Top 10 Songs From The Police

The Top Ten

1 Every Breath You Take

I convinced my gf a lot of time by saying some lines from this song. this song saved my life many times. great stuff

What kind of girl would go for the kind of guy who sings this song? - PetSounds

It's obvious in my opinion... #1

Great list! I really had to struggle with this one believe it or not. - michaelhughes

This is the best song ever of The Police

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2 Message in a Bottle

I'm not a "The Police" fan, but this song is very, very good. And I'm not talking about lyrics (But lyrics are good, too). It's music. It's great. I heard this song in the "Guitar Hero", a game on PSP. Also, one of my favourite movies is "Castaway". I think you know what I'm talking about.

my favourite police song, it's so awesome - MaNnY555

This is a no brainer for me as this is my favourite song of all time, from the very first time I heard it on the radio as a teenager catchy with deep lyrics. LOVE CAN MEND YOUR LIFE BUT LOVE CAN BREAK YOUR HEART!

Because it is

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3 Roxanne

I think that "Every Breath You Take" is number one, but I am voting for "Roxanne" because it has to be higher than this! It is such a The Police type of song. When you think of The Police, you think of "Roxanne. "

Such a wonderful song, full of soul in it, way better than every little thing she does is magic... Should be number 2 next to every breath you take - fidelcanojr

Ahh! There are so many awesome really good ones but it has to be Roxanne and it's their most famous song. I do like Every Breath You Take but it cannot match the awesomeness of this song.

Why else would he need 3 rows of teeth?

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4 Every Little Thing She Does is Magic

This is the one. Everybody in their live has one... The song that helps bring you from adolescence to adulthood. The song, that when you hear the first note or two, or in this case Copeland's symbol rhythm, you are going' back to a time that was truly "Magic. First heard it when I was 19... I am now in my 50's and it still has the same effect.

One of the few songs around which can mix cheerful tunes with some meaningful lyrics... The end part of the song is just awesome but come to think about it the whole song is fantastic

Best written of the Police songs...

A pretty but somewhat inoffensive song that kind of borders on Muzak for me, but luckily it is redeemed redeemed by one of the most terrific song endings. Still. Too poppy. For me. Ghost remains the most difficult listen.

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5 Don't Stand So Close to Me

Dude, this is one of the best songs EVER!

Great lyrics, good song, definitely better than Roxanne and Every little thing

I really enjoyed this song. Should make the top 3. - Beatlesboy9

Jailbait at its Best!

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6 So Lonely

This is the song you'd probably hear in Jamaica or Mauritius or Goa... Its like those beach-side songs...
I love this song cause I was brought up in a coastal region and so this song naturally becomes your #1! Do listen to it once...
And try not to mind the lead singers pitch :P

This song should be rated higher - UsernameHere

This one is good but Sting's pitch kind of deteriorates it.

Not bad but a bit repetitive in the end and also Sting can be a bit annoying sounding like an angry 4 year old in the impro section. No woman no cry...anyone?

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7 King of Pain

Extremely good song by a great band! In my opinion this is the police at their best. Amazing, dynamic, and relatable song. "That's my soul up there" love!

This is one of best songs from The Police, love the lyrics and the melody. Great song!

Personal favourite. Unbelievably catchy. The Police are excellent!

One of the best songs of all time.

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8 Can't Stand Losing You

One of their best songs for sure, it must be in the top 3. And for those who don't now Sting wrote it in just 5 minutes!

And your brother's gonna kill me and he's six feet ten.

The lyrics are so accurate, you can tell that it's a great song, probably one of the greatest one ever written at least on "that" topic.

Great song

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9 Walking on the Moon

Stellar piece of Reggae pop combining a simple but clever bass line with delicious wails, a catchy chorus, top notch multi dimensional drumming, wonderful guitar textures, and a subliminal imagery of lightness. This is what I call a musical masterpiece guys. 9 does not do this song justice. Try at least 3 please.

