Art-rock innovator, soul-pop craftsman, “world music” ambassador: Peter Gabriel has evolved substantially with each LP, often abandoning a comfortable style to stake out new creative ground. And whether he’s wielding his soulful “Sledgehammer” or channeling an evil “Intruder,” his music always aims for the grandiose – even his leftovers are crafted with imagination and verve.
It’s been 14 years since Gabriel’s last batch of new material, Up, but he’s remained active since – releasing two orchestral albums (2010’s covers-only Scratch My Back and the following year’s New Blood, full of revamped originals) and touring the world multiple times, most recently with the classic So lineup on his Back to Front trek.
Gabriel recently launched the Rock Paper Scissors tour – a collaborative, co-headlining jaunt with Sting – and released a dynamic Muhammad Ali-inspired single, “I’m Amazing.” It’s an ideal time to explore the lesser-known corners of his sprawling discography. From obscure soundtrack tunes (“Party Man”) to anthemic B sides (“Don’t Break This Rhythm”), these are 20 great Peter Gabriel songs only hardcore fans know.