This week, Arctic Monkeys were revealed as the second most Shazamed artists in the world and tonight (May 23) the Sheffield kings kick off their huge Finsbury Park double header. Nattily combining the two, here’s our rundown of the Monkeys’ most Shazamed tracks worldwide. In at ten is a classic oldie and the band’s debut single ‘I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor’, from way back in 2005.
Heading into second album territory, the only track from 2007’s ‘Favourite Worst Nightmare’ to make the list was live favourite ‘Fluorescent Adolescent’. Released on July 4 of that year, the track was Turner’s deceptively chipper ode to the pains of ageing. Almost certainly the most shazamed use of “Mecca dauber” too, we’d bet.
‘When The Sun Goes Down’
And, proving that ‘Whatever People Say I Am… That’s What I’m Not’ is still as vital as it was nearly a decade ago, number eight on the hit list is 2006 single ‘When The Sun Goes Down’. The second single to be taken from the band’s debut LP, it went straight to Number One and has been steadily improving The Police’s credibility with a nod to ‘Roxanne’ ever since.
‘Snap Out of It’
The first of a whopping six entries from last year’s smash ‘AM’ comes from falsetto-laden favourite ‘Snap Out of It’ at number seven. Impressively, this track is the only one on the list not to have even been released as a single yet (a digital download release is planned for June 9), trumping a host of old favourites to provoke more than 30,000 inquisitive clicks.
’Don’t Sit Down ‘Cos I’ve Moved Your Chair
The lone representative from 2011’s ‘Suck It And See’ was the record’s brooding lead single ‘Don’t Sit Down ‘Cos I’ve Moved Your Chair’, which gained the sixth spot on the list. Released on June 6, its growling riffs and ominous/ playground lyricisms (depending on how metaphorical you want to take them) have remained a highlight.
’One For The Road’
And so we reach the all-‘AM” top five and first on the hit list is ‘One For The Road’ – released as a standalone single on December 13 last year and backed by a pretty great video of guitarist Jamie Cook nonchalantly driving a tractor in a three-piece suit, as you do. One for the road/ nearly 60,000 for the Shazam rating – not a bad ratio at all.
’R U Mine?’
In at four is dictionary-shunning lead single ‘R U Mine?’, released on February 27, 2012. Giving the first taster of Arctic Monkeys' sexually charged new Queens of the Stone Age-style direction, it erupted in a flurry of drums and filthy riffs before making its debut at the band’s Glastonbury headline, cementing the fact that the band were onto something mighty special.
Number three, meanwhile, is the fifth single to be released from the album, ‘Arabella’. Put out as a promotional single (i.e. only on download) on March 14 of this year, its Lennon-esque, tongue-twister wordplay could justify its high Shazam rate if nothing else. Now if only someone would invent an app that immediately deciphers the lyrics.
’Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?’
Number two is the quartet’s paean to late night, drunken booty calls ‘Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?’ Released as a single on August 11 last year, its slinking bassline and cooing vocal also earned the track the dubious honour of being covered by omnipresent pop provocateur Miley Cyrus. Still, all publicity is good publicity, eh?
’Do I Wanna Know?’
And it’ll be no surprise to learn that top of the list, with nearly two million hits worldwide, is undulating album opener ‘Do I Wanna Know? As well as being the Monkeys’ own chart-topper, this track also came in as the second most Shazamed song by any artist in the world. Not bad for four lads from Sheffield.