I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor chords



You can learn how to play I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor by the Arctic Monkeys!

Don’t believe the hype! A comment as legendary as the album was about to become, was uttered by Alex Turner in 2005, just before they play what was to be their biggest song live in front of a small TV-style set audience.

This live recording became the music video for their debut single. Following the single, Arctic Monkeys released their highly anticipated Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not in 2006.

The first single was also to become their biggest song, I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor, literally made the band famous overnight.

Released in 2005, the single went straight in at #1. This was prior to the album which dropped the following year.

On NME’s 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time, I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor ranked at #7!

Like so many bands before Arctic Monkeys, they’ve had other hits, but never topped their debut.


I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor chords and lyrics


||: F#5 N.C E5 :|| x8
||: F# Minor Pentatonic climb (E5) :|| x8
||: C#5 B5  | A5 F#5 :|| x4

| C#5 B5  | A5 F#5 | C#5 B5  | A5 F#5 |
Stop making the eyes at me, I’ll stop making the eyes at you.
| C#5 B5  | A5 F#5 | C#5 B5  | A5 F#5 |
What it is that surprises me, is that I don’t really want you to.
| C#5 B5  | A5 F#5 |
And your shoulders are frozen (cold as the night).
| C#5 B5  | A5 F#5 |
Oh, but you’re an explosion (you’re dynamite).
| C#5 B5  | A5 F#5 |
Your name isn’t Rio, but I don’t care for sand.
| C#5 B5  | A5 F#5 |
And lighting the fuse might result in a bang, b-b-bang-oh.

| F#5 | F#5 | A5 |
I bet that you look good on the dance floor,
| A5 | E5 | E5 | F#5 | F#5 |
I don’t know if you’re looking for romance or, I don’t know what you’re looking for.
| F#5 | F#5 | A5 |
I said, I bet that you look good on the dance floor,
| A5 | E5 | E5 | C#5 | C#5 |
dancing to electro-pop like a robot from 1984. Well, from 1984.

||: C#m Bm  | A F#m :|| x4

| C#5 B5  | A5 F#5 | C#5 B5  | A5 F#5 |
I wish you’d stop ignoring me, because you’re sending me to despair.
| C#5 B5  | A5 F#5 | C#5 B5  | A5 F#5 |
Without a sound, yeah, you’re calling me and I don’t think it’s very fair.
| C#5 B5  | A5 F#5 |
That your shoulders are frozen (cold as the night).
| C#5 B5  | A5 F#5 |
Oh, but you’re an explosion (you’re dynamite).
| C#5 B5  | A5 F#5 |
Your name isn’t Rio, but I don’t care for sand.
| C#5 B5  | A5 F#5 |
And lighting the fuse might result in a bang, b-b-bang-oh.

| F#5 | F#5 | A5 |
I bet that you look good on the dance floor,
| A5 | E5 | E5 | F#5 | F#5 |
I don’t know if you’re looking for romance or, I don’t know what you’re looking for.
| F#5 | F#5 | A5 |
I said, I bet that you look good on the dance floor,
| A5 | E5 | E5 | C#5 | C#5 |
dancing to electro-pop like a robot from 1984. Well, from 1984.

| A5 | A5 | E5 | E5 | F#5 | F#5 |
Oh, there ain’t no love, no Montagues or Capulets.
| F#5 | F#5 | A5 | A5 | E5 | E5 |
Just banging tunes and DJ sets and, dirty dance floors and dreams of naughtiness.

||: F#5 N.C E5 :|| x8
||: F#5 (E5) :|| x8

| N.C | N.C | A5 |
Well, I bet that you look good on the dance floor,
| A5 | E5 | E5 | F#5 | F#5 |
I don’t know if you’re looking for romance or. I don’t know what you’re looking for.
| F#5 | F#5 | A5 |
I said, I bet that you look good on the dance floor,
| A5 | E5 | E5 | C#5 | C#5 | F#5 |
Dancing to electro-pop like a robot from 1984. I said, from 1984.


I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor chord progressions

The intro is a climbing F# Minor Pentatonic and a sign of what is to come.

All I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor’s chords are starting points of this scale. 1 m3 4 5 b7. F# A B C# E.

With this in mind, let’s look at each section.

The verse is a descending progression. III – II – I – VI. C#5B5A5F#5. Making all chords without a 3rd creates more of an indie/punk/garage-rock feel.

The chorus starts by going the other way, VI – I, that’s a reversed minor fall. We then go below the key center, F#, in chord V, an E, like this: F#5A5E5. repeat this and add a C#5 at the end and you’re ready for an instrumental section.

This instrumental section is the same as the verse, although now you can play triads instead. C#mBAF#m.

This is a clever way to open up a bit, so when the 5 chords come back with singing, everything gets tighter. Great songwriting/production tip from the Sheffield-born and bread youngsters.


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