Sting Albums Ranked

Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner CBE (born 2 October 1951), known as Sting, is an English musician and actor. He was the principal songwriter, lead singer, and bassist for the new wave rock band the Police from 1977 to 1984, and launched a solo career in 1985. He has included elements of rock, jazz, reggae, classical, new-age, and worldbeat in his music.
As a solo musician and a member of The Police, Sting has received 17 Grammy Awards: he won Song of the Year for “Every Breath You Take”, three Brit Awards, including Best British Male Artist in 1994 and Outstanding Contribution in 2002, a Golden Globe, an Emmy and four nominations for the Academy Award for Best Original Song. In 2019, he received a BMI Award for “Every Breath You Take” becoming the most played song in radio history. In 2002, Sting received the Ivor Novello Award for Lifetime Achievement from the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers, and Authors and was also inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Police in 2003. In 2000, he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for recording.  Here are all of Sting’s albums ranked.

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10. The Last Ship (2013)

“”Last Ship” represents an out-of-the-box effort by Sting. Since his earliest days with the Police Sting has demonstrated a remarkable ability, as a songwriter, to tell stories and convey the thoughts and feelings of various “characters” through his songs. His decision to compose an entire musical seems a logical next step, both professionally and creatively. In “Last Ship” he draws upon what he knows, a British working class background with its complicated emotional and economic battlegrounds. “

9. Symphonicities (2010)

“Symphonicities was released on 13th July 2010 and features some of Stings greatest hits from throughout his career with symphonic arrangement, backed by The Royal Philharmonic concert orchestra. The songs take on new shapes and atmospheres as these pop/rock songs receive classical support. The album was produced by Rob Mathes and Sting and Rob Mathes conducts the orchestra except for 4 tracks which received conduction from Steven Mercurio.”

8. 57th & 9th (2016)

“Sting, at his best, is soulful, sincere, charismatic, humble, and above all honest. He still speaks his mind here, as always, but he does it in a palatable way, making the listening experience joyful rather than a drudgery. There’s still a bit of gloom and doom around, but he does a good job of preventing his darker impulses from engulfing his good nature. One of life’s bitter ironies is that being intelligent may give you the ability to see problems, but not necessarily the skill or the resources to solve them. And intelligence may give you the ability to catch a glimpse of perfection, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s within your reach. So Sting gets the blues, as many of us do. But on THIS record, he seems to have recovered his mojo. This is well-crafted, but not over-wrought.”

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7. Sacred Love (2003)

“Sting is one of the most talented main-stream musicians. His style is incomparable and unique. Yet he’s not rigid in the way he “builds” his music. His music is continually morphing and adapting to the times. I’m a big fan of his ever since he was in “The Police,” and have listened through all the changes his music has undergone. This, his latest CD, shows how well Sting does his job. Some critics might say he’s tending to become more commercial and pop. Well, this is partly true, but he always keeps his style and signature in each of his songs. “

6. Mercury Falling (1996)

‘I love this CD from Sting. It has many of the songs I already loved. Some of these songs have been taken forward by Sting in later concerts, such as Lithium Sunset (in the Brand New Day tour). Valparaiso was in a movie. I had become familiar with some of the songs from YouTube – Let Your Soul be Your Pilot and Brought to My Senses. The Hounds of Winter from the All This Time documentary/performance 9/11. All the songs have become favorites of mine. The first song and the last song have the title “Mercury Falling” in them. This is one of my favorite Sting CDs.”

5. Brand New Day (1999)

“Listening to this album on a Winter’s eve in 2017 and it is still as good as when I first purchased it. Highlights (there are a number) Desert Rose, Ghost Story, A Thousand Years, After the Rain Has Fallen and Brand New Day. Fill Her Up is also superb and features James Taylor. An excellent album in an age when most albums contain a maximum of one passable song. This is art and Sting is an enduring presence in the music scene because he writes great stuff. Simple as that. Buy it.”

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4. The Soul Cages (1991)

‘My personal favorite Sting album. The mood is somewhat depressing but its the achievement of one of the greatest songwriters in Pop music. In my opinion, Sting already proved he could make “hits” with his first 2 solo albums. He didn’t have to prove anything anymore. He can finally write and record the music he really wants to hear. The opening song “Island Of Souls” had me stunned from amazement. I knew then this wasn’t going to be just another Sting album.”

3. The Dream of the Blue Turtles (1985)

“This is the best Sting solo which was his first since the Police. It is nothing short of perfect and beautiful. I wish the rest of his solo stuff sounded EXACTLY like this but it begins to depart on each successive album. I got into this album when it was new, back when life was simpler and less complex…and better. As such, it has additional meaning to me. Had to buy this CD several times because I wore it out.”

2. …Nothing Like the Sun (1987)

“It’s impossible to rate music because everyone has their own taste. This is classic Sting for me and brings back memories of when he played at the New York State Fair during a thunder storm with heavy rain. Sting and his band kept playing while there were thunder strikes in the background. Sting skipped and sang “I’m Singing In The Rain” during the torrential downpour after the band had disembarked and ran for cover. The winds were so strong that it blew down the black curtain behind the stage to reveal the lightning strikes and the multi color lights from the amusements. An epic concert that could never be duplicated!”

1. Ten Summoner’s Tales (1993)

“Sting’s work is consistently of high quality. Nearly every song on this particular album is very good, and several are outstanding. One of my favorite things about this album is Sting’s use of unusual time signature. “Seven Days” is in an interesting 5/4 time, “St. Augustine in Hell” is in 7/8, and “The Munificent Seven” alternates between 7/8 in the verses and 4/4/ in the chorus. “Something the Boy Said,” is a haunting, atmospheric piece that has the feel of an epic poem in condensed form. I haven’t heard every Sting album, but it would be hard to imagine a better or more satisfying one.”