On this day in 1984: Phil Collins was enjoying his third and final week at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with ‘Against All Odds.’
It was recorded for the soundtrack for the 1984 movie of the same name . It is a power ballad in which its protagonist implores an ex-lover to “take a look at me now”, knowing that reconciliation is “against all odds” while considering it worth trying. The single reached #2 in the United Kingdom, while it peaked at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States, the first of seven US #1s for Collins in his solo career. “Against All Odds (Take a Look At Me Now)” also topped the charts in Canada, Ireland, and Norway.
“Against All Odds’ would give up the top spot to ‘Hello’ by Lionel Richie in early May.