It's so smooth, makes you relax, the soft notes goes with the beat and makes everything more quiet: 'i'm wishing my days away'

By far their best song. So quiet. It makes me feel like I really was on the moon. Stewart Copeland is just incredible!

This is easily their best song. Every breath you take sounded more like Sting on his own as his solo career was moments away. Walking on the moon sounded like a group song. A masterpiece in guitar

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10 Wrapped Around Your Finger

One of The Police's most underrated songs but it takes their signature sound and adds a slight haunting feeling to it to make it one of their best. Definitely think this one should be higher.

This is a great spiteful song that has just the amount of turn-the-tables to be a great song. I was trapped in a personal problem for a while, and this song really helped and listening to it was a positive coping mechanism.

How is this not higher? At least Top 3?

Just underrated

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The Contenders

11 Synchronicity 2

Why is this song down below at 19? This song is gold!

It pretty much sums up life as it is in the 80's, and really, it's probably the best song of the 80's

An interestingly bright and driven song about mental hysteria and breakdown. The guitar is excellent, the drumming is fierce, and the vocals are forceful. Perhaps not the best song from Synchronicity, but very good nonetheless.

One of my favorites, this is such a fun and driving song from The Police with a surprisingly dark message about the monotony of everyday life. Should be higher.

For me, Synchronicity 1 is way better.

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12 Do Do Do Do, de Da de Da

As silly as this song may sound it's got a great guitar drive and distinctive plucking which bands like Roxy Music probably later inspired themselves on in Avalon. A good 80s nostalgia classic.

Good song, love the guitar.

Great Song Love This One - mneilan

No no you are wrong this is the song number 1
You can heare the guitar is awesome

13 Invisible Sun

This is my favourite Police Song by far, probably the only person in the world who thinks it, moody, atmospheric. I just love the synth line, the tom-tom, guitar all sound fantastic. Great video too. Quite eerie though, not surprising the subject matter, but that aside will always be favourite, you can keep your Every Breath You Take laugh out loud.

Reminds me of the Beatles' "Rain". Thick, dense music that successfully colors the lyrics. - mgenet

Such a good song the opening start to this song is really good. the video for this song was banned by the BBC (UK) becuase the video was about the troubles

Absolutly amazing¡

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14 Bring on the Night

Very pretty but somewhat unsettling piece with amazing serenade like playing by Mr Summers. Romantic melancholy.

Addictive

Its good.

15 Synchronicity I

My favorite police song by far.

Super cool song.

Obviously I don't see this song the same way as anyone else: urgent, propelling, clever, mathematical, complex, perfectly paced, and elevating as it reaches out, and by the way this is actually a synthesis on Jung. Most of all every one is perfect here. Marimbas go wild and pound like juggernauts, drums are explosive, guitars ring to the ether, harmonised voices reach to infinity. Ever heard an album opener manage to do rock and give you a lecture at the same time...and make science sound so alive and fascinating?
Synchronicity
Synchronicity
Synchronicity

Way way way better than part II.
In your face live playing.

It's an absolute disgrace that it s so low. Bloody hell.

16 Next to You

One of my favorites on Outlandos this is the punkiest Police song with a great energy, great riff and an uncompromising Sting.

17 Canary in a Coalmine

Love this song, so many great ones by one of the best bands ever!

This is one of the least interesting songs by the Police. It does have enough to keep it going but it's otherwise a very ordinary song with a standard beat and linear melody. Works in a kind of 'ob la di ob la the' way, you know with a catchy repetitive line. Monotony is not Police's forte.

18 Driven to Tears

A good song, lacking perhaps some structure but still manages to do a good job because of its melody and the highly talented Andy and Stuart on guitar and drums who can make the song engaging.

