The song remains so popular that in 2010 was estimated to generate between a quarter and a third of Sting’s music publishing income
For the first and last time, The Police scores a No.1 at the US Hot 100 with their hit “Every Breath You Take” in 1983
Released on May 20, 1983, “Every Breath You Take” by The Police might be for some the ultimate stalker song. Written by Sting (in 2010 the song was estimated to generate between a quarter and a third of Sting’s music publishing income), it is still considered The Police’s signature song, despite their many hits during the late 1970’s and early 1980’s. “Every Breath You Take” was featured on their final album, “Synchronicity” released in 1983, as a single, it was a No.1 hit worldwide, it peaked to No.1 on the US Hot 100 on July 9, 1983 where it remained for eight weeks. It was their first and last song to reach the Hot 100 No.1. At the 26th Annual Grammy Awards in 1984, the song was nominated for three Grammy Awards, including Song of the Year which it won. The music video directed by duo Godley & Creme, loosely based on Gjon Mili’s 1944 short film “Jammin’ the Blues” and shot in black-and-white, was released in the early days of MTV, making it one of the earliest videos to enter heavy rotation, a fact that significantly contributed to the popularity of the song. In 1984 Daniel Pearl won the first MTV cinematography award for his work on the video. The song remains more popular than ever today, and still benefits from heavy airplay rotation 35 years after it’s original release, an absolute Pop music classic.
Look back at the famous 1983 music video for “Every Breath You Take” by The Police
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