CSPC: Phil Collins Popularity Analysis

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Physical Singles Sales – Part 1

As a reminder, the weighting is done with a 10 to 3 ratio between one album and one physical single.

Face Value (1981) – 1,194,000 equivalent albums

In the Air Tonight – 2,100,000
I Missed Again – 640,000
Thunder and Lightning – 10,000
If Leaving Me Is Easy – 140,000
In the Air Tonight (1988) – 780,000
In the Air Tonite (2001) – 310,000

Hello, I Must Be Going! (1982) – 774,000 equivalent albums

I Don’t Care Anymore – 240,000
I Cannot Believe It’s True – 110,000
You Can’t Hurry Love – 2,060,000
It Don’t Matter to Me – 10,000
Thru These Walls – 130,000
Don’t Let Him Steal Your Heart Away – 20,000
Why Can’t It Wait ‘Til Morning – 10,000

No Jacket Required (1985) – 1,205,000 equivalent albums

Sussudio – 1,290,000
One More Night – 1,690,000
Don’t Lose My Number – 550,000
Who Said I Would – 5,000
Take Me Home – 480,000

Buster (1988) – 1,545,000 equivalent albums

Two Hearts – 1,820,000
A Groovy Kind of Love – 2,940,000
(Four Tops) Loco in Acapulco – 390,000

…But Seriously (1989) – 1,488,000 equivalent albums

Another Day in Paradise – 2,490,000
I Wish It Would Rain Down – 990,000
Something Happened on the Way to Heaven – 700,000
Do You Remember? – 540,000
That’s Just the Way It Is – 80,000
Hang in Long Enough – 160,000

Collins sold large quantities of albums during his hey-days. Fact is, he was also massive in the singles field. From 1984 to 1990, he issued 13 singles in the US, the worst performance came from Take Me Home which went as high as #7.

All his 5 albums included at least one million selling single. The relatively low sales of the Buster Soundtrack due to its nature opened the way to high sales for its singles. Logically, the top seller of all ends up being A Groovy Kind of Love at nearly 3 million units.

These singles sold a whopping 20 million units and that doesn’t account for the orphan songs which are listed next…

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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.