2. 'Message in a Bottle'
The lead-off song from Regatta de Blanc was the Police's first song to hit Number One in England, but it didn't even crack the Top 70 in America. (It would be another year before Police-mania swept the U.S.) It's a song about isolation; the narrator is alone on an island, desperately trying to communicate with the outside world via a message in a bottle. At the end, a wave of other bottles washes up onshore. It turns out everyone in the world is just as alone as he is. It's a depressing thought, but a wonderful tune. It was the opening song on nearly every night of the Police's 2007/08 reunion tour.