Siriux XM Alt 18 Countdown of alternative music, Dec. 12, 2020 | Ashe, Black Belt Eagle Scout join Alt18; Bastille, MISSIO at the top

Bastille’s Dan Smith (creative commons)

Big week for grandson, who jumps 12 spots to No. 5 after the release of his album, “Death of an Optimist.” (Prediction: “In Over My Head” off the album is headed to the Alt18 next year.) MISSIO comes so close to the top spot, but falls short to another week at No. 1 for Bastille and “survivin'”

Billie Eilish remains in the Top 5, but this week Alt18 pulled used her live performance of “Therefore I am” on AltNation. Nice, sinister version of the song. And, The Backseat Lovers reach No. 3 after “Kilby Girl” fell out of the Alt18 a couple of weeks ago.

Black Belt Eagle Scout joins the Alt18 at No. 18, replacing Paris Jackson. Ashe’s “Save Myself” also joins the countdown. Royal and the Serpent, Gus Dapperton and Cage the Elephant fall off, but could easily return as proven by AJR’s “Bummerland” making a comeback.

This week’s Spotify playlist

Alt18 Countdown – Dec. 12, 2020

18. Black Belt Eagle Scout @blackbelteagles, Soft Stud, Saddle Creek – (new) | Nirvana and Mazzy Star | Point of Origin song on AltNation |

17. AJR @AJRBrothers – Bummerland – Indie – (return) | Video | Signature hot sauce | Reddit | Ellen| Broadway

16. Ashe @ashemusicSave MyselfMom + Pop – (new) | New single

15. Tame Impala @tameimpalaIs It True – Interscope Records (-3) | Genius | Video | 30 weeks on the Alt18 for Tame Impala this year

14. Cannons @Cannonstheband – Fire For You – Columbia – (return) |Live

13.  Clairo @clairoSofiaFader – (-3) | Immunity | Wiki

12. I Dont Know How But They Found Me @iDKHowLeave Me AloneFearless Records (-6) | Video | Guitar World | Ninth week on the countdown

11. Bleachers/Bruce Springsteen @bleachersmusic @springsteenchinatown – RCA (+4) | Billboard | Video

10. Holly Humberstone @HolHumberstoneFalling Asleep at the WheelCloser Artists (+3) | Guitar.com | NYT | On the Run

9. Sir Sly @SirSlyMaterial BoyInterscope Records (-7) | Lyrics | Wiki | Landon Jacobs | Variance

8. Foo Fighters @foofightersShame Shame – Roswell Records – (-3) | SNL

7. Glass Animals @GlassAnimalsTangerineRepublic Records (+1) | James Corden | Open Source | Glass Animals continue their perfect run through 2020. They’ve been on every countdown this year.

6. Royal Blood @royalbloodukTrouble’s Coming – Warner Brother (+8) | Official audio | Corden | Purple Disco Machine

5.  grandson @grandsonDirtyFueled by Ramen (+12) | Video | Loudwire | Death of an Optimist | DOAO the movie, 12/17/20 | Fifth week on the countdown

4. Billie Eilish @billieeilishTherefore I Am – Interscope (+1) | Eilish’s third song on the #Alt18 this year along with “my future” and “everything i wanted.” She performed on AltNation this week.

3. The Backseat Lovers @backseat_luv – Kilby Girl – Mick – (+8) | 24 hours with | Fourth week on the countdown.

2. MISSIO @MissionMusicCan You Feel the Sun – RCA Records (+2) | Wiki | American Songwriter | 19 weeks on the countdown this year for this song, plus Wolves. The duo racked up 8.4 million listeners and 109.6 million streams on Spotify in 2020.

1. Bastillesurvivin’ Republic Records (same) | Video | Wiki | Simon Pegg | ASCA

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