Phil Collins

~ Person

Legal name: Phillip David Charles Collins


Philip David Charles "Phil" Collins, LVO (born 30 January 1951), is an English singer, songwriter, musician, producer, actor and author. He is best known as the drummer and lead singer in the rock band Genesis and as a solo artist. Between 1983 and 1990, Collins scored three UK and seven US number-one singles in his solo career. When his work with Genesis, his work with other artists, as well as his solo career is totalled, Collins had more US top 40 singles than any other artist during the 1980s.

Born and raised in London, Collins played drums from the age of five and completed drama school training, which secured him various roles as a child actor. He then pursued a music career, joining Genesis in 1970 as their drummer and becoming lead singer in 1975 following the departure of Peter Gabriel. Collins began a solo career in the 1980s, initially inspired by his marital breakdown and love of soul music, releasing a series of successful albums, including Face Value (1981), No Jacket Required (1985) and ...But Seriously (1989). His most successful singles include "In the Air Tonight", "Against All Odds", "Sussudio" and "Another Day in Paradise", becoming "one of the most successful pop and adult contemporary singers of the '80s and beyond". He also became known for a distinctive gated reverb drum sound on many of his recordings. After leaving Genesis in 1996, Collins pursued various solo projects before a return in 2006 for the Turn It On Again Tour. In 2011, he retired to focus on his family life, but continued to write songs. He announced his return to the music industry in 2015.

Collins' discography includes eight studio albums that have sold 33.5 million certified units in the US and an estimated 150 million worldwide. He is one of 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. He has won seven Grammy Awards, six Brit Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, an Academy Award, and a Disney Legend Award. In 1999, he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2003, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Genesis in 2010 and the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame in 2012. Despite his commercial success and his status as a highly respected and influential drummer, Collins has divided opinion among music critics and received both criticism and praise from other prominent music artists.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1981 Face Value Phil Collins 3.5 19
1982 Hello, I Must Be Going! Phil Collins 2.5 12
1985 No Jacket Required Phil Collins 3 21
1989 …But Seriously Phil Collins 4 12
1993 Both Sides Phil Collins 4 6
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 7
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 4

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: An Original Walt Disney Records Soundtrack 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: An Original Disney Records Soundtrack (2003 original soundtrack) Mark Mancina and 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 4
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 Philip Bailey & Phil Collins 1
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
1989 Another Day in Paradise Phil Collins 1 2
1990 I Wish It Would Rain Down Phil Collins 1

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