Another low-ranking song because of its ubiquity, “Roxanne” stands out as the British New Wave group The Police’s first hit, despite the fact it failed to chart upon initial release. The song tells the deceptively simple story of a man who falls in love with a prostitute, imploring her to give up the life of a streetwalker. Few songs written by Sting are as simple as they appear at first glance, however, and closer listen reveals a demanding, possessive undercurrent in the singer’s pleas. The unspoken “or else” threat lingers ominously long after the song ends.
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