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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
Released 17 October 2005
Format 7", 10", CD
Recorded Track one
Chapel Studios, Lincolnshire
Track two
The Motor Museum, Liverpool
Track three
Fly Studio, Sheffield
Genre Guitar Pop, indie rock
Length 2:54
Label Domino Records
Writer(s) Alex Turner
Producer Track one
Jim Abbiss
Track two
Mike Crossey & James Ford
Track three
Alan Smyth
Arctic Monkeys singles chronology
Five Minutes with Arctic Monkeys
"I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor"
"When the Sun Goes Down"
Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not track listing
  1. "The View from the Afternoon"
  2. "I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor"
  3. "Fake Tales of San Francisco"
  4. "Dancing Shoes"
  5. "You Probably Couldn't See for the Lights But You Were Staring Straight at Me"
  6. "Still Take You Home"
  7. "Riot Van"
  8. "Red Light Indicates Doors Are Secured"
  9. "Mardy Bum"
  10. "Perhaps Vampires Is a Bit Strong But..."
  11. "When the Sun Goes Down"
  12. "From the Ritz to the Rubble"
  13. "A Certain Romance"

"I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor" is the first single released by Sheffield band the Arctic Monkeys after being signed on Domino Records.


Release history

Country Date
United Kingdom 17 October 2005
Europe 21 October 2005
United States 14 March 2006

Chart performance

Released on 17 October 2005, it rode the wave of popularity behind the band after a series of sellout 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 third single - "When the Sun Goes Down".


On 23 February 2006, the track won Best Track at the 2006 NME Awards - one of three awards won by Arctic Monkeys [1].

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 was also a hit in the United States, hitting #7 on the US Modern Rock Charts.

Covers and other references

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

On July 1, 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.[2]

In February 2008, Alan Wilder, the former member of Depeche Mode, criticised the song in an open letter on the Side-Line Magazine website[3]. 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.

The song was covered by deep funk band Baby Charles on its debut album in 2008.

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.

CD, 10"
# Title Length
1. "I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor"   2:54
2. "Bigger Boys and Stolen Sweethearts"   2:58
3. "Chun Li's Spinning Bird Kick"   4:40
# Title Length
1. "I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor"   2:54
2. "Bigger Boys and Stolen Sweethearts"   2:58


Charts (2005)[4] Peak
UK Singles Chart 1
Australian Singles Chart 18
U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks 7
Irish Singles Chart 12
Danish Singles Chart 15
French Singles Chart 100
Netherlands Singles Chart 99
New Zealand Singles Chart 14
Preceded by
"Push the Button"
UK Singles Chart number-one single
23 October 2005 - 30 October 2005
Succeeded by
"You Raise Me Up"
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  1. ^ "Arctic Monkeys make history at ShockWaves NME Awards". NME. 2006-02-23. Retrieved 2006-02-25. 
  2. ^ The Greatest Indie Anthem Ever revealed
  3. ^ Recoil / Alan Wilder - "Music For The Masses - I think not."
  4. ^

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