Genesis Albums Ranked (rated from worst to best)

Genesis Albums Ranked (rated from worst to best)

Genesis are an English rock band formed in 1967 at Charterhouse School in Godalming, Surrey. During the 1970s at a time when the band counted guitarist Steve Hackett and singer Peter Gabriel among their members, they were considered to be prog rock pioneers.

Their most successful line-up consisted of bassist/guitarist Mike Rutherford, Keyboardist Tony Banks and singer/drummer Phil Collins. Past members include frontman Peter Gabriel and guitarist Steve Hackett.

Best Genesis Albums Of All Time

Genesis has released 15 albums and as always we’ll rank them as we see them from the rest to the best.

15. CALLING ALL STATIONS (1997)

This was the band’s 15th and final studio album which was released on September 1st 1997. It is also their first album to feature singer Ray Wilson who replaced Phil Collins who left in 1996.

The album peaked at number 2 on the UK album charts and was their first album not to reach number one in the UK since 1978.

14. We Can’t Dance (1991)

This was the band’s 14th studio album which was released on November 11th 1991 in the UK and the following day in the US. It’s their last studio album to feature Phil Collins (drums, vocals) as he left in 1996 to pursue a full time solo career.

It was their first album in nearly 4 years since the release of “Invisible Touch” in 1986. There were 6 singles released from this album which were; “No Son Of Mine”, “I Can’t Dance”, “Hold On My Heart”, “Jesus He Knows Me”, “Never A Time” and “Tell Me Why”.

It became their 5th consecutive number one in the UK and peaked at number 4 in the US.

13. Invisible Touch (1986)

Released on June 6th 1986 in the US and 3 days later in the UK, this was the band’s 13th studio album. It was written entirely through group improvisations and there was no material developed before recording used on the album.

It reached number one in the UK and number 3 in the US and was the band’s highest selling album. Genesis became the first foreign band to have 5 singles from one album reach the US Billboard Hot 100 chart top 5.

There were 5 singles released from this album which were; “Invisible Touch”, “Throwing It All Away”, “In Too Deep”, “Land Of Confusion” and “Tonight, Tonight, Tonight”.

SEE ALSO: Land Of Confusion Lyrics & Chords

12. From Genesis to Revelation (1969)

Released on March 28th 1969 this was the band’s debut album. The album was a collection of demos which were recorded while the band members were still students at Charterhouse School. 

It came to the attention of Jonathon King who gave the group their name, and organised a deal with Decca Records and arranged studio time for them to record the album. 

The album and it’s 3 singles; “The Silent Sun”, “A Winter’s Tale” and “Where The Sour Turns Sweet” proved to be unpopular with the music buying public.

11. Duke (1980)

“Duke” was the band’s 10th studio album which was released on March 28th 1980. This album consisted of individually written songs as well as a number of songs that were created during jam sessions in 1979.

There were 3 singles released from this album which were; “Turn It On Again”, “Duchess” and “Misunderstanding”. The album served as a bridge between their prog rock past and their more radio friendly songs.

It became their first album to reach number one on the UK album charts and peaked at number 11 in the US.

10. Genesis (1983)

This was the band’s 12th studio album which was released on October 3rd 1983. At the time of its release this album was their greatest commercial success.

It was their 3rd consecutive number one in the UK and it also peaked at number 9 on the US Billboard 200 chart. There were 5 singles released from this album which were; “Mama”, “That’s All”, “Home By The Sea”, “Illegal Alien” and “Taking It All Too Hard”.

SEE ALSO: Illegal Alien Guitar Chords

9. …And Then There Were Three …  (1978)

This was the band’s 9th studio album which was released on March 31st 1978. It was their first album recorded as a trio of Phil Collins (vocals, drums), Mike Rutherford (guitar, bass) and Tony Banks (keyboards). This album saw Phil Collins contribute more material than was seen in previous albums.

There were 3 singles released from this album which were; “Follow You Follow Me”, “Many Too Many” and “Deep In The Motherlode”. The album peaked at number 3 on the UK album charts and number 14 in the US.

8. Abacab (1981)

Released on September 18th 1981, “Abacab” is the band’s 11th studio album. It became their 2nd number one album in the UK and their first to reach the top 10 in the US where it peaked at number 7.

There were 4 singles released from this album which were; “Abacab”, “No Reply At All”, “Keep It Dark” and “Man On The Corner”.

It was their first album recorded in England since “A Trick Of The Tail” in 1976.

