Arctic Monkeys is a rock band comprising four members, Alex Turner, Jamie Cook, Matt Helders, and Nick O’Malley. Andy Nicholson was briefly a part of the band but left soon after their debut album.
Arctic Monkeys are a very popular act, but what is their specific music genre? In this article, we will see what the band’s music genre is. Next, we will look at the genre per album that they have released.
Arctic Monkeys’ general music genre
The overarching music genre of Arctic Monkeys is rock or indie rock. They experimented with garage rock, punk rock, and more. They are also known to have explored the genres of post-punk and post-Britpop.
Arctic Monkeys are extremely popular not only in their home country Britain but all over the world.
Their intricate lyricism is a crucial part of their success as well.
Arctic Monkeys have risen to success in late 2004/early 2005 when their demo songs that had been handed out at gigs found their way onto the internet.
In the meantime, the band has released six studio albums, with various genres throughout.
Arctic Monkeys’ music genre per album
Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not (2006)
This was the debut studio album from Arctic Monkeys. The genres largely present in this album include indie rock, punk rock, alternative rock, garage rock revival, post-punk revival, and post-Britpop.
The common theme of this album is considered as concerning love, local clubbing, and nightlife. The band’s debut album, Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not, held the record for the largest first-week sales of a debut album in the UK. The album sold over 360,000 copies in its first week, making it a great success.
Favorite Worst Nightmare (2007)
The genres present in Favourite Worst Nightmare are indie rock, post-punk revival, and garage rock. The album is considered more experimental and ambitious than the band’s debut album.
The themes explored are also more global as they are inspired by Arctic Monkeys’ travels around the world. Like its predecessor, “Favourite Worst Nightmare” sold more than the rest of the Top 20 combined, and – due to an error on iTunes – every song on the record appeared on the UK Top 200 Singles the next week.
Humbug has a more mellow sound than the band’s previous music. The broad genres present in this album are alternative and indie. They also used a variety of different instrumentals in this record.
The album was first released in Japan, and there is a Japanese bonus track present as well, called ‘Red Right Hand‘ (Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds Cover). Other popular tracks from the album include ‘My Propeller‘ and ‘Crying Lightning‘.
Suck It and See (2011)
This album from Arctic Monkeys primarily delves into pop genres such as guitar pop and psychedelic pop. Its sound has also been described as being more retro than most of their other works.
AM is one of the most well-known Arctic Monkeys. There is a range of genres present in this album, including hard rock, psychedelic rock, soul, R&B, and blues-rock.
Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino (2018)
This latest album from the band has deep and reality-based themes such as consumerism and religion. The genres to be found are glam rock, lounge pop, and space pop. Contrary to more guitar-heavy instrumentals found in most Arctic Monkeys albums, this album contains piano-based compositions.