For every great rock act that has come to the forefront, not everything has been golden. Every now and again, there comes a band that gets a lot of success for music that is absolutely insufferable. What's worse is when these acts get an entire career out of making music that is a cheap mockery of what stands for. There are saving graces though.
These groups may all have a reputation for their subpar performance, but once in a blue moon they are able to come through with a half-decent tune. Are these songs masterpieces? Hell no.
In fact, most of the best songs from these bands couldn't even touch the upper echelons of the rock sphere, but by the band's usual standards, these records are pure acts of genius.
Regardless of whether they got help from someone else or tried something different, these were the few instances where we could justify turning up the radio when listening to these bands. Even if they couldn't keep up this streak, at least these bands were able to make the lightning strike once.
It might have been a happy accident, but when you look back at their' other tunes, we'll gladly take what we can get.
10. Love Gun - KISS
KISS have gotten their fair share of mudslinging despite their arena god status. While the KISS army has built up fairly large over the years, there are many who pass the band off as a cheap gimmick that hack songwriters used to attain fame and fortune. Not every KISS tune has hit it out of the park, but when they were on, they could tear the place apart.
Fresh off the success of albums like Rock and Roll Over and Destroyer, Paul Stanley landed in Los Angeles with the complete idea for "Love Gun" in his head. Heading straight to the rehearsal studio, the entire song was written in a few minutes down to the final breakdown.
Given the band's spotty track record, a song written in that short amount of time seems like a catastrophe, but the riff packs as much punch as any other hard rock act around.
While the verses might just be a bit of levity in between the choruses, it simply doesn't get any better than the marching rhythm that this track is built upon. Putting it over the top is Ace Frehley, whose outro solo sends the song up into the space for the last few seconds.
Sure, KISS can be gimmicky, but songs like these show that you should never count them out completely.