Kiss discography

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Kiss discography
Releases
Studio albums 20
Live albums 7
Compilation albums 13
Singles 58
Box set albums 8
'78 solo albums 4
Instant Live albums 3

The following is the discography of the American hard rock band Kiss. The group, formed in 1973, first consisted of bassist Gene Simmons, rhythm guitarist Paul Stanley, lead guitarist Ace Frehley and drummer Peter Criss. It is the most recognizable and successful line-up, which lasted until Criss' departure in 1980. The band is known for its make-up and stage antics, which influenced many artists who later used same effects on their concerts.

The band's eponymous debut album was released in 1974. Despite the constant touring and promotions, the album peaked at 87 on Billboard, without a benefit of a hit-single.[1] The follow-up album, Hotter Than Hell (1974), was a bigger disappointment, peaking at 100 and quickly dropping off the charts.[1] Dressed to Kill, released in 1975, was a much better success, breaking into Top-40, but the band's record label, Casablanca Records, was close to bankruptcy and needed a commercial breakthrough they would later achieve with both Kiss' and Casablanca's first Top-10 album, double-live album Alive!, which featured the number 12 hit "Rock and Roll All Nite".[1][2] The next three albums, Destroyer, Rock and Roll Over and Love Gun were a success, achieving Platinum status and spawning Top-20 singles (including the number 7 ballad "Beth", band's highest charting single in the US).[1][2]

Their seventh studio release, Dynasty which was a musical departure, was a success although the band started losing money and fame. The next two albums, Unmasked and Music from "The Elder", were a failure in the US but fared better over the seas, especially in Australia. Although their next studio album, Creatures of the Night, was a return to their heavy metal roots, it is one of Kiss' biggest commercial failures. Lick It Up was the first album featuring the band without make-up and was certified Platinum. Their next studio releases (Animalize, Asylum, Crazy Nights, Smashes, Thrashes & Hits) were more successful and Kiss recaptured some of their earlier glory (though not to the level of their '70s heyday). Hot in the Shade was the lowest charting album of the unmasked era in the US, despite the success of the top 10 power ballad "Forever".[2]

With their 16th studio release, Revenge, Kiss attempted to modernize their sound for the 1990s. Although the album initially charted at #6 on the Billboard 200, interest in the album quickly waned and it dropped off the chart in only a few weeks.[1] Revenge failed to reach Platinum status in the U.S.[2] 1997's Carnival of Souls: The Final Sessions was released after the reunion tour and didn't receive much promotion. It has yet to be certified Gold in the US despite the album's lone single "Jungle" reaching number 8 on the US Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks.[2] Followed by a highly successful reunion, in 1998 Psycho Circus was released and was more of a moderate success. Their first album in 11 years, Sonic Boom, was released in 2009.[1] The band released their 20th studio album, Monster, on October 9, 2012. Apparently, according to some sources, Kiss have sold over 100 million copies worldwide.[3] To date, Kiss have had 24 million copies certified by the RIAA in the United States, and 4 million of these include the 1978 solo albums.[4]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Title Chart position Certifications
(sales thresholds)
US
[1]
AUS
[5]
CAN
[6]
GER
[7]
NOR
[8]
SWE
[9]
UK
[10][11]
1974 Kiss 87 82
Hotter Than Hell
  • Released: October 22, 1974
  • Label: Casablanca (#7006)
  • Format: CD, LP, CS
100 98 91
1975 Dressed to Kill
  • Released: March 19, 1975
  • Label: Casablanca (#7016)
  • Format: LP, CD, CS
32 26
1976 Destroyer
  • Released: March 15, 1976
  • Label: Casablanca (#7025)
  • Format: CD, LP, CS
11 6 6 36 25 4 22
  • US: 2× Platinum[14]
Rock and Roll Over
  • Released: November 11, 1976
  • Label: Casablanca (#7037)
  • Format: LP, CD, CS
11 16 7 39 9
1977 Love Gun
  • Released: June 30, 1977
  • Label: Casablanca (#7057)
  • Format: CD, LP, CS
4 13 3 18 6
1979 Dynasty
  • Released: May 23, 1979
  • Label: Casablanca (#7152)
  • Format: LP, CD, CS
9 2 6 8 34 17 50
1980 Unmasked
  • Released: May 20, 1980
  • Label: Casablanca (#7225)
  • Format: LP, CD, CS
35 3 12 4 1 17 48
1981 Music from "The Elder"
  • Released: November 16, 1981
  • Label: Casablanca (#7261)
  • Format: LP, CD, CS
75 11 10 7 19 51
1982 Creatures of the Night
  • Released: October 13, 1982
  • Label: Casablanca (#7270)
  • Format: LP, CD, CS
45 33 42 31 22 22
1983 Lick It Up
  • Released: September 18, 1983
  • Label: Mercury (#814-297-1)
  • Format: LP, CD, CS
24 36 46 18 7 3 7
1984 Animalize
  • Released: September 13, 1984
  • Label: Mercury (#822-495-1)
  • Format: LP, CD, CS
19 40 41 25 14 8 11
1985 Asylum
  • Released: September 16, 1985
  • Label: Mercury (#826-099-1)
  • Format: LP, CD, CS
20 89 54 43 11 3 12
1987 Crazy Nights
  • Released: September 18, 1987
  • Label: Mercury (#832-626-1)
  • Format: LP, CD, CS
18 24 21 44 8 11 4
1989 Hot in the Shade
  • Released: October 17, 1989
  • Label: Mercury (#838-913-1)
  • Format: LP, CD, CS
29 30 46 46 8 29 35
1992 Revenge
  • Released: May 19, 1992
  • Label: Mercury (#848-037-1)
  • Format: LP, CD, CS
6 5 11 16 4 10 10
1997 Carnival of Souls
  • Released: October 28, 1997
  • Label: Mercury (#536-323-2)
  • Format: LP, CD, CS
27 54 36 23 29
1998 Psycho Circus
  • Released: September 22, 1998
  • Label: Mercury (#558-992-2)
  • Format: LP, CD, CS
3 1 2 5 4 1 47
2009 Sonic Boom
  • Released: October 6, 2009
  • Label: Kiss Records (#2009-01)
  • Format: LP, CD, CS
2 22 2 4 2 3 24
2012 Monster
  • Released: October 9, 2012
  • Label: Universal
  • Format: LP, CD, CS
3 7 3 6 2 4 21

