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post May 12 2018, 01:00 AM
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Arctic Monkeys' Official Biggest Songs and Albums
11 May 2018 | By Justin Myers

Sheffield's finest are back with their sixth album, Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino, so we look back at the story so far.

They've been looking good on the dancefloor – not to mention on tour, on stage and, of course, in the charts – for 13 years and now they're back! Arctic Monkeys have released an album for the first time in nearly five years, Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino, their sixth LP in total.

If the album does the business and goes in at Number 1, it'll be their sixth straight chart-topper on the Official Albums Chart (and an eighth for frontman Alex Turner if you include his side project The Last Shadow Puppets) but before we get there, we need to have a look at the music that got us here, with AM's biggest songs, plus we rank their albums in sales order.

Coming out on top is the lead single from their most recent album AM, Do I Wanna Know. It may have missed the Top 10, stalling at Number 11, but thanks to its huge streaming figures – 73 million listens – and 465,000 downloads, it's the biggest song across all formats and their most downloaded track.

Up in second, it had to be the song that started it all: I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor was the phenomenal debut that went straight in at Number 1 in October 2005. It currently stands at 555,000 sales across physical and digital formats, plus a healthy streaming tally of 40 million plays, not bad for a tune at its peak almost a decade before the streaming era. It's their top selling physical single, too.

2007's Fluorescent Adolescent has scored 300,000 sales and 50 million plays to finish third, fourth-place R U Mine, originally a standalone single from 2012, has 214,000 sales and 48 million streams. Their only other Number 1 single (so far) When the Sun Goes Down is in fifth spot with 323,000 sales and 32 million listens.

Most recent Top 10 Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High has sold 198,000 and has 40 million plays under its belt, and there's a bit of a surprise next: Mardy Bum, a track from their debut album Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not, has notched up 161,000 downloads and 30 million streams to be their seventh biggest song of all time!

Notable songs missing out on a Top 10 spot are 2009's Number 12 hit Crying Lightning in 16th place and, landing in 17th place, 2006's Leave Before the Lights Come On, which reached Number 4 on release.

Arctic Monkeys' Official Top 10 biggest songs in the UK:

TITLE PEAK YEAR
1 DO I WANNA KNOW 11 2013 1,195,000
2 I BET YOU LOOK GOOD ON THE DANCEFLOOR 1 2005 955,000
3 FLUORESCENT ADOLESCENT 5 2007 800,000
4 R U MINE 23 2012 694,000
5 WHEN THE SUN GOES DOWN 1 2005 643,000
6 WHY'D YOU ONLY CALL ME WHEN YOU'RE HIGH 8 2013 598,000
7 MARDY BUM 123 2006 461,000
8 BRIANSTORM 2 2007
9 ARABELLA 70 2013
10 SNAP OUT OF IT 82 2013

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The band's albums are always big news, with three of them winning the BRIT Award for Album of the Year. And as any Arctics fan can tell you, all the band's albums went straight in at the top. Longest tenure at Number 1 belongs to 2005 debut Whatever People Say I Am That's What I'm Not, with four weeks, while follow-up Favourite Worst Nightmare managed three. 2009's Humbug and 2013's AM both spent two weeks at the summit, while 2011's Suck It and See had just the one. But one's better than none, let's be real.

Taking into account pure sales across physical and digital formats, the band's debut is far and away their biggest album with 1.63 million sales, including 48,000 on vinyl! Next up is most recent release AM, which has taken full advantage of the vinyl format trend – its 73,000 sales on wax make it their top selling vinyl album. Altogether AM has sold 915,000.

Sophomore effort Favourite Worst Nightmare finishes third, with 895,000 sales including 22,500 on vinyl, followed by third album Humbug (355,000 sales, of which 12,500 are on vinyl) and just behind is fourth LP Suck It and See, chalking up 333,000 sales with 14,000 of those coming from the hallowed black plastic.

Arctic Monkeys' albums ranked in sales order:

1 WHATEVER PEOPLE SAY I AM THAT'S WHAT I'M NOT 1,630,000
2 AM 915,000
3 FAVOURITE WORST NIGHTMARE 895,000
4 HUMBUG 355,000
5 SUCK IT AND SEE 333,000

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post May 12 2018, 07:26 AM
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regarding AM the album
wiki says that the total (when adding streams) is 1,128,000 copies
and then they provide a reference but when you check the reference, it says nothing about those sales
has it really done +200,000 on streams?
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post May 12 2018, 07:49 AM
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I would much rather believe OCC than some random article on Wikipedia laugh.gif

Arabella making the Top 10! And Mardy Bum, even though it was never a single!
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post May 12 2018, 07:53 AM
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Just saying, as a chart comparator:

Back in the day, half a million physical and download sales = Number 1

2013: half a million downloads and peak chart position of 11, then re-listens on spotify push it up to well over a million "sales".

It's not though is it? Is it people using Spotify to play old faves over and over rather than dig the album or download out?

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QUOTE(lewistgreen @ May 12 2018, 09:49 AM) *
I would much rather believe OCC than some random article on Wikipedia laugh.gif

Arabella making the Top 10! And Mardy Bum, even though it was never a single!


but the wiki article is linked to an OCC article
and the OCC states that the 900 k sales are pure no streams
so 1,100k with streams added sounds plausible
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I believe Vidcapper’s latest figure for AM have it over a million copies. That total must exclude streams.
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QUOTE(Bjork @ May 12 2018, 08:26 AM) *
regarding AM the album
wiki says that the total (when adding streams) is 1,128,000 copies
and then they provide a reference but when you check the reference, it says nothing about those sales
has it really done +200,000 on streams?


Wikipedia is wrong.

The latest total (from a few weeks ago) was 1,085,990 inc. streaming. It passed 1 million in around June 2017.
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^ thanks, thats what i thought
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How million 'sellers' are there now?

There must be hundreds and hundreds.
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QUOTE(Colm @ May 13 2018, 07:19 PM) *
How million 'sellers' are there now?

There must be hundreds and hundreds.


Songs? There were 311 by September last year. Probably another 40 since then.


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