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"I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor"
Single by Arctic Monkeys
from the album Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not
B-side"Bigger Boys and Stolen Sweethearts"
"Chun-Li's Spinning Bird Kick"
Released17 October 2005
Format7", 10", CD
RecordedTrack one

Track two

Track three
GenreIndie rock[1], post-punk revival, garage rock
Writer(s)Alex Turner
ProducerTrack one

Track two

Track three
Arctic Monkeys singles chronology

"I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor" is a song by English indie rock band Arctic Monkeys. The song was released as the band's first single from their debut album Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not after being signed to Domino Records.

Chart performance

Released on 17 October 2005, it rode the wave of popularity behind the band after a series of sell-out gigs across the country, culminating with a gig in front of 2,000 people at the London Astoria. It debuted at Number One on the UK Singles Chart on 23 October. The release of the song and its rise to number one further increased the ever-growing hype surrounding the band, and it was two weeks before they reached the cover of NME magazine. The single was released during a sell-out UK tour, although the band were playing at significantly smaller venues to those at which they would perform only months later.

The title track also features on the band's debut album, Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not, which was released on 23 January 2006 - one week after their second single - "When the Sun Goes Down".

In October 2011, NME placed it at number 11 on its list "150 Best Tracks of the Past 15 Years".[2]


On 23 February 2006, the track won Best Track at the 2006 NME Awards - one of three awards won by Arctic Monkeys.[3]

One of the b-sides, "Chun-Li's Spinning Bird Kick", was nominated for Best Rock Instrumental Performance in the 2007 Grammy Awards.

The song also peaked at #7 on the US Modern Rock Charts.

Covers and other references

The song was covered by Sugababes as a b-side to their single "Red Dress".

The Vines released a cover of the song as a bonus track on the Japanese edition of their album "Future Primitive", released 3 June 2011.

Irish pop punk band TheElement also covered this song in their shows in Europe in 2011.

On 1 July 2007, Tom Jones and Joe Perry of Aerosmith performed their own version of the song at the Concert for Diana at Wembley Stadium.[citation needed]

In May 2007, NME magazine placed "I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor" at number 10 in its list of the 50 Greatest Indie Anthems Ever.[4]

In February 2008, Alan Wilder, the former member of Depeche Mode, criticised the mastering of the song in an open letter on the Side-Line Magazine website.[5] He described its sound as "a bombardment of the most unsubtle, one-dimensional noise."

The line "Your name isn't Rio, but I don't care for sand" is a reference to Duran Duran's song "Rio". This is the first of 2 references to Duran Duran, the second one appearing in the song Teddy Picker. Another song from the same album, "When the Sun Goes Down", also makes a reference to another group's song, but this time to The Police song "Roxanne". Both songs were released as singles.

Music video

The video is a live recording of the band playing the song in a studio with a small audience watching with both the video and audio taken live. The video was shot using television cameras from the 1970s to give it a more aged effect. American band The Strokes had previously made a similar music video for their single "Last Nite", Arctic Monkeys are known to be fans of The Strokes.

Track listing

All lyrics written by Alex Turner, all music composed by Arctic Monkeys.


  1. ^ "BBC - Seven Ages of Rock "What the World Is Waiting For"". Seven Ages of Rock. 2007. http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/sevenages/programmes/what-the-world-is-waiting-for. Retrieved 2 March 2011. 
  2. ^ "150 Best Tracks Of The Past 15 Years". Nme.Com. http://www.nme.com/list/150-best-tracks-of-the-past-15-years/248648/page/14. Retrieved 2012-01-11. 
  3. ^ "Arctic Monkeys make history at ShockWaves NME Awards". NME. 2006-02-23. http://www.nme.com/news/arctic-monkeys/22322. Retrieved 2006-02-25. 
  4. ^ "The Greatest Indie Anthem Ever revealed". NME. http://www.nme.com/news/nme/28097. 
  5. ^ Recoil / Alan Wilder - "Music For The Masses - I think not."
  6. ^ "Arctic Monkeys - I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor - Music Charts". Acharts.us. http://acharts.us/song/2281. Retrieved 2012-01-11. 
  7. ^ "Billboard chart search: Arctic Monkeys - "I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor"" (XML). Billboard.com. http://api.billboard.com/apisvc/chart/v1/list?artist=arctic_monkeys&song=i_bet_you_look_good_on_the_dancefloor&sdate=1995-01-01&edate=2010-12-31&api_key=bvk4re5h37dzvx87h7rf5dqz. Retrieved April 5, 2011. 

External links

  • "I Bet You Look Good On The Dance Floor" Official Music Video on YouTube
  • Arctic Monkeys Worldtour 2006 Mapped on Platial.

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