Both Sides of the Story

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"Both Sides of the Story"
Single by Phil Collins
from the album Both Sides
B-side "Always"
"Rad Dudeski"
Released 18 October 1993 (UK)
4 November 1993 (US)
Format 7", CD, cassette
Recorded 1993
Genre Pop[1]
Length 6:43 (Album Version)
5:31 (Radio Edit)
Label Atlantic, Virgin, WEA
Writer(s) Phil Collins
Producer(s) Phil Collins
Phil Collins singles chronology
"Both Sides of the Story"
American cover

"Both Sides of the Story" is a song performed by Phil Collins and released in 1993 as the lead single from the album Both Sides.

Song history[edit]

The song reached #7 on the UK Singles Chart, but was Collins' first lead single since "Thru These Walls" to not hit the top ten in the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, reaching #25 spot.

Its B-side varied, as copies of the single included either "Always" or "Rad Dudeski".

Music video[edit]

The video, mainly shot in New York, follows the lyrics of the song. The first section cuts between Collins singing and images of a gutter and homeless people. The second section shows Collins inside a house, sitting on the stairs. He watches a married couple arguing, while their children watch. After the chorus, a military unit is shown patrolling a town while children spray-paint the walls. The final section portrays the story of a confrontation with a ghetto kid threatening another man with a gun. (This scene was inspired by the 1991 Lawrence Kasdan film Grand Canyon.)[2] The video ends with shots of New York and the people, cutting like the first section, again with Collins singing the closing lyrics.

Due to the length of the video, it didn't receive much airplay on MTV.


Chart (1993) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[3] 41
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[4] 22
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[5] 7
Canada Top Singles (RPM) 2
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[6] 20
France (SNEP)[7] 30
Germany (Media Control Charts) 12
Ireland (IRMA) 21
Italy (FIMI)[8] 3
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40) 8
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[9] 31
United Kingdom (The Official Charts Company) 7
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 25
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 10
U.S. Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks 24
Zimbabwe Singles (ZIMA)[10] 7


  • Phil Collins – lead & backing vocals, drums, keyboards, guitars, bass, drum machine


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