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My Take on Why ‘AM’ Is Still the Best Arctic Monkeys Album

As obvious as it is, 2020 has been the worst year for most of us. With that in mind, most of us have thought about the past years and have even gone through old playlists. Well, my 2013 playlist was a mixture of Folie à​ Deux, The Neighbourhood, and — you guessed it — Arctic Monkeys. I went ahead and gave my old playlist a listen, and I came to the realization that AM is still the best album thus far by Arctic Monkeys. Let’s take a nostalgia dive, shall we? [bf_image id="j965s94tnt9mpw36ckcj8x3"]

First off, “Do I Wanna Know” is the classic signature song of AM. With its heavy beat and lyrics, this is the one song that still gives me goosebumps whenever I listen to it. Besides that, I feel that this song all makes us think of that one special person, whether it’s a current partner, an ex, or some random stranger that held the door open.

Second on my list of top songs from the album is “Snap Out of It.” This song is a bit different from most of the songs on the album. If you listen to other ones, such as “Arabella” or “R U Mine,” you'll notice that this song is more of a listen-to-this-when-you-find-out-your-ex-is-dating-someone-else type of song, which isn’t a bad thing. It’s so catchy that you don’t really need to dim the lights and cry into a pillow to have an excuse to listen to it.

Last on my list of best songs is “No. 1 Party Anthem.” Now, while I’m not a romantic movie/song/anything type of person, this is definitely the one exception I’ll make. Something about this song just makes me feel like grabbing the love of my life and telling them how much they mean to me. Or, for others, it brings back memories and the feels — just read the YouTube comments under the song if you want to know what I mean.

Overall, even though this album was released seven years ago (going on eight), it's a timeless classic. There's not a year that goes by where these songs don't fit, and I'm sure they'll be hits even a decade from now. I mean, come on, I don't think the Arctic Monkeys will ever go out of style, especially this album and these songs.

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Saarah Sherifi is a writer for HerCampus UCF and is the founder of the online news company, Stronger in Unison.
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