Top 10 Ace Frehley Solo Songs

Ace Frehley Solo Songs

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Our Top 20 Ace Frehley Solo Songs looks at the solo music of one of the most well-known names in classic rock history. While he’s best known as an original member of NYC glam rock outfit KISS, truth be told, Ace Frehley has carved out quite a hefty solo career.

Beginning with his 1978 self-titled record – which was recorded while Frehley was still a member of KISS – Frehley began to separate himself from his bandmates. Previously, Frehley had contributed only one lead vocal to KISS in “Shock Me,” and so his solo record was not only a breath of fresh air but, indeed, a complete surprise.

Once relegated and now free to do as he wished, Frehley not only demonstrated his unique chops on guitar, but his crafty songsmith, leading to catchy cuts, big choruses, and of course, frenetic guitar flourishes.

Over the years, Frehley has weaved in and out of KISS once more, having finally gone solo full-time in 2002 and releasing his first post-KISS solo record, Anomaly, in 2009. The record was pivotal, as it was his first solo record since 1989’s Trouble Walkin’ and perhaps his best since 1987’s Frehley’s Comet.

In the ensuing years, Frehley has released four additional records and is said to have a fifth on the way. All of them have been stout, brimming with the Bronx native’s classic style, legendary swagger, and laconic vocal approach, leading to further success.

With a catalog as deep as Frehley’s, it can be hard to pin down the best cuts. Still, we’ve taken it on. What follows are the top twenty Ace Frehley solo songs – including his many outstanding covers.

# 20 – Gimmie a Feelin’

From the album Space Invader from 2014

# 19 – Toys

From the album Space Invader from 2014

# 18 – Into the Night

From the album Frehley’s Comet from 1987

# 17 – Hard for Me

From the album, Anomaly from 2009

# 16 – Space Invader

From the album Space Invader from 2014

# 15 – Emerald

From the album Origins Vol. 1 from 2016

# 14 – Good Times Bad Times

From the album Origins Vol. 2 from 2020

# 13 – Separate

From the album Second Sighting from 1988

# 12 – Love Me Right

From the album Frehley’s Comet from 1987

# 11 – Stranger in a Strange Land

From the album Frehley’s Comet from 1987

# 10 – Mission to Mars

Opening up our top 10 section of Ace Frehley songs is the grand track “Mission To Mars.” The song was released on the album Spaceman. The album was released in 2018. The song “Mission To Mars,” was placed as the seventh track on the CD. The song Mission Top Mars was composed by Ace Frehley, Tom Kunzman, Kait DiBenedetto and Ken Gullic.

# 9 – Five Card Stud

In the number nine spot on our top 20 Ace Frehley songs list is the song “Five Card Stud.” The song was released on the album Trouble Walkin’. The album was released in 1989. “Five Card Stud,” was placed as the third track on the album. The song “Five Card Stud,” was composed by Ace Frehley and Marc Ferrari. Trouble Walkin’ was Ace Frehely’s second complete solo album.

# 8 – Shot Full of Rock

At number eight we take a listen to another killer track from the 1989 album Trouble Walkin.’ The song “Shot Full Of Rock,” was the album’s opening track. The song was composed by Ace Frehley and Richie Scarlet. The band on the album featured Ace Frehley on lead guitar and vocals, Richie Scarlet on rhythm guitar and vocals, John Regan on bass, and Anton Fig on drums. On this track, former Kiss drummer Peter Criss sang backing vocals. Sandy Slavin of Riot played drums.

# 7 – Do Ya

If your thought you heard this one before, you’re absolutely right. At number seven on this list is Ace Frehely’s very cool cover of the classic Electric Light Orchestra song entitled “Do Ya.” Written by Jeff Lynne the song was originally recorded by the Move before Jeff Lynne recorded a new version with ELO which became a massive hit. Ace Frehely’s version was released on the album Trouble Walkin’ from 1989

# 6 – Speedin’ Back to My Baby

In the number six spot, we go back to the album that stands as Ace Frehely’s first solo album. All Kiss fans remember when the four members of Kiss including Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Peter Criss and Ace Frehley released solo albums at the same time back in 1978. “Speedin’ Back to My Baby,” was released on the album Ace Frehley in 1978.

# 5 – Trouble Walkin’

Ace Freheley’s second solo album stands as one of his best. Starting off the top 5 is the title track from the album Trouble Walkin’ released in 1989. The song was composed by Bill Wray and Phil Brown. Once again Peter Criss sang backing vocals on the track.

# 4 – Snowblind

Three out of the next four songs on our top 20 Ace Frehley songs list stem from his first solo album. From the album Ace Frehley released in 1978, we present the song “Snowblind.” You just have to love this song’s opening guitar riffs. The song was written by Ace Frehley. The man played all the instruments on the track with the exception of the drums which were played by Anton Fig.

# 3 – New York Groove

You don’t have to be a Kiss or Ace Frehley fan to know this one. Out of all four Kiss solo albums that were released in 1978, Ace Frehley’s “New York Groove,”  became the biggest hit single from the entire lot. The song “New York Groove,” was written by Russ Ballard of Argent. It was first covered by the band Hello in 1975. However, it was Ace Frehley who had the big hit with the song as it peaked at number thirteen on the US Billboard Hot 100 in 1978.

# 2 – Rock Soldiers

Just off the number one spot, we take a listen to the track “Rock Soldiers.” The song was released on the first Frehley’s Comet album simply titled Frehley’s Comet. The album was released in 1987.  Frehley’s Comet consisted of Ace Frehley on lead and rhythm guitars as well as lead and backing vocals, Tod Howarth on rhythm and lead guitars, keyboards as well as lead and backing vocals, John Regan on bass guitar and Anton Fig on drums.

# 1 – Rip it Out

We close out our top 20 Ace Frehley songs list with the outstanding cut “Rip It Out.” The song was released on the Ace Frehley album released in 1978. The song “Rip It Out,” was composed by Ace Frehley, Larry Kelly, and Sue Kelly. The cranking song was placed as the album’s opening track.

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