CSPC: Phil Collins Popularity Analysis

Phil Collins at Music Works

Digital Singles Sales – Part 2
Both Sides (1993) – 45,000 equivalent albums

All tracks – 300,000

Dance into the Light (1996) – 60,000 equivalent albums

All tracks – 400,000

Tarzan (1999) – 546,000 equivalent albums

Two Worlds – 430,000
You’ll Be in My Heart – 1,890,000
Son of Man – 300,000
Strangers Like Me – 400,000
Remaining tracks – 620,000

Testify (2002) – 54,000 equivalent albums

Can’t Stop Loving You – 240,000
Remaining tracks – 120,000

Brother Bear (2003) – 111,000 equivalent albums

On My Way – 360,000
Remaining tracks – 380,000

Going Back (2010) – 38,000 equivalent albums

All tracks – 250,000

Orphan – 642,000 equivalent albums

Against All Odds (Take A Look at Me Now) – 1,840,000
Easy Lover – 1,610,000
Separate Lives – 490,000
True Colors – 240,000
Remaining tracks – 100,000

Impressively, tracks from Tarzan became more popular with time than most of Collins‘ biggest hits from his peak. Obviously, the frequent airing of the movie helps. It doesn’t change the fact that nearly 2 million sales for You’ll Be in My Heart is a stunning achievement.

Close behind is Against All Odds which lands at #3 among the artist’s most downloaded tracks, slightly ahead of Easy Lover. In total, Collins sold a decent 22 million units with his songs digitally, nearly all of them with catalog tunes.

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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.