love this album! Heavy as hell with lots of great songs. All my friends at the time were listening to it on boom boxes and we turned it up LOUD! Arguably their best album even without the original line up.

I love this album. Truly one their best efforts that seems to get over looked in favor of earlier albums. Definitely heavier than the stuff that preceded it and that's a good thing.

YES! Heavy metal at it's finest. 1,000%!

This is, HANDS DOWN the best album that Kiss ever put out. Hard driving, Bass thumping tracks on each song (save one). Album is nearly 30 years old, but I still listen to it

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3 Kiss

This is totally number one. Strutted, nothing to lose, firehouse, cold gin, deuce, 100,000 years, black diamond. The best kiss album EVER. Hands down everything said number one.

1. Kiss
2. Creatures of the night
3. Hotter than hell
4. Unmasked
5. Crazy nights
6. Animalize
7. Asylum
8. Destroyer
9. Love gun
10. Carnival of souls

Think about it. Cold Gin, Firehouse, Strutter, Deuce, nothing to loose, Black Diamond... How can this album not be the greatest.

Totaly underrated, Virtually ignored when released, "Kiss" is an exciting debut album from the soon-to-be superstars. While their image screamed glam, the music has a low-budget, garage-band charm that works wonders.

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4 Love Gun

LOVE GUN 1. - KISS (First Album) 2.

I LOVE LOVE GUN! I don't know its something about Paul Stanley
Singing about his "love gun" that makes me love this album just a tad bit more than the others, just kidding ;)

This album is everything that KISS is about, we get vocals from all four members, Peter on hooligan, Ace on Shock me, Paul on Love gun and Gene on christine sixteen!

I mean every song on this kicks ass! And don't forget the awesome cover art! Just spectacular! #1

Best album EVER! Nothing can beat Love Gun. I Stole Your Love, Christine Sixteen, Got Love For Sale, Shock Me, Tomorrow and Tonight, Love Gun, Hooligan, Almost Human, Plaster Caster, and Then She Kissed Me are 10 of the BEST SONGS OF ALL TIME!

I love the destroyer album but I think love gun is number one... I mean were all kiss fans right? I mean listen to the starting song, THAT GUITAR and then paul stanley yells "alright! ", it pumps all kiss fans up. - Acefan4life

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5 Revenge

Probably one of their hardest and best albums. Unholy, Spit, Paralyzed, Heart of Chrome Great songs and that's only 1/4 of the album. Also, The Great ERIC CARR's one & only recorded drum solo. Great stuff. #1

I have this and I love it. The best hits in my opinion- Unholy, Take It Off and God Gave Rock and Roll to You.

I love every song on this album. Very underrated I feel it should be top 5. - frapp10

Perhaps the most underrated KISS album of the entire discography.

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6 Rock and Roll Over

My first KISS album, great album overall but not my favourite - Shyrtex

Ace

After Alive! captured the best of the first three studio albums in stronger fashion, and the Destoyer experiment resulted in some of their most memorable songs, Kiss took another chance by recording this studio album "live" in a vacant hall. This underrated album was a return to the basic raw power of Alive! and gave us such classics as Calling Dr. Love, Mr. Speed, Hard Luck Woman, and Making Love. Ace's short, killer guitar solos stand out, as do Peter's drums (listen to the end of Makin' Love).

Top Studio Albums
1. Rock-N-Roll Over
2. Dynasty
3. Destroyer
4. Dressed to Kill
5. Love Gun
6. KISS
7. Creatures of the Night
8. Lick it Up
9. Hotter than Hell
10. Revenge
11. Monster
12. Hot in the Shade
13. Unmasked
14. Animalized
15. Asylum
16. Psycho Circus
17. Music from the Elder
18. Crazy Nights
19. Sonic Boom
20. Carnival of Souls

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7 Alive!

I know I'm in the minority on this but I think this is the best kiss album and here's why: prior to this album release Kiss weren't really selling a lot of albums but their live shows were selling out. You really had to see them live to fully appreciate them. The pyrotechnics, the elaborate stage set up and costumes. With this release you really got a sense of the energy at their shows and their fan base exploded. All their hits at the time were on this album. A massive drum solo and the sound of the crowd was all part of it. Still the best intro ever in "you want the best you got the best..."

