The song was written by Sting (Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner) for his rock band The Police. “Every Breath You Take” was the biggest hit of 1983, topping the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in the United States for eight weeks, the RPM Chart in Canada for four weeks, and Official singles charts in the UK for four weeks. It was released as the lead single from the band’s fifth and final studio album, “Synchronicity” on 20 May 1983 with “Murder by Numbers” on the B-side.
“Every Breath You Take” was listed as one of the Top 100 Songs of the Century by BMI. It ranked #84 on the Rolling Stone list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, and #25 on Billboard’s Hot 100 All-Time Top Songs.
The music video was directed by duo Godley & Creme. The black and white video shows the band accompanied by a pianist and string section in a darkened ballroom as a man washes the floor-to-ceiling window behind them.
“Every Breath You Take” is sampled in Puff Daddy & Faith Evans’s song “I’ll Be Missing You,” which topped the Billboard Hot 100 for 11 weeks in 1997.