|First posted 9/15/2020.|
A Brief History:
Phil Collins made his name as the drummer of Genesis, later becoming the band’s lead singer after Peter Gabriel’s departure in 1975. In 1981, he released his first solo album. Through the ‘80s and ‘90s, he continued to work with Genesis and release solo albums. The Hits compilation he released in 1998 covers six of those studio albums, indicated below.
The Studio Albums:
Under each album snapshot, songs featured on the anthologies below are noted. If the song charted, the date of the song’s release or first chart appearance and its chart peaks are noted in parentheses. Click for codes to singles charts.
Face Value (1981):
Face Value was only represented by one song on the Hits set although four songs from the album charted, including the U.S. top-20 hit “I Missed Again.”
Hello, I Must Be Going! (1982):
Like Face Value, this album was only represented with one song despite eight chart hits, most notably “I Don’t Care Anymore,” a top-40 hit which also hit #3 on the album rock chart.
No Jacket Required (1985):
Three top-ten hits from this album were included on Hits, but the top-five “Don’t Lose My Number” didn’t make the cut, nor did four other charting songs from the album.
…But Seriously (1989):
Six songs from this album made various charts; three are included on Hits. Most notably absent was the top-five hit “Do You Remember?”
Both Sides (1993):
Collins’ heydays were behind him as this album failed to match the success of his last two albums, 1985’s No Jacket Required and 1989’s …But Seriously. Both albums hit #1 and produced four top-ten hits each in the United States. Both Sides, however, failed to send any songs into the top 20 and the album didn’t even make the top 10. The album did produce two top-40 hits, “Both Sides of the Story” and “Everyday,” the latter which wasn’t included on the Hits collection.
Dance into the Light (1996):
Like Both Sides, this album failed to hit the U.S. top 10 and didn’t even generate a top-40 hit in America.
Collin’s 1998 Hits collection gathered some of his biggest singles from six studio albums as well as cuts from several different soundtracks: “Against All Odds” from the 1984 soundtrack of the same name, “Separate Lives” from 1985’s White Nights, and “A Groovy Kind of Love” and “Two Hearts,” both from 1988’s Buster soundtrack. Also included was “Easy Lover,” his duet with Philip Bailey from 1984, featured on Bailey’s Chinese Wall album. The collection included one new song – a cover of Cyndi Lauper’s “True Colors.” All told, the compilation included fourteen U.S. top 40 hits, seven of which reached #1.
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