'78 solo albums[edit]

Year Title Chart position Certifications
(sales thresholds)
US
[1]
AUS
[5]
CAN
[6]
GER
[7]
NOR
[8]
SWE
[9]
UK
[10]
1978 Gene Simmons
  • Released: September 18, 1978
  • Label: Casablanca (#LP-7120)
22 32 21
Ace Frehley
  • Released: September 18, 1978
  • Label: Casablanca (#LP-7121)
26 48 34
Peter Criss
  • Released: September 18, 1978
  • Label: Casablanca (#LP-7122)
43 59 52
Paul Stanley
  • Released: September 18, 1978
  • Label: Casablanca (#LP-7123)
40 58 43

Live albums[edit]

Year Title Chart position Certifications
(sales thresholds)
US
[1]
AUS
[5]
CAN
[6]
GER
[7]
NOR
[8]
SWE
[9]
UK
[10]
1975 Alive!
  • Released: September 10, 1975
  • Label: Casablanca (#LP-7020)
9 13 3 31 22 49
1977 Alive II
  • Released: October 14, 1977
  • Label: Casablanca (#LP-7076)
7 17 5 28 60
  • US: 2× Platinum[12]
  • CAN: Platinum[13]
1993 Alive III
  • Released: May 18, 1993
  • Label: Mercury (#514-777-2)
9 14 9 57 15 20 24
1996 Kiss Unplugged
  • Released: March 12, 1996
  • Label: Mercury (#528-950-1)
15 4 15 47 9 5 74
You Wanted the Best, You Got the Best!!
  • Released: June 25, 1996
  • Label: Mercury (#532-741-1)
17 26 34 29 25
2003 Kiss Symphony: Alive IV
  • Released: July 22, 2003
  • Label: Sanctuary (#06076-84624-2)
18 14 10 15 5 23
2006 Alive! The Millennium Concert
  • Released: November 21, 2006
  • Label: Universal (#0007586-02)
167

Instant Live albums[edit]

Year Title Chart position Certifications
(sales thresholds)
US[1] AUS[5] CAN[6] GER[7] NOR[8] SWE[9] UK[10]
2004 Kiss Instant Live
2008 Kiss Alive 35
  • Released: 2008–2009
  • Label: Clear Channel
2010 Kiss Sonic Boom Over Europe
  • Released: 2010
  • Label: Clear Channel
2014 FM Broadcast: Kiss Live
  • Released: 2014
  • Label: Clear Channel

Compilation albums[edit]

