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188.  Phil Collins

It is occasionally forgotten how huge Phil Collins was in the 80’s. Whether it was on T.V. (Miami Vice), his solo career or with Genesis, Collins certainly didn’t look like a rock star that could have come out of the MTV generation.

After taking over the reigns as lead singer of Genesis and helping to transform their sound, Collins was an oddity in that he was able to have a very successful solo career at the same time while being part of a successful band. After generating multiple hits, Collins’ sound degenerated to “dentist chair” music in the 90’s and that lasting memory could prevent his solo career from receiving induction. Much like our entry with Peter Gabriel, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame may feel that since Genesis was honored, the solo career of Mr. Collins can be overlooked.

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The Bullet Points:

Eligible Since:



Country of Origin:

United Kingdom (London, England)


Why He Will Get In:

He had major commercial success and is very popular in North America.


Why He Won’t Get In:

Genesis’ induction may show that his individual career can be disregarded..


Nominated In:



Essential Albums:

Face Value (1981)

Hello, I Must Be Going (1982)

No Jacket Required (1985)

…But Seriously (1989)


Our Five Favorite Songs as Chosen by Each Member of the NIHOF Committee:

In The Air Tonight (From Face Value, 1981)

I Missed Again (From Face Value, 1981)

I Don’t Care Anymore (From Hello, I Must Be Going, 1982)

Take Me Home (From No Jacket Required, 1985)

I Wish It Would Rain Down (From …But Seriously, 1989)

Should Phil Collins be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 91.1%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 4.5%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 1%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 3.5%
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+3 #4 Ev 2014-09-07 20:32
Phil Collins is a Superstar with internationa l success and acclaim. He is an Academy Award win, 2 Golden Globe wins, 5 Brit awards(inclu ding 3 Best British Male), 27 Grammy nominations of which 7 were wins (plus 1 with Genesis mates), Disney Legend Award,Johnny Mercer Award, Lifetime Achievement Igor Nivello Songwriting Award, countless Billboard awards, ASCAP awards, Songwriters Hall of Fame, Singers Hall of Fame, American Music Awards, MTV awards, etc. the list goes on and on. This is a short, short list! In 2013,, UK readers voted Phil their favorite drummer in an imaginary Super band with PaulMCartney on Bass, Elton John on Keyboards, Freddie Mercury vocals. Phil received 30 % of the vote, Keirh Moon 18%, and Ringo Starr 14%. Counting his work with Genesis and other artists, he had a string of number one records, more top 40 Hits than any other artists in the eighties. Phil played both sides of the Atlantic for Live Aid, gave all of his South African Profits to fight Aids, donated countless dollars to homeless shelters, was the recipient of the Grammy MusicCares Award, made LVO (Lieutenant of the Victorian Order), and even GQ Man of the Year. He has sold over 150 million records. He has penned songs which have made a lasting impact on popular culture. During his solo career he was involved in bands such as Genesis, Brand X, The Phil Collins Big Band, numerous session drummer, produced albums for Eric Clapton, Robert Plant solo albums, Frida, Adam Ant,, etc.
0 #3 Musicologist999 -0001-11-30 00:00
Jimmy, your comparison of Phil Collins to Lionel Ritchie is b.s. Obviously, ignorance is bliss for you, ain't it bro? Shame.
0 #2 jimmy26 -0001-11-30 00:00
Phil Collins and Lionle Richie are basically the same artist to me. Both came form huge 70's groups and became iconic 80's singers. both of their legcies have faded over the years and are even thought of as jokes. do i believe either one should get in? no but the big question is why is Lionel 200 spots lower than Phil?
+6 #1 Musicologist999 -0001-11-30 00:00
He's already inducted with Genesis, and I'm grateful for that, but Phil's solo career is also deserving of induction. The man has a ton of timeless hit singles and big album sales, and lots of fans all over the world. His induction with Genesis *could* stand in his way of being inducted as a solo artist I suppose, but it shouldn' t.

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