A selection of the best early Kiss songs. Rocks out.

Still my fave live album. Perfect match between NYC sound and classic rock plus all the songs sound so much better and more vital than the studio versions. Simply Unique!

The Album that Started it all
Very essential - Lilbob93

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8 Hotter Than Hell

Their best album,hands down. - HEAVYMETALTHUNDER12345

I love the raw feel of this album. In terms of recording, this was Kiss' rawest record. It produced Parasite and Going' Blind. Even the more "filler" songs (Comin' Home, All The Way) now sound like Kiss classics. They haven't been played out and sound better than they sounded Then. Great album

Should be in the top 5, it's better than dressed to kill and crazy night and love gun in my opinion - guizpom

I've heard Destrpyer many times and I'm convinced that it's vastly overrated. This one has my favourite track Parasite and together with the title track and the great other album tracks makes this the best with the debut coming in a close second.

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9 Dressed to Kill

1. Dressed to Kill 2. Destroyer 3. KISS 4. Rock and Roll Over 5. Love Gun 6. Creatures of the NIght 7. Hotter Than Hell 8. Unmasked 9. Crazy Nights 10. Paul Stanley 11. Dynasty 12. Ace Frehley 13. Sonic Boom 14. Asylum 15. Music From the Elder 16. Animalize 17. Lick It Up 18. Revenge 19 Monster 20 Peter Criss 21. Hot In the Shade 22. Psycho Circus 23. Gene Simmons 24. Carnival of Souls

Come on! This album has "Rock and Roll all Nite"

Kiss was every bit as good here as they were on Alive. They were a solid band. Much of it was written on the fly to fill the 30 min album. A Kiss rocker.

This album has too many good songs to be ranked 10th. It should be no lower than 7th.

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10 Lick It Up

Are you kidding me this should be in the top 3 with their big hits Lick It Up and All Hell's Breaking Loose. What about Eric Carr's great vocals.

Great album fer sure, kiss demonstrating a new lease on life.

Hows music from the elder above this? That's there worst album!

The Contenders

11 Dynasty

I know it's not a popular opinion but this is my favorite Kiss album. The disco label is an uneducated, lazy statement. This album mixes elements of hard rock and funk with touches of punk with Kiss sleaze. This is their most unique album and it is painfully underrated. 2,000 man is a great Stones cover, Sure Know Something is hooky as hell and the list goes on. Every song is good.

Not my favorite KISS album but why is it stuck at 11? Although this album has a definite disco feel to it, it does have some great songs, ie (2000 man, I was made for...) Fans of a certain age all had this album and I think it sold really well so I’m at a loss as to why it has such a low ranking.

How is this album not in the top 10? Definitely better than "Hot in the Shade" or "Hotter than Hell". Sure know something, I was made for loving you, Charisma, Magic Touch, 2000 man!

I was made for loving you, and sure know something. Both great songs!

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12 Music from The Elder

My favourite KISS album, at least by now. Great songs, such as The Oath, Dark Light, World Without Heroes and Under The Rose - Shyrtex

Definitely one of the best albums in terms of creativity. I never understood the Malice and mockery it received when it came out. If this album would have been released by any other band it would have been hailed as a masterpiece. Kiss weren't allowed to create such artistry. Just a boy and Odyssey are proof that Paul Stanley is a great singer. Only you and Under the Rose are just epic.

Although it's totally different from all kiss albums, this conceptual album is an oddity by itself. Great story, music and line.

This album was always rated as one of the worst, if not the worst in the bands history. To me, it wasn't that bad but still not a top 10 album.

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13 Animalize

Heavens on fire! - DaringXx

Heavens On fire! I've had enough (into the fire! Thrills in the night!
Not to mention the wailing vocals of Paul Stanley, the grooving bass of Gene Simmons, the pounding drums of Eric Carr and the electrifying guitar of Mark St. John!
Animalize contains some of the best KISS songs and some of the best songs of all time!

14 Alive II

The first time a record swallowed me whole, I was 13 that time

Great album! Great live album that summarized the very best of KISS' early career! Best image of Gene ever on the cover!

