I Was Made for Lovin' You

Composed by Desmond Child / Paul Stanley / Vini Poncia

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By 1979, everyone from Ethel Merman to the Rolling Stones were getting in on the disco boom by recording dance-minded material. Kiss might have seemed like an odd group to join this trend but they ended scoring one of their biggest hits when they threw their hats in the ring with "I Was Made For Lovin’ You," a canny hybrid of rock riffs and dance grooves. The lyrics tell a steamy tale of nocturnal romance that could just have easily been sung by Donna Summer: "Tonight, I wanna give it all to you/In the darkness, there’s so much I wanna do/And tonight, I’m gonna lay it at your feet/Cause girl I was made for you/And girl you were made for me." The music builds itself on a classic disco soft/hard musical contrast by pairing verses that build intensity with slow-burning ascending phrases to an exhilarating sing-along chorus whose rhythm lends itself to a dance beat. Kiss’ recording of "I Was Made For Lovin’ You" slickly crossbreeds disco and rock elements: the falsetto harmonies on the chorus, the airy synthesizers and a steady 120 bpm beat make the song dance floor-friendly but a chugging guitar and bass riffs give it a heavy feel and Ace Frehley contributes one of his most metallic guitar solos. Paul Stanley completes the song with a seductive vocal that effortlessly moves from silky croon to airy falsetto. This careful balance of elements made "I Was Made For Lovin’ You" a surprisingly workable cross between hard rock and disco and it accordingly became a #11 hit on the charts. Some Kiss fans dismissed "I Was Made For Lovin’ You" as a sell-out (some still do) but it has become a concert staple over the years in a re-arranged version that throws out the disco frills and plays up the song’s relentless riffing (this version can be heard on Alive III).

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Dynasty 1979 Universal
Endless Love [1981] [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] 1981
Original Soundtrack
Mercury / Mercury Records 3:59
Smashes, Thrashes & Hits 1988 Digital / Universal Distribution 4:32
Alive III 1993 Universal
Konfidential and X-Treme Close Up 1993 Mercury
Greatest Hits [1998] 1996 Polygram 4:30
Greatest Kiss 1997 Def Jam / Island / Mercury 4:32
I Was Made for Lovin' You 1997 Casablanca 4:29
No Image 1999 Heartbreakers 6:20
The Box Set 2001 Mercury / Universal 4:30
The Very Best of Kiss 2002 UTV / Universal Distribution 4:31
Kiss Symphony: Alive IV 2003 Kiss Records / Sanctuary 4:59
20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Kiss 2003 Mercury 4:28
Kiss Symphony: The DVD 2003 Sanctuary
Best of Glam Rock 2004
Various Artists
Hunter Records
Love Gun: Live at River Plate Stadium, Argentina 2005 Mega Ent. & Records
Rock the Nation: Live 2005 Image Entertainment
Kiss Alive! 1975-2000 2006 Universal / Virgin EMI 4:32
Move: Driving with Pop & Beat Songs 2007
Various Artists
Toshiba EMI
True Power Ballads 2007
Various Artists
Spectrum Music 4:28
70's, Vol. 3 2007
Various Artists
Universal Distribution
KISSology: The Ultimate Kiss Collection, Vol. 3: 1992-2000 2007 VH1 Classic Records
True Disco 2007
Various Artists
Spectrum Music / Universal 4:30
The Best of Kiss: Green Series 2008 Strategic Marketing / Universal International 4:32
Die Ultimative Chartshow: Rock Classics 2008
Various Artists
Polystar 4:31
The Complete Collection 2008 Mercury / Island / Universal 4:30
Playlist Your Way 2008 Island 4:29
KISSology 2008 Sony BMG 4:41
IKONS 2008 Digital / Mercury 4:32
Alle Hits! Die 70er 2008
Various Artists
Warner Music 4:30
The Best of 1979: 20th Century Masters 2008
Various Artists
Strategic Marketing / Universal Music 4:32
Kissology: The Ultimate Kiss Collection, Vols. 1-3 2009 Def Star
Legends of Rock 2009 Strategic Marketing / Universal 4:32
Sonic Boom 2009 Roadrunner Records 4:40
105 Friends '80: Gli Ottantoni Di Ross & Tony 2012
Various Artists
Time 4:29
American Anthems: All Time Classics 2012
Various Artists
Sony Music 4:28
The Casablanca Singles: 1974-1982 2012 Mercury 4:02
The Very Best of TV Ad Songs 2013
Various Artists
Sony Music / Sony Music Distribution 4:26
5 Classic Albums 2013 Island / Mercury 4:28
Crazy Nights: Legendary Radio Broadcasts 2016 Laser Media
Ultimate Collection: 70s Schooldays [2017] 2017
Various Artists
Ultimate Collection
Kissworld: The Best of Kiss 2017 UMOD 4:01
Absolute Rock Anthems II
Various Artists
2009 Eva / Eva 4:31
No Image Phantom
Oktoberfest Rockparty: Wies'n Hits 2010
Various Artists
Warner Music 4:30
No Image
Various Artists
Universal 4:27
The Ultimate Collection: 70s Schooldays [2013]
Various Artists
Ultimate Collection 4:30
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