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TIMELINE

  • The PoliceThe Police consisted of Sting on lead vocals and bass, Andy Summers on guitar, and Stewart Copeland on drums. The conception of the post-punk, New Wave-sounding Police began in 1977 when Copeland began the trio along with Sting and guitarist Henri Padovani in England. Summers soon joined the trio and a few months later Padovani left leaving the Police as a trio and releasing their first single "Fall Out."

1978...

  • The Police - 'Outlandos d'Amour'November 2: Outlandos d'Amour was released with the single "Roxanne." The LP was slow to get the band noticed but the Police continued with performances in the UK and the US throughout the year.

1979...

  • The Police - "Roxanne" (Single)"Roxanne" eventually the Top 20 in the UK and the Top 40 in the US, and the Police toured the UK.
  • September 29: The Police topped the UK singles chart for 3 weeks with "Message In A Bottle."
  • December 8: The Police topped the UK singles chart for 1 week with "Walking On The Moon."

1980...

  • April 2: The Police won a Brit Award for Best British Group.
  • Brimstone & Treacle soundtrackOctober: The Police had material on the soundtrack for Brimstone & Treacle including the notable track "I Burn For You."
  • March 1: The Police were on the cover of Rolling Stone.

1985...

  • November 2: The Police won a Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Music.

1986...

  • The Police - "Don't Stand So Close To Me '86" (Single)Although the Police never officially broke up, Sting went on to have the most successful solo career although all members kept their interests in music continuing for many years.

1987...

1989...

  • The Police - "So Lonely" (Single)Copeland formed Animal Logic.

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1995....

  • May 29: Live! was released - a live set from a 1979 performance at The Orpheum in Boston and a 1983 performance at The Omni in Atlanta.

1996....

1997....

  • December 27: The Police (shown as Sting & The Police featuring Pras) topped the Billboard Hot Dance Music Maxi-Single Sales chart for 3 weeks with "Roxanne '97 - Puff Daddy Remix."

2001....

2002....

2003....

  • The PoliceMarch 10: The Police were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and all 3 members showed up to perform together.

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2005....

2007....

  • The Police - 'The Police'June 5: The Police released The Police - a 2CD set including their classics and their first single "Fallout" from 1977.
  • June 7: The Police performed at the Live Earth concert in the US. The 7-continent concert organized by Al Gore brought together over 100 artists to perform and raise the world's awareness about the climate crisis and how to make a difference to help the environment and the world.
  • June 28: The Police were on the cover of Rolling Stone.
  • The Police - "Message In A Bottle" (Single)December: The Police reunion tour ended up as the top-earning tour of 2007.

2008...

  • August: The Police ended their reunion tour with a performance at Madison Square Garden in New York City with proceeds going to charity.

LP DISCOGRAPHY

The Police - 'Outlandos d'Amour'
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Outlandos d'Amour

Rolling Stone: The 500 Greatest Albums of All-TimeReleased: November 2, 1978
US: Platinum
Billboard Top 200 LPs peak: # 23
Rolling Stone: '500 Greatest Albums of All-Time': # 434
Tracks: "Next To You" - "So Lonely" - "Roxanne" - "Hole In My Life" - "Peanuts" - "Can't Stand Losing You" - "Truth Hits Everybody" - "Born In The 50's" - "Be My Girl - Sally" - "Masoko Tanga"

The Police - 'Reggatta de Blanc'
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Reggatta de Blanc

Rolling Stone: The 500 Greatest Albums of All-TimeReleased: October 1, 1979
US: Platinum
Billboard Top 200 LPs peak: # 25
Rolling Stone: '500 Greatest Albums of All-Time': # 369
Tracks: "Message In A Bottle" - "Regatta De Blanc" - "It's Alright For You" - "Bring On The Night" - "Deathwish" - "Walking On The Moon" - "On Any Other Day" - "Bed's Too Big Without You" - "Contact" - "Does Everyone Star" - "No Time This Time"

The Police - 'Zenyatta Mondatta'
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Zenyatta Mondatta

Released: October 3, 1980
US: 2x Platinum
Billboard Top 200 LPs peak: # 5
Rolling Stone: 5 stars from Rolling Stone
Tracks: "Don't Stand So Close To Me" - "Driven To Tears" - "When The World Is Running Down, You Make The Best Of What's Still Around" - "Canary In A Coalmine" - "Voices Inside My Head" - "Bombs Away" - "De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da" - "Behind My Camel" - "Man In A Suitcase" - "Shadows In The Rain" - "The Other Way Of Stopping"

