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It's been 15 years since Arctic Monkeys were formed. Alex Turner might as well be the most intriguing frontman nowadays. Sheffield's most popular export product has played on every big festival stage and in every famous venue. Relive 15 years of pure British rock music!

10. I Bet You Look Good On The Dance Floor, 2005

After signing with Domino Records, the band released their first single 'I Bet You Look Good On The Dance Floor'. This song would be the start of their succes story. The single went straight to No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart. It even beat Robbie Williams and Sugababes. Lead singer Alex Turner was only 19 at the time. 

9. Mardy Bum Live At Glastonbury, 2007

Only two years later, the band got a headline spot at Glastonbury festival. The band had become very popular, especially in England. Even though 'Mardy Bum' never became a single, the crowd at Glastonbury knew every word. It became clear that Arctic Monkeys' debut Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not was already a classic album.

8. When The Sun Goes Down/Brianstorm Live At Glastonbury, 2007

And if you thought 'Mardy Bum' got the crowd singing and dancing, take a look at what a single like 'When The Sun Goes Down' can cause. Turner & co are not at all impressed, it's like they've known from the start they would become one of the best rock bands in the world.

7. 505 Live At Old Trafford Cricket Ground, 2008

The Monkeys took no time to enjoy their succes and lean back, they always kept on writing new songs. About a year and a half after their debut, Arctic Monkeys released their second album Favourite Worst Nightmare. In a few years time, they had literally built up a fan base of more than 100.000 people. The band hosted several nights at the Old Trafford Cricket Ground in Manchester. Originally they wanted to do some 'homecoming gigs' in their hometown Sheffield but all available venues were too small to meet the demand of tickets.

6. Crying Lightning Live On BBC, 2009

Not only Alex Turner's haircut had changed when the band released their third album Humbug. They had left something of their youthful fury behind, Humbug was a a little less straight forward than the previous albums. It was a quite difficult album to write and it got postponed many times. Alex Turner took some time to write with Miles Kane for The Last Shadow Puppets as well. The album was produced by Josh Homme from Queens Of The Stone Age. 'Crying Lightning' was the first single from the album.

5. Don't Sit Down Cause I've Moved Your Chair Live At LollaPalooza, 2011

Although you wouldn't guess it after listening to this song, Arctic Monkeys made quite a calm and almost laid back album with Suck It And See. Some critics found this fourth album to be a disappointment. The album may not be as contagious as the others, it does reminds us of the fact that Turner is one of the best writers.


4. Come Together (Beatles cover) Live At London Olympics Opening Ceremony, 2012

When London hosted the Olympics in 2012, they had to show the best of England to the rest of the world. With a great musical background, the country chose to have the best of both worlds: some great history with some modern glory. Surrounded by acrobats and about 80.000 people, Arctic Monkeys performed the Beatles' classic 'Come Together'.

3. Hold On Were Going Home (Drake cover) At BBC Live Lounge, 2013

We already knew Arctic Monkeys can pull off  covering a classic. But even a completly different music genre is no issue for the band. I don't think anyone has ever made a smoother cover of a Drake song than the Monkeys. Can you resist Turner's moves?

2. R U Mine? Live At Pinkpop, 2014

If Suck It And See should be considered as a lesser album, AM should be recognised for what it actually is: a masterpiece. Arctic Monkeys sound tighter and better than ever. AM was released four years ago and fans have been waiting ever since, but there might be a new album on the way...

1. Dancing Shoes Live At Reading, 2014

Let's end with an old one, a song from debut album Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not. Apart from it being a personal favourite, it also guarantees a party whenever it comes up. When Alex Turner asks us to 'get on your dancing shoes', who are we to turn such a favour down?


 

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