Siriux XM Alt 18 Countdown of alternative music, Jan. 2, 2021 | New ones from The Knocks, Inhaler, Mishaal; MISSIO at No. 1

Australia’s Mansionair

We’re back to the regular Alt18 Countdown after last week’s Alt36 of 2020. Justin Kade filled in for Madison during the holiday week. The countdown kicked off 2021 with four new songs, including a new one from Royal and the Serpent, plus songs from Inhaler, Mishaal and The Knocks. From there it was back to where things left off in 2020 with the same Top 2 songs from the Dec. 19 countdown. Tame Impala made the biggest jump, moving up 12 spots with “Is It True,” which appeared to be heading out after a lengthy run. It’s back up to No. 3.

Jake Bugg, Clairo, Cannons, Ashe and USERx all fell off. I’d expect to see Bugg and Ashe back soon; USERx’s “Waterman” has also returned and is getting some play on AltNation.

Happy New Year!

This week’s Spotify playlist

Searchable database of 2020 Alt18 Countdown songs

Alt18 Countdown – Jan. 2, 2021

18. Royal and the SerpentChoke – (new) | Video | Atlantic | Released on Oct. 16, 2020

17. InhalerWhen It Breaks – (new) | Video | Polydor Records | Released Oct. 15, 2020 | Band works out of Dublin, Ireland

16. MishaalPeddle Bike – (new) | Video | RCA | Released on Sept. 4, 2020

15. The Knocks (feat. Foster the People) – All About You – (new) | Video | Big Beat Records | Released Oct. 28, 2020

14. Mansionair/NoMBeGuillotine – (same) | Glassnote Records / TH3RD BRAIN Records | Video | @mansionair @NoMBeMusic | Video | Released Nov. 13, 2020

13. Bleachers/Bruce Springsteenchinatown – (+3) |RCA | Billboard | Video | @bleachersmusic @springsteen | Released Nov. 20, 2020

12. Foo FightersShame Shame – (-8) | SNL | Roswell Records | Their full new album is out in February

11. Holly HumberstoneFalling Asleep at the Wheel – (-2) | Closer Artists | Guitar.com | NYT | On the Run | @HolHumberstone

10. Royal BloodTrouble’s Coming – (return) | YouTube | Warner Records | Released Sept. 21, 2020

9. The Backseat Lovers – Kilby Girl – (+1) | Mick |Video | 24 hours with | @backseat_luv 

8. Billie EilishTherefore I Am – (-2) | Interscope | Video

7. Bastillesurvivin’ – (-4) | Video | Republic Records | Wiki | Simon Pegg | ASCA

6. grandsonDirty – (-1) | Video | Fueled by Ramen | Loudwire | Death of an Optimist | @grandson

5.  I Dont Know How But They Found Me Leave Me Alone – (+3) | Fearless Records | Video | Guitar World | @iDKHow

4. Glass Animals – Tangerine – (+3) | Video | Republic Records | James Corden | Open Source | Glass Animals did it! They appeared on every Alt18 Countdown in 2020.

3. Tame ImpalaIs It True – (+12) | Genius | Video | Interscope Records | @tameimpala

2. Sir SlyMaterial Boy – (+7) | Video | Lyrics | Wiki | Landon Jacobs | Variance | Interscope Records | @SirSly

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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