Phil Collins was concerned that he was becoming perceived as lightweight after having two cheery number one pop singles with "Groovy Kind of Love" and "Two Hearts." Those two numbers were from the Buster movie soundtrack. The Genesis drummer was fairly sure that the buying public would make the distinction between the soundtrack-connected tracks and his own solo material; but he wasn't that sure. Wanting to expand his lyrical content, Collins wrote "Homeless," which dealt with the problem of homelessness. He's said that it wasn't a conscious decision to write about social issues but came out of a year-long writing session. After seeing beggars in his native England and seeing people sleeping on grates to heat themselves not far from Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., Collins was struck by the contradiction, which caused him to confront his own indifference.
In 1988, he met David Crosby at Atlantic Records' 40th Anniversary Concert at Madison Square. A big fan of Crosby, Stills & Nash, the singer/songwriter asked Crosby to sing background vocals on "Homeless," now titled "Another Day in Paradise." Produced by Collins and Hugh Padgham, and the first single from ...But Seriously, the million-selling "Another Day in Paradise" went to number one pop for four weeks and number one adult contemporary for five weeks in late 1989. It won a Grammy for Record of the Year, receiving nominations for Song of the Year and Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. ...But Seriously sold over four million copies, parking at number one pop for four weeks, receiving a Grammy nomination for Album of the Year, and yielding the Top Five pop singles "I Wish It Would Rain Down" with Eric Clapton, "Do You Remember?," and "Something Happened on the Way to Heaven."