As a songwriter, Sting must rank among the top tier of modern musicians. Although his eco and philanthropic efforts often take centre-stage, his knack for writing pop and rock songs that meld toe-tapping hooks and choruses with cerebral chord progressions and lyrics, will give him a place in the history books. Never a showy or particularly dexterous bass-list, he has written parts that support a song perfectly, while being integral to it.
Nowhere is this on better show than this relaxed, reggae-infused bass-line to one of The Police’s biggest hits. The main riff is one of those smack-yourself-in-the-face, ‘why didn’t I think of that?’ lines. You almost feel weightless as that lazy bouncing groove oozes out of the speakers. Then it’s a simple reggae skank in the chorus, rinse and repeat. Pure, uncluttered genius.