First album, Outlandos D'Amour, was a slow burner and the band did not achieve widespread fame until 1979 when first single, "Roxanne" was a hit after being re-released.
They released their last album, Synchronicity, in 1983, which is widely regarded as a classic. Notable songs from that album include "Every Breath You Take" and "Wrapped Around your Finger". Although there was never an official break-up, each band member gradually began his own solo career. A short-lived attempt to reunite in 1986 produced a re-recording of their song "Don't Stand So Close to Me". On March 10, 2003, The Police were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
|Year||Title||Label||1977||Fallout/Nothing Achieving (single)||A&M||1978||Outlandos d'Amour||A&M||1979||Regatta de Blanc||A&M||1980||Zenyatta Mondatta||A&M||1981||Ghost in the Machine||A&M||1983||Synchronicity||A&M||1986||Every Breath You Take: the Singles||A&M||1993||Message in a Box: The Complete Recordings||A&M||1995||Live||A&M||1998||Greatest Hits||A&M|
Sting, the principal songwriter, had previously spent time as a high-school English teacher, and his lyrics are noted for their literary awareness and verbal agility. Material in Ghost in the Machine was inspired by the writings of Arthur Koestler, and material in Synchronicity was inspired by the writings of C.G. Jung.