Alt18 Countdown on Sirius XM, 7/10/21: Japanese Breakfast joins; Manchester Orchestra departs


On a quiet week for the Alt18 Countdown, it’s the song not on the list that’s the biggest news. 

“Bed Head” by Manchester Orchestra drops off the countdown after it’s lengthy run, including several weeks as the No. 1 song. The song joined the countdown on March 20 at No. 4 and hung around for nearly 4 months. In honor of its run, here’s a recently released Local Natives remix of “Bed Head.” I wonder if Bed Head’s departure is clearing the way for “Telepath” off “The Million Masks of God” to make an Alt18 appearance. 

One song not quite ready to move down the chart is “Space Ghost Coast to Coast.” The Glass Animals’ hit spent a sixth week at No. 1 on the countdown. Twenty One Pilots follow with “Saturday” and then The Band CAMINO’s “1 Last Cigarette” at No. 3. 

The only new new song on the Alt18 this week comes from Japanese Breakfast. “Be Sweet” joins at No. 18, and based on AltNation and XMU playtime, could be around for a while. 

OCTAVIO the Dweeb and Cannons are the other two bands to leave the countdown this week. Both could easily return, like All Time Low and The Neighbourhood did this week.  

Playlist links below. Join us over on the Discord here.

Alt18 Countdown, 7/10/21

18. Japanese Breakfast, Be Sweet | (new)

17. All Time Low, Once in a Lifetime | (return)

16. Olivia Rodrigo, brutal | (same)

15. Milky Chance, Colorado | (+3)

14. KennyHoopla, Travis Barker, hollywood sucks | (-3)

13. girl in red, Serotonin | (+1)

12. Saint Motel, It’s All Happening | (-6)

11. Bastille, Distorted Light Beam | (-6)

10. Holly Humberstone, The Walls Are Way Too Thin | (+2)

9. Lorde, Solar Power | (-1)

8. The Neighbourhood, Stargazing | (return)

7. Bleachers, Stop Making This Hurt | (+10)

6. Sir Sly, Welcomes the Pressure | (+3)

5. CHVRCHES, He Said, She Said | (-3)

4. Modest Mouse, We Are Between | (-1)

3. The Band CAMINO, 1 Last Cigarette | (-4)

2. Twenty One Pilots, Saturday | (+2)

1. Glass Animals, Space Ghost Coast to Coast | (same)

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.

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