80s Song of the Day: Against All Odds by Phil Collins

Against All Odds by Phil Collins was released in the United Kingdom on March 26, 1984, with Making a Big Mistake by Mike Rutherford as the B side. For the U.S. release, The Search (Main Title Theme from Against All Odds) served as the B side. All songs appeared on the soundtrack for the movie Against All Odds.

against all oddsThe song reached No. 2 on the UK Singles chart. In the United States, it reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 – the first of seven U.S. No. 1s for Collins in his solo career.

On episode 339 of This American Life, “Break Up,” Collins explained that the song was inspired and written shortly after the breakup between him and his first wife.

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