The 37 Kiss albums span the band's illustrious 36 year career. Best known for their flamboyant performances, Kiss wowed audiences with their iconic face painting and extraordinary theatrics. Kiss took the best of their stage and concert performances into the studio to produce several of the best selling live albums in the world. Kiss experienced a lot of peaks and valleys in their popularity, which showed in the albums they produced. As Kiss has aged, they have captivated generations with their music and unique style to create new generations of loyal fans.
- “Alive!” This breakthrough live album was released on September 10, 1975. The album boosted concert tickets sales for the band, was on the charts for 110 weeks, broke concert attendance records for the band, and went gold. Audiences were used to live performances by Kiss because outrageous theatrics was such a major part of their act. The “Alive!” album was able to bring the excitement of live performances to an album for the first time, opening the door for other bands to do the same. After the success of “Alive!”, two other live Kiss albums were released, “Alive II” in 1977 and “Alive III” in 1993.
- “Destroyer” Kiss’s fourth studio album was released on March 15, 1976 and by the end of April, the album was certified gold. “Destroyer” brought more depth to the Kiss sound with the addition of strings and a variety of effects. Four songs from the album were released as singles, but the biggest hit song on the album was “Beth”. The album was listed at number seven on the charts, proving that the “Alive!” album was a hard act for Kiss to follow.
- Kiss Album, “Creatures of the Night” Released October 13, 1982, Kiss’s tenth studio album, was a return to the band’s hard rock roots in an attempt to revive their popularity and shrinking fan base. This Kiss album was the last one the band made for Casablanca Records, the only recording company the band had ever signed with. “Creatures of the Night” did go gold, but it took fourteen years to get there. This Kiss album reached its peak on the charts at number 45. The most notable song turned music video from the album is “I Love It Loud”.
- “Rock and Roll Over” This is Kiss’s fifth studio album, which was released on November 11, 1976 and rose to number 11 on the Billboard pop albums chart. On January 5, 1977 this Kiss album was certified Platinum. The single released from the album, "Calling Dr. Love", did well in the charts as a top 20 single.
- “Revenge” The 16th studio album by Kiss was “Revenge”, which was released May 19, 1992 on the Mercury label. The album was recorded after the death, the year before, of the band’s second drummer, Eric Carr. This Kiss album was a bigger hit in the UK and Switzerland than it was in America. The single of “God Gave Rock ‘N’ Roll to You II” was number 4 on the charts abroad but only made it to number 21 in America.