Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now) – Phil Collins

Phil Collins occupied the UK top 10 for eight weeks in 1984 with this track.

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Thirty years ago this week, Against all odds (take a look at me now) by Phil Collins was at its highest position of number 2 in the UK singles chart for the first of three weeks. It had entered the top 40 three weeks previously at number 26 and broke into the top 10 a week later. After falling from its peak position, the song spent three more weeks in the top 10, one of them in the top 5. A further three weeks in the lower top 40 followed before the record left the chart.

Against all odds (take a look at me now) was released on the Virgin record label and was the third of thirteen UK top 10 hits for Phil Collins. It was recorded for the film Against all odds and appeared on its soundtrack album. The single was certified gold in the UK and was a US number 1.

Two other versions of the song have entered the UK chart. The first, by Mariah Carey featuring Westlife, spent two weeks at number 1 in 2000. Then, in 2005, Steve Brookstein topped the chart for one week with his version.

More music from Phil Collins


UK singles chart for the week ending 28 April 1984

  1. HelloLionel Richie

  2. Against all odds (take a look at me now)Phil Collins

  3. I want to break freeQueen

  4. You take me upThompson Twins

  5. The reflexDuran Duran

  6. A love worth waiting forShakin’ Stevens

  7. (When you say you love somebody) in the heartKool & the Gang

  8. Glad it’s all over / Damned on 45Captain Sensible

  9. People are peopleDepeche Mode

  10. LocomotionOrchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark

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