Alt18 Countdown on Sirius XM, 3/20/21: Foster the Knocks hit No. 1; The Backseat Lovers continue their run; Grouplove and Mike Shinoda join

AJR is back near top of the Alt18.

A new No. 1 with the All About You collab from The Knocks and Foster the People supplanting Dayglow’s Close To You.

Two new new songs on the countdown this week: Happy Endings from Mike Shinoda with iann dior and UPSAHL, and Deadline from Grouplove. Phoebe Bridgers also returns to the Alt18 with Kyoto. They replaced Gus Dapperton and Medicine, nothing, nowhere and fake friend, and JayXander and HOODIES.

The Backseat Lovers continue their charmed run with Kilby Girl, which has stayed on the countdown since Nov. 22, 2020. To put that in perspective, the second-longest running song on the countdown is grandson’s Dirty, which joined the Alt18 two months after Kilby Girl.

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


Alt18 Countdown, 3/20/21

18. Mike Shinoda/iann dior/UPSAHL, Happy Endings
Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda released this track in February as a NFT. It’s new to the Alt18 this week.

17. Clairo, Sofia
Another week at No. 17 Clairo and Sofia. Coupdemain suggests Claire Cottrill’s Instagram is documenting working on a second Clairo album. Let’s hope.

16. Kings of Leon, The Bandit
Another week at No. 16 for the lads, who also got in on the NFT action. We were chatting about Kings this week on the Finding Alt18 Discord.

15. Grouplove, Deadline
New one from Hannah, Christian and the gang. Love that scream rap refrain. This is off their new 9-song album, This is This.

14. Phoebe Bridgers, Kyoto
One of those random rejoins the Alt18 mixes into the countdown these days. No complaints about anything from Phoebe Bridgers, though. Here’s her explanation on those skeleton costumes.

13. Blu DeTiger, Vintage
Checkout her TikTok — so good.

12. KennyHoopla/Travis Barker, ESTELLA//
Travis Barker and Mike Shinoda both on the Alt18. What’s Sum 41 up to these days?

11. Weezer, All My Favorite Songs
Weezer has four new albums in the works.

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

9. grandson, Dirty
Down seven this week for the former No. 1, which has been on the countdown since Jan. 21, 2021.

8. carolesdaughter, Violent
She really is Carole’s daughter.

7. The Backseat Lovers, Kilby Girl
Look for the BSL at the Life is Beautiful Festival in Las Vegas this September — if we can get this pandemic under control. Get your shot! Wear your mask!

6. Foo Fighters, Waiting on a War
Waiting. on a War hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Alternative Air Play charts this week. Here’s the link, but it’s paywalled.

5. The Happy Fits, Hold Me Down
I got an email last week that The Happy Fits are signed to the mighty AWAL Records, and I should have known that. Here’s The Garden from a band on this rise. And email me anytime at to correct mistakes.

4. Manchester Orchestra, Bed Head

3. AJR, Way Less Sad
Nice jump into the countdown’s Top 3 for another pandemic anthem from the boys.

2. Dayglow, Close To You
One-week reign for this bop. I love this Reddit quote: “Big golden retriever energy from this.”

1. The Knocks/Foster the People, All About You
Surprise No. 1 for a great song jumping from seven to the spot. These are fun days not knowing who is going to land in the top spot. I’m call this collab Foster the Knocks and hoping for a tour next year. Let’s goooooo!

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