Arctic Monkeys: Every Album ranked from Worst to Best

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Arctic Monkeys, this 2002, Sheffield-based rock band is all we could have ever asked for in the era of Hip-Hop back in the 2000s. The supplier of modern rock and roll, Arctic Monkeys have asserted themselves as one of the most important parts of the rock culture in the world.

Tasting the success with their iconic CD demos, back in 2003 also known as Beneath the Boardwalk among the fans, since then the northern monkeys have released seven studio albums.

With the return of Arctic Monkeys for their new studio album, ‘The Car’ let’s take a look at their ultimate list of bangers they’ve released ever since their debut all the way back in 2006.

Arctic Monkeys Albums From Worst to Best

Suck It and See (2011)

The first one on the list goes out to Suck It and See. It is the fourth studio album by the band. While the band doesn’t really have a ‘worst’ album, this place goes out to Suck It and See because the band never really achieved what they wanted to with this. Following the release of Humbug in 2009, the band went on to cover the dark part of Humbug. People saw this album as more of an experimental album, in between Humbug and the ‘Poppiness’ of their debut album.

While the album has had bangers of its own, our personal favorite goes out to ‘Black Treacle’ for its chorus-worthy characteristics, and ‘Piledriver Waltz’ for its figure of speech.

Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino (2018)

Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino is the sixth studio album by Arctic Monkeys. This album is a major change from their previous albums as this album features less guitar work. This project was a drastic change in the eyes of their fans as this album escalated towards psychedelic pop and glam rock.

The Guardian described the album as “thrilling, smug, clever, and oddly cold.” The concept of the album is drawn from the ideas of science fiction movies on top of that the title of the album refers to Tranquility Base, the site of the 1969 Apollo 11 Moon Landing.

Even though the album was not that well received by the critics, this album made it very clear that the band can surely pave their own path along with their style. From their play to the vocals of Alex, everything has changed in this album.

Humbug (2009)

The third place goes to Humbug and by then, Arctic Monkeys were already one of the biggest bands in the world. This album is regarded as the heaviest album by Arctic Monkeys and is their third studio album. This album also had the catchiest chorus from songs such as ‘Florescent Adolescent’, ‘Crying Lightning’ and ‘Fake Tales of San Francisco,’ which you’re bound to know if it’s played anywhere.

The album opens up with ‘Crying Lightning’ which makes the band seems more aggressive but the album balances out later on with songs like ‘Cornerstone.’ The album smells like a fresh lemon with so many notable songs.

Favourite Worst Nightmare (2007)

Favourite Worst Nightmare is the second studio album of the band and is the definition of rawness in the band. The band had immense pressure to produce an album as their first album was a great success with the crowd.

The album embraces the idea of making arbitrary decisions as a youth with maturity. A critic’s favorite, this album changed the way people saw them as a band. The narration on songs, the anthem, and the stories about aging, sex, nostalgia, the pain of affection, and vulnerability, everything is seen in the album.

This is also the first album to introduce Nick O’Malley on bass after Andy Nicholson departed the band before the North America tour. Thanks to him, the album sounds louder and heavier.

AM (2013)

This album is most likely the introductory album for most people who didn’t know about Arctic Monkeys before. This is the fifth studio album of the band and is the first venture into hip-hop. The album is worked around imperfections of romance, corrupted sex, and loneliness.

This is the most successful album of Arctic Monkeys. With banger and groovier sound, the album’s, ‘R U Mine’, ‘Do I Wanna Know’ and ‘Why Do You Only Call Me When You’re High?’ are the most beloved songs.

With this album, they were able to manage themselves as an indie rock band. Also, it helped them gather a large fanbase which pushed them from one theater to arenas.

The Car (2022)

This is the newest album by Arctic Monkeys which just reflects the way they’ve developed and matured over the years. From a rock-indie-alt band to this lounge-styled funky band, they’ve turned themselves into a retro band with the release of this album.

Alex himself said, “The records we’re making now are definitely different now to the ones we probably thought we would be making when we started out – actually, we didn’t think we’d be even making records anymore,” He added, “20 years ago, I didn’t envision ourselves going beyond…” After a big pause, he said, “Well, the fact we gave ourselves the name ‘Arctic Monkeys’ alludes to the extent of ambitions we had.”

‘There’d Better Be a Mirrorball’ was released as the lead single for this album on 29 August 2022 and this surely defined that the band was leaning towards more jazz-influenced ballad-type music. It is one of the best albums with a completely different type of sound than the usual Arctic Monkeys.

Whatever People Say I Am That’s What I’m Not (2006)

This is one of the best debut albums to ever exist, with Mercury Prize on its sleeves upon release. This is the definition of beginning given by Arctic Monkeys. The album remains one of the best albums to exist with its young and raw intention in its songs.

With songs like, ‘I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor’, ‘Fake Tales of San Francisco’, ‘Riot Van’, ‘A Certain Romance’ and many others they gave the feeling of youthfulness and an unpolished component of them which was loved by everyone.

The album was able to grasp us all and feel the way we want. And it was all because of their play of style and the lyrical power of Turner and other band members. This album sums up the way we see Arctic Monkey still to this day even though they have drastically changed their style of play.

The album ‘The Car’ is out now and can be found on Spotify, YouTube Music, Apple Music, and other major platforms.

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