Wordpress Year/Month Archive List – 'for' loop fix

Hi there,

I have a Wordpress site and I'd like to create a list of archive links to the years/months that I have a post for a particular custom post type. I haven't quite been able to figure it out. Here is essentially what I'm looking for:
<ul>
  <li><a href="#">2013</a>
    <ul>
      <li><a href="#">January</a></li>
      <li><a href="#">February</a></li>
    </ul>
  </li>
  <li><a href="#">2012</a>
    <ul>
      <li><a href="#">November</a></li>
    </ul>
  </li>
</ul>

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I have found a website with a tutorial that provides code that gets me very close to what I need.
<?php
global $wpdb;
$limit = 0;
$year_prev = null;
$months = $wpdb->get_results("SELECT DISTINCT MONTH( post_date ) AS month ,&#9;YEAR( post_date ) AS year, COUNT( id ) as post_count FROM $wpdb->posts WHERE post_status = 'publish' and post_date <= now( ) and post_type = 'post' GROUP BY month , year ORDER BY post_date DESC");
foreach($months as $month) :
&#9;$year_current = $month->year;
&#9;if ($year_current != $year_prev){
&#9;&#9;if ($year_prev != null){?>
&#9;&#9;
&#9;&#9;<?php } ?>
&#9;
&#9;<li class="archive-year"><a href="<?php bloginfo('url') ?>/<?php echo $month->year; ?>/"><?php echo $month->year; ?></a></li>
&#9;
&#9;<?php } ?>
&#9;<li><a href="<?php bloginfo('url') ?>/<?php echo $month->year; ?>/<?php echo date("m", mktime(0, 0, 0, $month->month, 1, $month->year)) ?>"><span class="archive-month"><?php echo date_i18n("F", mktime(0, 0, 0, $month->month, 1, $month->year)) ?></span></a></li>
<?php $year_prev = $year_current;

if(++$limit >= 18) { break; }

endforeach; ?>

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The problem is, the list that this code generates looks like this:
<ul>
  <li><a href="#">2013</a></li>
  <li><a href="#">January</a></li>
  <li><a href="#">February</a></li>
  <li><a href="#">2012</a></li>
  <li><a href="#">December</a></li>
</ul>

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As you can see, the list structure is not quite like what I'm looking for (the months should be an embedded list within the respective year). I thought it would be pretty straightforward to just modify the code and get it to create the list as I need (and it probably is) but I haven't been able to figure it out.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
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jagssiduralaConnect With a Mentor Commented:
You are retrieving months with year, also retrieve distinct years list individually. write a one more foreach above the existing one.

and generate year li with first foreach, generate month li with second foreach if year in first foreach matches with year in second foreach.
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sivagnanam chandrakanthTechnical LeadCommented:
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AdamAuthor Commented:
Thanks sivagnanam_c. You may not have realised but the code that I posted is actually from that WPBeginner tutorial you suggested I look at. And I've tried the Smart Archives Reloaded plugin already and it doesn't quite do what I'm looking to do.

I appreciate the help but I just want to try and come up with a solution based on the code I posted in my question (or something that allows me to do the same thing).
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AdamAuthor Commented:
Thanks very much for the help jagssidurala. To be honest, I understand what it is you're suggesting but unfortunately, my PHP skills are not that strong. I have been playing around with it for a bit but not having much luck. I'll keep trying but if you could show me how the code should look (using my sample above), it would be extremely helpful.
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AdamAuthor Commented:
Not quite what I was looking for but I appreciate the help nonetheless.
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