THE 40 GREATEST SONGS EVER PART 3
March 21, 2014
You wanted the best… you got the best. We asked you to vote for your all-time favorite Kiss songs – and you did so in your thousands.

To celebrate the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame finally recognizing Kiss, as well as the 40th anniversary of the band’s first album, here’s the third part of our Kiss kountdown.

Words: Geoff Barton, Paul Elliott, Ken Sharp



20

Firehouse

This song was preceded by Hotter Than Hell at live gigs, and sung by Paul Stanley while sporting a Kiss logo-embossed fireman’s helmet. One of Kiss’s earliest songs, it was written by Stanley after hearing The Move’s Fire Brigade.



19

Goin’ Blind

Only Simmons would sing a love song as creepy as Goin’ Blind, in which a 93-year-old man lusts after a girl of 16. Written in 1970 – as Little Lady – for pre‑Kiss group Wicked Lester, it was recorded by Kiss in 1974.



18

Nothin’ To Lose

Gene Simmons: “Nothin’ To Lose came to me after hearing the line in two different songs. One was a Little Richard song, and another was a song called Sea Cruise, which had the line, ‘You got nothin’ to lose, won’t you let me take you on a sea cruise.’”



17

I Was Made For Lovin’ You

Co-written with Desmond Child, and regarded by many as a sell-out when it was released in 1979, this pulsing disco workout has nevertheless stood the test of time and still features in Kiss’s live shows.



16

Lick It Up
When Kiss took off the make-up in 1983, they needed a great song to prove they could cut it on music alone. Lick It Up was exactly that. With its irresistible chugging riff and shout-it-out-loud chorus, this was classic Kiss.



15

C’mon And Love Me

Paul Stanley’s role as the sex symbol of Kiss was played out to the max on this frisky track from 1975, on which he begs to be dominated. ‘Take me down to my knees,’ he pants. ‘You can do what you please.’



14

Parasite

An Ace Frehley song for 1974’s Hotter Than Hell. The Space Ace was asked to perform lead vocals but declined on the grounds of not feeling confident in his singing skills. Anchored by a nasty guitar riff that pre-dated Aerosmith’s Walk This Way, it was a powerhouse standard in the band’s mid-70s set.



13

Black Diamond

Paul Stanley: “Black Diamond was a song that I wrote about New York. New York was very dear to us, and life there was all we could write about. Seeing hookers on the street, whether we lived it, we saw it and it kind of gave us something to fantasise about.”



12

Hotter Than Hell

The sonic sibling to Firehouse, and inspired by Free’s All Right Now, this is a stomping paean to a good-looking – though, sadly, married – girl ‘all dressed in satins and lace’. No need to fire up the barbecue either, because ‘she’s gonna leave you well done’.



11

Shout It Out Loud

Released as the lead single off 1977’s Destroyer. The title was inspired by The Hollies’ song I Wanna Shout (covered by pre-Kiss band Wicked Lester). Bob Ezrin’s giant-sized production helped turn a deceptively simple ditty into a stadium-filling monster.