7. Wind and Wuthering (1976)

This was the band’s 8th studio album which was released on December 17th 1976. It was their last album to feature Steve Hackett (guitar).  There was some tension within the band during the recording of this album because some of Hackett’s work was dropped in favour of Bank’s keyboard work.

The album peaked at number 7 on the UK charts and number 26 in the US. They only released one single from this album which was “Your Own Special Way”.

6. A Trick of the Tail (1976)

Released on February 13th 1976 “A Trick Of The Tail” was the band’s 7th studio album. It was their first album to feature Phil Collins on vocals after Peter Gabriel left.

It was a commercial success peaking at number 3 in the UK and number 31 in the US. The tour supporting this album featured Phil Collins as frontman and vocalist with Bill Bruford (Yes) on drums.

They released 2 singles from this album which were; “A Trick Of The Tail” and “Ripples/Entangled”.

SEE ALSO: The chords & lyrics to A Trick Of The Tail

5. Nursery Cryme (1971)

This was the band’s 3rd studio album which was released on November 12th 1971. This was their first album to feature Phil Collins (drums/vocals) and Steve Hackett (guitar).

It wasn’t commercially successful in the UK where it only reached number 39 on the UK album charts. However, it fared better on many European charts peaking at number 4 on the Italian album charts for example.

4. Trespass (1970)

Released on October 23rd 1970 this was the band’s 2nd studio album. It was their last album with guitarist Anthony Phillips and their only album with drummer John Mayhew.

It was also their first album with Charisma Records and even though it failed to chart in the UK or the US it was commercially successful in Belgium.

They released one single from this album which was “The Knife” which became a popular song at live shows.

3. Foxtrot (1972)

This was the band’s 4th studio album which was released on October 6th 1972. This was the album that features the track “Supper’s Ready” which runs for 23 minutes.

It was their first album to chart in the UK where it peaked at number 12. It fared better in Europe where it made the number one spot in Italy.

They released one single from this album which was “Watcher Of The Skies”. The single features a Tony Banks solo on a mellotron that the band had bought from King Crimson.

2. The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway (1974)

This was the band’s 6th studio album which was released as a double album on November 29th 1974. It is their last album to feature Peter Gabriel.

They released 2 singles from this album which were; “Counting Out Time” and “The Carpet Crawlers”.

The album peaked at number 10 on the UK album chart and number 41 on the US Billboard 200 chart.

Many Genesis fans could argue that this was their best album and we agree it is one of their finest. But it does veer off course in a few places which is why we can only give it 2nd place.

1. Selling England by the Pound (1973)

Released on September 28th 1973, this was the band’s 5th studio album. It peaked at number 3 on the UK album charts and number 70 in the US.

There was only one single released from this album which was; “I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe)” which was their first charting single peaking at number 21 in the UK singles chart.

Steve Hackett has said that this is his favourite Genesis album and many of the tracks from this album became part of the band’s live set during the 1980s.

To be fair, any one of our top 3 could have been our top choice but “Selling England By The Pound” just has that extra something.

All Genesis  Albums In Chronological Order

AlbumDate
From Genesis to Revelation 1969
Trespass1970
Nursery Cryme 1971
Foxtrot 1972
Selling England by the Pound 1973
The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway1974
A Trick of the Tail 1976
Wind & Wuthering 1976
…And Then There Were Three… 1978
Duke1980
Abacab 1981
Genesis1983
Invisible Touch 1986
We Can’t Dance1991
Calling All Stations1997

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best selling Genesis album?

The best selling Genesis album is “We Can’t Dance” which has sold more than 15 million copies worldwide.

What is the newest Genesis album?

The newest Genesis album is “Calling All Stations” which was released on September 1st 1997.

What is the first Genesis album?

The first Genesis album is “From Genesis to Revelation” which was released in March 1969.

What is Genesis most famous song?

The most famous Genesis song is “Follow You Follow Me” which is taken from the album “…And Then There Were Three… “.

When did Genesis start?

Genesis were formed in 1967 at the Charterhouse School in Godalming, Surrey, UK.

What genre is Genesis?

The genres ascribed to Genesis are; Progressive rock, pop rock, art rock, soft rock and progressive pop.

Who are the members of Genesis?

The members of Genesis are Tony Banks, Phil Collins and Mike Rutherford. Past members are; Peter Gabriel, Steve Hackett, Chris Stewart, Anthony Phillips, John Mayhew, John Silver, Ray Wilson and Mick Barnard.

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