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The Complete KISS Album Chart Action, 1974-

A brief introductory note: For US albums, if it isn't listed here then it didn't chart on the Billboard 200 (unless Billboard and/or I have made errors). Data for other countries is from the mainstream music charts, but will give you a good idea of how the albums performed over a period of time. You'll even garner some interesting trivia, like:

For two weeks (5/21-5/28) KISS' "Crazy Nights" was on the charts with Vinnie's "All Systems Go". Two weeks later, Ace's "Second Sighting" entered the charts, where it and "All Systems Go" remained until Vinnie's album dropped out of the top-200 in late August '88.

KISS' "Crazy Nights" also shared the charts with Ace's "Frehley's Comet" for five weeks (10/10-11/7) in 1987.

Ace's "Trouble Walkin'" shared its' whole chart run of 9 weeks with KISS' "Hot In The Shade" from 11/11/89 to 1/6/90... HITS stayed in the charts until July 1990.

"You Wanted The Best" is the only KISS album since 1983 to drop out of the charts and re-enter two weeks later... Several other albums have had multiple appearances on the charts: Dressed To Kill, Destroyer, The Originals, and Alive II...

KISS have had 9 Top-10 albums: Alive, Love Gun, Alive II, Dynasty, Revenge, Alive III, Psycho Circus, Sonic Boom, and Monster...

Alive, Destroyer, The Originals, Rock And Roll Over and Love Gun, were all on the charts at the same time, making KISS the only band to accomplish this feat! (Dunno 'bout the Beatles... checking ;) In other time frames Alive, Dressed To Kill, and Destroyer were all on the charts at the same time...

Quick facts:
Album with longest chart appearance: Alive (110 Weeks)
Studio album with shortest chart appearance: Carnival Of Souls (4 Weeks)
Highest "debut": Sonic Boom (#2 - 10/24/09)
Highest solo album debut: Peter Criss (#85)

Special thanks to John Stromberger for providing some of the weekly data for some pre-1983 albums which make this resource complete.

See Various nations Album charts...



KISS (LP)

Released: February 8, 1974
Chart Peak: #87 (6/8/74) with 19 weeks on Top-200 charts.


Hotter Than Hell (LP)

Released: October 22, 1974
Chart Peak: #100 (12/27/74) with 15 weeks on charts.


Dressed To Kill (LP)

Released: March 19, 1975
Chart Peak: #32 (6/14/75) with 30 weeks on charts.
First Charting (19 weeks):

Second Charting (11 weeks):


Alive! (LP)

Released: September 10, 1975
Chart Peak: #9 (12/13/75) with 110 weeks on charts.


Destroyer (LP)

Released: March 15, 1976
Chart Peak: #11 (5/15/76) with 78 weeks on charts.
First Charting (20 weeks):

Second Charting (58 weeks):

Notes: Analysis of KISS' "Destroyer" charting versus other mega-selling albums of 1976 simply do not justify the assumption that the album has sold far more than its current US RIAA certified level of 2M copies.

The Originals (LP)

Released: July 21, 1976
Chart Peak: #36 (9/25/76) with 17 weeks on charts.
First Charting (10 weeks):

Second Charting (7 weeks):


Rock And Roll Over (LP)

Released: November 11, 1976
Chart Peak: #11 (12/25/76) with 47 weeks on charts.


Love Gun (LP)

Released: June 30, 1977
Chart Peak: #4 (7/30/77) with 25 weeks on charts.


Alive II (LP)

Released: October 14, 1977
Chart Peak: #7 (1/7/78) with 33 weeks on charts.
First Charting (30 weeks):

Second Charting (3 weeks):


Double Platinum (LP)

Released April 7, 1978
Chart Peak: #22 (7/1/78) with 24 weeks on charts.


Gene Simmons (LP)

Released: September 18, 1978
Chart Peak: #22 (1/6/79) with 22 weeks on charts.


Ace Frehley (LP)

Released: September 18, 1978
Chart Peak: #26 (1/13/79) with 23 weeks on charts.


Peter Criss (LP)

Released: September 18, 1978
Chart Peak: #43 (11/25/78) with 20 weeks on charts.


Paul Stanley (LP)

Released: September 18, 1978
Chart Peak: #40 (12/16/78) with 18 weeks on charts.


Dynasty (LP)

Released: May 23, 1979
Chart Peak: #9 (7/21/79) with 25 weeks on charts.


