Widely considered to be the greatest progressive rock band in history, a colossal amount of the Genesis discography can be described as this:
Their first album proper ("From Genesis To Relevation" isn't always counted as an album), "Trespass", instantly demonstrated what was to come. The album contains two early Genesis classics, "Stagnation" and "The Knife", both of which are masterful in their on ways; the former is a beautiful and mysterious track, while the latter is heavy and dark.
Their second album, "Nursery Cryme" opens with the magnificent proto-metal "The Musical Box" and also features the stunning "The Return Of The Giant Hogweed" and "The Fountain Of Salmacis". The album was clearly a big influence on the heavy metal musicians of the late 70s and early 80s.
"Supper's Ready" is considered their crowning achievement. A 22-minute epic suite of seven songs that fit together very well, the song is an absolutely enthralling journey through different styles of music, featuring near-perfect performances from all five original Genesis members. It also includes an immensely complicated keyboard solo from Tony Banks, in a section called Apocalypse in 9/8. The album the song is on, "Foxtrot", is considered a classic of the prog genre, also featuring other two other famous early Genesis songs, "Watcher Of The Skies" and "Get 'Em Out By Friday". The former of these two opened many Genesis concerts in the Peter Gabriel era.
"Selling England By The Pound", though undeniably flawed in some areas, is considered a landmark in progressive rock. It notably features three songs considered solid-gold Genesis classics, "Dancing With The Moonlit Knight", "Firth Of Fifth" and "The Cinema Show". It also contains the second-longest Genesis studio album track, "The Battle Of Epping Forest", which, despite being over-the-top and a bit messy, still shows the band's timeless talent and ability to weave so many ideas together.
"The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway" is seen by many progressive rock fans as the greatest concept album in music history. A 90-minute journey under New York City, the album contains a lot of everything that makes Genesis such an extraordinary band, and much more. Though to many the first half is better than the second, the entire album is a monumental achievement that few fans can criticize.
The two albums released after the departure of Peter Gabriel (with Phil Collins becoming lead vocalist), "A Trick Of The Tail" and "Wind And Wuthering" are where the band arguably hit perfection. Both of them are considered absolutely flawless by many (especially when put together), with some of the best lyrics, keyboard solos, guitar solos, drumming and vocals that the band has to offer.
"Seconds Out" is the band's absolutely essential live album, capturing them at their very best in 1977; many call it the best live album in progressive rock history. It contains an excellent performance of "Supper's Ready", as well, which some fans even consider better than the studio version!
After the departure of Steve Hackett, the band's music went downhill as they became a far more commercial act, but this did not stop them from publishing many other great progressive rock songs, such as "Down And Out", "Undertow", "Burning Rope", "Deep In The Motherlode", "Behind The Lines/Duchess/Guide Vocal", "Duke's Travels/Duke's End", "Abacab", "Dodo/Lurker", "Mama", "Home By The Sea", "You Might Recall", "Domino", "The Brazilian", "Do The Neurotic", "Driving The Last Spike", "Living Forever" and "Fading Lights" among several others. Even the album "Calling All Stations" which contains neither Phil Collins or Peter Gabriel, but Ray Wilson as lead vocalist, features some strong tracks, such as "Calling All Stations", "The Diving Line" and "One Man's Fool".
Even their non-progressive, more commercial tracks are undeniably catchy and fun, and sometimes quite powerful; examples include "Scenes From A Night's Dream", "Follow You Follow Me", "Turn It On Again", "Alone Tonight", "Keep It Dark", "That's All", "Just A Job To Do", "Paperlate", "Land Of Confusion", "Throwing It All Away", "No Son Of Mine", "I Can't Dance", "Never A Time", "On The Shoreline", "Congo", "Not About Us" and "Small Talk".
In 2007 the Genesis trio (Phil Collins, Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford) re-united for a massive tour called "The Turn It On Again Tour". It was a massive success that featured a diverse setlist that appealed to almost every Genesis fan.