Wednesday, November 17, 2021

The Top 100 Songs of Sting & The Police

Sting & The Police

Top 100 Songs

Bio from DMDB Encyclopedia entry. Rock singer/bassist Sting was born Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner on 10/2/51 in Wallsend, England. He got the nickname “Sting” because of a yellow and black jersey he used to wear. He was in the groups Last Exit, Strontium 90, and Nuclear Waste before forming the new wave group The Police with drummer Stewart Copeland and guitarist Andy Summers. They released five studio albums from 1978 to 1983. In 1984, Sting released his first solo album.

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Top 100 Songs


Dave’s Music Database lists are determined by song’s appearances on best-of lists as well as chart success, sales, radio airplay, streaming, and awards. Songs are by Sting unless noted otherwise.

DMDB Top 1%:

1. Every Breath You Take (The Police, 1983)
2. Roxanne (The Police, 1978)

DMDB Top 2%:

3. Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic (The Police, 1981)
4. Message in a Bottle (THe Police, 1979)
5. All for Love (Sting with Rod Stewart & Bryan Adams, 1993)
6. Fields of Gold (1993)

DMDB Top 5%:

7. Don’t Stand So Close to Me (The Police, 1980)
8. King of Pain (The Police, 1983)
9. If I Ever Lose My Faith in You (1993)
10. Spirits in the Material World (The Police, 1981)

11. Synchronicity II (The Police, 1983)
12. All This Time (1991)
13. Desert Rose (1999)
14. If You Love Somebody Set Them Free (1985)

DMDB Top 10%:

15. Englishman in New York (1987)
16. Wrapped Around Your Finger (The Police, 1983)
17. De Do Do Do De Da Da Da (The Police, 1980)
18. Russians (1985)
19. Fortress Around Your Heart (1985)
20. Walking on the Moon (The Police, 1979)

21. Can’t Stand Losing You (The Police, 1978)
22. Be Still My Beating Heart (1987)
23. We’ll Be Together (1987)
24. Love Is the Seventh Wave (1985)
25. Fragile (1987)
26. Invisible Sun (The Police, 1981)
27. Don’t Stand So Close to Me ’86 (The Police, 1986)

DMDB Top 20%:

28. It’s Probably Me (Sting with Eric Clapton, 1992)
29. So Lonely (The Police, 1978)
30. They Dance Alone (1987)

31. I Burn for You (The Police, 1982)
32. When We Dance (1994)
33. Brand New Day (1999)
34. Epilogue (Nothing ‘Bout Me) (1993)
35. You Still Touch Me (1996)
36. Someone to Watch Over Me (1987)
37. Driven to Tears (The Police, 1981)
38. Moon Over Bourbon Street (1985)
39. Secret Journey (The Police, 1981)
40. Always on Your Side (Sheryl Crow with Sting, 2006)

41. Mack the Knife (1986)
42. When the World Is Running Down You Make the Best of What’s Still Around (The Police, 1980)
43. Stolen Car (Take Me Dancing) (2003)
44. I’m So Happy I Can’t Stop Crying (1996)
45. The Soul Cages (1991)
46. Spread a Little Happiness (1982)
47. Send Your Love (2003)
48. The Bed’s Too Big Without You (The Police, 1979)
49. Shape of My Heart (1993)
50. My Funny Valentine (2002)

51. Let Your Soul Be Your Pilot (1996)
52. Down So Long (live with Jeff Beck, 1986)
53. Why Should I Cry for You? (1991)
54. Roxanne (live, 1981)
55. Murder by Numbers (The Police, 1983)
56. Message in a Bottle (live, 1981)
57. I Can’t Stop Thinking About You (2016)

Beyond the DMDB Top 20%:

58. Bring on the Night (The Police, 1979)
59. Strange Fruit (1987)
60. Ain’t No Sunshine (live, 1991)

61. Little Wing (1987)
62. Demolition Man (The Police, 1981)
63. I Hung My Head (1996)
64. (Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay (2020)
65. Whenever I Say Your Name (Sting with Mary J. Blige, 2003)
66. Mad About You (1991)
67. Canary in a Coal Mine (The Police, 1980)
68. Synchronicity I (The Police, 1983)
69. This Cowboy Song (1995)
70. Tea in the Sahara (The Police, 1983)

71. Fall Out (The Police, 1977)
72. Demolition Man (new recording, 1993)
73. The Lazarus Heart (1987)
74. After the Rain Has Fallen (1999)
75. Next to You (The Police, 1978)
76. On Any Other Day (The Police, 1979)
77. Rock Steady (1987)
78. Brimstone and Treacle (1982)
79. Walking in Your Footsteps (The Police, 1983)
80. A Day in the Life (live, 1993)

81. Practical Arrangement (Sting with Jo Lawry, 2013)
82. The River (Sting live with Bruce Springsteen, 1988)
83. Consider Me Gone (1985)
84. Seven Days (1993)
85. Tomorrow We’ll See (1999)
86. I’m So Happy I Can’t Stop Crying (Sting with Toby Keith, 1997)
87. I Shall Be Released (Sting et al live, 1981)
88. Be My Girl – Sally (The Police, 1978)
89. Truth Hits Everybody (1978)
90. Fill Her Up (1999)

91. Voices Inside My Head (The Police, 1980)
92. Don’t Make Me Wait (with Shaggy, 2018)
93. Does Everybody Stare (1979)
94. Come Down in Time (1991)
95. We Work the Black Seam (1985)
96. Need Your Love So Bad (1982)
97. Only You (1982)
98. Bombs Away (1980)
99. Tempted (live, 1991)
100. Tutti Frutti (1982)


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First posted 10/4/2011; updated 11/17/2021.

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