Every Breath You Take: The Singles

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Every Breath You Take: The Singles
Greatest hits album by The Police
Released 25 October 1986
Recorded 1978-1986
Genre New wave, pop rock, reggae
Length 59:13 (1995 release)
Label A&M
The Police chronology
Synchronicity
(1983)
Every Breath You Take: The Singles
(1986)
Greatest Hits
(1992)
Alternative cover
Every Breath You Take: The Classics (1995)
Singles from Every Breath You Take: The Singles
  1. "Don't Stand So Close to Me '86"
    Released: October 1986
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[2]
Robert Christgau A−[3]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[4]

Every Breath You Take: The Singles is the debut compilation album by The Police, released in 1986. In 1990, the album was repackaged in New Zealand, Australia and Spain as Their Greatest Hits with a different cover.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Sting.

  1. "Roxanne" – 3:11
  2. "Can't Stand Losing You" – 2:47
  3. "Message in a Bottle" – 4:50
  4. "Walking on the Moon" – 5:01
  5. "Don't Stand So Close to Me '86" – 4:40
  6. "De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da" – 4:06
  7. "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic" – 4:19
  8. "Invisible Sun" – 3:44
  9. "Spirits in the Material World" – 2:58
  10. "Every Breath You Take" – 4:13
  11. "King of Pain" – 4:57
  12. "Wrapped Around Your Finger" – 5:14

Personnel[edit]

Every Breath You Take: The Classics[edit]

In 1995, A&M released Every Breath You Take: The Classics to replace the original album. It features a slightly different track listing: the original version of "Don't Stand So Close To Me" replaces the 1986 recording at track 5; the '86 version appears at track 13. A 'New Classic Rock Mix' of "Message in a Bottle" is included as track 14. The Digital Theater System (2000) and hybrid Super Audio CD (2003) versions of the album include a previously unreleased version of "De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da".

In the DTS version, "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic" features a different intro. Also, Every Breath You Take: The Singles featured a shortened version of "Can't Stand Losing You" which featured an early fade out which ends the song before the final chorus concludes. Every Breath You Take: The Classics replaces this with the full length version.

Certifications[edit]

Organization Level Date
RIAAU.S. Gold January 13, 1987 (1987-01-13) [5]
Platinum
3x Platinum November 19, 1992 (1992-11-19) [5]
5x Platinum January 18, 2002 (2002-01-18) [5]

Notes[edit]

Preceded by
Graceland by Paul Simon
UK number one album
November 8, 1986 – November 21, 1986
Succeeded by
Hits 5 by Various Artists