Arctic Monkeys’ Alex Turner: ‘I’ve forgotten how to write a hit single’

The frontman also says he was "never a singer"

Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner says he’s ‘forgotten’ how to write a hit single.

The Sheffield bred star says that despite having five Top Five singles between the years 2005 and 2007 with his band, he no longer knows how to make a smash hit. The singer said:

I have fucking forgotten how to do that… I don’t know what that is any more, it’s a different landscape these days.

In the interview with The Sun, he also downplayed his singing, saying: “I was never a singer. I have had to practice at that and writing melodies is something that didn’t come naturally. I was more comfortable writing lyrics.”


He added: “I am still working on it but I think we are getting there with the singing thing.”

To read a full interview with Arctic Monkeys drummer Matt Helders and to find out what’s on his Christmas wishlist, pick up this week’s special Christmas issue of NME, which is on UK newsstands and available digitally now.