Unmasked (LP)

Released: May 20, 1980
Chart Peak: #35 (7/26/80) with 14 weeks on charts.


Music From "The Elder" (LP)

Released November 10, 1981
Chart Peak: #75 (1/23/82) with 11 weeks on charts.



Creatures Of The Night (LP)

Released October 13, 1982
Chart Peak: #45 (1/29/83) with 19 weeks on charts.


Lick It Up (LP)

Released: September 18, 1983
Chart Peak: #24 (11/12/83) with 27 weeks on charts.


Animalize (LP)

Released: September 13, 1984
Chart Peak: #19 (12/1/84) with 38 weeks on charts.


Asylum (LP)

Released: September 16, 1985
Chart Peak: #20 (11/16/85) with 28 weeks on charts.


Crazy Nights (LP)

Released: September 18, 1987
Chart Peak: #18 (10/31/87) with 34 weeks on charts.


Smashes, Thrashes & Hits (LP)

Released: November 16, 1988
Chart Peak: #21 (1/21/89) with 27 weeks on charts.


Hot In The Shade (LP)

Released: October 17, 1989
Chart Peak: #29 (11/25/89) with 36 weeks on charts.


Revenge (LP)

Released: May 14, 1992
Chart Peak: #6 (6/6/92) with 23 weeks on charts.


Alive III (LP)

Released: May 18, 1993
Chart Peak: #9 (6/5/93) with 12 weeks on charts.


Various Artists: Kiss My Ass (Classic Kiss Regrooved)

Released: June 21, 1994
Chart Peak: #19 (7/9/94) with x weeks on charts.


MTV Unplugged (LP)

Released: March 12, 1996
Chart Peak: #15 (3/30/96) with 10 weeks on charts.


You Wanted The Best... (LP)

Released: June 25, 1996
Chart Peak: #17 (7/13/96) with 11 weeks on charts.


Greatest KISS (LP)

Released: April 18, 1997
Chart Peak: #77 (4/26/97) with 4 weeks on charts.


Carnival Of Souls: The Final Sessions (LP)

Released: October 28, 1997
Chart Peak: #27 (11/15/97) with 4 weeks on charts.


Psycho Circus (LP)

Released: September 22, 1998
Chart Peak: #3 (10/10/98) with 14 weeks on charts.


Various Artists: Detroit Rock City (OST)

Released: August 3, 1999
Chart Peak: #68 (8/21/99) with 5 weeks on charts.


KISS: The Box Set (Box)

Released: November 20, 2001
Chart Peak: #128 (11/28/01) with 1 week on charts.


KISS: The Very Best Of KISS

Released: August 27, 2002
Chart Peak: #52 (9/14/02) with 6 weeks on charts.


Various Artists: We're A Happy Family (A Tribute to the Ramones)

Released: February 11, 2003
Chart Peak: #43 (3/1/03) with 5 weeks on charts.


KISS: Symphony - Alive IV

Released July 22, 2003
Chart Peak: #18 (8/9/03) with 4 weeks on charts.


The Millenium Collection, Volume I

Released: August 5, 2003
Chart Peak: #132 (8/23/03) with 1 week on charts.


Kiss Alive! 1975-2000 (Box)

Released: November 21, 2006
Chart Peak: #167 (12/9/06) with 1 week on charts.


Sonic Boom (LP)

Released October 6, 2009
Chart Peak: #2 (10/24/09) with 12 weeks on charts.


Monster (LP)

Released October 9, 2012
Chart Peak: #3 (10/27/12) with 7 weeks on charts.




KISS Related Album Charts


Ace Frehley: Frehley's Comet (LP)

Released: July 7, 1987
Chart Peak: #43 (6/20/87) with 25 weeks on charts.


Frehley's Comet: Live +1 (LP)

Released: February 1988
Chart Peak: #84 (3/12/88) with 10 weeks on charts.


Frehley's Comet: Second Sighting (LP)

Released: May 1988
Chart Peak: #81 (7/2/88) with 13 weeks on charts.


Ace Frehley: Trouble Walkin' (LP)

Released: October 1989
Chart Peak: #102 (11/25/89) with 9 weeks on charts.


Vinnie Vincent Invasion (LP)

Released: September 1986
Chart Peak: #64 (11/15/86) with 29 weeks on charts.


Vinnie Vincent Invasion: All Systems Go (LP)

Released: May 1988
Chart Peak: #64 (6/25/88) with 15 weeks on charts.