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Billboard #1 Hits #535: ‘Every Breath You Take’- The Police. July 9, 1983. #1 for 8 weeks in Billboard Hot 100.

  • Single: ‘Every Breath You Take’- The Police
  • Record Company- A&M
  • Genre: New Wave
  • Written by Sting
  • Time: 3:56
  • B-side: ‘Murder By Numbers’
  • Album- Synchronicity
  • Grade: A+
  • Peaked at #1 8 weeks in Billboard Hot 100. #1 in UK Singles Chart, #1 in Canada, Ireland, Israel, South Africa.

The uncontested Song of The Summer of ’83. Winner of Grammy’s for Song Of The Year and Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals and was nominated for Record of the Year. It was the best-selling single of 1983 and fifth best-selling of the decade. Rolling Stone’s critics and readers polls named it “Song Of The Year” and it deserved all those honors and more. Rolling Stone would later rank it at #84 in their 500 Greatest Songs Ever list.

The song came in the aftermath of his separation from his first wife and the beginning of his relationship with his to be second wife.

Sting would say of writing the song-

I woke up in the middle of the night with that line in my head, sat down at the piano and had written it in half an hour. The tune itself is generic, an aggregate of hundreds of others, but the words are interesting. It sounds like a comforting love song. I didn’t realize at the time how sinister it is. I think I was thinking of Big Brother, surveillance and control.

This is one of those songs nearly 40 years later- like ‘Billie Jean’ which I covered a couple days ago, I never get tired of hearing.

3 responses to “BILLBOARD #1 HITS #535: ‘EVERY BREATH YOU TAKE’- THE POLICE – JULY 9, 1983

  1. I know one shouldn’t take things like pop songs too seriously, but even the excuse that it came to Sting in a dream can’t neglect the fact this lyric could have been a verbatim voice mail left by a domestic abuser. Even back in 1983, I would have thought twice about releasing a song with such with such creepy lyrics. I’m usually the last one to act all “Woke” online but this Stalker Anthem gets an F- from me. Sorry.

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