CSPC: Phil Collins Popularity Analysis


Digital Singles Sales – Part 1

As a reminder, the weighting is done with a 10 to 1,5 ratio between one album and one digital single.

Face Value (1981) – 810,000 equivalent albums

In the Air Tonight – 4,940,000
This Must Be Love – 120,000
If Leaving Me Is Easy – 140,000
Remaining tracks – 200,000

Hello, I Must Be Going! (1982) – 216,000 equivalent albums

I Don’t Care Anymore – 450,000
You Can’t Hurry Love – 910,000
Remaining tracks – 80,000

No Jacket Required (1985) – 266,000 equivalent albums

Sussudio – 450,000
One More Night – 820,000
Don’t Lose My Number – 160,000
Take Me Home – 290,000
Remaining tracks – 50,000

Buster (1988) – 209,000 equivalent albums

Two Hearts – 610,000
A Groovy Kind of Love – 680,000
Remaining tracks – 100,000 (non-Collins)

…But Seriously (1989) – 422,000 equivalent albums

Another Day in Paradise – 1,380,000
Do You Remember? – 350,000
Something Happened on the Way to Heaven – 280,000
I Wish It Would Rain Down – 460,000
Remaining tracks – 340,000

Among all Collins‘ 80s hits, its the breakthrough smash In The Air Tonight which became his signature song. The track is a huge catalog force with nearly 5 million digital sales. No other song comes close although Another Day In Paradise is past a million sales.

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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.