Phil Collins (of Genesis)

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Legal name: Philip David Charles Collins


Philip David Charles Collins (born 30 January 1951) is an English drummer, singer, songwriter, record producer and actor. He was the drummer and lead singer of the rock band Genesis and also has a career as a solo performer. Between 1982 and 1990, Collins scored three UK and seven US number-one singles as a solo artist. When his work with Genesis, his work with other artists, as well as his solo career is totalled, he had more US top 40 singles than any other artist during the 1980s. His most successful singles from the period include "In the Air Tonight", "Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)", "One More Night", and "Another Day in Paradise".

Born and brought up in west London, Collins played drums from the age of five and completed drama school training, which secured him various roles as a child actor, with his first major role, aged 13, as the Artful Dodger in the West End musical Oliver!. 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 successful solo career in the 1980s, initially inspired by his marital breakdown and love of soul music, releasing the albums Face Value (1981), Hello, I Must Be Going (1982), No Jacket Required (1985) and ...But Seriously (1989). Collins became, in the words of AllMusic, "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. In 1985, he was the only artist to perform at both Live Aid concerts. He also resumed his acting career, appearing in Miami Vice and subsequently starring in the film Buster (1988). In 1996, Collins left Genesis to focus on solo work; this included writing songs for Disney's Tarzan (1999) for which he received an Oscar for Best Original Song for "You'll Be in My Heart". He rejoined Genesis for their Turn It On Again Tour in 2007. Following a five-year retirement to focus on his family life, Collins released an autobiography in 2016 and completed his Not Dead Yet Tour in 2019. He then rejoined Genesis in 2020 for a second reunion tour, ending in March 2022.

Collins's discography includes eight studio albums that have sold 33.5 million certified units in the US and an estimated 150 million records sold worldwide, making him one of the world's best-selling artists. He is one of only three recording artists, along with Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson, who have sold over 100 million records both as solo artists and separately as principal members of a band. He has won eight Grammy Awards, six Brit Awards (winning Best British Male Artist three times), two Golden Globe Awards, one Academy Award, and a Disney Legend Award. He was awarded six Ivor Novello Awards from the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors, including the International Achievement Award. He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1999, and was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2003 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Genesis in 2010. He has also been recognised by music publications with induction into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame in 2012, and the Classic Drummer Hall of Fame in 2013.

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1981Face ValuePhil Collins4.1539
1982Hello, I Must Be Going!Phil Collins425
1985No Jacket RequiredPhil Collins3.138
1989…But SeriouslyPhil Collins425
1993Both SidesPhil Collins4.29
1996Dance Into the LightPhil Collins49
2002TestifyPhil Collins3.27
2010Going BackPhil Collins4.28

Album + Compilation

1996Best BalladsPhil Collins1
1998…HitsPhil Collins3.759
1998Best BalladsPhil Collins1
2000Collection 2000Phil Collins1
2003In the Air TonightPhil Collins1
2004The Platinum CollectionPhil Collins3
2004Love Songs: A Compilation… Old and NewPhil Collins5
2011The Very Best OfPhil Collins1
2012Going Back / TestifyPhil Collins1
2016The SinglesPhil Collins5
2017Take a Look at Me Now…Phil Collins2
2018Plays Well With OthersPhil Collins2
2019Other SidesPhil Collins1
2019Remixed SidesPhil Collins1

Album + Soundtrack

1998Tarzan: An Original Walt Disney Records Soundtrack (Tarzan 1999 film original soundtrack)Phil Collins & Mark Mancina421
1999Tarzan (Az eredeti film zenéje magyarul)Phil Collins, Mark Mancina1
2003Brother Bear: An Original Disney Records Soundtrack (2003 original soundtrack)Mark Mancina and Phil Collins9
2003Brother Bear Original SoundtrackPhil Collins1
2003Bjørne Brødre (Brother Bear 2003 film soundtrack, Danish version)Mark Mancina & Phil Collins1
2006Tarzan: The Broadway MusicalPhil Collins1
2007Tarzan (Die Deutsche Originalversion des Musicals in Hamburg)Phil Collins3

Album + Live

1990Serious Hits… Live!Phil Collins4.59
1998Live and Loose in ParisPhil Collins2
2004Hits Live 1990-1997Phil Collins1
2005Finally… The First Farewell TourPhil Collins1
2012Live at Montreux 2004Phil Collins2
All LivePhil Collins1


1981In the Air TonightPhil Collins58
1981I Missed AgainPhil Collins43
1981If Leaving Me Is EasyPhil Collins41
1981Thunder and LightningPhil Collins1
1981This Must Be LovePhil Collins1
1982Thru’ These WallsPhil Collins41
1982You Can't Hurry LovePhil Collins33
1983I Don’t Care AnymorePhil Collins1
1983Don’t Let Him Steal Your Heart AwayPhil Collins31
1983I Cannot Believe It’s TruePhil Collins1
1983Why Can’t It Wait ’til MorningPhil Collins1
1984Easy LoverPhilip Bailey & Phil Collins4.655
1984Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)Phil Collins52
1985One More NightPhil Collins4.53
1985SussudioPhil Collins33
1985Don't Lose My NumberPhil Collins2
1985Don’t Lose My Number / We Said Hello GoodbyePhil Collins2
1985Separate LivesPhil Collins & Marilyn Martin1
1985Take Me HomePhil Collins2
1988Two HeartsPhil Collins2
1989Another Day in ParadisePhil Collins33
1990I Wish It Would Rain DownPhil Collins21
1990Hang In Long EnoughPhil Collins22
1990Do You Remember?Phil Collins42
1990Something Happened on the Way to HeavenPhil Collins3.51
1990That’s Just the Way It IsPhil Collins41
1993HeroDavid Crosby & Phil Collins2
1993Both Sides of the StoryPhil Collins24
1993EverydayPhil Collins5
1994We Wait and We WonderPhil Collins3
1996Dance Into the LightPhil Collins1
1996It’s in Your EyesPhil Collins2
1997No Matter WhoPhil Collins1
1997Wear My HatPhil Collins2
1997The Same MoonPhil Collins1
1998True ColorsPhil Collins3
2001In the Air ToniteLil’ Kim feat. Phil Collins1
2001Can’t Stop Loving YouPhil Collins3
2003The Least You Can DoPhil Collins3
2003HomeBone Thugs‐n‐Harmony feat. Phil Collins2
2003Wake Up CallPhil Collins1
2004True Colours (2004 version)Phil Collins1
2010(Love Is Like a) HeatwavePhil Collins1
2010Going BackPhil Collins1

Single + Soundtrack

1988A Groovy Kind of LovePhil Collins3
1999You’ll Be in My HeartPhil Collins1
1999Strangers Like MePhil Collins3
1999TarzanPhil Collins3
2003Look Through My EyesPhil Collins1
2004On My WayPhil Collins1
2014No Way OutPhil Collins1

Single + Live

1991Who Said I WouldPhil Collins2
2015… And So to FPhil Collins1
2016In the Air TonightPhil Collins1

Single + Remix

1986Medley Mega Mix / Take Me Home (extended version)Phil Collins1


1995Live From the Board: Official BootlegPhil Collins2

EP + Compilation + Remix

198512″ersPhil Collins6

EP + Soundtrack

1999Son of ManPhil Collins1

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