Phil Collins is undoubtedly an icon in the music industry. From his time with Genesis to his highly successful solo career, the English singer, drummer, and songwriter has amassed an impressive body of work. With numerous hits to his name and over 100 million albums sold worldwide, Collins has left an indelible mark. But which songs truly stand out in his illustrious career? Here’s our top 10 list.
10. Take Me Home
“Take Me Home” is a track where Collins’ drumming prowess is vividly on display. Featured on the 1985 album “No Jacket Required,” the song offers a blend of pop and rock with a touch of soul. It’s a prime example of the ’80s sound that Collins is famous for. The lyrics explore the feeling of being lost, a sentiment that many can relate to.
9. Something Happened on the Way to Heaven
This song, from the 1989 album “…But Seriously,” showcases the versatility of Phil Collins as a songwriter. A combination of horns and an infectious rhythm make it a delightful listening experience. With its upbeat melody and heavy themes, it perfectly encapsulates the complexity that Collins can inject into his work.
8. You Can’t Hurry Love
With “You Can’t Hurry Love,” Collins pays tribute to the original song by The Supremes. He stays close to the original while giving it a fresh twist through modern instrumentation. This track serves as an excellent showcase of his ability to reinvent classics for a new audience.
7. I Wish It Would Rain Down
This emotional song, from the album “…But Seriously,” is a quintessential ballad. The guitar work by Eric Clapton adds an extra layer of depth to the track. “I Wish It Would Rain Down” is renowned for its emotional weight and powerful vocals, resonating deeply with many listeners.
6. Can’t Stop Loving You
From the 2002 album “Testify,” “Can’t Stop Loving You” shows the mature, contemplative side of Collins. The melody is irresistible, and the lyrics tackle a theme that everyone can understand: the inevitable power of love.
5. Easy Lover
Collaborating with Philip Bailey of Earth, Wind & Fire, Collins created one of the most iconic duets of the 1980s. “Easy Lover” is a hit that brings together all the best elements of Collins’ style: strong vocals, excellent drumming, and an unforgettable melody.
4. You’ll Be in My Heart
This heartfelt ballad from the Disney movie Tarzan won an Academy Award and stands as one of Collins’ most touching songs. The lyrics and melody resonate on a deeply emotional level, making it a favorite at weddings and other significant life events.
3. Another Day in Paradise
With its socially conscious lyrics and melancholic melody, “Another Day in Paradise” is a masterpiece that addresses the plight of the homeless. This track won a Grammy for Record of the Year in 1991 and remains one of his most impactful works.
2. Against All Odds
This song from the film of the same name is arguably the most famous heartbreak song ever. The emotion that Collins pours into his vocals is utterly captivating, earning the song numerous accolades.
1. In the Air Tonight
“In the Air Tonight” epitomizes the mystical and elusive quality that many of Collins’ best works possess. It’s known for its ominous atmosphere and iconic drum fill, remaining one of the most recognizable and influential songs in pop history.