I am back to finish my top 10 Arctic Monkeys song, sorry for the wait. I’m pretty sure I could be a professional procrastinator. Here are my personal favourite 5 Arctic Monkeys, it was hard to choose! I would love to know your opinions.
5. I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor, Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not
This is the song that essentially got the Monkeys their initial fame, and what a tune it is. The garage, guitar heavy anthem is iconic. The melody in terms of Turners singing is not as refined as his voice on AM, but this song truly shows how the band have grown. And considering they started off with such a hit, the standard of their music is pretty high.
4. Old Yellow Bricks, Favourite Worst Nightmare.
This song combines the harsh sounds of the first album with the smooth tones of Turners voice. I wrote about this song in my March Playlist post, which you can read here. But essentially this song is very cleverly written with the lyrics, and a personal favourite of mine.
3. Knee Socks, AM
This song was never released as a single, which surprises me, considering it’s one of my favourites. The song tells a story and entices the listener. The utilisation of the falsetto voice in this song is one of the best on the album. I think this song captures the mellow, smooth side of the album as well as the story telling that Turner has always been so good at.
2. R U Mine, AM
This was the song that led me to discover the Arctic Monkeys, and is still one of my favourites. I have listened to this song on repeat for what feels like years, and I’m not bored of it. I love the heavy guitar and catchy bass part. All the parts in this anthem fit so perfectly together, and you can tell the band used all their talents to create something really special. The use of a monophonic texture in the bridge with Turner and the guitar is like a question and answer is captivating. I love this song too much!
1. 505, Favourite Worst Nightmare
505 has to be my favourite. The simplicity of the first half of the song contrasting with the second half is incredible. It makes me feel like some emotion is being held back, almost creating tension, if you can call it that. As the song gradually builds to the bridge and the final chorus, the bridge seems like a sudden explosion of emotion, which you can hear in Turners singing. I also love how Miles Kane is playing guitar in this song, I am also a TLSP fan.
There we have it, my top 5 Arctic Monkeys songs. If you haven’t seen the other half of this post, click here. I will try to post more regularly, I promise!
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