Poison is an American rock band which achieved commercial success in the mid-1980s through the mid-1990s and has sold over 45 million records. The band has charted ten singles in the Top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100, including six Top 10 singles and the Hot 100 number-one, “Every Rose Has Its Thorn”. The band’s breakthrough debut album, the multi-platinum Look What the Cat Dragged In, was released in 1986, followed by Open Up and Say… Ahh!, which was certified 5× platinum in the US. Their third consecutive multi-platinum selling album was Flesh & Blood.
In the 1990s following the release of the band’s first live album, Swallow This Live, the band experienced some line up changes and the fall of pop metal with the grunge movement. But the band’s fourth studio album, Native Tongue, still achieved Gold status. Since their debut in 1986, they have released seven studio albums, four live albums, five compilation albums, and have issued 28 singles to radio. Here are all of Poison’s albums ranked from worst to best.
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7. Poison’d (2007)
“Being a Poison and hair metal fan had to check this one out. I was pleasantly surprised with this effort and hope it only leads to a studio album. Anyway,pretty much from beginning to end,it is filled with real good covers.Little Willy,I Never Cry,I Need To Know,Can’t You see,What I Like about You and Squeeze Box are the standouts along with older covers,Your Momma Don’t Dance and We’re An American Band.Check it out if you like Poison and the songs they covered. They did a fine job and as I said,better than I expected. Go buy it now!!!! A solid 4.5 from me. Loved it….”
6. Hollyweird (2002)
“This album is a return to the classic sound that made Poison great with a catchy blend of sex, drugs, and rock & roll. It picks up where the new tracks in “Power to the People” left off and has a similar sound to their “Flesh & Blood” album. Each time I listen to this one, I like it more. The songs are all new and are the catchy kind that you find yourself singing in your head while standing in the shower, walking to down the street, or upon waking up in the morning. For those who have followed CC’s band, Samantha 7, CC sings three tracks on this album that you’re sure to love. Overall, this is an album is one you can be proud to add to your collection whether you’re a closet Poison fan or someone who faithfully attends their concerts year after year.”
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5. Crack A Smile…And More (2000)
“A “partly forgotten” album, as the genesis of the recording of this was between 1994 and 1995. Richie Kotzen was out of the band, and a young newcomer and shredder named Blues Saraceno was hired to fill out the remainder of the Native Tongue tour dates, and then start the next album. Many strange happenstances occurred, one of which was a very bad car crash that Brett Michaels was involved in which would lead to the shelving of this album for 5-6 years. During the hiatus, the Poison members – while not broken up as a band – basically went their own ways and the status of this album remained a mystery. Bootleg versions of the full album found their way into collector circles, with many fans and critics alike claiming this to be a fine release, and perhaps the best thing MUSICALLY that Poison had ever done.”
4. Look What the Cat Dragged In (1986)
“This in all honesty has to be one of the best albums i ever bought. This album is the embroilment of the rock n roll spirit because every song is true to any one in a band.
Cry Tough- This song applies to any one with a dream thats willing to do anything to make it
I Want Action- This song describes the reason most people join bands
I Won’t Forget You- One of my favorite ballads, because it isn’t to cheesy and its dead on with its message
Plat Dirty- The ultimate bar song
Look What The Cat Dragged In- Describes the rock n roll lifestyle perfectly
Talk Dirty To Me- Great song overall
Want Some, Need Some- Another great party song
Blame It On You- Great in your face song break up song
#1 Bad Boy- Another fantastic song
Let Me Go To The Show- Describes wanting to go to a concert”
3. Open Up and Say…Ahh! (1988)
“Classic 80’s hair metal. Glad I could get the original cover which was banned by the PMRC because it promoted a graphic sexual image. What a bunch of poop. From the opening track ‘Love on the rocks’ to the party anthem ‘Nothing but a good time’ to the chart topping ballad ‘Every rose has its thorn’, this album delivers. There’s also some solid rocking on songs like ‘Bad to be good’, ‘Good love’, ‘Back to the rocking horse’, ‘Look but you can’t touch’, ‘Tearin’ down the walls’ and a toe tapping cover of Kenny Logins hit ‘Your mama don’t dance’, which surprised the band when it became a hit. There’s more than meets the eye with this 80’s hair band must have.”
2. Native Tongue (1993)
1. Native Tongue – The intro is cool but, it’s more filler than anything.
2. The Scream – 5/5
3. Stand – 5/5
4. Stay Alive – 5/5
5. Until You Suffer Some (Fire And Ice) – 5/5
6. Body Talk – My favorite song on the album. 6/5
7. Bring It Home – 5/5
8. 7 Days Over You – 5/5
9. Richie’s Acoustic Thang – Very short acoustic playing by guitarist Richie Kotzen, there could’ve been a full song here but no.
10. Ain’t That The Truth – 5/5
11. Theatre Of The Soul – 5/5
12. Strike Up The Band – 5/5
13. Ride Child Ride – 5/5
14. Blind Faith – 5/5
15. Bastard Son Of A Thousand Blues – 5/5
1. Flesh & Blood (1990)
“Flesh and Blood really ended an era for Poison. It was their last album with guitarist C.C. DeVille (until many, many years later)and you could really hear their sound changing. They were a bit more serious, and the sound was a bit harder. If you like Poison, you will definitely like this. It’s one of their best pieces of work. The cover art is also iconic as many Poison fans have had it tattooed on themselves (as I have) as a tribute to the band. The original belongs to none other than Poison’s drummer himself, Rikki Rockett, done for the album.”