hope you’re well. If you know me, you know that one of my favorite bands is Arctic Monkeys (and have been for years, my very first indie-rock love), so I felt it was only fair to do a list of my Top 10 songs by them. And it wasn’t easy, I feel like I left some of my children at the pit stop and only realised it after we were driving for half an hour.
My favorite albums of theirs are Suck It and See, and Favourite Worst Nightmare, however, there’s a good mix of songs from every album in this list.
So without any further rambling, here are my favorite Artic Monkeys songs, in no particular order. Hope you enjoy it.
No 1. Party Anthem
Starting this list of with one of their slower songs (and the slowest song on AM). A glamorous ballad, without heavy guitar riffs, and Alex Turner sounding like an angel.
What I enjoy most about this song is that the story of the song really isn’t that ballad-like. He is essentially encouraging himself to go up to a girl at a club, but he ends up waiting for the perfect song. Such a soundtrack worthy song with its amazing vocals and harmonies sent from heaven itself.
You Probably Couln’t See for the Lights But You Were Staring Right at Me
We’ve probably all been there, in the middle of the crowd at a concert, with the feeling that the band is staring right at us, falling in love with us and already thinking about the wedding. Basically that’s what this song is about. 2 minutes of pure gold, so if you’re in love with an artist or band member and you have the feeling that no one understands you: Aex Turner’s got you back.
Snap Out of It
To be fair, this is one of their more pop-y songs, but it’s great so how can you blame someone for liking it? (Spoiler: You can’t).
It my opinion, it isn’t necessarily about Turner wanting to break up a couple to be with the girl again, but more so just talking some sense into her, because the guy isn’t worthy of her (and then get back together with him).
It features one of my favorite lyrics of all time: Forever isn’t for everyone, is forever for you?
The last line in the chorus where he actually sings ‘Snap out of it’ feels like you’re actually being shaken, and makes you consider breaking up with a non-existent partner.
Suck It and See
When I first heard this song I was like “Fuck yes, finally a love song that doesn’t make me gag because of its sappiness!!”. It’s the title track from their fourth album and it changed up the classic love song into something a lot cooler (in my opinion, obvs).
Turner used really clever metaphors, e.g. “You’re rarer than a can of dandelion and burdock” (Dandelion and Burdock used to be an alcoholic drink, that is now very hard to get your hands on), or “Your kiss, it could put creases in the rain”.
This song was originally written for the movie “Submarine” but made it onto Suck It and See in the end. I don’t have a lot to say about this song, other than it is beautiful and the line “If you’re gonna try and walk on water make sure you wear your comfortable shoes” is very essential to many of my daily decisions.
Love Is a Laserquest
I just realised, that most of my favorite Arctic Monkey songs are on the slower side, so if you’re a bigger fan of their faster, more upbeat songs: Sorry, let me know which ones you like!
Love Is a Laserquest is just a nice song, about letting someone go and still thinking about them years after and wondering, what they’re doing and if they’re with somebody new. Alex Turner sings about trying to pretend this woman wasn’t anything more than a fling, and I just want to pat his head.
This song is so damn catchy, even though the lyrics aren’t happy or positive at all. They address a woman, who left her exciting times behind for somebody nice, however not as passionate as her past loves used to be.
And to be honest: This song is great to dance to in your underwear, on in the car, or in your underwear in the car (if that’s what you’re into, not gonna judge).
Again, a slow one. This is the first song I ever heard by Arctic Monkeys, and I was so fascinated by its melodies and Alex Turner’s memorable voice and it’s still one of my favorites today.
My favorite part of the song is when the melodies and Alex’ voice change completely and make the pain audible and come as such a surprise that it throws you for a loop.
On the Run from the MI5
Such a weird song. Never made it onto any album, which is a shame, because however strange it might be, it’s just as fantastic.
Hold my beer while I look for my leather jacket and black lipstick and I am ready to cause some trouble listening to this song.
Red Light Indicates Door Are Secured
Rather than singing love and its problems, teenage Alex Turner wrote this song about a night out with his friends and the conversations they had in the taxi going home.
It’s really energetic and fun and just overall probably one of my Top 3 Arctic Monkey songs of all time. You can tell that it is from their first album though, as it’s a lot more rock-ish than their most recent album, which I personally really like (even though most of the songs in this list were sappy, slow songs lol bye).
And because I couldn’t choose just 10 songs, because that’s just not who I am, I added a few more worthy mentions to the playlist.