Year Title Chart position Certifications
(sales thresholds)
Newly released content
US[1] AUS[5] CAN[6] GER[7] NOR[8] SWE[9] UK[10]
1978 Double Platinum
  • Released: April 2, 1978
  • Label: Casablanca (#LP-7100)
22 17 15 Yes
1982 Killers
  • Released: June 15, 1982
  • Label: Phonogram (#6302-193)
21 28 6 41 Yes
1988 Chikara
  • Released: May 25, 1988
  • Label: Polystar (#P30R-20008)
Yes
Smashes, Thrashes & Hits
  • Released: November 15, 1988
  • Label: Mercury (#836-427-1)
21 38 65 13 30 62
  • US: 2× Platinum[12]
  • CAN: Platinum[13]
Yes
1997 Greatest Kiss
  • Released: April 8, 1997
  • Label: Mercury (#534-299-2)
77 11 64 25 3 58 Yes
1999 Greatest Hits
  • Released: June 18, 1999
  • Label: Polygram
No
2002 The Very Best of Kiss
  • Released: August 27, 2002
  • Label: Mercury (#440 063 122-2)
52 61 33 80 16 30 No
2003 The Best of Kiss, Volume 1: The Millennium Collection
  • Released: August 5, 2003
  • Label: Universal (#0000827-02)
132 No
2004 The Best of Kiss, Volume 2: The Millennium Collection
  • Released: June 15, 2004
  • Label: Universal (#0002549-02)
No
2005 Gold
  • Released: January 11, 2005
  • Label: Universal (#6-02498-63154-2)
No
2006 The Best of Kiss, Volume 3: The Millennium Collection
  • Released: October 10, 2006
  • Label: Universal (#0007332-02)
No
2008 Jigoku-Retsuden
  • Released: August 27, 2008
  • Label: Sony (#58)
Yes
2014 Kiss 40
  • Released: May 23, 2014
  • Label: Universal
30 31 Yes

Box set albums[edit]

Year Title Chart position Certifications
(sales thresholds)
Newly released content
US[1] AUS[5] CAN[6] GER[7] NOR[8] SWE[9] UK[10]
1976 The Originals
  • Released: July 21, 1976
  • Label: Casablanca (#LP-7032-3)
36 No
1978 The Originals II
  • Released: March 25, 1978
  • Label: Casablanca (#VIP-5504-6)
No
2001 The Box Set
  • Released: November 20, 2001
  • Label: Mercury (#586 561-2)
128 Yes
2005 Kiss Chronicles: 3 Classic Albums
  • Released: June 21, 2005
  • Label: Mercury (#0004654-02)
No
2006 Kiss Alive! 1975–2000
  • Released: November 21, 2006
  • Label: Mercury (#0007586-02)
167 Yes
2008 Ikons
  • Released: October 21, 2008
  • Label: Universal (#001189802)
42 No
2012 The Casablanca Singles 1974–1982
  • Released: November 13, 2012
  • Label: Universal (#LP-7032-3)
No
2014 Kissteria – The Ultimate Vinyl Case
  • Released: June 2014
  • Label: Universal
No

Singles[edit]

