The Police (British rock band)

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The Police were an English rock band formed in London in 1977. For most of their history the line-up consisted of primary songwriter Sting (lead vocals, bass guitar), Andy Summers (guitar) and Stewart Copeland (drums, percussion). The Police became globally popular in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Emerging in the British new wave scene, they played a style of rock influenced by punk, reggae, and jazz.

Their 1978 debut album, Outlandos d'Amour, reached No. 6 on the UK Albums Chart on the strength of the singles "Roxanne" and "Can't Stand Losing You". Their second album, Reggatta de Blanc (1979), became the first of four consecutive No. 1 studio albums in the UK and Australia; its first two singles, "Message in a Bottle" and "Walking on the Moon", became their first UK number ones. Their next two albums, Zenyatta Mondatta (1980) and Ghost in the Machine (1981), led to further critical and commercial success with two songs, "Don't Stand So Close to Me" and "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic", becoming UK number-one singles and Top 5 hits in other countries; the former album was their breakthrough into the US reaching number five on the US Billboard 200.

Their final studio album, Synchronicity (1983), was No. 1 in the UK, Canada, Australia, Italy and the US, selling over 8 million copies in the US. Its lead single, "Every Breath You Take", became their fifth UK number one, and only US number one. During this time, the band were considered one of the leaders of the Second British Invasion of the US; in 1983 Rolling Stone labelled them "the first British New Wave act to break through in America on a grand scale, and possibly the biggest band in the world." The Police disbanded in 1986, but reunited in early 2007 for a one-off world tour that ended in August 2008. They were the world's highest-earning musicians in 2008, due to their reunion tour, which was the highest-grossing tour of 2007.

The Police have sold over 75 million records, making them one of the best-selling bands of all time. The band won a number of music awards, including six Grammy Awards, two Brit Awards—winning Best British Group once, and an MTV Video Music Award. In 2003, they 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 band were included among both Rolling Stone's and VH1's lists of the "100 Greatest Artists of All Time".

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1978Outlandos d’AmourThe Police3.433
1979Reggatta de BlancThe Police4.1530
1980Zenyattà MondattaThe Police3.634
1981Ghost in the MachineThe Police3.6524
1983SynchronicityThe Police4.139

Album + Compilation

1986Greatest HitsThe Police4.349
1993Message in a Box: The Complete RecordingsThe Police46
1993Every Breath You TakeThe Police2
1997The Very Best of… Sting & The PoliceSting / The Police316
2007The PoliceThe Police2.54
2009The 50 Greatest SongsThe Police1
2009Outlandos d’Amour + Reggatta de BlancThe Police1
2018Ghosts of the Police…ExorcizedThe Police1
2018Every Move You Make: The Studio RecordingsThe Police3
2018Flexible StrategiesThe Police3

Album + Compilation + Live

2022Around the WorldThe Police2

Album + Live

1995Live!The Police510
2005Synchronicity ConcertThe Police1
2008Certifiable: Live in Buenos AiresThe Police6
2023Live at Hatfield Polytechnic 1979The Police1


1977Fall Out / Nothing AchievingThe Police1
1978So LonelyThe Police2
1978Can’t Stand Losing YouThe Police51
1978RoxanneThe Police51
1979Message in a BottleThe Police52
1979Walking on the MoonThe Police52
1979Bring On the NightThe Police2
1980The Bed’s Too Big Without YouThe Police1
1980Don’t Stand So Close to MeThe Police1
1980De Do Do Do, De Da Da DaThe Police53
1981Every Little Thing She Does Is MagicThe Police2
1981Invisible SunThe Police51
1981Spirits in the Material WorldThe Police51
1982I Burn for You / Only YouThe Police / Sting1
1983Every Breath You TakeThe Police54
1983Wrapped Around Your FingerThe Police52
1983Synchronicity IIThe Police51
1983Backing TrackThe Police1
1984King of PainThe Police1
1986Don’t Stand So Close to Me ’86The Police1
1988Compact Hits Limited EditionThe Police1
1997Roxanne ’97Sting & The Police26
1997Walking on the MoonSting & The Police51
2000When the World Is Running Down (You Can’t Go Wrong)Different Gear vs. The Police2

Single + Compilation

1987The Police Box: The Police (Sting · Stewart Copeland · Andy Summers) From 1977 to 1987The Police1

Single + Live

1995Can’t Stand Losing YouThe Police1


1983Four Big Hits, Vol. 2Bonnie Tyler / Men at Work / The Police / E.L.O.1
1986Don’t Stand So Close to Me ’86The Police1

Other + Remix

2005Message in a Bottle (S.O.S) (Sander Van Doorn Remix)The Police1

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