The Police - 'Ghost In The Machine'
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Ghost In The Machine

Rolling Stone: The 500 Greatest Albums of All-TimeReleased: October 2, 1981
US: 3x Platinum
Billboard Top 200 LPs peak: # 2
Rolling Stone: 4 stars from Rolling Stone
Rolling Stone: '500 Greatest Albums of All-Time': # 322
Tracks: "Spirits In The Material World" - "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic" - "Invisible Sun" - "Hungry For You (J'aurais Toujours Faim De Toi)" - "Demolition Man" - "Too Much Information" - "Rehumanize Yourself" - "One World (Not Three)" - "Megaman" - "Secret Journey" - "Darkness"

The Police - 'Synchronicity'
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Synchronicity

Rolling Stone: The 500 Greatest Albums of All-TimeReleased: June 17, 1983
US: 8x Platinum
Billboard Top 200 LPs peak: # 1 (for 17 weeks)
Grammy Winner: Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal
Grammy Nominee: Album of the Year
Rolling Stone: 4 stars from Rolling Stone
Rolling Stone: '500 Greatest Albums of All-Time': # 455
Entertainment Weekly: '100 Best Albums of the Last 25 Years': # 94
VH1: '100 Greatest Albums': # 50
Tracks: "Synchronicity" - "Walking In Your Footsteps" - "O My God" - "Mother" - "Miss Gradenko" - "Synchronicity II" - "Every Breath You Take" - "King Of Pain" - "Wrapped Around Your Finger" - "Tea In The Sahara" - "Murder By Numbers"

The Police - 'Every Breath You Take - The Classics'
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Every Breath You Take - The Classics

Released: October 25, 1986
US: 5x Platinum
Billboard Top 200 LPs peak: # 7
Rolling Stone: 4 stars from Rolling Stone
Tracks: "Roxanne" - "Can't Stand Losing You" - "Message In A Bottle" - "Walking On The Moon" - "Don't Stand So Close To Me" - "De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da" - "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic" - "Invisible Sun" - "Spirits In The Material World" - "Every Breath You Take" - "King Of Pain" - "Wrapped Around Your Finger" - "Don't Stand So Close To Me '86" - "Message In A Bottle"

The Police - 'Message In A Box: The Complete Recordings'
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Message In A Box: The Complete Recordings

Released: September 28, 1993
US: Platinum
Billboard Top 200 LPs peak: # 79
Tracks: "Fallout" - "Nothing Achieving" - "Dead End Job" - "Next To You" - "So Lonely" - "Roxanne" - "Hole In My Life" - "Peanuts" - "Can't Stand Losing You" - "Truth Hits Everybody" - "Born In The 50's" - "Be My Girl - Sally" - "Masoko Tanga" - "Landlord" (live) - "Next To You" (live) - "Landlord" - "Message In A Bottle" - "Regatta De Blanc" - "It's Alright For You" - "Bring On The Night" - "Deathwish" - "Walking On The Moon" - "On Any Other Day" - "Bed's Too Big Without You" - "Contact" - "Does Everyone Star" - "No Time This Time" - "Visions Of The Night" - "Bed's Too Big Without You" (Mono Version) - "Truth Hits Everybody" (live) - "Friends" - "Don't Stand So Close To Me" - "Driven To Tears" - "When The World Is Running Down, You Make The Best Of What's Still Around" - "Canary In A Coalmine" - "Voices Inside My Head" - "Bombs Away" - "De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da" - "Behind My Camel" - "Man In A Suitcase" - "Shadows In The Rain" - "The Other Way Of Stopping" - "Sermon" - "Driven To Tears" (live) - "Shambelle" - "Spirits In The Material World" - "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic" - "Invisible Sun" - "Hungry For You (J'aurais Toujours Faim De Toi)" - "Demolition Man" - "Too Much Information" - "Rehumanize Yourself" - "One World (Not Three)" - "Megaman" - "Secret Journey" - "Darkness" - "Flexible Strategies" - "Low Life" - "How Stupid Mr. Bates" - "Kind Of Loving" - "Synchronicity" - "Walking In Your Footsteps" - "O My God" - "Mother" - "Miss Gradenko" - "Synchronicity II" - "Every Breath You Take" - "King Of Pain" - "Wrapped Around Your Finger" - "Tea In The Sahara" - "Murder By Numbers" - "Man In A Suitcase" (live) - "Someone To Talk To" - "Message In A Bottle" (live) - "I Burn For You" - "Once Upon A Daydream" - "Tea In The Sahara" (live) - "Don't Stand So Close To Me '86"

The Police - 'Live!'
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Live!

