Arctic Monkeys are a hugely successful indie rock band hailing from Sheffield. The band is composed of Alex Turner (lead vocals and guitar), Jamie Cook (guitar), Nick O'Malley (bass guitar and backing vocals) and Matt Helders (drums and backing vocals). The band was formed when Turner and Cook got guitars for Christmas while at school and proceeded to begin practicing before recruiting Helders and their original bassist, Andy Nicholson. They were the first band to ever become really successful through the internet, as they handed out free demos of their songs to fans at gigs, who then uploaded them to social networking sites (more specifically, MySpace), leading to the band generating a huge fan following ''without even realising it''.

Eschewing various big-name record labels such as EMI, the band instead signed on to indie label Domino Records and recorded their first LP ''Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not'' in 2006. The album went straight into the charts at #1 and, more impressively, became the fastest-selling debut album in UK history, replacing Kula Shaker's ''K'' and {{Oasis}}’ ''Definitely Maybe''. This propelled the band into almost instant stardom and put them into media frenzy as they became renowned for their down-to-earth lyrics about teenage life in Sheffield.

Not wanting to be designated as a OneHitWonder, they followed up with the hard, fast sounds of ''Favourite Worst Nightmare'' in 2007. ''FWN'' was more mature, and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Favourite_Worst_Nightmare#Reception received extremely positive reviews]], even though most agreed that ''Whatever People Say I Am..." was a ToughActToFollow.

They took a [[TenMinuteRetirement legendarily short]] hiatus in which Alex Turner embarked on his side project TheLastShadowPuppets with Miles Kane, who had been a featured guitarist on ''505'' from ''Favourite Worst Nightmare''. The band released their third album - ''Humbug'' - in 2009 - a depart from their original high-energy style to [[SomethingCompletelyDifferent something more psychedelic and dark]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Humbug_%28album%29#Writing_and_recording described]] as a mix of NickCave and JimiHendrix. It was recorded in California and mostly produced by [[QueensOfTheStoneAge Josh Homme]]. The influence is palpable.

Their fourth album, ''Suck It And See'', recorded at the now defunct Sound City Studio in Los Angeles, CA, returns to a rock-oriented sound while keeping the psychedelic vibes of the last.

In 2013, they released ''AM'' - seemingly a combination of all of their albums lyrically and technically, but has a much slower, G-Funk inspired sound and Music/JoyDivision, Music/BlackSabbath, and Music/VelvetUnderground influences (the album art for AM kinda resembles Music/UnknownPleasures and WordOfGod says the title is a direct reference to the 1985 Velvet Underground release, ''VU'').

Band members:
* Alex Turner - lead vocals, guitar (2002-present)
* Jamie Cook - guitar (2002-present)
* Nick O’Malley - bass, backing vocals (2006-present)
* Matt Helders - drums, backing vocals (2002-present)
* Andy Nicholson - bass guitar (2002–2006)
* Glyn Jones - vocals, rhythm guitar (2002)

* ''Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not'' (2006)
* ''Favourite Worst Nightmare'' (2007)
* ''Humbug'' (2009)
* ''Suck It and See'' (2011)
* ''AM'' (2013)

* ''Five Minutes With Arctic Monkeys'' (2005)
* ''Who The Fuck Are Arctic Monkeys?'' (2006)
* ''[=iTunes=] Live: London Festival '11'' (2011)

Other releases
* ''Beneath the Boardwalk'' (2004) (a semi-official bootleg collection of demos and the like that was the primary reason for the hype that surrounded the band before the release of "I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor")
* ''Live at the Apollo'' (2007) (live album)