This is the song that got me into Stewart Copeland. If you are a drummer listen to this song. Literally perfect drumming. Message in a Bottle and Reggatta de Blanc are good drumming songs too

19 Murder by Numbers

Awesome song

20 Spirits in the Material World

With an instant synth hook, the catchiest song of Ghost remains the most brilliant song Police has ever made. Who would have thought guitar could have been replaced with synths to create an even better reggae sound, this time with a sophisticated neo classical feel. The instrumental section is gorgeous and eloquent. Lyrics are quite intellectual as well so all this makes it a very worthwhile piece to listen to. Why this is at 24 beats me though. Maybe it's too subdued for some. Acquired taste perhaps but anyone who knows music will feast on this gem.

How is this not higher?! For sure should be in the top 10!

Great song! Best ever created for Police - pauljoelticlavilcagutierrez

LAST?!?! That just doesn't make sense. Easily one of the Police's top 15.

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21 Peanuts

100% Agree!
Extremely catchy, but unfortunately underrated, song!
Definitely deserves to be top 10

Brilliant bass-line drives the song. The Police really delivered with this timeless masterpiece. PEANUTTS!

Love this song. Very punky. Very garage. Very meaningful in terms of its lyrics as well. what is that a flute, Oboe, recorder?! But it certainly gives you the impression of taking the piss out of something so it's fitting for the song. I wonder, just wonder if Nirvana could have inspired themselves from the lyrics of the song cause in verse 2 lyrics sound very grungy. A highlight moment in Outlandos and by the way...

I do NOT want to hear about the drugs you are taking
I do NOT want to hear about the love you re making

Dammit if Pearl Jam should make a cover of this song it would sound fn awesome.

22 Contact

I don't get what they were trying to do with the weird sci-fi bass, spooky guitar, and a bit meaningless lyrics. Just having a bit of fun maybe. Nothing wrong with that, because it's a pretty good song overall and its change of pace from darth Vader gloom to fast racing kart makes it catchy and engaging.

I think there s a bit of a side joke by the ever cheeky drummer:

Contact the police

23 Born in the 50's

No. No. Awful, and painful to listen to...unless you want to hear historical references

24 Truth Hits Everybody

Damn me that this is at 26, this is a good song. One of the best in Outlandos. Actually sounding more like grunge to me, really. Love the middle section with the alternating chords. Reminds me of Silver Rocket by Sonic Youth (actually it's more the other way around) as well as early Foo Fighters (Dave Grohl I am sure respects this kind of stuff). Great drive. Great riffs by Andy. Only thing is the backing 'whoohoh' which sounds a bit stupid. Apart from that vocals are great.

Because it's so... So... True!

25 Walking in Your Footsteps

Deserves to be in the top 10 at least! Love the soothing music. Such creative lyrics!

26 The Bed's Too Big Without You

While Stjng s pompous a la Jamaica West Indies accent does give a pompous impression of an educated White Man trying to sound cool, this is a very good attempt at experimenting with reggae and we essentially have an excellent piece with sparse instrumentation, exotic groove, timed and precise syncopation and a super sexy feel. It' s a delicate dark horse and definitely a winner.

What is this doing down here? Probably my favorite Police song ever (especially the mono version). The guitar rhythms are so cool and distorted with a haunting yet upbeat instrumental to fit the song. Again, definitely should be higher.

Great reggae song... Great sentiment... I've quoted it a couple of times, sometimes sincerely.

Subtle, supple and soothing mutant reggae that grooves on a killer Sting bass riff

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27 Miss Gradenko

Another puzzler as this is song has excellent drumming, a great groove, and one of the most effective guitar solos by Andy after Bombs Away. One of the hidden gems of Synchronicity just before the deceiving hit that they named Synchronicity II.

57th? You gotta be kidding.
We were at a policy meeting, they were planning new ways of cheating!

28 I Burn for You

A forgotten one from "Brimstone and treacle" OST. Excellent Sting writing and band alchemy: Andy's guitar synths and textures, Stewart's African rythms, Sting's electric double-bass and haunting voice. The Police at its very best.

29 Tea in the Sahara

This is a shameful placement for one of the greatest songs these guys ever did.

