Collins' record sales dropped with the 1993 release of Both Sides, a largely experimental album which, according to Collins, included songs that "were becoming so personal, so private, I didn't want anyone else's input".  Featuring a less studio-polished sound and fewer uptempo songs than his previous albums, Both Sides was a significant departure. Collins used no backing musicians, performed all the vocal and instrumental parts at his home studio, and used rough vocal takes for the final product. The album was not well received by radio. Its two biggest hits, "Both Sides of the Story" and the more radio-friendly "Everyday", were relatively minor successes compared to the previous commercial success he had enjoyed.
Collins attempted a return to poppier music with Dance into the Light, which Entertainment Weekly reviewed by saying that "(e)ven Phil Collins must know that we all grew weary of Phil Collins."  It included minor hits such as the title track and the Beatles-inspired "It's in Your Eyes". Although the album went Gold in the US, it sold considerably less than his previous albums. Only the title track made a brief appearance on Collins' then forthcoming Hits collection (1998). Despite this, its subsequent tour, A Trip into the Light, regularly sold out arenas.
In 1996, he formed The Phil Collins Big Band. With Collins as drummer, the band performed jazz renditions of Collins' and Genesis's hits. The Phil Collins Big Band did a world tour in 1998 that included a performance at the Montreux Jazz Festival. In 1999, the group released the CD A Hot Night in Paris including big band versions of "Invisible Touch", "Sussudio", and the more obscure "The Los Endos Suite" from the progressive era of Genesis.
A Hits album released in 1998 was successful. The album's sole new track, a cover of the Cyndi Lauper hit "True Colours" obtained considerable play on the Adult Contemporary charts before peaking at #2.  Some of Collins' earlier work (e.g. "I Missed Again", "If Leaving Me Is Easy", etc.) and other successes were left off the compilation but featured on the accompanying single.
Collins went further with his next single, "You'll Be in My Heart", from the 1999 movie Tarzan. The soundtrack reached the Top 10, the single was Collins' first to enter the Top 40 in five years, and Collins obtained an Oscar, though critics pointed to strong entries in that category by Aimee Mann, Randy Newman, and the South Park film (whose creators then lampooned Collins in the "Timmy 2000" episode). It was his third nomination in the songwriters category, having been previously nominated in 1984 and 1988.
"Sussudio" and "In Too Deep" were both featured on the 2000 American Psycho soundtrack, and as in the novel, serial killer Patrick Bateman gives an extended monologue on how much he enjoys Collins' work.
His most recent studio album, 2002's Testify, failed to make much impact on the mainstream charts. Testify featured the Leo Sayer cover "Can't Stop Loving You" and "Come With Me (Lullaby)". Both songs performed well on the Adult Contemporary charts, but the album was ignored by mainstream radio. Testify sold only 140,000 copies in the United States by year's end, although a successful worldwide tour followed despite poor album sales. 
Collins recently reported losing his hearing in one ear, and in 2003 announced his last solo tour.  He called it the "First Final Farewell Tour", a tongue-in-cheek reference to the multiple farewell tours of other popular artists. Collins wanted to complete one last large-scale tour internationally before spending more time with his family. He expects to continue touring through 2006 while working with Disney on a Broadway production of Tarzan. Outside of the tour, he has only performed occasionally. He accepted an invitation to drum for the "house band" celebrating Queen Elizabeth II's Golden Jubilee. He has played drums for Paul McCartney, Ozzy Osbourne and Cliff Richard. Recently, the hip-hop group Bone Thugs-N-Harmony recorded a remake of the song "Take Me Home" titled "Home" on their album Thug World Order. The song features verses by the group, with the chorus sung by Collins.
Films,Theatre and Television
The majority of Collins' film work has been through music. Four of his seven American number one songs come from film soundtracks, and his work on Disney's Tarzan earned him an Oscar.
Collins' acting career has been brief. As a child, he appeared in three films, although two of the films were for brief moments as an extra. Besides the aforementioned A Hard Day's Night (1964), Collins' first lead role was in Calamity the Cow (1967). 
He wrote and performed the title song to Against All Odds in 1984. The song became the first of his seven American number one songs and received an Academy Award nomination for Best Song. Collins was famously not invited to perform the song at that year's presentation, although he was in the audience and had arranged his tour around the telecast. It was believed that the Academy, despite nominating him, did not know who he was. A note to Collins' label from telecast co-producer Larry Gelbart explaining the lack of invitation stated, "Thank you for your note regarding Phil Cooper (emphasis added). I'm afraid the spots have already been filled". Collins instead watched Ann Reinking perform his song. For a long time afterward, he would inform audiences at concerts, "Miss Ann Reinking's not here tonight, so I guess I'll have to sing my own song," before performing "Against All Odds".
Collins performed (although did not write) "Separate Lives" for the film White Nights (1985). A duet with Marilyn Martin, the single became an additional Number One for Collins as well as another nomineefor an Academy Award (it being a songwriters award, Collins was not nominated). The song had parallels to his first two albums. Writer Stephen Bishop noted that he was inspired by a failed relationship and called "Separate Lives" "a song about anger".
Collins' first film role since becoming a musician came in 1988 with Buster. His rendition of "Groovy Kind of Love", originally a 1966 single by The Mindbenders, reached Number One. The film also spawned the hit single "Two Hearts", which he wrote in collaboration with legendary Motown songwriter Lamont Dozier. Movie critic Roger Ebert said the role of Buster was "played with surprising effectiveness" by Collins, although the film's soundtrack proved more successful than the movie. 
Collins provided the voices to both Muk and Luk in the 1995 animated feature Balto.
Collins' future acting work was considerably smaller than Buster, with only a starring role in 1993's Frauds. He had cameo appearances in Steven Spielberg's Hook (1991) and And the Band Played On (1993). He also supplied voices to two animated features, Balto (1995) and The Jungle Book 2 (2003). A long discussed but never completed pet