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LAS VEGAS - MAY 23: Singer and bassist Sting, guitarist Andy Summers (R) and drummer Stewart Copeland of The Police perform at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 23, 2008 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

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The Police: “Spirits in the Material World”

The Hook: The political process isn’t going to solve our problems.

Album: Ghost in the Machine

Year: 1981

Writer: Sting

Stats: Peaked at number-11 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Background: The first lines of “Spirits in the Material World” by The Police are “There is no political solution to our troubled evolution/Have no faith in constitution/There is no bloody revolution.” In a 1981 interview, Sting explained why he wrote them.

Sting on what inspired the lyrics to The Police’s “Spirits in the Material World.” OC:…so much chaos. :21

“I’ve lost all faith in the political process to solve any of our problems. I think it’s failed and it’s failed over centuries – it hasn’t just failed this week. The politicians tend to think of us as being a bit like robots, they want us to be machines. It’s much easier, we make better soldiers. But we’re not like that, that’s why there’s so much chaos.”