Alt18 Countdown on Sirius XM, 3/13/21: Dayglow is the new No. 1; JayXander and Blu DeTiger join

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We have a new No. 1! Dayglow unseats grandson’s “Dirty” with “Close To You.” It’s the first new song to top the countdown in five weeks and completes a meteoric rise up the Alt18 for Sloan Struble, who jumped 14 spots last week.

New to the countdown this week include: Blu DeTiger’s Vintage and JayXander’s HOODIE. Clairo also returned with “Sofia.” Those three knocked off Frances Forever’s Space Girl, Sir Sly’s Material Boy and You by benny blanco, Marshmello and Vance Joy.

The Backseat Lovers continue their Alt18 run. Kilby Girl has been the countdown since Nov. 22, 2020.

Quick note on last week: I had the wrong date on the countdown and heard from one newsletter reader about it. Sorry for the confusion, and thanks to anyone who reaches out and points out a mistake. I’m working without an editor here and make too many mistakes.

Also, no Adjacent18 after I had a busy week and the lack of change on the countdown left me uninspired. I’ll get back to it this week. Have any suggestions for songs adjacent to any on the Alt18? I’d take suggestions.

Along with this blog, here’s a few channels I update:


Alt18 Countdown, 3/13/21

18. JayXander, HOODIES
New to the Alt18 Countdown this week, and pretty new to Spotify. JayXander has two songs on his Spotify account: Ig This Is It, and HOODIES, which has already passed 3 million listens. Here’s a bit more on the artist on the rise.

17. Clairo, Sofia
Clairo and Sofia return to the countdown once again. No complaints here. If you keep score by Spotify plays, this song is now incredibly over 220 million and counting.

16. Kings of Leon, The Bandit
Down five this week.

15. Blu DeTiger, Vintage
The song is on brand for Gen Y, which the NY Times says is rejecting “fast fashion” in favor of the used clothing market.

14. nothing,nowhere, fake friend
One of my favorite songs on the Alt18 these days.

13. The Backseat Lovers, Kilby Girl
Another week on the Alt18 for the Salt Lake City band, which joined the countdown in November. Down seven this week, though.

12. carolesdaughter, Violent
This tune continues to gain traction in the alternative music world.

11. Gus Dapperton, Medicine
GDapp will perform one of 30 shows for The Bowery Presents on Twitch this spring. Hopefully this is the final push of virtual shows before in-person concerts return this summer. Wear your mask! Get the shot!

10. KennyHoopla/Travis Barker, ESTELLA//
I try my best to honor capitalization and punctuation used by the artists, but I can’t find an explanation for those slashes

9. The Happy Fits, Hold Me Down
The band appears to be truly independent, releasing this now hit song on The Happy Fits Records.

8. AJR, Way Less Sad
The Harvard Crimson likes this one.

7. The Knocks/Foster the People, All About You
Mark Foster and The Knocks should just form a band already. Listen to their new cover of Bittersweet Symphony and set aside a few dollars for the inevitable Foster the Knocks tour coming soon.

6. Manchester Orchestra, Bed Head
Bed Head was released by Loma Vista Recordings.

5. Weezer, All My Favorite Songs
Weezer will have a song on the The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run soundtrack.

4. The Neighbourhood, Stargazing
Their Insta features Chip Chrome and the MonoTones.

3. Foo Fighters, Waiting on a War

2. grandson, Dirty
The champ is dethroned after five weeks. Now, when does the MISSIO collab come out?

1. Dayglow, Close To You
Two weeks ago, Madison predicted this song will make it to No. 1. The Sloan Struble-tune jumped 14 spots last week and here it is in the top spot.

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