Year Released: 1983

Notable Songs: “Every Breath Your Take”, “King of Pain”, “Wrapped Around Your Finger”, “Synchronicity II”, “Tea in the Sahara”

Album MVP: “Every Breath You Take”

Why I Loved It: Featuring tracks significantly more pop-friendly and investigational than Ghost in the Machine (No. 32 on this countdown) or either of their previous three albums,  Synchronicity, their fifth and final studio effort made the Police a household name in mainstream music after producing five hit singles. I was 12-years old when this album dropped and it’s one of the albums I most remember from the 80’s. In fact I had this LP, which physically having an album was a rarity for my poor ass. Great tunes saturate the majority of this album, especially the legendary “Every Breath You Take.”  “Tea in the Sahara” is a great track many 80s fans have probably never heard. There’s many albums on this countdown included on the strength of one or two songs, but this album has a solid six songs I could listen to on loop over and over again. There’s no real one song I like more than the others. Sting would go on to pursue a solo career following this album, thus ending the group. You have to wonder how many more memorable albums they could’ve made.

Commercial Success:  The Police’s final album was their most successful. Synchronicity rose to number-one on the Billboard Top 200 and remained there a staggering seven weeks, finishing both 1983 and ’84 ranked third and eighth respectively on the Billboard year-end charts.  “Every Breath You Take’ was the album’s lone number-one single on the Billboard Hot 100 and stayed there for eight straight weeks as it finished the 1983 number one on the year-end chart. “King of Pain” peaked at number-three on the Billboard Hot 100 while “Wrapped Around Your Finger” climbed as high as eight. “Synchronicity II” reached No. 16 to give the album four top twenty hits. In total Synchronicity sold more than eight millions in the United States alone, was nominated for five Grammys and won three, including the Best Rock Performance by a Group or Duo With Vocals for the album and Song of the Year for “Every Breath You Take.”

Fun Facts: From “In a 1983 interview with the New Musical Express, Sting explained: “I think it’s a nasty little song, really rather evil. It’s about jealousy and surveillance and ownership.” Regarding the common misinterpretation of the song, he added: “I think the ambiguity is intrinsic in the song however you treat it because the words are so sadistic. On one level, it’s a nice long song with the classic relative minor chords, and underneath there’s this distasteful character talking about watching every move. I enjoy that ambiguity. I watched Andy Gibb singing it with some girl on TV a couple of weeks ago, very loving, and totally misinterpreting it. (Laughter) I could still hear the words, which aren’t about love at all. I pissed myself laughing.”


 100.  Van Halen – OU812 

99. Stevie Wonder – In Squared Circle

98. Taylor Dayne – Can’t Fight Fate

97. Kool & The Gang – Emergency 

96. Stevie B – In My Eyes 

95. Keith Sweat – Make It Last Forever 

94. Michael Bolton – Soul Provider 

93. Go Go’s – Beauty & The Beast 

92. LL Cool J – Bigger And Deffer (Bad) 

91. Twisted Sister – Stay Hungry 

90. Def Leppard – Hysteria

89. New Edition – Heartbreak

88. Don Henley – Building A Perfect Beast

87. Beverly Hills Cop – Movie Soundtrack

86. Culture Club – Kissing To Be Clever 

85. Rolling Stones – Tattoo You

84. Asia – Asia 

83. Tiffany – Tiffany 

82. Lionel Richie – Dancing on the Ceiling

81. Barbara Streisand – Guilty 

80. Phil Collins – …But Seriously 

79. Air Supply – The One That You Love

78. J. Geils Band – Freeze Frame

77. Duran Duran – Rio 

76. Billy Ocean – Suddenly 

75. Run DMC – Raising Hell

74. Pat Benatar – Crimes of Passion

73. John Cougar – American Fool

72. Huey Lewis and The News – Picture This

71. Top Gun – Movie Soundtrack

70. Steve Winwood – Back In The High Life

69. Air Supply – Lost In Love

68. LL Cool J – Radio

67. Journey – Frontiers 

66. Styxx – Paradise Theater

65. Madonna – Like A Prayer

64. Eric B & Rakim – Paid In Full 

63. Tears for Fears – Songs From The Big Chair

62. Tina Turner – Private Dancer 

61. Steve Nicks – Bella Donna

60. U2 – The Joshua Tree

59. Bon Jovi – New Jersey 

58. Huey Lewis and the News – Fore!

57. Janet Jackson – Rhythm Nation 1814

56. Prince – 1999

55. ZZ Top – Eliminator 

54. Survivor – Vital Signs

53. New Edition – New Edition 

52. Dirty Dancing – Movie Soundtrack

51. Foreigner – 4

50. Public Enemy – It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back

49. Lionel Richie – Lionel Richie 

48. Men at Work – Business As Usual

47. Run DMC – Run DMC

46. Richard Marx – Richard Marx

45. Paula Abdul – Forever Your Girl 

44. Rocky IV – Movie Soundtrack 

43. Tom Petty – Full Moon River 

42. Whitney Houston – Whitney 

41, REO Speedwagon – Hi Infidelity 

40. Christopher Cross – Christopher Cross

39. Culture Club – Colour By Numbers 

38. Chicago – Chicago 17

37. Bryan Adams – Reckless

36. Bon Jovi – Slippery When Wet

35. Heart – Heart 

34. Def Leppard – Pyromania 

33. Toto -Toto IV

32. The Police – Ghost In the Machine 

31. Madonna – Madonna

30. New Kids On The Block – Hangin’ Tough

29. Hall and Oates – H20

28. Don Henley – The End Of The Innocence