The 6 Best Songs From Sting

2 October 2014, 06:00 | Updated: 2 November 2017, 15:29


We take a look at six of Sting's best songs of all time. Enjoy!

British musician Sting is best known for his unique sound.

Taking elements from jazz, reggae, new-age and rock, the 'King of Pain' and his band The Police have been honoured with award after award for their eclectic style.

But after five chart-topping albums with his bandmates, he left to embark upon a career of his own – writing and singing as a solo artist. 

Finding worldwide success with a string of hits, it was clear Sting was unstoppable so we've picked out 6 of our favourite songs in celebration.

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6. Englishman in New York (1987)

From his album '…Nothing Like The Sun', Sting's 1988 single was reportedly written about gay icon Quentin Crisp who moved from London to Manhattan in the late '70s. It may not have topped the charts, but the track became a beloved song of his fans thanks to the witty lyrics. 

5. Fields Of Gold (1993)

This track has been re-released many times by other artists, most famously Eva Cassidy, but Sting's stunning original will always top the covers. It's often referred to as his 'signature song'.

4. The Police - Roxanne (1978)

Sting famously wrote rock song Roxanne after experiencing Paris' prostitute culture when The Police stayed in a seedy French hotel ahead of their performance at the Nashville Club. The song went on to become a staple of Sting's solo gigs and now has a place in the Grammy Hall of Fame.

3. Message In A Bottle (1979)

From The Police's second album Reggatta de Blanc, 'Message in a Bottle' was debuted on live television. Shortly after it became the band's first UK number one. It also ranked in Rolling Stone's '100 Greatest Guitar Songs Of All Time'.

2. If I Ever Lose My Faith in You (1993)

'If I Ever Lose My Faith in You' was one of Sting's most successful singles. It not only snagged a Grammy Award for 'Best Male Pop Vocal Performance', but it was nominated for both 'Record of the Year' and 'Song of the Year'.

1. Every Breath You Take (1983)

The biggest hit of 1983, 'Every Breath You Take', topped the US Billboard charts for a whopping eight weeks and the UK singles charts for four weeks. It won a Grammy for 'Song of the Year' and Sting was honoured with the Ivor Novello award for 'Best Song Musically and Lyrically'. If that's not a smash hit, we don't know what is.

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