#44 – Sting feat. Cheb Mami – “Desert Rose” – (1999)

So do you know what Sting is saying during the chorus? I don’t – but love this song, and have since the day I first heard it. Cheb Mami is the featured Algerian singer and this song has very distinct Arab musical influences, which may account for part of its appeal. The music video kind of plays like a commercial for the then-brand-new Jaguar S-Type. Sting had other hits in the 90s and, although they don’t quite fit in with the nature of the rest of the songs on this list, I’ll mention them anyway. The big ones were: “If I Ever Lose My Faith in You” and “Fields of Gold” – both from 1993’s Ten Summoner’s Tales. Except both of these songs to make our forthcoming “Songs from the 90s that sound like they could be from the 80s” list.