10. Creatures of the Night - KISS
At the end of the '70s, KISS had started to create gaping holes in their musical legacy. After years of being at the top of the hard rock sphere, the band's flirtations with styles like disco and power pop had culminated in Music from the Elder, a concept record that fell into obscurity. With half of the original band long gone at this point, Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley needed a miracle if they wanted to click with rock fans again.
When Creatures of the Night finally arrived in the early '80s, the band had reignited that initial fire they had with new drummer Eric Carr, whose style was more in line with metal music. This album also showed the band embracing their hard rock glory days, with Stanley writing fantastic riffs on the title track as well as his most dynamic vocal performance on the ballad "I Still Love You." Given that the band would take their makeup off soon after this, Simmons' "I Love It Loud" is one of the final great character pieces the hard rock world got from his Demon persona.
Though the album was a true return to form, it had a bit of a lukewarm reception from fans who had jumped ship after the disco years. It may not have sold like gangbusters, but this album reminded the rock world why KISS were the almighty lords of rock.