Phil Collins

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Legal name: Phillip David Charles Collins


Philip David Charles "Phil" Collins, LVO (born 30 January 1951), is an English singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, music producer and actor. He gained fame as both the drummer and lead singer for the rock band Genesis, and he also gained worldwide fame as a solo artist.

Collins is one of the most successful songwriters and performers of all time, singing the lead vocals on dozens of hit albums and singles in the UK and the US between 1976 and 2010, either as a solo artist or with Genesis. His solo singles, sometimes dealing with lost love and often featuring his distinctive gated reverb drum sound, ranged from the atmospheric "In the Air Tonight", dance-rock of "Sussudio", piano-driven power ballad "Against All Odds", to the political and religious connotations of "Another Day in Paradise". Collins has been described by AllMusic as "one of the most successful pop and adult contemporary singers of the '80s and beyond".

Collins joined Genesis in 1970 as the group's drummer and became their lead vocalist in 1975 following the departure of the original lead singer Peter Gabriel. His solo career, which was launched in 1981 and was heavily influenced by his personal life and soul music, brought both himself and Genesis greater commercial success. Collins's total worldwide sales as a solo artist are 150 million. Collins has won numerous music awards throughout his career, including seven Grammy Awards, six Brit Awards—winning Best British Male three times, three American Music Awards, an Academy Award, two Golden Globe Awards and a Disney Legend Award in 2002 for his solo work. He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1999, was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2003, and into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Genesis in 2010. Collins was ranked number 10 in "The Greatest Drummers of All Time" list by Gigwise and number nine in a list of "The 20 greatest drummers of the last 25 years" by MusicRadar in 2010. He was inducted into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame in 2012.

Collins is one of only three recording artists (along with Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson) who have sold over 100 million albums worldwide both as solo artists and (separately) as principal members of a band. During his most successful period as a solo artist between 1981 and 1990, Collins had three UK number-one singles and seven number-one singles on the US Billboard Hot 100, as well as a US number one with Genesis in 1986. When his work with Genesis, his work with other artists, as well as his solo career is totalled, Collins had more top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart during the 1980s than any other artist. In 2008, Collins was ranked the 22nd most successful artist on the "Billboard Hot 100 All-Time Top Artists". Although one of the world's best-selling recording artists and a highly respected drummer, Collins has garnered significant criticism over the years from music journalists and fellow artists. He announced his retirement in 2011 to focus on his family life, though he continued to write songs and in 2013 he said he was considering a return to the music industry.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1981 Face Value Phil Collins 3.5 16
1982 Hello, I Must Be Going! Phil Collins 2.5 11
1985 No Jacket Required Phil Collins 3 21
1989 ...But Seriously Phil Collins 4 10
1993 Both Sides Phil Collins 4 4
1996 Dance Into the Light Phil Collins 5 4
1999 Ricky Lawson & Friends: First Things 1st Ricky Lawson with Gerald Albright, Phil Collins, George Duke, Sheila E., Nathan East, Donald Fagan, Robben Ford, James Ingram, Boney James, Al Jarreau, Kirk Whalum & Vesta Williams 1
2001 Testify Phil Collins 3 4
2010 Going Back Phil Collins 4.65 4

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1990 Lalo's Selection: Best of Phil Collins and Genesis Phil Collins 1
1996 Best Ballads Phil Collins 1
1998 …Hits Phil Collins 3.75 6
1998 Best Ballads Phil Collins 1
2000 Collection 2000 Phil Collins 1
2000 Flying Hits 6 Phil Collins 1
2000 Phil Collins Phil Collins 1
2001 2001 Diamond Collection Phil Collins 1
2002 The Very Best Of Phil Collins 1
2003 In the Air Tonight Phil Collins 1
2004 The Platinum Collection Phil Collins 3
2004 Love Songs: A Compilation... Old and New Phil Collins 3

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1990 Serious Hits... Live! Phil Collins 5 3
1998 Live and Loose in Paris Phil Collins 2
2005 Finally... The First Farewell Tour Phil Collins 1
2012 At Fukuoka Dome: Live Phil Collins 1
All Live Phil Collins 1

Album + Remix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1988 12"ers Phil Collins 4

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1998 Tarzan Phil Collins & Mark Mancina 4 10
1999 Tarzan (Deutsche Originalversion) Phil Collins & Mark Mancina 1
1999 Tarzan (Tarzan 1999 film soundtrack, Portuguese version) Phil Collins & Mark Mancina 1
1999 Tarzan (Tarzan 1999 film soundtrack, Brazilian Portuguese version) Phil Collins & Mark Mancina 2
2003 Brother Bear (2003 original soundtrack) Mark Mancina & Phil Collins 2
2003 Bjørne Brødre (Danish soundtrack) Mark Mancina & Phil Collins 1
2004 Bärenbrüder (German soundtrack) Mark Mancina & Phil Collins 1
2006 Tarzan: The Broadway Musical Phil Collins 1
2007 Tarzan (2007 original Dutch cast) Phil Collins 1
2008 Tarzan (Die Deutsche Originalversion des Musicals in Hamburg) Phil Collins 2


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1981 In the Air Tonight Phil Collins 2
1981 I Missed Again Phil Collins 2
1981 If Leaving Me Is Easy Phil Collins 1
1982 Thru' These Walls Phil Collins 1
1982 You Can't Hurry Love Phil Collins 2
1984 Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now) Phil Collins 1
1984 Easy Lover Phil Collins & Philip Bailey 2
1985 One More Night Phil Collins 2
1985 Don't Lose My Number Phil Collins 1
1985 Separate Lives Phil Collins & Marilyn Martin 1
1985 Sussudio Phil Collins 1
1988 A Groovy Kind of Love Phil Collins 1
1988 In the Air Tonight '88 Phil Collins 1

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