!!Tropes used by this band include:
* AudienceParticipationSong: The first few lines of "When The Sun Goes Down" are traditionally sung by the audience at concerts.
** Pretty Visitors traditionally has the audience waving at the line "All the pretty visitors came and waved their arms..."
** Their concerts put a lot of emphasis on audience participation in general.
* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: "Bigger Boys and Stolen Sweethearts".
* BSide: Their B-Sides have always been popular, but the most notable case would be "Chun-Li's Spinning Bird Kick" which was nominated for a Grammy.
* BreakupSong: "Love is a Laserquest".
** Could also qualify as a AntiLoveSong.
* TheCoverChangesTheGender: Averted early on with their cover of "Love Machine" and then more recently with "You Know That I'm No Good" by Amy Winehouse and "Katy of a Mission" by Katy B.
* CoverVersion: On live concerts they've done quite a few such covers, but the most notable would be their take on Music/TheBeatles' "Come Together", performed during the opening ceremony of the 2012 Summer OlympicGames in London during the "doves of peace" segment. Their version would peak at 21st on the UK Singles Chart, becoming their highest-placed single since "Crying Lightning".
* DarkerAndEdgier: ''Humbug'' to most fans, since it's a lot slower and more psychedelic than the first two albums.
** Also AM when compared to the latter half of Suck it and See.
* DerangedAnimation: The video for "Do I Wanna Know?" starts out minimalistic and surreal and ends up warped and nightmarish towards the end.
* DrunkenSong: "Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High?" from AM.
* EverythingsBetterWithMotorcycles: There was a lot of motorcycle imagery during the "Suck It and See" phase, especially in the eponymous music video. Alex Turner often wore a Triumph Motorcycles t-shirt during live shows, too.
* FadingIntoTheNextSong: "This House Is a Circus" into "If You Were There, Beware" on ''Favourite Worst Nightmare''.
* FakeOutFadeOut: "Perhaps Vampires Is A Bit Strong But..."
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Matt is sanguine, Alex is choleric, Jamie is melancholy and Nick is phlegmatic.
* ForeignCussWord: When ''Suck it and See'' was released in the US, many retailers put a sticker of the title, construing it as [[BawdySong sexual innuendo]], while in England (where the band come from) it's a saying that means "try it and find out".
* GetAHoldOfYourselfMan: The theme of "Snap Out Of It".
* LighterAndSofter: ''Suck It And See'', inspired in part by PopRevival bands like BestCoast.
* LIsForDyslexia: Subverted by the song ''Br'''ia'''nstorm.'' No, it's ''not'' meant to be spelled ''Br'''ai'''nstorm''. It helps to look at the lyrics, which apparently serve as a TakeThat aimed at a particularly memorable fan named "Brian."
* LongTitle: Tons. ''Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not'', “I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor”, “You Probably Couldn’t See For the Lights But You Were Staring Straight At Me”, “Red Light Indicates Doors Are Secure”, “Perhaps Vampires Is a Bit Strong But…”, “Don’t Sit Down ‘Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair”, and "Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High?" among others.
* MinimalisticCoverArt: ''Suck It and See''.
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: Hard 3 - solid 4 throughout the entire career.
** Going down to 2 on ''Reckless Serenade'', ''Mad Sounds'' and ''I Wanna Be Yours'' and going up to 5 with ''Pretty Visitors'', ''Arabella'' and ''Red Right Hand''.
* NonAppearingTitle: "A Certain Romance", "From the Ritz to the Rubble", "The View From The Afternoon" and "Fluorescent Adolescent".
** ''Suck it and See'' was their first album to have a title track.
* ObsessionSong: "Do I Wanna Know?", mostly of a mixed flavor.
* OopNorth: At the 2006 NME Awards:
--> '''Alex:''' (regarding RussellBrand) He'll probably make [[ButtMonkey another joke]] about us being from [[OopNorth up north]] again, 'cause [[SarcasmMode that was funny, wannit?]]
* RecycledLyrics: Intentionally or not, the line “get on your dancing shoes” appears in both “Dancing Shoes” and “All My Own Stunts”.
* ShoutOut: Their logo on ''AM'' is very heavily inspired by the famous Music/BlackSabbath logo on the cover of ''Master of Reality''.
** From "Despair In The Departure Lounge":
--> There might be telly's in the back of the seats in front\\
But [[OnlyFoolsAndHorses Rodney and Dell]] won't do
** From "I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor"
--> Your name isn't Rio, but I don't care for sand
* SpellMyNameWithAThe: Inverted. They're not ''the'' Arctic Monkeys...
* StopAndGo: Several examples, including "Brianstorm", "If You Were There, Beware", and "The View From The Afternoon".
* TextlessAlbumCover: ''AM''.
* TitleDrop: “D Is For Dangerous” from ''Favourite Worst Nightmare''.
* TitleOnlyChorus: "I Wanna Be Yours".
* TitleTrack: "Suck It and See" from ''Suck It and See''.
* AWildRapperAppears: Dizzie Rascal in "Temptation Greets You Like Your Naughty Friend", the only song to feature prominent guest vocals.
* WordSaladLyrics: Used occasionally on ''Humbug'' and in spades on ''Suck It And See''. An example from the latter:
--> “Library pictures of the quickening canoe/the first of its kind to get to the moon”[[note]]And that’s only the first line of the song![[/note]]
** WordOfGod is that they consider this an artform, as its hard to make something that sounds like nothing actually sound good.
* ZettaiRyouiki: Exactly what their song "Knee Socks" is about.