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Readers’ Poll: The 10 Best Peter Gabriel Songs

See what song managed to top “Shock The Monkey,” “Sledgehammer” and even “In Your Eyes”

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Peter Gabriel hasn't released an album of original material since 2002's Up, though he's stayed busy with a series of tours and the covers project Scratch My Back. He's supposedly been working on a new LP over the past year, and last week's South Park played a large portion of his Magnetic Fields cover "The Book of Love." We asked our readers to select their favorite songs by the former Genesis frontman. Here are the results. 

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“In Your Eyes”

"In Your Eyes" was a pretty big hit when it came out as a single in September of 1986, but it couldn't top the impact of "Sledgehammer." But then three years later Cameron's Crowe's Say Anything hit theaters, and in the climactic scene John Cusack held up a giant boombox blaring "In Your Eyes" to serenade Ione Skye. It's one of the most iconic cinematic moments of the era, transforming "In Your Eyes" into an absolute classic. "I've talked to John Cusack about that," Gabriel said in 2012. "We're sort of trapped together in a minuscule moment of contemporary culture."

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“Solsbury Hill”

Peter Gabriel wrote "Solsbury Hill" shortly after leaving Genesis, and nearly every lyric reflects his frustration with life inside an extremely active rock band. "I was feeling part of the scenery," he sings. 

"I walked right out of the machinery." It was his debut solo single, and the bouncy song got a lot of radio play in America and England. In recent years, it's been used in so many film trailers that a brilliant spoof trailer of The Shining parodied the practice. "Maybe I've let it go too much," Gabriel said in 2011. "I know some people feel that song is overexposed and I let it be used too many times."