Saturday, August 22, 2015

The best Dutch #1 hits: 18. In the air tonight (Phil Collins)

As posted here, the Dutch top40 chart celebrated its 50th birthday in January this year. When I posted about that event, I included my top50 songs that made the top40 chart in the past. I was intrigued how few of my favourite songs actually made the #1 position, so the rest of the year I will be posting at a rate of one a week (on Saturday, the day the top40 was broadcast) my countdown of fifty favourite #1 hits. At #18, we find Phil Collins with In the air tonight (#1 in 1981). In hindsight it seems unbelievable how much progressive Genesis fans like me looked forward to the first solo album of Phil Collins. In the end, Face Value was disappointing, consisting mostly of straightforward pop songs, but the macabre hit single In the air tonight was of a much higher calibre. The song is rumored to be about a man who is drowning whilst another man watches without offering any aid, all of this being witnessed by Collins at a helpless distance. Actually, the song was symbolic for Collins' failing marriage. The instrumentation really makes it work, especially the drums that explode near its finale. Art Rock score: 9/10 (awesome song, one of the 1000 best of all time).

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