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post Oct 27 2016, 09:45 AM
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Phil Collins' biggest hits of the digital age revealed
27 October 2016 | By Rob Copsey

Take a look at his biggest hits now...

Earlier this month, Phil Collins announced that he’s hauling himself out of retirement for a string of shows across Europe, including five nights at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

It’s his first run of shows in nearly ten years and ties in with the release of his new autobiography – the brilliantly titled Not Dead Yet – and his new retrospective collection The Singles, which reached Number 2 on the Official Albums Chart this month.

Most casual music fans above a certain age can name at least a couple of Phil’s hits off the top of their heads, but a deeper look at his chart history – which you view here in glorious detail – reveals plenty more that you may have quietly forgotten about. Thank goodness he’s coming back to remind us all of them, right?

But which of his hits are holding up strongest today? A large number of Phil’s most successful singles were released in the '80s before Official Charts’ digital records began, so we’re looking at his biggest downloads and most streamed songs to reveal his biggest hits of the digital age. Let’s count down the Top 6…

6. Another Day In Paradise (1989)
The lead single from Phil’s …But Seriously album, Another Day In Paradise hailed a very different sound for the singer after the dance-pop of his previous album, 1985’s No Jacket Required. The track was a global smash, reaching Number 2 in the UK (Click here to see who kept him off the top spot), Number 1 in America and winning a Grammy and BRIT Award. The track has been streamed 3.2 million times (since streams were introduced to the Official Chart in 2014) and notched up 125,000 downloads.

5. You Can’t Hurry Love (1982)
Phil’s first Number 1 on the Official Singles Chart was a cover of The Supremes You Can’t Hurry Love, which first reached Number 3 in 1966. Fun fact: the song is the first track on the very first Now That’s What I Call Music compilation album. In the digital era, the song has racked up 5.1 million streams and 126,000 downloads.

4. You’ll Be In My Heart (1999)
One of his more recent hits, You’ll Be In My Heart was released to tie in with Disney’s animated Tarzan film. The song peaked at Number 19 in the UK and went on to win a Golden Globe and the Academy Award for Best Original Song, though missed out on an Oscar that year to Madonna’s Beautiful Stranger from the Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me film.

3. Easy Lover (1985)
Easy Lover is one of Phil's biggest Number 1s, racking up four weeks at the top in the UK in March/April 1985. Originally recorded for collaborator Philip Bailey's solo album Chinese Wall, the track was nominated for a Grammy and became a regular at Collins' concerts. It's download count is at 100,000, while the song has been streamed 3.5 million times.

2. Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now) (1984)
One of the all-time great power ballads, Against All Odds just missed out on claiming the top spot on the Official Singles Chart in 1984, logging a frustrating three weeks at Number 2. It was recorded for the soundtrack to the film of the same name, and has since been covered to varying degrees of success (and quality) by the likes of Westlife/Mariah Carey and the original X Factor winner Steve Brookstein. The song’s total download count currently stands at 196,000.

1. In The Air Tonight
Unbelievably, Phil’s iconic and enduring debut single didn’t reach Number 1 in the UK, topping out at Number 2 (click here to see who bagged the Number 1 that week). It did manage to top the charts in plenty of other countries though, and is considered to have one of the best drum breaks ever.

The track has been used regularly as a soundtrack over the years, most notably by Cadburys in the 2007 Gorilla ad campaign, which sent it back into the UK Top 20. To date, the song has been played 8.4 million times on streaming services, and has been downloaded 481,000 times.

Oh, and it still sounds just as fresh today, as he proved with a performance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon in the US this week:

Phil Collins' Official UK Top 20 most downloaded songs are...

1 IN THE AIR TONIGHT PHIL COLLINS 2
2 AGAINST ALL ODDS (TAKE A LOOK AT ME NOW) PHIL COLLINS 2
3 EASY LOVER PHILIP BAILEY & PHIL COLLINS 1
4 ANOTHER DAY IN PARADISE PHIL COLLINS 2
5 YOU'LL BE IN MY HEART PHIL COLLINS 17
6 YOU CAN'T HURRY LOVE PHIL COLLINS 1
7 A GROOVY KIND OF LOVE PHIL COLLINS 1
8 TWO HEARTS PHIL COLLINS 6
9 ONE MORE NIGHT PHIL COLLINS 4
10 SEPARATE LIVES PHIL COLLINS 4
11 I WISH IT WOULD RAIN DOWN PHIL COLLINS 7
12 TWO WORLDS (FROM TARZAN) PHIL COLLINS n/a
13 SUSSUDIO PHIL COLLINS 12
14 SOMETHING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO HEAVEN PHIL COLLINS 15
15 STRANGERS LIKE ME (FROM TARZAN) PHIL COLLINS n/a
16 ON MY WAY (FROM BROTHER BEAR) PHIL COLLINS n/a
17 SON OF MAN (FROM TARZAN) PHIL COLLINS n/a
18 TRUE COLORS PHIL COLLINS 26
19 IF LEAVING ME IS EASY PHIL COLLINS 17
20 DO YOU REMEMBER PHIL COLLINS 57

©2016 Official Charts Company. All rights reserved.