Released: May 29, 1995
US: Platinum
Billboard Top 200 LPs peak: # 86
Rolling Stone: 3 stars from Rolling Stone
Live Tracks: "Next To You" - "So Lonely" - "Truth Hits Everybody" - "Walking On The Moon" - "Hole In My Life" - "Fall Out" - "Bring On The Night" - "Message In A Bottle" - "The Bed's Too Big Without You" - "Peanuts" - "Roxanne" - "Can't Stand Losing You" - "Landlord" - "Born In The 50's" - "Be My Girl - Sally" - "Synchronicity" - "Synchronicity II" - "Walking In Your Footsteps" - "Message In A Bottle" - "O MY God" - "De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da" - "Wrapped Around Your Finger" - "Tea In The Sahara" - "Spirits In The Material World" - "King Of Pain" - "Don't Stand So Close To Me" - "Every Breath You Take" - "Roxanne" - "Can't Stand Losing You" - "So Lonely"

The Police - 'The Very Best Of Sting & The Police'
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The Very Best Of Sting & The Police

Released: November 25, 1997
US: Gold
Billboard Top 200 LPs peak: # 100
Rolling Stone: 4 stars from Rolling Stone
Police Tracks: "Message In A Bottle" - "Can't Stand Losing You" - "Every Breath You Take" - "Walking On The Moon" - "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic" - "Roxanne"

The Police - 'The Police'
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The Police

Released: June 5, 2007
Billboard Top 200 LPs peak: # 11
Tracks: "Fallout" - "Can't Stand Losing You" - "Next To You" - "Roxanne" - "Truth Hits Everybody" - "Hole In My Life" - "So Lonely" - "Message In A Bottle" - "Regatta De Blanc" - "Bring On The Night" - "Waking On The Moon" - "Don't Stand So Close To Me" - "Driven To Tears" - "Canary In A Coalmine" - "De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da" - "Voices Inside My Head" - "Invisible Sun" - "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic" - "Demolitin Man" - "Every Breath You Take" - "Synchronicity I" - "Wrapped Around Your Finger" - "Walking in Your Footsteps" - "Synchronicity II" - "King Of Pain" - "Murder By Numbers" - "Tea In The Sahara"

The Police - 'Certifiable: Live In Buenos Aires'
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Certifiable: Live In Buenos Aires

Released: November 11, 2008
Live Tracks: "Message In A Bottle" - "Synchronicity II" - "Walking On The Moon" - "Voices Inside My Head When The World Is Running Down, You Make The Best Of What's Still Around" - "Don't Stand So Close To Me" - "Driven To Tears" - "Hole In My Life" - "Truth Hits Everybody" - "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic" - "Wrapped Around Your Finger: - "De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da" - "Invisible Sun" - "Walking In Your Footsteps" - "Can't Stand Losing You / Reggatta de Blanc" - "Roxanne" - "King Of Pain" - "So Lonely" - "Every Breath You Take" - "Next To You"


POP SINGLES DISCOGRAPHY
[based on RockOnTheNet's The ARC Weekly Top 40

 
1 "Every Breath You Take"

from the LP
Synchronicity
ARC chart run: 37 - 24 - 13 - 5 - 3 - 1 - 1 - 1 - 1 - 1 - 1 - 1 - 1 - 3 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 15 - 24 - 36 - off
Year-End Chart Position: # 1
RIAA Certification: Gold
Billboard # 1: Hot 100, Rock Top Tracks
Grammy Winner: Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group
Grammy Nominee: Record of the Year
MTV VMA Winner: Best Cinematography
MTV VMA Nominee: Video of the Year, Best Group Video, Best Direction, Viewer's Choice, Best Art Direction, Best Overall Performance
VH1: '100 Greatest Songs of the 80's': # 46
VH1: '100 Best Songs of the Past 25 Years': # 9
VH1: '100 Greatest Videos': # 33
Rolling Stone & MTV: '100 Greatest Greatest Pop Songs': # 42
VH1: '100 Greatest Rock Songs': # 42
VH1: '100 Greatest Music Videos Ever Made': # 16
Rolling Stone: 'The 100 Top Music Videos': # 61
MTV: '100 Greatest Videos Ever Made': # 16
1(8) 20 1983 The Police - "Every Breath You Take" (Single)
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2 Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic

