We have a change at the top of the Alt18 Countdown — sort of.
Manchester Orchestra and “Bed Head” took back No. 1 on the Alt18 from Twenty One Pilots and “Shy Away,” which dropped to No. 2. Glass Animals held at No. 3 with “Space Ghost Coast to Coast.”
Four songs joined the countdown this week. “Sticky” by The Maine is the one new song at No. 18, while “Typhoons” from Royal Blood, “After Coffee” by Joywave, and “Colors” by Black Pumas all returned to the countdown.
Among those dropping off? “Hold Me Down” by The Happy Fits, which has been a fixture on the Alt18 since Jan. 30. Sir Sly’s “Welcomes the Pressure,” SHAED and Two Foot’s “Part-Time Psycho,” and Still Woozy’s “Rocky.”
The two biggest climbers this week: Billie Eilish and the Weezer/AJR combo both jumped seven spots with “Your Power” and “All My Favorite Songs.”
Alt18 Countdown, 5/29/21
18. The Maine, Sticky | (new)
17. Bleachers, Stop Making this Hurt | (-5)
16. Royal Blood, Typhoons | (return)
15. Alice Merton, Vertigo | (same)
14. All Time Low, Once in a Lifetime | (-4)
13. Joywave, After Coffee | (return)
12. Modest Mouse, We Are Between | (-4)
11. Blu DeTiger, Vintage | (same)
10. Black Pumas, Colors | (return)
9. Billie Eilish, Your Power | (+7)
8. The Neighbourhood, Stargazing | (-3)
7. The Band CAMINO, 1 Last Cigarette | (-3)
6. Weezer/AJR, All My Favorite Songs | (+7)
5. CHVRCHES, He Said, She Said | (+2)
4. girl in red, Serotonin | (+2)
3. Glass Animals, Space Ghost Coast to Coast | (same)
2. Twenty One Pilots, Shy Away | (-1)
1. Manchester Orchestra, Bed Head | (+1)
You can find many of these songs, and other alt-pop hits and classics, on my Spotify Playlist #84.
See last week’s countdown here.
5 Years Ago in Alt18 History
Here’s the Alt18 Countdown for 5/28/16 (thank you, Richard!). Fitz and the Tantrums had us all clapping our hands at No. 1, while RHCP, The Strokes, Mumford and blink all made appearances. I’d forgotten The Struts “Kiss This.“
Alt18 Countdown, 5/28/16
1 Fitz and the Tantrums- Handclap
2 The Struts- Kiss This
3 Pop Etc.- What Am I Becoming
4 Red Hot Chili Peppers- Dark Necessities
5 Bishop Briggs- River
6 Young the Giant- Something To Believe In
7 The Lumineers- Ophelia
8 blink-182- Bored to Death
9 Mumford and Sons- There Will Be Time
10 M83- Go!
11 Finish Ticket- Color
12 Catfish and the Bottlemen- Soundcheck
13 Glass Animals- Life Itself
14 The Strumbellas- Spirits
15 KONGOS- Take It From Me
16 The Strokes- Oblivius
17 Matt & Kim- Haunting Me
18 Nothing But Thieves- Wake Up Call
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