Phil Collins' Official UK Top 20 most streamed songs are...

1 IN THE AIR TONIGHT PHIL COLLINS 2
2 YOU CAN'T HURRY LOVE PHIL COLLINS 1
3 YOU'LL BE IN MY HEART PHILIP BAILEY & PHIL COLLINS 17
4 AGAINST ALL ODDS (TAKE A LOOK AT ME NOW) PHIL COLLINS 2
5 EASY LOVER PHIL COLLINS 1
6 ANOTHER DAY IN PARADISE PHIL COLLINS 2
7 SUSSUDIO PHIL COLLINS 12
8 TWO WORLDS (FROM TARZAN) PHIL COLLINS n/a
9 STRANGERS LIKE ME (FROM TARZAN) PHIL COLLINS n/a
10 ON MY WAY (FROM BROTHER BEAR) PHIL COLLINS n/a
11 SON OF MAN (FROM TARZAN) PHIL COLLINS n/a
12 ONE MORE NIGHT PHIL COLLINS 4
13 TWO HEARTS PHIL COLLINS 6
14 A GROOVY KIND OF LOVE PHIL COLLINS 1
15 I WISH IT WOULD RAIN DOWN PHIL COLLINS 7
16 CAN'T STOP LOVING YOU PHIL COLLINS 28
17 SOMETHING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO HEAVEN PHIL COLLINS 15
18 SEPARATE LIVES PHIL COLLINS 4
19 THIS MUST BE LOVE PHIL COLLINS n/a
20 TRUE COLOURS PHIL COLLINS 26

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post Oct 27 2016, 09:55 AM
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Didn't realise You'll Be In My Heart was so well regarded ohmy.gif
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post Oct 27 2016, 10:33 AM
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me neither, bizarre it's so high and beats classics like Another day in Paradise
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Digital Sales Figures:

565,000 In The Air Tonight (481,000 / 84,000)
231,000+ Against All Odds (196,000 / 35,000+) [no streaming sales given]
135,000? Easy Lover (100,000? / 35,000) [must be some typo there in that download figure, as it's higher than You Can't Hurry Love which had 126k downloads wacko.gif]
177,000+ You'll Be In My Heart (126,000+ / 35,000+) [annoyingly no sales given for this]
177,000 You Can't Hurry Love (126,000 / 51,000)
157,000 Another Day In Paradise (125,000 / 32,000)
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post Oct 27 2016, 12:28 PM
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I posted this over on Haven:

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Just been looking for original physical sales so that we can work out official totals. Gezza's Best Sellings 80s Singles thread has 'In the Air Tonight' on 551k, 'Easy Lover' on 547k and 'You Can't Hurry Love' on 650k. Therefore, we can work out that 'In the Air Tonight' has sold 1,116,000, 'Easy Lover' has sold 682k and 'You Can't Hurry Love' has sold 827k.

'In the Air Tonight' has sold 1,032,000 excluding streams, but the OCC don't recognise it as a million seller. Either they have separated the sales for the original 1981 version and the 1988 remix or the 80s sales have just been downgraded. Could anyone shed any more light on the matter?
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Ive got 480k physicals for in the air tonight total 960k
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post Oct 27 2016, 01:20 PM
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QUOTE(gooddelta @ Oct 27 2016, 09:55 AM) *
Didn't realise You'll Be In My Heart was so well regarded ohmy.gif


The OCC have their data wrong on one thing though. Beautiful Stranger won a Grammy, not an Oscar that year. It was for Best Original Song Written For Visual Media.


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I don't understand why all his Tarzan songs do so well considering they were all released pre-digital era
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post Oct 27 2016, 02:52 PM
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Pity they didn't give total sales and also for his albums.
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no surprise at #1...iconic.

You'll Be In My Heart though wub.gif
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Absolutely adore You'll Be In My Heart
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I think they've probably split the original version of the 81 and 88 which accounts for the discrepancy. The 88 remix about 130k
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