Steady as she goes on this week’s Alt17 Countdown on Sirius XM. We saw new songs from Dayglow (Close To You), AJR (Way Less Sad), and Manchester Orchestra (Bed Head), and said adieu to MISSIO (Can You Feel the Sun), BENEE (Happen to Me), and Machine Gun Kelly’s (ex’s best friend). nothing,nowhere returned to the countdown with Fake Friend.
grandson repeats at No. 1 with Dirty, and The Knocks with Foster the People say a nice jump to No. 3. