The Police are another one of those “soundtrack to my childhood” artists. I remember hearing this song constantly on the radio when I was a kid and seeing the video on MTV.
In spite of the stalkery lyrics, which express the desires of a man, apparently obsessed with either a former lover or a woman (presumably), who never returned his affections, to obsessively “watch” the object of his obsession, this song has been a favorite of mine for a long time.
The lyric is creepy and the vocal is at times longing and at times menacing. The whole thing is backed with a signature bass beat and instantly recognizable melody.
While I’m certainly no proponent of stalking, the song evokes the emotion many of us have experienced of being completely obsessed with someone we can’t have, in spite of how much we might feel we were “meant” to be with them.