Alt18 Countdown on Sirius XM, 7/31/21: CHVRCHES at No. 1; Holly Humberstone joins Top 5


Take me to CHVRCHES.

The Scottish trio is the new No. 1 on the Alt 18 Countdown with “He Said, She Said.” (You’re forgiven for thinking it would be “How Not to Drown” given its heavy rotation on AltNation.) It’s an exciting shake up for the countdown after weeks of Glass Animals and Twenty One Pilots, who are both still in the Top 5.

Halfway through the year I’m thinking about what songs will make the Top 36 for 2021. “Space Ghost Coast to Coast” seems likely, while something from 21P will make it. I don’t think Måneskin will appear, but it’s fun to have the EuroVision winners on the Alt18 with their odd banger.

SEB sticks around another week, while Billie Eilish tries to find some traction with “NDA.” Surprised to see Japanese Breakfast fall off, but even more surprised to see The Band CAMINO disappear from No. 4 last week. Cannons seems to have crowded one of them out by returning with “Bad Dreams.”

Vance Joy is also back with “Missing Piece” at No. 8, and the Milky Chance earworm “Colorado” seems to be sticking around for a minute. I’d like to make a 50 states alt-indie-pop playlist sometime. We have Alaska covered, and Sufjan picked up a couple for us. We can count Bruce as an Alt18 artist, so there’s Nebraska. The Maine are right there. I’m worried about South Carolina.

We also lost Willow and Blu DeTiger this week. Either could be back next week.

Links below. Working on updating the playlists. It’s hard in the summer. We need the crushing winter to get things back on schedule. Cheers!

Alt18 Countdown, 7/31/21


17. SEB, seaside_demo

16. Billie Eilish, NDA

15. Saint Motel, It’s All Happening

14. Modest Mouse, We Are Between | (-2)

13. Olivia Rodrigo, brutal

12. Atlas Genius, Elegant Stranger

11. Bleachers, Stop Making This Hurt | (-3)

10. Walk the Moon, Can You Handle My Love | (+5)

9. Cannons, Bad Dreams

8. Vance Joy, Missing Piece | (return)

7. Lorde, Solar Power | (+9)

6. Milky Chance, Colorado | (+5)

5. Twenty One Pilots, Saturday | (-4)

4. Holly Humberstone, The Walls Are Way Too Thin

3. Bastille, Distorted Light Beam | (+4)

2. Glass Animals, Space Ghost Coast to Coast

1. CHVRCHES, He Said, She Said | (+2)

You can find many of these songs, and other alt-pop hits and classics, on my new Spotify playlist, AltCharts.

See last week’s countdown here.

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