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Initially founded by five English schoolmates in 1967, few bands have covered as much ground as Genesis. Despite occasional lineup changes—including being led by two different famous frontmen—their catalog delighted audiences across decades before they finally called it a day upon (then leader) Phil Collins’ retirement.

Under the guidance of Peter Gabriel, Genesis was a pioneer of early ’70s “prog” rock. Gabriel steered the band towards increasingly theatrical music and performances, culminating in 1974’s breakthrough concept album The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway. Gabriel felt increasingly out of place in the band, however, and left the following year to pursue a celebrated solo career.

Drummer Phil Collins took the helm, and by the early ’80s, traded in Gabriel’s ornate and eccentric musings for a pop style perfectly suited to the era. Collins wrote enduring hits—including 1983’s “That’s All” and 1986’s “Invisible Touch”—that remain perennial radio and playlist favorites. Genesis was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010.

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