14. Phil Collins

Throughout the month of February, 102.9 WMGK will count down the 20 greatest classic rock singers decided by our listener vote. 

We’ll dedicate daily blocks to one singer who’s made the list every weekday throughout the month.

MGK will celebrate Phil Collins on Thursday, Feb. 9. 

Phil Collins got his first taste of mainstream success as the replacement drummer for Genesis during the 1970s. He soon became as recognizable as Genesis lead singer Peter Gabriel.

After Collins left Genesis to pursue a solo career, he became one of the most successful rock artists of the 1980s with a run of 13 straight top ten hits in the United States. His dual talents as a drummer and a singer rivals the best of all-time. 

His work has earned him the #14 spot on the list in 2023. 

MGK’s Top 20 Classic Rock Singers

20. Brad Delp

19. Steven Tyler

18. Bruce Springsteen

17. Don Henley

16. Jon Anderson

15. Mick Jagger

14. Phil Collins

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7 Stellar Classic Rock Drum Fills

  • Phil Collins – 'In The Air Tonight'

    The iconic drum fill is at 3:16.

  • Billy Joel – 'Only The Good Die Young'

    Drum fill by Liberty DeVitto is at 0:13.

  • Ram Jam – 'Black Betty'

    Drum fill by Peter Charles is at 1:32.

  • David Bowie – 'Young Americans'

    Drum fill from Andy Newmark starts at the song’s beginning.

  • Led Zeppelin – 'Whole Lotta Love'

    Leave it to John Bonham to have three great drum fills in one song. The first takes place at 3:02, while the second is at 4:35 and the third at 4:56.

  • The Who – 'Won’t Get Fooled Again'

    This epic drum fill from Keith Moon begins at 7:31 and is punctuated with one of the greatest screams in recorded history.

  • Rush – 'Tom Sawyer'

    No drumming list is complete without some Neil Peart. Drum fill starts at 2:35.

Colin Newby is a digital content contributor for 97.5 The Fanatic, 93.3 WMMR, and 102.9 WMGK in Beasley Media's Philadelphia cluster. Topics include sports, music, entertainment, and Philadelphia local stories. He earned degrees as a Bachelor of Arts from Temple University and a Master of Science from Saint Joseph's University. His writing experience includes credentialed coverage of the NHL and the Philadelphia Flyers. He joined the Professional Hockey Writers' Association in 2022.

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