Release Single Chart positions Album
US
[2]
US
Rock

[2]
AUS
[5]
CAN
[6]
GER
[7]
SWE
[9]
UK
[10]
February 18, 1974 "Nothin' to Lose" / "Love Theme From KISS" Kiss
May 10, 1974 "Kissin' Time" / "Nothin' to Lose" 83
August 10, 1974 "Strutter" / "100,000 Years"
October 22, 1974 "Let Me Go, Rock 'n' Roll" / "Hotter Than Hell" Hotter Than Hell
April 2, 1975 "Rock and Roll All Nite" / "Getaway" 68 74 Dressed to Kill
July 10, 1975 "C'mon and Love Me" / "Getaway"
October 14, 1975 "Rock and Roll All Nite" (live) / "Rock and Roll All Nite" 12 18 13 Alive!
March 1, 1976 "Shout It Out Loud" / "Sweet Pain" 31 45 1 32 16 Destroyer
April 30, 1976 "Flaming Youth" / "God of Thunder" 74 73
July 28, 1976 "Detroit Rock City" (edit) / "Beth" 99 14
August 1976 "Beth" / "Detroit Rock City" (edit) 7 79 5
November 1, 1976 "Hard Luck Woman" / "Mr. Speed" 15 67 15 34 Rock and Roll Over
February 13, 1977 "Calling Dr. Love" / "Take Me" 16 93 2
June 1, 1977 "Christine Sixteen" / "Shock Me" 25 99 22 46 Love Gun
July 31, 1977 "Love Gun" / "I Stole Your Love" 61 41
September, 1977 "Then She Kissed Me" / "Almost Human" 78
October 14, 1977 "Shout It Out Loud" (live) / "Nothin' to Lose" (live) 54 74 Alive II
February 22, 1978 "Rocket Ride" (edit) / "Tomorrow and Tonight" (live) 39 46
April 2, 1978 "Strutter '78" (alternate version) / "Shock Me" 89 Double Platinum
May 20, 1979 "I Was Made for Lovin' You" (edit) / "Hard Times" 11 2 1 2 19 50 Dynasty
September 30, 1979 "Sure Know Something" / "Dirty Livin'" 47 5 48 25[A]
June 1, 1980 "Shandi" / "She's So European" 47 5 70 28 Unmasked
August 24, 1980 "Talk to Me" / "Naked City" 39 32
November 1, 1980 "Tomorrow" / "Naked City" 70
November 17, 1981 "A World Without Heroes" / "Dark Light" 56 55 Music from "The Elder"
November 17, 1981 "I" / "The Oath" 24 62
October 13, 1982 "I Love It Loud" / "Creatures of the Night" 102 22 76 45 Creatures of the Night
November, 1982 "Killer" / "I Love It Loud"
April, 1983 "Creatures of the Night" / "Rock and Roll All Nite" (live) 34
September 18, 1983 "Lick It Up" / "Dance All Over Your Face" 66 19 82 32 31 Lick It Up
February 6, 1984 "All Hell's Breakin' Loose" (edit) / "Not for the Innocent" 71
September 19, 1984 "Heaven's on Fire" / "Lonely Is the Hunter" 49 11 62 46 19 43 Animalize
January 13, 1985 "Thrills in the Night" (edit) / "Burn Bitch Burn"
September 16, 1985 "Tears Are Falling" / "Anyway You Slice It" 51 20 83 57 Asylum
August 18, 1987 "Crazy Crazy Nights" / "No, No, No" 65 37 34 4 Crazy Nights
November 1, 1987 "Reason to Live" / "Thief in the Night" 64 34 85 33
February 27, 1988 "Turn On the Night" / "Hell or High Water" 41
October 11, 1988 "Let's Put the 'X' in Sex" / "Calling Dr. Love" (Remix) 97 49 Smashes, Thrashes & Hits
March 3, 1989 "(You Make Me) Rock Hard" / "Strutter" (Remix)
October 17, 1989 "Hide Your Heart" / "Betrayed" 66 22 76 92 59 Hot in the Shade
January 5, 1990 "Forever" (Remix) / "The Street Giveth & the Street Taketh Away" 8 17 38 18 65
April 1, 1990 "Rise to It" (Remix) / "Silver Spoon" 81 40
August 22, 1991 "God Gave Rock 'N' Roll to You II" (edit and album version) 21 18 9 24 4 Revenge
May 4, 1992 "Unholy" / "God Gave Rock 'N' Roll to You II" 26 19 26
1992 "Domino" (radio edit) / "Carr Jam 1981" 26
1992 "I Just Wanna" (Radio EQ) / "I Just Wanna" 34
1992 "Every Time I Look at You" / "Partners in Crime" (Remix) 31
May 8, 1993 "I Love It Loud" (live) / "Unholy" (live) 22 Alive III
1996 "Rock and Roll All Nite" (Unplugged) / "Every Time I Look at You" (Unplugged) 13 57 Kiss Unplugged
1997 "Jungle" (radio edit) / "Jungle" (album version) 8 Carnival of Souls: The Final Sessions
August 1998 "Psycho Circus" / "Into the Void" 1 22 10 4 Psycho Circus
1998 "We Are One" (radio edit) / "Psycho Circus" (radio edit) 40 31
1998 "I Finally Found My Way"
November 23, 1998 "You Wanted the Best" 22
August 19, 2009 "Modern Day Delilah" 34[28] 42 Sonic Boom
December 8, 2009 "Say Yeah"
June 11, 2010 "Never Enough"
July 2, 2012 "Hell or Hallelujah" 36[29] Monster
October 23, 2012 "Long Way Down"
  • A ^ The single was first released with "Dirty Livin'" as the A-side and "Sure Know Something" as the B-side when it reached no. 25, and later released with "Sure Know Something" as the A-side and "Dirty Livin'" as the B-side.

The singles "Beth" and "I Was Made for Lovin' You" have been certified Gold by the RIAA and CRIA.[30][31] The single "Psycho Circus" has been certified Gold by the IFPI Sweden.[32]

Movie soundtracks[edit]

Other appearances[edit]

References[edit]

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