Phil Collins



by clairvoyant USER (24 Reviews)
March 8th, 2007 | 26 replies

Release Date: 1998 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A 'Best Of' Phil Collins, what else can you expect? Sure he may have written some bad songs, but classics like 'Another Day In Paradise' and 'In The Air Tonight' should be able to provide anyone with a few loveable tracks on this album.

Ah, Phil Collins. This man has done just about everything, and for the most part is either loved as an 80s pop star, hated as the "guy who ruined Genesis", or just respected for being a good artist all around. Well I am sure that anyone who has ever listened to the radio has heard at least five tracks off of this album, if not many more. I wouldn't even need to own the album to write a review for it! Hits is the first collection of Phil Collins songs released on one album, and the title describes it quite well. It features 14 Top 40 hits, including seven songs that went to #1 in America. This album also contains "Easy Lover", which is a duet with Phillip Bailey, and a remake of Cyndi Lauper's "True Colors". Although it definitely does provide a good collection of Phil Collins' hits, it is noticably missing two key tracks in his career, being I Don't Care Anymore and Baby Don't Lose My Number.

But like any good greatest hits album, it features all of the best works by the artist. Another Day In Paradise is argubaly Phil Collins' biggest hit, a very melancholy and emotional song about homelessness. This particular song was the last #1 hit of the 1980s, and also the first #1 hit of the 1990s. Easily one of Phil's best songs thanks to the amazing synth line and incredibly serious lyrical subject. Also featured on this cd is Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now) and In The Air Tonight, which are two classic serious Phil songs. In The Air Tonight was the benchmark for the early Phil Collins sound, which was always very dark, drum heavy, and seemingly always influenced by his first divorce. Against All Odds would be Collins' first number one hit (released in 1984), and showed a change from his earlier works. This track was very melodic and piano oriented and contained a much more commercial feel. Even with these changes, it is still one of his best songs.

While we all know the big standout songs, there are some good ones that one may not have heard very much on 90s radio. The upbeat Easy Lover is not to be forgotten with Daryl Stuermer's fantastic guitar work along with Phillip Bailey's smooth vocals along side Phil Collins. I Wish It Would Rain Down features Eric Clapton on the guitar in a very slow and beautiful song. I highly reccomend this song as there is no other one like it, with everything flowing perfectly and a phenomenal ending to the song. Another upbeat song Something Happened On The Way Heaven, which songs like a very strong attempt at a rock song, but still contains that 80s flair that by 1989 Phil Collins was heavily known for. Not the biggest hit, but still not to be missed due to its catchy chorus and solid guitar riffs.

But sometimes we forget, that we are listening to Phil Collins, and he did release a majority of his music in the 1980s. This is clearly shown by songs like You Can't Hurry Love (although it was a cover, Phil did manage to turn it 80s), Two Hearts, and Sussudio. While Sussudio can be an enjoyable song if one is not annoyed to tears by it, as it does contain some catchy horn work, Two Hearts and You Can't Hurry Love are seemly above and beyond the cheesy level for most people. One More Night also qualifies for the horrible song status due its sheer lack of anything catchy, standout, or something impressive in general. While Phil Collins may write some solid soft songs, this one lacks due to no climax or any building up of any kind.

Sure people may scoff at Phil Collins, but he managed to write some good songs in the 1980s. I can't say much about the Tarzan soundtrack, but between Genesis and his solo work he showed why he is one of the most famous solo acts of all time. After 1990 Collins' fame would slowly decrease minus Tarzan, as there is only one song released after 1990 on this best of, being Both Sides Of The Story. I reccomend this album to anyone who was a fan of any 80s pop, or maybe is searching for some pop music with a more serious subject matter at times.

Reccomend tracks:
Another Day In Paradise
Against All Odds
In The Air Tonight
I Wish It Would Rain Down

Phil Collins
Hits (1998)

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March 8th 2007


Album Rating: 3.0

one of my shorter reviews, pretty brief. but whatever...

March 8th 2007


I know I have this album somewhere, I should find it. Collins had some good stuff.

March 8th 2007


I prefer his pop songs with Genesis than his solo pop stuff. But then again Mike Rutherford and Tony Banks had a big impact on those songs. Nice review

March 9th 2007


Album Rating: 4.0

Cant go wrong with Phil Collins!!!

February 22nd 2009


Album Rating: 4.0

another day in awesome!

October 21st 2009


didnt he write a song for the hangover?? heehee

October 21st 2009


Just another day for you and paradise. God Phil Collins rules.

October 21st 2009


nooo phil collins ruined genesis.

September 20th 2011


The hurt doesn't show; but the pain still grows
It's no stranger to you or me


September 20th 2011


June 1st 2015


Album Rating: 3.5

cheesy songs but they are amazing. My guilty pleasure

March 16th 2016


hellllooooo patrick bateman

March 16th 2016


you might as well show me the business card, bateman

September 19th 2017


This is the ultimate in guilty pleasure music

September 19th 2017


"Do you like Phil Collins? I've been a big Genesis fan ever since the release of their 1980 album, Duke. Before that, I really didn't understand any of their work. Too artsy, too intellectual. It was on Duke where Phil Collins' presence became more apparent. I think Invisible Touch was the group's undisputed masterpiece. It's an epic meditation on intangibility. At the same time, it deepens and enriches the meaning of the preceding three albums. Christy, take off your robe. Listen to the brilliant ensemble playing of Banks, Collins and Rutherford. You can practically hear every nuance of every instrument. Sabrina, remove your dress. In terms of lyrical craftsmanship, the sheer songwriting, this album hits a new peak of professionalism. Sabrina, why don't you, uh, dance a little. Take the lyrics to Land of Confusion. In this song, Phil Collins addresses the problems of abusive political authority. In Too Deep is the most moving pop song of the 1980s, about monogamy and commitment. The song is extremely uplifting. Their lyrics are as positive and affirmative as anything I've heard in rock. Christy, get down on your knees so Sabrina can see your asshole. Phil Collins' solo career seems to be more commercial and therefore more satisfying, in a narrower way. Especially songs like In the Air Tonight and Against All Odds. Sabrina, don't just stare at it, eat it. But I also think Phil Collins works best within the confines of the group, than as a solo artist, and I stress the word artist. This is Sussudio, a great, great song, a personal favorite."

November 23rd 2017


Album Rating: 4.5

easy fucking lover

November 23rd 2017


Do you like Phil Collins? I've been a big Genesis fan ever since the release of their 1980 album, Duke. Before that, I really didn't understand any of their work. Too artsy, too intellectual. It was on Duke where Phil Collins' presence became more apparent. I think Invisible Touch was the group's undisputed masterpiece. It's an epic meditation on intangibility.

I'd say that the author of American Psycho is full of shit.

November 23rd 2017


Album Rating: 4.5

love him!

May 30th 2019


Been jamming one of his greatest hits albums quite a lot lately. Dude knew how to write incredibly catchy pop songs.

May 30th 2019


Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I swear this is the first Phil Collins bump I've seen in ages.

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