This list of the best Phil Collins songs in the 1980s is a tribute to one of the most underrated musicians and singers in rock music history.
Philip David Charles “Phil” Collins, born 30 January 1951, was originally a drummer for Genesis before launching his solo career. He became known as a pop singer-songwriter with an extensive catalog.
The Best 80s Phil Collins Songs
Phil Collins is no doubt one of the most iconic music artists of our time. He has won 8 Grammy Awards – 1 with Genesis, – as well as multiple awards from other organizations worldwide. In 2010 he received an OBE (Officer of the British Empire).
So what are the best Phil Collins songs of the 1980s that you need to know about? Here’s our picks:
1. In The Air Tonight (1981)
This classic song was Phil Collins’s first solo hit from his album Face Value. This single shot to #3 in 1981, stayed on the charts for 11 weeks on Billboard’s Top Rock Tracks chart.
It also won Collins a Grammy Award for Best Rock Vocal Performance. The video was shot in black and white, and you can really feel the emotion seeping through Phil’s vocal performance.
2. Against All Odds (1984)
Released on the soundtrack of Against All Odds, this single performed very well and it reached number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, and the single was also nominated for a Grammy. Against All Odds has been covered by various artists, but only Phil Collins and Mariah Carey’s versions charted.
3. I Don’t Care Anymore (1983)
This song off of Collins’s album Hello, I Must Be Going! is about Collins’s divorce from his first wife. It hit number 39 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Collins plays all the instruments on this track, including several vigorous drum solos. I don’t care anymore was considered the anthem for breakups in 1983.
4. Easy Lover (1984)
While the song is performed by Phil Collins and Philip Bailey of Earth, Wind & Fire, this classic single was written by Collins. It hit number 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 and did quite well in other countries as well.
5. Take Me Home (1984)
This song off of Collins’s album No Jacket Required was a number 1 hit in both the US and UK. This song was successful in many countries, reaching number 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. According to Phil Collins, this song was about a man in a mental institution longing to be set free.
6. Sussudio (1985)
Phil Collins was looking to put his solo career on the map with this song off of his album No Jacket Required. The song made it all the way to number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. Sussudio has appeared in many TV commercials and films over the years.
In conclusion, Phil Collins’s music career spanned a total of over 40 years and sold in excess of 150 million records. He is considered to be one of the best-selling musical artists of all time. What are your favorite Phil Collins songs from the 80s?