I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor

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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
B-side "Bigger Boys and Stolen Sweethearts"
"Chun-Li's Flying Bird Kick"
Released 14 October 2005
Format 7" single, 10" single, CD
Recorded Track one
Chapel Studios, Lincolnshire
Track two
The Motor Museum, Liverpool
Track three
Fly Studio, Sheffield
Genre Indie rock,[1] garage rock, post-punk revival
Length 2:54
Label Domino
Writer(s) Alex Turner
Producer(s) 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"
Sample from "I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor"

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"I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor" is a song by English indie rock band Arctic Monkeys. The song was released through Domino Records as the band's first single from their debut studio album Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not (2006). It debuted at number one on the UK Singles Chart on 23 October 2005,[2] and remains one of the band's best known songs.

Arctic Monkeys performed the track at the opening ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics. The song was ranked at number 7 on NME '​s list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

Chart performance[edit]

Released on 17 October 2005, the song rode the wave of popularity behind the band after a series of sell-out 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.[2] 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 second single - "When the Sun Goes Down".

An earlier version of the song featured on the unofficial demo album Beneath the Boardwalk, titled as "Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor". An earlier live version of "Bigger Boys and Stolen Sweethearts" also featured on the album.

The song also peaked at number 7 on the US Modern Rock Charts.


On 23 February 2006, the track won Best Track at the 2006 NME Awards - one of three awards won by Arctic Monkeys.[3]

One of the B-sides, "Chun-Li's Flying Bird Kick", was nominated for Best Rock Instrumental Performance in the 2007 Grammy Awards.

In October 2011, NME placed it at number 11 on its list "150 Best Tracks of the Past 15 Years".[4]

Music video[edit]

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[edit]

All lyrics written by Alex Turner, all music composed by Arctic Monkeys.

CD, 10"
No. Title Length
1. "I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor"   2:54
2. "Bigger Boys and Stolen Sweethearts"   2:59
3. "Chun-Li's Flying Bird Kick" (instrumental) 4:40
No. Title Length
1. "I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor"   2:54
2. "Bigger Boys and Stolen Sweethearts"   2:59

Covers and other references[edit]

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

The Vines released a cover of the song as a bonus track on the Japanese edition of their album "Future Primitive", released 3 June 2011.

On 1 July 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.[5]

In February 2008, Alan Wilder, the former member of Depeche Mode, criticised the mastering of the song in an open letter on the Side-Line Magazine website.[6] 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 two references to Duran Duran in the band's lyrics, the second one appearing in the song "Teddy Picker" from their second album Favourite Worst Nightmare.

The line "Dancing to electropop like a robot from 1984" may be a reference to the DJ dialogue by Patton Oswalt in the film Starsky and Hutch: "From the future of 1984, that's a funky disco robot."

On 27 July 2012 the band played the song at the London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony.[7]


Charts (2005)[8] Peak
Australian Singles Chart 18
Danish Singles Chart 15
French Singles Chart 100
Irish Singles Chart 12
Netherlands Singles Chart 99
New Zealand Singles Chart 14
UK Indie Chart 1
UK Singles Chart[2] 1
US Modern Rock Tracks (Billboard) 7
US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (Billboard)[9] 17

Release history[edit]

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


  1. ^ "BBC - Seven Ages of Rock "What the World Is Waiting For"". Seven Ages of Rock. 2007. Retrieved 2 March 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 717. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  3. ^ "Arctic Monkeys make history at ShockWaves NME Awards". NME. 23 February 2006. Retrieved 2006-02-25. 
  4. ^ "150 Best Tracks Of The Past 15 Years". NME. Retrieved 2012-01-11. 
  5. ^ "The Greatest Indie Anthem Ever revealed". NME. 
  6. ^ "Recoil / Alan Wilder - 'Music For The Masses - I think not' - interview at SIDE-LINE". Side-line.com. 2008-02-29. Retrieved 2014-04-02. 
  7. ^ Reilly, Jill (27 July 2012). "They look good on the dance floor: Arctic Monkeys set stadium alight, display spectacular fireworks". Daily Mail. Retrieved 27 July 2012. 
  8. ^ "Arctic Monkeys - I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor - Music Charts". Acharts.us. Retrieved 2012-01-11. 
  9. ^ "Billboard chart search: Arctic Monkeys - "I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor"" (XML). Billboard.com. Retrieved 5 April 2011. 

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