Phil Collins Calls it Quits

CHART REWIND. Earlier this week, Phil Collins announced that he will retire. The 60- year old singer got his breakthrough in Genesis in the ‘70s, releasing his first solo album in 1981. A quick glance on the Swedish singles tally reveals that Collins managed to place two tracks at No.1 in his career. In 1981, he placed “In the Air Tonight” on top of the list only to return in 1989 when “Another Day in Paradise” made it to No.1. In total, eleven singles have charted by Phil Collins.

In terms of albums, four sets have topped the Swedish chart. It all began with Face Value (1981), followed by No Jacket Required (1985), …But Seriously (1989) and …Hits (1998).

Phil Collins have had far more successful chart runs in the US and the UK, but his career has struggled of late. In 2010, two singles were issued off his latest album Going Back. Neither “(Love Is Like a) Heatwave” nor “Going Back” made any significant impact chartwise.

WelcheMusic thinks one of his more original hits was the 2001 re-work of “In the Air Tonite.” Taken off the tribute album Urban Renewal, Lil’ Kim rapped her way through the track which peaked at No.26 in the UK and No.27 in Sweden. It was never released in the US. In 2003, rap group Bone-Thugs-N-Harmony sampled Collins’ “Take Me Home” on their hit “Home.” It finally made it to No.19 in the UK.