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Released: October 1980

Rating: 4.139 (average of 19 ratings)

Genre: rock > new wave

Quotable: --

Album Tracks:

  1. Don’t Stand So Close to Me [4:04]
  2. Driven to Tears [3:20]
  3. When the World Is Running Down, You Make the Best of What’s Still Around [3:38]
  4. Canary in a Coalmine [2:26]
  5. Voices Inside My Head [3:53]
  6. Bombs Away (Copeland) [3:09]
  7. De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da [4:09]
  8. Behind My Camel (Summers) [2:54]
  9. Man in a Suitcase [2:19]
  10. Shadows in the Rain [5:02]
  11. The Other Way of Stopping (Copeland) [3:22]

Songs written by Sting unless noted otherwise.

Total Running Time: 38:16


sales in U.S. only 2 million
sales in U.K. only - estimated 300,000
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated 10 million


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 5
peak on U.K. album chart 1 4


  • Don’t Stand So Close to Me (9/27/80) #10 US, #1 UK, #11 AR
  • De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da (10/25/80) #10 US, #5 UK
  • Driven to Tears (3/28/81) #35 AR


Rated one of the top 1000 albums of all time by Dave’s Music Database. Click to learn more. One of my personal top 100 albums of all time. Click to learn more. my favorite album of the year

Zenyatta Mondatta
The Police
“The stage was set for the Police to become one of the biggest acts of the '80s, and the band delivered with the 1980 classic Zenyatta Mondatta. The album proved to be the trio's second straight number one album in the U.K., while peaking at number three in the U.S. Arguably the best Police album, Zenyatta contains perhaps the quintessential new wave anthem, the haunting Don't Stand So Close to Me, the story of an older teacher lusting after one of his students. While other tracks follow in the same spooky path (their second Grammy-winning instrumental Behind My Camel and Shadows in the Rain), most of the material is upbeat, such as the carefree U.S./U.K. Top Ten De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da, Canary in a Coalmine, and Man in a Suitcase. Sting includes his first set of politically charged lyrics in Driven to Tears, When the World Is Running Down, You Make the Best of What's Still Around, and Bombs Away, which all observe the declining state of the world. While Sting would later criticize the album as not all it could have been (the band was rushed to complete the album in order to begin another tour), Zenyatta Mondatta remains one of the finest rock albums of all time” (Prato).

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Last updated March 31, 2008.