The 16 Best Phil Collins Songs

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There isn’t anyone on this earth who hasn’t heard one or two of Phil Collin’s songs. He’s one of the most famous musicians of our time, though many people wouldn’t recognize him if he walked down the street!

Whether you are a Phil Collins lover or a new fan, we’ve made a list of the 16 best Phil Collins songs. Read on to discover the tunes of the word mastermind and find a new favorite song to jam to!

1. “In the Air Tonight”

Whether you take a poll, or simply look at Spotify, there is no Phil Collins song as revered as “In the Air Tonight” which is also one of his first songs. Released in 1981, this song was a hit from the beginning and has been redone multiple times over the years by a variety of artists. It is known as Phil Collins’ signature songs, both for the lyrics, as well as the drum break towards the end.

2. “You Can’t Hurry Love”

“You Can’t Hurry Love” is different from all the other best Phil Collins songs because it is actually a cover. We guess even the biggest artists need to take it easy sometimes. Covered in 1982, Phil Collins re-wrote the drum line, making this song fit the decade and an even bigger hit than its first release.

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3. “Against All Odds”

Many famous Phil Collins songs are from movie soundtracks, and the third song on our list is no exception. Recorded in 1984, “Against All Odds” was written by Collins for the movie of the same name. This song was nominated for an Oscar but unfortunately lost to “The Woman In Red” by Stevie Wonder.

4. “Easy Lover”

Phil Collins wrote his fourth most popular song for the disco group Earth Wind and Fire. The band loved it so much, they even feature Phil in the music video, which was released in 1984, though you’ll laugh at how he is dressed!

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5. “Another Day in Paradise”

Phil Collins’ career has spanned decades. In fact, he had the top single of the 1980s—which is impressive considering he is still composing music today! “Another Day in Paradise” was written to draw attention to the rising issue of homelessness which Collins noticed a lot of as he walked the streets of Washington DC. None other than David Crosby sings the backup on this song that captured hearts around the world.

6. “You’ll Be In My Heart”

We weren’t lying when we said almost everyone has heard a Phil Collins song, thanks in part to his work on creating scores for movies. One of the most famous is the 1999 movie Tarzan, to which Phil Collins wrote all the songs, many of which are known around the world.

What’s even more impressive is that he wrote the songs for this movie in multiple languages, singing in every version. Yes, you read that right, Phil Collins speaks English, German, French, Italian, and Spanish fluently enough to record this album 5 times over. Next time you are bored, go check out the French Tarzan soundtrack, you won’t regret it.

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7. “I Don’t Care Anymore”

Phil Collins has been through his share of divorces, therefore it’s no surprise that “I Don’t Care Anymore,” which is a song about divorce, made our list of Phil Collin’s best songs. Known for its outright display of anger, Phil Collins plays every instrument in this song as well as providing the lyrics. If that’s not talent, we don’t know what is!

8. “On My Way”

If you by some chance aren’t familiar with Phil Collins’ Tarzan album, then you may be pleased to find out that he wrote several songs for the movie 2003 movie Brother Bear. “On My Way” is actually one of his top 10 most popular tracks, though the other songs he wrote for the album didn’t hit nearly as big.

9. “Can’t Stop Loving You”

Another cover, this song was originally written by Billy Nicholls in 1977 before Phil Collins covered it around the turn of the century, bringing it back to fame. While this song isn’t one of his biggest hits, it is still a fan favorite 20 years later.

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10. “Strangers Like Me”

Another track from the Tarzan soundtrack is considered one of the best Phil Collins songs, and let’s admit, this album was way too mature for a kid’s cartoon movie. Then again, if you can watch the movie without crying you probably have a heart of steel.

11. “I Wish It Would Rain Down”

As one of the most prolific artists of all time, it makes sense that Phil Collins would cross paths with Eric Clapton. The two worked together on Clapton’s albums in the 1980s, and as a favor, Clapton is featured in the hit song “I Wish It Would Rain Down,” which hit number 3 on The Billboard Hot 100 when it was released.

12. “Do You Remember?”

Released in 1990, this song was one of Phil’s first hits from the decade and became one of his last during his career. The song is about a failing relationship, which everyone can empathize with, and it is famous for its feature in the movie Fire Birds.

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13. “One More Night”

An accidental hit, “One More Night” was written by Collins when he was just messing around with his drum set. Little did he know this would end up being considered one of the best Phil Collins songs of all time.

14. “Mama”

Even if you live under a rock you’ve heard “Mama” by Phil Collins. How do we know? Well, “Mama” is one of the most popular hold songs used for call centers. Have you ever wondered where that weird tone came from as you waited on hold? Just listen to this song, it will explain everything.

15. “Something Happened on the Way to Heaven”

If you’ve ever made a mistake in a relationship, then you’ll vibe with the song “Something Happened on the Way to Heaven.” Written by Phil and the Genesis drummer Daryl Stuermer, this song has that 80s beat, and though it was released in 1990, it hit the top song in Canada and hit number two in the United States.

16. “Don’t Lose My Number”

Phil Collins is a genius composer, often writing the music and lyrics for all his songs. But even a genius needs a rest sometimes, and “Don’t Lose My Number” while a fan favorite, is reportedly a random song Collins recorded when he was struggling during writing sessions.

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Written by Hope Davis

Long-time music lover Hope became a full-time writer in 2020 after being laid off from her regular job due to COVID-19. She now spends her time traveling the world to see her favorite bands while writing about them!


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