CSPC: Phil Collins Popularity Analysis

Phil Collins & Genesis Cd Collection

Original Album Sales – Comments

1981 Face Value – 15,640,000
1982 Hello, I Must Be Going! – 9,990,000
1985 No Jacket Required – 23,310,000
1988 Buster – 3,090,000
1989 …But Seriously – 20,810,000
1993 Both Sides – 7,710,000
1996 Dance into the Light – 3,480,000
1999 Tarzan – 4,550,000
2002 Testify – 3,260,000
2003 Brother Bear – 680,000
2010 Going Back – 1,260,000

During the 80s, Collins was unstoppable. His four studio albums sold nearly 70 million units combined. It is all the more impressive since their healthy catalog sales were truncated soon after the explosion of the CD market by the 1990 release of the best of-like set Serious Hits… Live!.

In-between, he starred the comedy movie Buster, a la Madonna on Who’s That Girl. A flop on theaters, the Soundtrack was home for 2 #1 hits in the US, selling a solid 3 million units despite the poor reception of the movie.

The transition into the 90s hasn’t been so good when we consider that only the aforementioned Michael Jackson and Madonna were bigger music acts than him during the 80s. All his new studio albums failed to produce big hits, selling decently still thanks to the popularity of Collins. The Soundtrack Tarzan did rather well on its side, powered by the single You’ll Be in My Heart.

In total, Collins sold 93,78 million units of his 8 studio albums and 3 Soundtracks.

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Just one question, how do you guys measure ASR?


I think it’s would be a very good idea to do the same work for Peter Gabriel and, first, for Genesis…
We’ read here that Phil Collins and Paul McCartney are the only artists who are above the 100 million sales for their work with their solo career AND for their main band. For Macca, the work has been done, and well done, IMO.
But for Phil Collins, we just have a part of the picture… Hope for Genesis CSCP in the next future… Fingers crossed !


Genesis is top 10 on the requests list. You can vote for them here.


“But for Phil Collins, we just have a part of the picture”

I couldn’t agree more, basically half of his career hasn’t been studied, which is a little strange considering we have Sting/The Police, Black Sabbath/Ozzy, Neil Young/CSNY, Paul Simon/Simon & Garfunkel…etc.

His total with Genesis would be around 255 million EAS, i.e. more than Madonna. I think he deserves a complete study of his career.