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Siriux XM Alt 18 Countdown of alternative music, Dec. 19, 2020 | MISSIO hits No. 1; Jake Bugg joins final countdown of the year

No change with the Top 3 on the Oct. 17, 2020 Alt18 Countdown, but some interesting new additions from Royal Blood, Abhi the Nomad and somegirlnamedanna. Junior Mesa, JAWNY, and Claire Rosinkranz fell off this week’s list.

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It’s the last Alt18 Countdown of 2020, and it’s pretty much a hold steady for the list. Jake Bugg (!) returns with a promising new song, “All I Need.” Hopefully this mean more new material from the British songwriter in 2021.

MISSIO climbs to No. 1 with “Can You Feel the Sun?” knocking off Bastille and “survivin'” Royal Blood, AJR and Black Belt Eagle Scout all fall off the list this week. Royal Blood’s “Trouble Coming” drops off for the first time since joining on Oct. 18.

“Tangerine” by Glass Animals, “Material Boy” by Sir Sly and “Is It True” by Tame Impala are the longest-running songs on the current countdown. All joined the list on Oct. 4.

SiriusXM released its “Class of 2020” this week. Alt18 bands Cannons, Phoebe Bridgers, Powfu, Wallows, Ashe and Clairo were part of the collection.

Next week they’ll run the “Alt36 of 2020” in place of the normal countdown, and then we’re off to 2021.

This week’s Spotify playlist

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Alt18 Countdown – Dec. 19, 2020

18. Jake Bugg @jakebugg, All I Need, RCA – (new) | video | NME

17. Bleachers/Bruce Springsteen @bleachersmusic @springsteenchinatown – RCA (-2) | Billboard | Video

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

15. Tame Impala @tameimpalaIs It True – Interscope Records (-1) | Genius | Video | 30 weeks on the Alt18 for Tame Impala this year

14. Mansionair/NoMBe @mansionair @NoMBeMusicGuillotineGlassnote Records / TH3RD BRAIN Records – (return) | Video | Guillotine was No. 18 on Nov. 28, but fell off — until this week.

13. Cannons @Cannonstheband – Fire For You – Columbia – (same) |Live | Class of 2020

12. USERx@mattmaeson @officailrozwellWatermanAtlantic – (return) | Video | Virginia Pilot | This song appeared on the Nov. 28 countdown.

11. Ashe @ashemusicSave MyselfMom + Pop – (+5) | New single

10. The Backseat Lovers @backseat_luv – Kilby Girl – Mick – (-7) | 24 hours with | Fourth week on the countdown.

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

8. I Dont Know How But They Found Me @iDKHowLeave Me AloneFearless Records (+4) | Video | Guitar World | Ninth week on the countdown

7. Glass Animals @GlassAnimalsTangerineRepublic Records (+1) | James Corden | Open Source | Glass Animals did it! They appeared on every Alt18 Countdown in 2020.

6. Billie Eilish @billieeilishTherefore I Am – Interscope (-2) | Eilish’s third song on the #Alt18 this year along with “my future” and “everything i wanted.”

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

4. Foo Fighters @foofightersShame Shame – Roswell Records – (-3) | SNL | Their full new album is out in February

3. Bastillesurvivin’ Republic Records (-2) | Video | Wiki | Simon Pegg | ASCA

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

1. MISSIO @MissionMusicCan You Feel the Sun – RCA Records (+2) | Wiki | American Songwriter | And there it is, MISSIO Mafia! The duo finally hits No. 1 this year after 20 weeks on the countdown with this song, plus Wolves.

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