from the LP
Ghost In The Machine
ARC chart run: 37 - 27 - 24 - 18 - 14 - 8 - 4 - 3 - 3 - 2 - 13 - 25 - 31 - 34 - off
Year-End Chart Position: # 40
Billboard # 1: Rock Top Tracks
2 14 1981 The Police - "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic" (Single)
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3 King Of Pain

from the LP
Synchronicity
ARC chart run: 32 - 25 - 19 - 15 - 10 - 5 - 3 - 2 - 9 - 13 - 22 - 27 - 39 - off
Year-End Chart Position: # 47
Billboard # 1: Rock Top Tracks
2 13 1983 The Police - "King Of Pain" (Single)
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4 De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da

from the LP
Zenyatta Mondatta
ARC chart run: 31 - 23 - 17 - 14 - 13 - 11 - 10 - 9 - 6 - 4 - 19 - 31 - 38 - off
Year-End Chart Position: # 59
4 13 1981 The Police - "De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da" (Single)
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5 Don't Stand So Close To Me

from the LP
Zenyatta Mondatta
1981:
ARC chart run: 39 - 31 - 25 - 20 - 11 - 9 - 7 - 5 - 12 - 16 - 26 - 34 - off
1981:
Year-End Chart Position: # 67
Grammy Winner: Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal


Don't Stand So Close To Me '86

from the LP
Every Breath You Take - The Classics
1986:
ARC chart run: 38 - off
1986:
Year-End Chart Position: # 227
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The Police - "Don't Stand So Close To Me" (Single)
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The Police - "Don't Stand So Close To Me '86" (Single)
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6 Wrapped Around Your Finger

from the LP
Synchronicity
ARC chart run: 38 - 27 - 21 - 18 - 16 - 12 - 8 - 6 - 11 - 18 - 36 - off
6 11 1984 The Police - "Wrapped Around Your Finger" (Single)
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7 Spirits In The Material World

from the LP
Ghost In The Machine
ARC chart run: 39 - 27 - 18 - 14 - 12 - 9 - 8 - 7 - 25 - 36 - off
Year-End Chart Position: # 79
7 10 1982 The Police - "Spirits In The Material World" (Single)
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8 Synchronicity II

from the LP
Synchronicity
ARC chart run: 32 - 25 - 17 - 14 - 12 - 10 - 14 - 31 - 40 - off
Year-End Chart Position: # 117
10 9 1983 The Police - "Synchronicity II" (Single)
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9 Roxanne

from the LP
Outlandos d'Amour
Billboard chart run: 40 - 36 - 34 - 32 - 32 - off
VH1: '100 Best Songs of the Past 25 Years': # 90
VH1: '100 Greatest Rock Songs': # 85
32 5 1979 The Police - "Roxanne" (Single)
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10 Secret Journey

from the LP
Ghost In The Machine
ARC chart run: 40 - off
Year-End Chart Position: # 245
40 1 1982 The Police - "Secret Journey" (Single)
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  Can't Stand Losing You

from the LP
Outlandos d'Amour
** ** 1979 The Police - "Can't Stand Losing You" (Single)
iTunes
Amazon.mp3
  Message In A Bottle

from the LP
Reggatta de Blanc
** ** 1979 The Police - "Message In A Bottle" (Single)
iTunes
Amazon.mp3
  So Lonely

from the LP
Outlandos d'Amour
** ** 1980 The Police - "So Lonely" (Single)
iTunes
Amazon.mp3
  Invisible Sun

from the LP
Ghost In The Machine
** ** 1981 The Police - "Invisible Sun" (Single)
iTunes
Amazon.mp3
  Roxanne '97 - Puff Daddy Remix
[Sting & The Police featuring Pras]

from the
cd single
Billboard # 1: Dance Music Maxi-Singles Sales
** ** 1998 Sting & The Police - "Roxanne '97 - Puff Daddy Remix" (Single)
 
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