The Top 10 Phil Collins -era Genesis songs prove that while they were one of progressive rock's most durable bands, lasting three decades and releasing some powerful music, they were also one of the genre's most eclectic. In their early days with Peter Gabriel as frontman, Genesis traversed through pastoral string folk and theatrical experimentation and oddball pop; during their pop peak in the '80s with Collins at the helm, they explored a slicker synth-driven sound that greatly expanded their commercial reach. The driving title-track from the band's album, "Abacab" epitomizes Genesis' stylistic reinvention of the early '80s. Like the album itself, "Abacab" boasts a bold new sound: Tony Banks' synthesizers are punchier and more rhythmic; Collins' drums explode out of the speakers with an emphatic gated drum sound. Most importantly, with its soulful backing vocals, sparse arrangement, and gibberish hook, "Abacab" offered the band levity and quirkiness, casting Genesis' serious prog-rock image in a more playful light — just in time for punk's crushing blow. The next entry on our list of Top 10 Phil Collins-Era Genesis Songs strikes a perfect balance between the band's prog and pop sides. After Peter Gabriel left in , Genesis went through a transitional stage as a quartet. The latter album included this sprawling, multi-part prog epic, which demonstrates the band at the height of their adventurous instrumental powers: Banks' sharp organ, Mike Rutherford's frenetic bass, Steve Hackett's graceful classical guitar, and Collins' fusion-inflected drumming. Genesis — one of the whitest bands in rock history — were rightfully never known for their funkiness. But when Phil Collins began releasing solo albums in the early '80s, he started embracing his inner soul child, covering Motown classics and putting his now-trademarked horn blasts on almost all of his huge pop hits.
Few bands have displayed a capacity for reinvention as dramatic or successful as Genesis, a band that embraced weirdness under the direction of Peter Gabriel but pure pop melodicism in its '80s output after drummer Phil Collins had taken the helm. Here's a look at some of that band's finest tunes in the latter category, pop confections that house far more musical substance than they're ever given credit for. This punchy guitar-based tune with incredibly hooky melodies became the band's highest-charting pop single to date, climbing to No. This energetic track deserved a far better chart fate than barely cracking the Top 60, but the relative popular obscurity may be understandable, as it is a much better portrait of the band members' individual contributions than Genesis would typically release as the successful Collins era wore on. Built on an egalitarian foundation led by Tony Banks' keyboards but dressed up skillfully with Mike Rutherford 's tasteful guitar and Collins' forceful drums, the song certainly verges more into rock than pop territory.
'Tonight, Tonight, Tonight'
Genesis were already a hugely popular band when frontman Peter Gabriel left the band in , but they became arguably the world's biggest band when they tweaked their sound when Phil Collins took over as lead singer. Previously a progressive rock band with Gabriel out in front wearing flamboyant outfits, Genesis became stadium-fillers when rebooting as a trio consisting of Phil Collins , Mike Rutherford and Tony Banks. They scored hit after hit around the world, and capitalised on the MTV generation. Here are their greatest songs after drummer Collins walked to the front of the stage:. From their We Can't Dance album from album, originally the band did not think of it as anything more than a joke, as the song was so simple, too bluesy and not like anything they'd done before. Tony Banks later said: "It was one of those bits you thought was going to go nowhere. It sounded fun, but wasn't really special". It was only when Banks added the keyboard sound effects that the song took on a whole different sound. The song was written as an attempt to write a pop song with a simple melody in the style of The Beatles. Phil Collins later said that the song features one of his attempts at a "Ringo Starr drum part".
Formed by singer Peter Gabriel and keyboard player Tony Banks while students at Charterhouse public school, Genesis began their recording career inauspiciously with a best-forgotten debut produced by Jonathan King and possessing a title, From Genesis to Revelation , that saw it filed away with religious music in record shops. But it seems like cheating to nominate such a suite for this 10 of the Best. And the music they play in those five minutes is far more effective as an uplifting ode to the beauty of nature than those clunky lyrics. Then, in among their minute epics and minute song cycles, Genesis dropped their first unexpected pop gem. By , tensions were simmering within Genesis. In a break from Genesis tradition, Gabriel penned all the lyrics for Lamb on his own, as he commuted between the recording studio at Headley Grange and London, where his wife and first child were recovering in hospital following a traumatic birth. But it would also be his last. In , he quit Genesis to pursue a solo career, throwing the band into disarray. The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway is puzzlingly absent from Spotify; please accept this live version instead.