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The Greatest Official Arctic Monkeys Songs and Albums in the UK


Arctic Monkeys are the British group that defines their generation.

Now back with their seventh album The Car, Alex Turner, Matt Helders, Jamie Cook and Nick O’Malley have been on an extraordinary musical journey since their hype-laden 2005 debut, snatched from the streets of Sheffield and indie-stardom. rock.

Since those early days, the Arctics have worn all the hats and explored many corners of rock music, from post-Britpop inspiration to their influential debut album, to AM’s rock slick skinny jeans.

To celebrate the release of The Car, and as the Arctic takes on Taylor Swift for dominance of the Official Albums Chart, we’re counting down the band’s biggest official singles and albums in the UK, with all-new numbers set. up-to-date with official rankings. Company data.

Let’s start with the Top 10 Greatest UK Singles from Arctic Monkeys. But before reaching thishere is a detailed overview of the Top 5.

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Arctic Monkeys Official Top 5 UK Singles

5. Mine RU?
Released: 2012
Official Singles Chart Peak: Number 23
Total card sales in the UK: 1.5 million

A stoner rock anthem, RU Mine? primed audiences for the victory lap of AM’s release a full year before it dropped, but it still acts as the perfect introduction to the Arctic’s most confident record.

4. Why did you call me only when you’re stoned?
Released: 2013
Official Singles Chart Peak: Number 8
Total card sales in the UK: 1.5 million

A swaggering funk-blues tune with more than heady R&B and hip-hop influence inside Alex Turner’s slick cadence makes AM’s third single another modern classic from the band. It exceeds mine RU? with more physical sales and streams (combined streams of over 161 million).

3. Fluorescent teenager
Released: 2007
Official Singles Chart Top: Number 5
Total card sales in the UK: 1.8 million

Favorite Worst Nightmare’s second single, Fluorescent Adolescent is a scatty garage-rock lament for lost youth that has, in many ways, become a generational anthem.

The music video for the tracks (starring Stephen Graham and directed by Richard Ayoade of The IT Crowd) is the band’s second most streamed visual, with 6.4 million other video streams.

2. I bet you look good on the dance floor
Released: 2005
Official Singles Chart Top: Number 1
Total card sales in the UK: 2 million

You can’t do better than a first number 1 on your first try. Taken from the then booming social media platform of MySpace, Alex and co. may have asked people not to believe the hype, but it was hard not to agree with them.

Then, as now, I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor is just, through and through, a great track and one of British rock’s greatest post-Britpop flags. Not only that, but it’s still the highest physical seller of the bunch (over 114,000).

It is very easy to spot magic; a propulsive and explosive production, as well as a light lyricism (“No Montagues or Capulets, just slamming tunes and DJ sets”) that showed from the outset that the Arctic Monkeys were here and here to stay.

1. Do I want to know?
Released: 2013
Official Singles Chart Peak: Number 11
Total card sales in the UK: 2.5 million

There’s no better way to announce to the world “we’re about to make the best music of our careers” than the sly, slinky and undeniably sexy bassline of Do I Wanna Know, officially the greatest Arctic Monkeys song in the UK.

AM’s opening track begins holding the form of a pop song, before exploding into something more stuttering and insurmountable in its second part, echoing Alex’s emotional fragmentation, backed by those highs. falsetto coos of “Do I want to know?” And no, deep down, he doesn’t.

But what we know (sorry) is that Do I Wanna Know is by far the biggest track the band has ever released here. With over 2.5 million chart sales combined, it is also their most digitally downloaded (over 482,000) and most streamed (over 255 million streams, including 29 million video streams) track.

The 10 Greatest Official Arctic Monkeys UK Songs

1 DO I WANT TO KNOW 11 2013
5 ARE YOU MINE 23 2012
6 WHEN SUN SETS 1 2005
seven MARDY BUM 123 2006
8 505 2 2007
9 ARABELLE 70 2013

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The UK’s Greatest Arctic Monkeys Albums, Ranked and Revealed

6. Tranquility Base Hotel & Casion
Released: 2018
Top of the Official Albums Chart: Number 1
Total card sales in the UK: 247,000

A sharp left turn of AM’s G-funk, Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino is rather, somewhat oddly, a soft sci-fi concept album coupled with the Arctics entering soft lounge music and blues.

No matter how heady the U-turn, Tranquility turned out to be one of the most important records of the band’s career (you can read The Car on many sonic levels as a continuation and in places an enhancement compared to what they were mingling with here) which became the Arctic Monkeys’ sixth consecutive number 1 studio album in the UK.

5. Humbug
Released: 2009
Top of the Official Albums Chart: Number 1
Total UK card sales: 446,000

Humbug is a record that has made it its most important mission to subvert people’s expectations. Recorded in the desert with Josh Homme of Quens of the Stone Age, Humbug abandons the recognizable styles and lyricisms of the first album and replaces them with harder psychedelic rock.

Critically derided at the time, the retrospective comments have only made it clear that Humbug helped the band grow and reach new and bolder horizons.

4. Suck and watch
Released: 2011
Top of the Official Albums Chart: Number 1
Total card sales in the UK: 450,000

The title reflects the band’s approach to this album; try everything and see what works. And try, they do.

Their most musically diverse offering, Suck It And See is Arctic Monkeys’ fourth biggest album in the UK, reaching combined sales of 450,000 copies.

3. Favorite Worst Nightmare
Released: 2007
Top of the Official Albums Chart: Number 1
Total card sales in the UK: 1.2 million

Released less than 18 months after their debut, Favorite Worst Nightmare proved that above all, the Arctics were ambitious and would never let themselves be boxed in by a single sound.

Favorite Worst Nightmare begins the streak of the band’s sonic identity becoming soft and flexible with each respective release.

It’s their third most popular here, with over 1.2 million card sales to its name.

2. AM
Released: 2013
Top of the Official Albums Chart: Number 1
Total card sales in the UK: 1.6 million

The Arctic Monkeys’ debut album made from their new base in LA, AM shows just how much the band’s confidence in their vision has grown. Inspired as much by hip-hop beats and West Coast rappers as it is by the bouncy indie-rock that seemed perfectly suited to the age aesthetic of 2013’s Tumblr skinny jeans, AM is the definitive sound of a group at its peak.

Home to their biggest UK single, AM is also the most downloaded (394,000) and streamed (over 591,000 album equivalent streams combined) LP from the Arctic to date.

Overall, it’s quite simply one of the defining pieces of rock music of the second decade of the 21st century.

1. Whatever people say I am is what I am not
Released: 2006
Top of the Official Albums Chart: Number 1
Total card sales in the UK: 2.1 million

Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not is the historic debut album by a British rock band.

Containing not just two number 1 singles, from the start (I Bet That…, Sun Goes Down), the Arctics charted a fast and very unconventional road to success with panache, and the results still speak for themselves. themselves.

A great alternative rock album, mostly about drunken outings in the North of England as a young teenager, Whatever People Say… left an indelible mark on the culture of that country’s musical palate.

With over 2.1 million chart sales to its credit, it’s the Arctic Monkeys’ biggest album ever here, edging out everyone else for the most physical sales as well (1.4 million).

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