Arabella (song)

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Arctic Monkeys - Arabella.jpg
Single by Arctic Monkeys
from the album AM
Released28 January 2014 (2014-01-28) (radio)
FormatPromotional CD
GenreHard rock
Arctic Monkeys singles chronology
"One for the Road"
"Snap Out of It"

"Arabella" is a song by English indie rock band Arctic Monkeys from their fifth studio album, AM (2013). The song was confirmed as the album's fifth single by the band and their label Domino[1][2] and impacted radio in Italy on 28 January 2014[3] and the United Kingdom on 10 March 2014.[4] A physical 7" vinyl single was also planned for release on 28 March 2014, but was ultimately cancelled.[5]


"Arabella" was played live for the first time on 30 August 2013, during Zurich Openair festival performance, which was a part of the AM Tour.[6] The band often play part of Black Sabbath's "War Pigs" during live performances of the song, done to give Alex Turner time to equip a guitar for the solo. The part "War Pigs" is played due to the similarities between the riffs of the two songs.[7]

Music video[edit]

An official music video for the song, directed by English director Jake Nava, premiered on 2 March 2014.[8]

Commercial performance[edit]

In September 2013, following the release of AM, "Arabella" charted at number 155 on the UK Singles Chart,[9] number 26 on the UK Indie Chart,[10] and number 7 on the Ultratip chart of Belgium's Flanders region.[11] Following the announcement of its single release in March 2014, the single re-entered the UK Singles and Indie charts, peaking at numbers 70 and 9 respectively. "Arabella" was added to the BBC Radio 1 playlist on the B-list on 10 February 2014.[12]



Chart (2013) Peak
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[11] 7
UK Indie (Official Charts Company)[10] 26
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[9] 155
Chart (2014) Peak
Mexico Ingles Airplay (Billboard)[14] 45
UK Indie (Official Charts Company)[15] 9
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[16] 70
US Hot Rock Songs (Billboard)[17] 47


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[18] Silver 200,000double-dagger

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
Italy[3] 28 January 2014 Contemporary hit radio Domino Recording Company
United Kingdom[4] 10 March 2014


  1. ^ "Arctic Monkeys announce new single, Arabella for March 10th". Domino Recording Company. 27 January 2014. Retrieved 28 January 2014.
  2. ^ Trendell, Andrew (27 January 2014). "Arctic Monkeys confirm that 'Arabella' will be their next single". Gigwise. Retrieved 27 January 2014.
  3. ^ a b di Chiara, Camilla. "Arctic Monkeys – Arabella (Domino Records)" (in Italian). Radio Airplay SRL. Archived from the original on 17 June 2014. Retrieved 17 June 2014.
  4. ^ a b Lane, Daniel (3 March 2014). "This Week's New Releases 10-03-2014". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 17 June 2014.
  5. ^ "Arabella [Vinyl Single]" (in German). Retrieved 8 March 2014.
  6. ^ Baggs, Michael (2 September 2013). "Listen: Arctic Monkeys debut new track 'Arabella' from AM album". Gigwise. Retrieved 25 January 2014.
  7. ^ Franks, Nico (3 February 2014). "Arctic Monkeys – Live At The Fillmore, Miami Beach". Clash. London. Retrieved 3 February 2014.
  8. ^ "Arctic Monkeys – Arabella (Official Video)". YouTube. 2 March 2014. Retrieved 8 March 2014.
  9. ^ a b Zywietz, Tobias. "Chart: CLUK Update 21.09.2013 (wk37)". Retrieved 17 June 2014.
  10. ^ a b "Official Independent Singles Chart Top 50". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 25 January 2014.
  11. ^ a b " – Arctic Monkeys – Arabella" (in Dutch). Ultratip. Retrieved 25 January 2014.
  12. ^ Hart, Tina (10 February 2014). "Radio playlist update: BBC Radio 1". Music Week. London. Retrieved 17 June 2014. (Subscription required (help)).
  13. ^ Adapted from AM album liner notes.
  14. ^ "Mexico Ingles Airplay : Mar 01, 2014". Billboard. Retrieved 24 February 2014.
  15. ^ "Official Independent Singles Chart Top 50". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 9 March 2014.
  16. ^ "Official Singles Chart UK Top 100 – 15th March 2014". UK Singles Chart. Archived from the original on 9 March 2014. Retrieved 9 March 2014.
  17. ^ "Arctic Monkeys Chart History (Hot Rock Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 17 June 2014.
  18. ^ "British single certifications – Arctic Monkeys – Arabella". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 5 May 2017. Select singles in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Type Arabella in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.