All songs written by Sting it says under the 16 titles on Greatest Hits - 15 of them Top 20 hits, five of them Number 1's. As an epitaph for The Police, this simple statement of fact could hardly be bettered. For, if Sting had needed drummer Stewart Copeland and guitarist Andy Summers more and they had depended on him less, it's just conceivable that one of the great rock groups of our time might still be functioning.
"Bring On The Night"
But the British trio were more than just a collection of hits, of course, and to get a better overall picture of the Police, one must dig a little deeper than the five-times-platinum seller. With that in mind, we offer you our picks for the Top 10 Police Songs. The influence of reggae on the Police is pretty apparent to even casual fans, but few of the band's song are as overtly connected to the genre as 'So Lonely,' which singer-bassist Sting admits was based on a Bob Marley classic -- with a little punk thrown in for good measure. What we invented was this thing of going back and forth between thrash punk and reggae. That was the little niche we created for ourselves. The Police's swan song 'Synchronicity' is the disc that made the band global superstars -- it was their only album to top the charts in the US, where it eventually went eight-times platinum -- and 'Wrapped Around' was its second of no less than five hit singles. Supposedly about the dissolution of a doomed marriage, the tune meshes dark-edged New Wave and reggae flourishes to create a moody pop masterpiece. The second single off the Police's first album, this catchy number nearly topped the UK singles chart -- despite the controversy that surrounded the cover art. The BBC "had a problem with [the cover] because the photo on the cover of the single had Stewart standing on a block of ice with a noose around his neck, waiting for the ice to melt," explained Sting, although he failed to mention that the song is indeed about suicide. The accompanying video, which featured clips taken from the conflict in Northern Ireland, was also banned by the BBC.
A list of songs recorded by English rock band the Police. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Wikimedia list of songs by performer.
The Police only lasted from to , but they managed to accomplish quite a bit in those seven years. They began playing tiny clubs around London just as punk was breaking, and ended by selling out just about every stadium on the planet. At the end of the Synchronicity tour, it was virtually impossible to imagine how they could become any more popular, so they simply went their separate ways. There was also the tiny problem that they grew to despise each other. We asked our readers to vote for their favorite Police songs.