Originally titled "Every Little Bit of Your Heart", the lyrics were changed in order the fit the concept of the album, which Lou Reed contributed the line "A world without heroes, is like a world without sun" to the lyrics.
The song is a slow ballad which features Simmons on lead vocals and Stanley on guitar solo. It was released as the lone single from The Elder album and reached #56 in the U.S. and #55 in the UK.
Kiss performing "A World Without Heroes" in their 1981 video. Left to right: Gene Simmons, Eric Carr (on drums), Paul Stanley and Ace Frehley.
A video was made to help promote the single, and was the first Kiss video to be played on MTV.
Despite the video and chart performance of the single, Kiss only played it live once during their appearance on the "Fridays" TV show and did not play the song live again until fan request at Kiss conventions in the mid 90s led them to performing an acoustic version on their 1995 Kiss Unplugged performance and subsequent album.