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
Recorded June – September 2005 at Chapel Studios
(Lincolnshire, England)
Length 2:54
Label Domino
Writer(s) Alex Turner
Producer(s) Jim Abbiss
Arctic Monkeys singles chronology
"Five Minutes with Arctic Monkeys"
"I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor"
"When the Sun Goes Down"
Music sample

"I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor" is a song by English 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, 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.

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.


On 23 February 2006, the track won Best Track at the 2006 NME Awards - one of three awards won by Arctic Monkeys.[2]

One of the B-sides, "Chun-Li's Spinning 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".[3]

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.

The song was covered by the group Baby Charles and released as a single in 2009.[4]

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." Some claim the lyric to be a reference to Jon McClure of Reverend and the Makers, whose previous band was called 1984.

On 27 July 2012, the band played the song at the 2012 Summer Olympics closing ceremony.[7]

Charts and certifications[edit]


Chart (2005) 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 (Official Charts Company)[8] 1
US Modern Rock Tracks (Billboard) 7
US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (Billboard)[9] 17


Region Certification Sales/shipments
United Kingdom (BPI)[10] Platinum 600,000double-dagger

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

Release history[edit]

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. ^ "Arctic Monkeys make history at ShockWaves NME Awards". NME. 23 February 2006. Retrieved 2006-02-25. 
  3. ^ "150 Best Tracks Of The Past 15 Years". NME. Retrieved 2012-01-11. 
  4. ^ http://www.discogs.com/artist/694913-Baby-Charles
  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: Artist Chart History" Official Charts Company.
  9. ^ "Billboard chart search: Arctic Monkeys - "I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor"" (XML). Billboard.com. Retrieved 5 April 2011. 
  10. ^ "British single certifications – Arctic Monkeys – I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select single in the field By Format. Select Platinum in the field By Award. Click Search

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