Phil Collins had his first United States number one solo single with the song "Against All Odds". The song also known as "Take a Look at Me Now" was produced by Arif Mardin. It was written by Collins, an internationally famous drummer, singer, and songwriter. The song "Against All Odds" was created explicitly for the 1984 movie with the same name. The creative action was taken although the song had been based on an earlier unreleased song which Collins had written in 1981.

"Against All Odds" is a song by the English singer and songwriter which is a power ballad. In the song, 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 song first reached No. 2 in the United Kingdom, while it peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States. It was the first of seven USA No. 1's for Phil Collins in his solo career.

"Against All Odds" ("Take a Look At Me Now") also topped the charts in Canada, Ireland, and Norway. In 1985, the song "Against All Odds" won the Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance and was additionally nominated for Song of the Year. As one of the top-selling singles of 1984, other award nominations included both an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song and a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Original Song.

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