My favorite police song

Amazing song

30 Reggatta de Blanc

Now this is plain insult. Any lover of the police has got to listen to this at least once in a life time. In fact anyone should listen to this at least once in a lifetime. This is such a classic Police song. You have just got to listen to it to understand why. It's got everything the Police are good at improvisation, experimentation, jamming. Starts from a reggae dance, becomes an army march protest then a series of calling waves before it takes you over wipes you out and rides you into oblivion like a speed train. And all it was was actually just the middle section of a song rendered live. Subliminal.

Only the Police could do that.

This song is way too good to be this low people. Listen to it. It's incredible. Especially the drums. This song proves better than probably any other song by the police just how instrumentally talented the members of the band were.

One of the most atmospheric songs by this huge band! It�'s great stuff!

31 The Other Way of Stopping

Worth listening for the drumming and change of patterns

32 Mother

Another gimmick it s not so much a song as an interlude but it's got a great Eastern groove... For a while

My favourite song from the Police

IS THAT MY MOTHER ON THE PHONE?!

33 Hole in My Life

This is a decent ballad and very easy to listen to with a laid back reggae groove. It might be a bit long and monotonous but it is still a solid song. Again,36? seriously?

34 Be My Girl - Sally
35 On Any Other Day

As much as this is one of the most ridiculous songs you will ever hear for some reason and despite his awful vocals Copeland does a great job at making a fun catchy punk rock piece.

36 Does Everyone Stare

The worse Regatta de Blanc song. Just not a song that works for me. Too meaningless and out of place.

37 When the World is Running Down, You Make the Best of What's Still Around

Reminds me about my high school days! Superb!

38 Voices Inside My Head

A kind of second attempt at an instrumental this one could have been better than Regatta de Blanc until it loses steam and goes nowhere after the Tchas Tchas Tchas. Clearly, this one where they had the idea for something that could have been incredible if they had given more thought. Unfortunately they did not follow through with it so it remains half a song.

39 Bombs Away

This is one of my favorite Zenyatta Mondatta moments. Such a catchy song with clever lyrics, awesome drums, roller coaster vocals, and hands down the best guitar work you ll hear by Andy Summers. Gives you the feeling of running in a hot desert while being shot at by rebels. Almost a movie theme. A wild ride.

40 Man in a Suitcase

Zenyatta Mondatta had some very middle of the road material. This song is one of them but it's more digestible than canary in a coal mine and because of its short length it's not the worst offender.

41 Hungry for You (J'aurais Toujours Faim de Toi)

A song that has a great dance groove and upbeat energy. Unfortunately Sting messed it up with his terrible attempt at awful and incorrect French.

42 Secret Journey
43 Darkness

One of the most haunting and melancholic songs Police have ever made. Feels like waking up from a dream and having to face the cruel cold world. Nice simple minimalist composition.

44 Flexible Strategies
45 O My God

Saxophones ended up a bit of a curse for the Police and unfortunately got them wrong sided with fans. O My God is one of these songs that belong to the Ghost of the Machine pop type. However, it ended up being overlooked. While this is later Police, it's a definitely powerful track and underrated as there s a lot going on here. Stings vocals are astounding reaching as high as he did on early punk days. Cope land as always kick you in the balls with his beats and Andy is stellar at doing therhythm section. Definitely a highlight on Synchronicity that uses world music influences to outstanding results with a lot more power than on Ghost. A misunderstood classic that went amiss in the later Police directory, due to 3 overbearing singles.

46 It's Alright for You

While in the veins of the punkish tones of Truth Hits Everybody from Outlandos, It's alright for you is a more subdued affair, but it still has a catchy chorus and showcases interesting use of guitars as atmosphere rather than raunchy energy, a trademark of Police's newfound sound in Regatta de Blanc.

47 Deathwish

Love the drone on this one!

48 No Time This Time

Fantastic song from one of the greatest B-side albums ever.

49 Behind My Camel

Such an. amazing song. I would Put it in my top 3.

50 Shadows in the Rain
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