Outlandos d’Amour Songs Ranked

Outlandos d’Amour is the debut studio album by English rock band the Police, released on 2 November 1978 by A&M Records. Elevated by the success of its lead single, “Roxanne”, Outlandos d’Amour peaked at No. 6 on the UK Albums Chart and at No. 23 on the Billboard 200. The album spawned two additional hit singles: “Can’t Stand Losing You” and “So Lonely”. Although Outlandos d’Amour received mixed reviews upon its release, it has since been regarded as one of the strongest debut albums. Rolling Stone ranked it as the 38th best debut album of all time and the 428th greatest album of all time. Here are all of Outlandos d’Amour songs ranked.

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10. Truth Hits Everybody

“Wow, this is a great song too! Kind of reminds me of a Husker Du song, of course I realize the influence probably travels in the other direction. Great vocal and guitar riff. Very underrated song.”

9. Hole in My Life

“What a great song! The intro reminds me of the weird funky sounds that start off “Clean Up Time” by John Lennon, an underrated gem off his Double Fantasy album. This is a very fun bouncy funky song with a lot of great melodic currents running through it.”

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8. Be My Girl – Sally

“Damn, this is a really goddamn annoying song. An unbearably annoying chorus starts off repeating the title phrase then suddenly dissolves into an unbelievably boring and unbearably self-satisfied spoken work monologue by Andy Summers in a fake cockney accent about a blow-up doll (what risque humor! My My!) until the annoyingly perky chorus comes back and ends in some kind of echoing squeal. Pressed Rat and Warthog this is not! Awful, Horrible, bad, bad, bad!”

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7. Peanuts

“Another good song and a very interesting one at that. Very fast upbeat tempos and a strangely enjoyable Micky Mouse sounding vocal from Sting. Very cool wiry punk sounding guitar solo and a truly bizarre and fantastic (horn?) (kazoo?) solo of some kind! Sting don’t wanna hear about the love you’re makin’! And neither do I, for that matter. Peanuts!”

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6. Masoko Tanga

“This is a cool dub-influenced song. The most authentic sounding reggae influenced song they’ve pulled off on the album but with a definite edge lent by the loud rock guitars giving the thing a real nervous energy that the Clash’s dub experiments don’t see to have. An enjoyable song that can seem almost hypnotizing if you listen to it on repeat. (Not something I would reccomend as listening to it even twice in a row will start to seriously aggravate you). Great jazzy drumming.”

5. Born in the 50’s

“NOT a good song at all. Painfully obnoxious lyrics. “Would they drop the bomb on us while we made love on the beach”? I guess you had to be there. Really boring “melody” and a chorus that is just tiring. Verses that lack any melody made awful by embarrasingly bad lyrics.”

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4. Can’t Stand Losing You

“Another classic! The best song on the album. Great lyrics too. You’d think the repetition of the chorus would get annoying. But it doesn’t.”

3. Next to You

“Good if generic hard rock song with some punk edge to it. The verses are a little weak but the reasonably catchy chorus and weird funky breakdown in the middle redeem the song.”

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2. So Lonely

“I have mixed feelings about this song. I like the basic structure of the song. Nice Melody, very cool guitar solo. I like the song basically up until about 3:31 when Sting starts in with his “so low-low-low so low-low-low” crap “vocal improvisation”. This is so annoying and obnoxious that it comes close to ruining the song for me.”

1. Roxanne

“A Stone Cold Classic! No amount of overplay or SNL mockery could take away from the sheer enjoyability of this song. This takes the basic reggae-rock formula of “So Lonely” and absolutely perfects it.”