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, actor, and author. He gained fame as both the drummer and lead singer for the rock band Genesis, as well as worldwide success as a solo artist. Collins sang the lead vocals on dozens of hit albums and singles in the UK and the US between 1976 and 2010, either solo or with Genesis. Collins is among the best-selling music artists of all time with 33.5 million RIAA-certified albums sold 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. AllMusic calls Collins "one of the most successful pop and adult contemporary singers of the '80s and beyond".

After drama school training and various roles as a child actor, Collins joined Genesis in 1970 as the group's drummer. He became their lead singer in 1975 following the departure of Peter Gabriel. He launched a solo career in 1981, heavily influenced by his personal life and soul music, which brought both himself and Genesis greater commercial success. His solo singles were sometimes about lost love and often featured his distinctive gated reverb drum sound. His best-selling singles include "In the Air Tonight", "Against All Odds", "Sussudio" and "Another Day in Paradise". After achieving fame as a solo artist, Collins also accepted occasional acting roles again. His music has earned him seven Grammy Awards, six Brit Awards—winning Best British Male three times, an Academy Award, two Golden Globe Awards and a Disney Legend Award. He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1999 and induction 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.

During his most successful period as a solo artist between 1983 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 US top 40 singles than any other artist during the 1980s. 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 divided critical opinion among music journalists and received praise and criticism from fellow artists. He announced his retirement in 2011 to focus on his family life, but continued to write songs. He announced his return to the music industry in 2015.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1981 Face Value Phil Collins 3.5 18
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 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
1988 A Groovy Kind of Love Phil Collins 1
1988 In the Air Tonight '88 Phil Collins 1

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