"Do I Wanna Know?" is a song recorded by English indie rock band Arctic Monkeys for their fifth studio album AM. The song was released as a single on 19 June 2013 together with an accompanying music video, and is now available for digital download via iTunes. A 7" vinyl edition of the single was released on 22 July 2013, with a B-side titled "2013".
The song was first played live on 22 May 2013 in Ventura, California, at the first concert of the Arctic Monkeys' AM Tour. Throughout the tour, "Do I Wanna Know?" was being played as the opening number.
"Do I Wanna Know?" has peaked at number 11 in the UK Singles Chart, charted in several other countries, and was the first Arctic Monkeys song to have ever entered the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States, peaking at number 70 in March 2014. In December 2014, the song was nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best Rock Performance category.
Musically, "Do I Wanna Know?" is a rock song with elements of psychedelic music and strong elements of stoner rock. In terms of both lyrical content and aesthetic style, the song picks up from where the band's 2012 single "R U Mine?" left off. The guitar riffs are strikingly similar, but the song is more downtempo. The track continues the hard-edged, rocking sound of their previous album Suck It and See. In concert, singer and guitarist Alex Turner uses a Vox12-string electric guitar. Structurally, "Do I Wanna Know?" follows a common pop music "verse-pre-chorus-chorus" form up until its second chorus, from that point on, it follows what Hit Songs Deconstructed calls "a more "unorthodox flow" ending in a "pre-chorus/chorus hybrid section". Falsetto backing vocals form an interplay whith Turner's leads throughout the song. Moreover, the title encapsulates the entire premise of the story, the narrator wondering whether he wants to remain in doubt or know if his feelings are unrequited or mutual. "Do I Wanna Know?" is in the key of G minor.
The music video for "Do I Wanna Know?", directed by David Wilson with animation agency Blinkink, was first released onto YouTube on 18 June 2013. As of October 2014, it has been viewed over 100 million times, and surpassed the view count of the Arctic Monkey's "Fluorescent Adolescent" video in January 2014, becoming the band's most popular music video to date.
The video begins with a black background and simple visuals of white sound waves that vibrate in synchronization, first with the percussion and lead guitar, then with the lead singer, Alex Turner. As the band enters with the chorus, colored sound waves illustrate new voices. Simple sound waves then give way to fast-moving, representational line-drawing animations that morph between a variety of female, race car, race car engine, and road racing images. At one point, the undulating white line becomes the "trucker's mud-flap girl", seen in the single's cover art. The line drawings are interrupted several times with flashes of full-color animation, several that recall the surrealistic style of Robert Crumb. The increasingly complex video creates, by turns, a somewhat jarring and psychedelic experience, in a style not unlike the Gary Gutierrez animations that were featured in The Grateful Dead Movie (1977). The video ends with the familiar white line becoming two crossed checkered flags.
Despite a midweek on air on sale release, the song entered the UK Singles Chart at number 11, making it the band's highest charting single since "Fluorescent Adolescent" in 2007. This was subsequently outperformed by the next single "Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High?", which debuted at number 8. As of 9 November 2013, "Do I Wanna Know?" has spent 32 weeks in the UK Top 100, this being the longest run of any Arctic Monkeys single, to date. The single was awarded a gold certification by the BPI on 04 July 2014, indicating shipments in excess of 400,000 units; it is the second Arctic Monkeys single to do so.
The song has had moderate success worldwide, charting in countries such as Australia, France, Belgium, Ireland and Israel. In January 2014, the song reached number 1 on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart, the group's first #1 single in the United States and their first appearance on that chart since "I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor" peaked at number 7 in 2006. On 28 March, the track became the 30th song to have occupied the Billboard Alternate Chart top spot for 10 weeks or more. As of the October 25, 2014 issue of Billboard, it has logged 58 weeks on the Alternative Songs list, making it the second-longest running song on the chart. It also became the band's first single to appear on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, peaking at number 70 in March 2014.