I love this fake live!

15 Asylum

Better than crazy nights better than carnival of souls better than hottwer than hell

You wanted the best?
This is the best!

16 Monster

Love this album. Kiss being Kiss.

In extended area after the Top 10 releases...

An excellent album for legends to put out 40 years after their 1st. Competes and in most cases is better than anything put by bands 30 years younger than them.

17 Psycho Circus

In extended area after the Top 10 releases...

This album should be much higher. It is there best slbum since Lick it up. Physio Circus is there most epic song in decades. This album has aged far better than most of their albums. Should be top 10 easy. This albums has lots of different textures in it. There is always a song to suit your mood. A great car album.

18 Carnival of Souls: The Final Sessions

Hate, Rain, Childhood's End, I Will Be There, I Walk Alone,. This Hits is very grunge influence, It's The Great Album, but not very sold

19 Hot in the Shade

This is the hardest vote I ever had to make on these sights. I've been a die hard Kiss fan since 1988 when I was 11 years old after being introduced to Smashes, Thrashes, and Hits (which I still love till this day) I now know the band very well especially there music. But for me to vote for their best album at this point in the game is extraoidinarily tough for me, like I said I know all their albums very well. Even though Dressed to Kill is very impressive (especially Two Timer), Unmasked is great from start to finish, (Naked City being my personal favorite from that album), Dynasty being an unbelievable album considering X-Ray Eye's and Charisma is from Dynasty, Lick It Up tends to be my favorite most times, ya gotta love Not for the Innocent, and Crazy Nights is also a truly impressive album, my heart tells me I gotta go with Hot in the Shade, for the simple reason that it doesn't get enough recognition when it is a truly great album of monumental proportions. Think about it you've ...more

20 Ace Frehley
21 Sonic Boom

Great throwback feel in all the songs and really good songs that are catchy as hell. Who cares if Ace and Peter aren't on this, it sounds better the more you listen. For sure top 10 material!

An album that gets better with age. Highly recommended.

Third-best of the regular studio releases, after 'KISS', following then 'Love Gun'; predominantly in exact 70s-style and packed with memorable offerings - in no way band sounding exhausted, thirty-two years on from the last original longplaying record {! }, thus surely recommended...

22 Alive IV: Kiss Symphony

Awesome album and the DVD is amazing

If you love Kiss, this album brings tears to your eyes. Just awesome.

23 Unmasked

I agree, this album should be ranked in the 12-15 range.

This album is unbelievably fun from start to finish and not to mention has some extremely powerful songs as well like Naked City and Tomorrow, great album from a great band.

Shandi, Naked City, Talk to Me, Is that you? , What Makes the World go Round'.. All awesome tracks!

This album may have not had the KISS sound but it is full of catchy pop songs. It should be ranked in the 12-15 range.

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24 Double Platinum

That's right indeed, and without a doubt...

Truely I have to agree with what I'm thinking for myself here...

Oh, yes...

Best and only truely satisfying collection of the 70s recordings (THE recordings, exception the missing of 'Christine Sixteen' instead of '100.000 Years') - and in their best (studio-) 'versions' : starting-point and finish in terms of the band's releases, no point debating it...

25 Alive III

Wow, Didn't know this existed.

So good

26 Unplugged

After Alive this is their best live album. You won't be disappointed.

27 Paul Stanley

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28 Gene Simmons
29 Peter Criss

How is this last? This has got to be better than all of the greatest hits albums!

30 Jigoku-Retsuden

I haven't heard this one.

31 Crazy Nights

Paul Stanley's vocals were amazing on this album. People say Kiss followed the trends during this era. I say people were just copying Kiss. Crazy Night's is the best. Turn on the Night, My Way, Crazy Crazy Night's, Reason to Live, Hell or High Water, I'll Fight Hell to Hold You are all amazing Kiss songs. And the cover is cool too with the broken glass and the blue background.

I have never understood why this album gets so much grief. Ok so they caved in and made a commercial album and modified their sound but this album rocks and It is the sign of a great band that can adapt its style to suit.

Not the best, but an underrated album

I love this album!
It's my "reason to live"!

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