The Police

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The Police were an English rock band formed in London in 1977. For the majority of their history, the band consisted of Sting (lead vocals, bass guitar, primary songwriter), Andy Summers (guitar) and Stewart Copeland (drums, percussion). The Police became globally popular in the late 1970s and are generally regarded as one of the first new-wave groups to achieve mainstream success, playing a style of rock influenced by punk, reggae, and jazz. They are also considered one of the leaders of the Second British Invasion of the U.S. They disbanded in 1986, but reunited in early 2007 for a one-off world tour that ended in August 2008.

Their 1978 debut album, Outlandos d'Amour, reached No. 6 in the UK. Their second album Reggatta de Blanc became the first of five consecutive UK No. 1 albums with its lead single, "Message in a Bottle", their first UK number one. Their next two albums, Zenyatta Mondatta (1980) and Ghost in the Machine (1981), saw further critical and commercial success. Their final studio album, Synchronicity (1983), was No. 1 in both the UK and U.S., selling over 8 million copies in the U.S. alone. "Every Breath You Take" became their fifth UK number one single, and first in the U.S. The Police have sold over 75 million records, making them one of the world's best-selling artists of all time. They were the world's highest-earning musicians in 2008, thanks to their reunion tour.

The band has won a number of music awards, including six Grammy Awards, two Brit Awards—winning Best British Group once, an MTV Video Music Award, and in 2003 were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Four of their five studio albums appeared on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. The Police were included among both Rolling Stone's and VH1's lists of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1978 Outlandos d'Amour The Police 3.75 20
1979 Reggatta de Blanc The Police 4.35 20
1980 Zenyattà Mondatta The Police 4.35 20
1981 Ghost in the Machine The Police 5 11
1983 Synchronicity The Police 3.65 25

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1986 Every Breath You Take: The Singles The Police 5 8
1990 Their Greatest Hits The Police 3 2
1992 Greatest Hits The Police 5 6
1993 Message in a Box: The Complete Recordings The Police 1
1995 Every Breath You Take: The Classics The Police 7
1997 The Very Best of Sting & The Police Sting & The Police 9
2003 Every Breath You Take: The DVD The Police 2
2007 The Police The Police 2 2
2009 The 50 Greatest Songs The Police 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1979 Live in Boston The Police 1
1995 Live! The Police 7
2005 Synchronicity Concert The Police 1
2008 Certifiable: Live in Buenos Aires The Police 3


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1977 Fall Out / Nothing Achieving The Police 1
1978 So Lonely The Police 1
1978 Can't Stand Losing You The Police 1
1978 Roxanne The Police 1
1979 Message in a Bottle The Police 1
1979 Walking on the Moon The Police 1
1979 Bring on the Night The Police 2
1980 The Bed's Too Big Without You The Police 1
1980 Don't Stand So Close to Me The Police 1
1980 De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da The Police 2
1981 Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic The Police 1
1981 Invisible Sun The Police 1
1981 Spirits in the Material World The Police 1
1983 Every Breath You Take The Police 1
1983 Wrapped Around Your Finger The Police 1
1983 Synchronicity II The Police 1
1983 Backing Track The Police 1
1984 King of Pain The Police 1
1986 Don't Stand So Close to Me '86 The Police 1
1997 Roxanne '97 The Police 4
1997 Walking on the Moon Sting & The Police 1
2000 When the World Is Running Down (You Can't Go Wrong) Different Gear vs. The Police 2

Single + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1995 Can't Stand Losing You The Police 1

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