The end of the 1980s brought another successful song to the charts for Phil Collins with Another Day in Paradise from his fourth studio album ...But Seriously.
Written and performed by Collins, the song was a more soulful ballad, and a departure from the up tempo pop that was characteristic of his previous album No Jacket Required.
The soft rock song was about homelessness and how its easy to ignore it, and how it can happen to anyone. Collins sang the single from a third person’s perspective
Released on October 23, 1989, the song was the first single release from …But Seriously and struck a chord with listeners. Despite the success of the song, critics panned the song and there were many critics of the subject matter.
The song was the last number one single of the 1980s and the first number one single of the 1990s, as well as Collins’ seventh number one hit single, and a hit worldwide.
The song was nominated and won the Best British Single at the Brit Awards in 1990 and the Grammy Award for Record of the Year in 1991. Collins performed the song live at the awards with David Crosby.
This was Collins last number one single to date.