For the majority of the 80s, Phil Collins was inescapable. Not a natural fit amid a sea of flashy MTV megastars, the 30-something Genesis frontman went solo in 1981. Launching a full-on assault on the airwaves, he became one of the best-selling male artists of the decade. With 150 million records sold worldwide to date, the drummer turned singer unequivocally deserves to be recognised as a music icon who defined the 80s like no other pop star. Here is our list of the 20 best Phil Collins songs from across his hugely successful solo career.
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20: It’s In Your Eyes (1996)
The second single from his 1996 album, Dance Into The Light, saw Phil Collins kick up his heels with a guitar-driven tune in an effort to adapt to the popularity of Britpop. With a melody resembling Any Time at All by The Beatles, Phil Collins even went to the lengths of borrowing Paul McCartney’s left-handed guitar, which he can be seen playing in the music video. However, not everyone was impressed with Phil Collins for posing as a guitarist …
The singer remembers bumping into Noel Gallagher while on holiday in Mustique. Inviting Noel to jam with him onstage, the Oasis songwriter flat-out refused, and Noel’s then-wife Meg criticised Collins, telling him he wasn’t a guitarist and he wasn’t fooling anyone. Despite the embarrassing encounter, Phil remains stoic: “I do feel close to Oasis’s Noel Gallagher,” he recalled, “insofar as he loves slagging me off.”