Joeys Top Ten: Kiss Songs

From start to finish these Kiss songs are a must hear



The legendary band of rock and roll and heavy face paint will forever be known as classics.


I will be counting down the top 10 songs by the hottest band in the world, KISS! KISS is one of the most recognizable bands of all time, even if you have not heard any of their songs, their iconic makeup and stage theatrics are known around the world. Their songs all have a similar feel and they are always fun to listen to.

  1. “Heaven’s On Fire”

Starting out with an impressive high-pitched vocal run, the song quickly shifts gears back to what made KISS famous, the chunky guitar tone really highlights the harmonies that KISS leaned heavily on in the 1980s.

  1. “I Was Made For Lovin’ You”

One of the most iconic songs of the classic rock era, this tune is immediately recognizable by the bass intro and Paul Stanley’s serenade-esque vocals. This song has been sung across arenas worldwide and has a melody that can easily get stuck in your head all day. 

  1. “Lick It Up”

This song was a bridge between eras of KISS, with some elements of early 1970s KISS with the guitar riffs and starting to explore their more harmonious style of the 1980s. “Lick It Up” is one of the songs that best represent the band as a whole and is one of their best works.

  1. “I Love It Loud”

The drum sound on this track is absolutely massive, which is why I have it cracking the KISS’ top 10 songs. The vocals are very heavy with reverb and the guitar riffs carry throughout the tune.

  1. “Rock and Roll All Nite” 

This song is most people’s first impression of KISS, which is why it has become a classic rock staple and is widely known for its anthemic style. 

  1. “Hide Your Heart”

This song came to be during KISS’ power ballad era in the 1980s, while it is a typical song from that era of the band, it strays pretty far away from the 1970s sound. “Hide Your Heart,” tells a definitive story, which is slightly unusual for the band though they pull it off in a very compelling maner.

  1. “Calling Dr. Love”

A prototypical KISS song, “Calling Dr. Love” is filled with chunky power chords and Gene Simmons’s scratchy, growly singing on top of it. This is one of the best representations of Simmons’ “demon” persona that he uses.

  1. “Love Gun”

A triumphant rock song from KISS’ best album, this song features Paul Stanley on vocals and an excellent solo by guitarist Ace Frehley. This album truly is the band’s best, it has some cover songs and features some fun hits but also knows when to rock a little bit harder. 

  1. “Detroit Rock City”

“Detroit Rock City” contains one of my favorite guitar solos of all time, a true masterpiece of guitar playing through and through. The song tells a sad story about a fan dying in a car crash on the way to a KISS concert but it is told gracefully and respectfully.

  1. “Shock Me”

By far my favorite KISS song, “Shock Me” features KISS’ original lead guitarist, Ace Frehley on vocals and this song absolutely rips. One of the things I love about KISS is that the band does not produce musically complex songs, but they still deliver a rush that is hard to compare.