500 Greatest Songs of All Time

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The Police, 'Roxanne'

Writer: Sting
Producers: The Police
Released: Jan '79, A&M
13 weeks; No. 32

"That song has been the turnaround for us," Stewart Copeland told Rolling Stone. Sting came up with the idea for the song while wandering around the red-light district of Paris after a canceled show, wondering what it would be like to be in love with a prostitute. The title came from a poster for the play Cyrano de Bergerac — featuring a heroine named Roxanne — in the band's hotel lobby in Paris.

Appears on: Outlandos d'Amour (Interscope)

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