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Top 20 Arctic Monkeys Songs: 10-1

If you've read my other list, there were some pretty controversial picks I would say (You can read it here). Probably going to continue with how controversial this is here, but if you disagree then let me know your favourite Arctic Monkeys songs either in the comments below or on Twitter.

10. Do I Wanna Know
One of the singles released off AM, this was the moment that they nailed down the fact that they were going for different sounds. This drum beat is absolutely incredible and the bridge on this just makes you want to jump around. Would love to hear this alive.

9. Crying Lightning
This song is absolutely poetic. Lyrically it's one of my favourite Arctic Monkey's songs and yet there's just something that pulls it back to number 9. It may be the fact that it takes place on their worst album, Humbug, or it could be that the song never really gets going fully. It's great, it's just a bit flat.

8. Fake Tales of San Francisco
This song is the most relateable song of all time. Just the utter disdain for the 'weekend rock stars' and the girl who can't stand the band and isn't having a nice time. It's an excellent song and definitely one of the stand out tracks from their first album.

7. R U Mine
This song has THE most killer beat in any indie song ever. The drumming in this song is absolutely phenomenal! This was the debut of the silky smooth Alex Turner with his new, improved sultry vocals. Long gone were the days of his Sheffield accent taking the forefront, this was the demise of that. I'm glad they took the opportunity to evolve after Humbug.

6. I Wanna Be Yours
The last song from AM on the album and this list. It takes the words from John Cooper Clarke's poem of the same name, and evolves it into this slow, atmospheric ballad that rounds out the album perfectly. This is my personal favourite song on AM, purely just because of the sweet poetry of the track (obviously).

5. Mardy Bum
Being from the midlands myself, I'm part of a select few that actually know what 'Mardy' means. If you don't know then look it up, then relisten to this song because it's a great bit of songwriting, it's almost a foreboding insight to what they were going to evolve to in the future. The big bold drums and quickfire lyrics were long gone and Alex Turner decided to show that he could sing!

4. 505
The final track on Favourite Worst Nightmare, is easily the (second) best song on the whole album. Once again, the song is slow at first, building up to this explosion towards the final third of the song. This is the moment where I finally came to realise that Alex Turner had an exceptional talent in songwriting and the rest of the band were exceptional at their jobs too.

3. The Hellcat Spangled Shalalala
After the debacle that was Humbug, I really wasn't a fan of that album, I stopped listening to Arctic Monkeys until about 4 months after Suck It and See came out, I heard Hellcat somehow. I feel in love with it immediately, it was like nothing they had released before. There was this sense of sunny days about it, with classic 70's hippy funk vibes. It was the reimergence of Arctic Monkeys into my life and I'm thankful to this song for that.

2. When The Sun Goes Down
You've not had fun until you've sung the accapella bit at the start of this song at the top of your lungs, whilst drunk. Not to mention, the song is dark. Really dark. It's the story of all the wrong doings that happen on the street once the sun goes down. It's definitely my favourite song from Whatever People Say I Am... Thus leaving it sitting pretty at number 2.

I'm sure you can guess number one by now, but lets see how each album fared on my list:

(top ten)/total
Whatever People Say I Am: (3) / 6
Favourite Worst Nightmare: (2) / 5
Humbug: (1) / 2
Suck It and See: (1) / 2
AM: (3) / 5

As you can see, Whatever People Say I Am has the most songs in the top 10 and overall. Understandable considering it is one of my favourite albums ever made. However, Humbug and Suck It and See fared the worst out of all of the albums, which again is understandable because they are the worst out of the 5 albums. Now for number 1...

1. Fluorescent Adolescent
Iconic The main word to describe this song. No one who has gone through adolescence this century has not heard this song at some point, even if it's just the instrumental. What's so brilliant abut this song is that sonically I could imagine someone like Jamie T over this beat, but stepping out of their comfort zone has led them to create their best song yet (In my opinion). Go and listen to this song if you've never heard it,



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