All-time favourite student anthem revealed

NME's poll unearths most popular dancefloor fillers

Arctic Monkeys‘I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor’ has topped NME‘s poll to discover the most popular student anthem.

The Sheffield four-piece took the top spot, fighting off stiff competition from The Killers’Mr Brightside’ and Kaiser Chiefs’I Predict A Riot’.

Also featured in the Top Ten were The Smiths, Franz Ferdinand and The Strokes.


NME’s Associate Editor Dan Silver said: “It’s gratifying to see that today’s students are forging their own cultural identity by adopting the likes of Arctic Monkeys, The Killers and Kaiser Chiefs as their top anthems.

“It’ll be interesting to see whether those bands manage to have a lasting impact in the same way that Nirvana, Oasis and The Smiths clearly have. A student night still isn’t a student without a dash of Morrissey, but whether we’ll be saying the same thing about Alex Turner in two decades’ time remains to be seen.”

The Libertines‘ highest entry in the poll, ‘Don’t Look Back Into The Sun’, was placed at only Number 18, while the band’s biggest hit and popular student anthem, ‘Can’t Stand Me Now’, did not feature in the Top 50.

There was also a low placing for Sunblock’s student disco staple, the ‘Baywatch Theme’, reaching only Number 33, while the relatively obscure ‘Deceptacon’, by Le Tigre, charted at Number 28.

The Top Ten is as follows:

1. ‘I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor’ – Arctic Monkeys


2. ‘Mr Brightside’ – The Killers

3. ‘I Predict A Riot’ – Kaiser Chiefs

4. ‘Take Me Out’ – Franz Ferdinand

5. ‘This Charming Man’ – The Smiths

6. ‘Hounds Of Love’ – The Futureheads

7. ‘Naïve’ – The Kooks

8. ‘Last Nite’ – The Strokes

9. ‘Banquet’ – Bloc Party

10. ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’ – Joy Division

For this year’s Student Guide go to NME.COM/STUDENT now.

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