Arctic Monkeys at Kings Theatre – by Will Oliver

For nearly a decade now my good friend Blake, the man behind Arctic Monkeys US, and I pondered one day doing a joint best songs list for Arctic Monkeys’ expansive catalog. With the release of the band’s new album The Car just 48 hours away, we decided to stop talking about it and put our minds to use and see what happened. There was no one better to ask than a man who has proven his love for the band and kept other fans constantly in the loop, with knowledge and class.

Full disclaimer, this is really a list of our favorite (favourite?) songs. The word “best” signifies some sort of declaration statement and that is not the goal. It was interesting to go with our hearts, and ignore the parts of our brains that said, well shouldn’t you include that song, wait, that album isn’t even represented (I’m sorry)? We ended up changing our lists multiple times, up to the very last minute of the fake deadline that we gave ourselves. At a certain point, the rankings were just out of the nature of necessity.

Let’s just get to the good stuff. Blake and I each made our own individual top 25 lists, then combined them into a final list determined via a point system based on ranking and appearances on both lists taken into consideration. There were some impossibly tough cuts that got left on the brink of 25, but more so many great songs that we were happy to find room for.

With that said, below you can find our joint top 25 Arctic Monkeys songs below, followed by our own individual lists to see where each of us stood. We hope that you enjoy it and that it sparks a good healthy and respectful discussion, but please feel free to chime in to let us know where we got it wrong, and maybe even right.

Arctic Monkeys Best 25 Songs:

25. Secret Door

24. Bigger Boys and Stolen Sweethearts

23. Too Much To Ask

22. Stop the World I Wanna Get Off With You

21. Crying Lightning

20. Only Ones Who Know

19. Star Treatment

18. This House Is A Circus

17. Catapult

16. The Bakery

15. No. 1 Party Anthem

14. I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor

13. 505

12. If You Were There, Beware

11. Still Take You Home

10. Fright Lined Dining Room

9. Knee Socks

8. Cornerstone

7. That’s Where You’re Wrong

6. The Jeweller’s Hands

5. Dance Little Liar

4. Who The Fuck Are Arctic Monkeys?

3. A Certain Romance

2. Leave Before The Lights Come On

  1. Do Me a Favour

Our Individual Lists:

Blake / Arctic Monkeys US Top 25:

25. The Ultracheese

24. 505

23. Nettles

22. That’s Where You’re Wrong

21. Love is A Laserquest

20. The Hellcat Spangled Shalalala

19. Joining the Dots

18. Cornerstone

17. Baby I’m Yours

16. A Certain Romance

15. If You Were There, Beware

14. Secret Door

13. Too Much To Ask

12. Leave Before the Lights Come On

11. Stop the World I Wanna Get Off With You

10. Still Take You Home

9. Who the Fuck Are Arctic Monkeys?

8. Evil Twin

7. Catapult

6. No. 1 Party Anthem

5. The Jeweller’s Hands

4. Do Me A Favour

3. Fright Lined Dining Room

2. Knee Socks

1. Dance Little Liar

Will’s Top 25:

25. Love Is A Laserquest

24. Still Take You Home 

23. Teddy Picker 

22. The Jeweller’s Hands 

 21. If You Were There, Beware

20. Dance Little Liar 

19. One Point Perspective 

18. Brianstorm 

 17. Mardy Bum 

16. What If You Were Right The First Time?

15. From The Ritz to The Rubble 

 14. Bigger Boys and Stolen Sweethearts 

13. Cornerstone

 12. 505 

11. Crying Lightning

10. Only Ones Who Know 

9. Star Treatment 

8. This House Is a Circus 

7. The Bakery 

 6. Thats’ Where You’re Wrong 

5. I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor

4. Who The Fuck Are Arctic Monkeys?

 3. Leave Before The Lights Come On 

2. Do Me A Favour 

  1. A Certain Romance

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