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Phil Collins

Long before he became a solo superstar, Phil Collins was keeping the beat for English art/progressive rockers Genesis. Though he eventually became their front man in 1975 (replacing Peter Gabriel), Collins didn’t pursue pop music outside of the band until 1981.

However, from the very first beats of “In the Air Tonight,” the public unanimously accepted the singer, and though he remained in Genesis, his solo star quickly burned even brighter. Throughout the rest of the ’80s and well into the ’90s, smash singles such as “Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now),” “Sussudio,” “Another Day in Paradise,” “Two Hearts” and “You’ll Be in My Heart” helped him sell over 150 million albums.

Come 1996, Collins finally left Genesis to pursue a full-time solo career, though the band briefly reunited in 2007 and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame three years later. After 2010’s Motown covers album Going Back, this superstar prematurely announced his retirement, but returned in 2016 with the re-release of his entire catalog, plus the promise of new music, an autobiography, and a tour.

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