6. 'Dressed to Kill' (1975)
If not as strong songwriting-wise as Hotter Than Hell, Dressed to Kill is certainly a more focused and sonically stronger album. Not to mention more upbeat — tracks like "Love Her All I Can," "Room Service" "Anything for My Baby" and the definitive closer, "Rock and Roll All Nite," are pure power-pop euphoria. Overall, it's an album that sounds made for the stage, which, in essence, it was — while Kiss were still struggling on the charts, they were fast becoming a hot ticket on the touring circuit. Which also explains the multiple odes to road spoils in songs like Simmons' "Ladies in Waiting" and Stanley's "Room Service," in which the Starchild gets his rocks off in hotel rooms, on airplanes and even in his hometown, with a "sweet sixteen, lookin' hot and mean." Until, that is, he "see[s] her dad, gettin' mad."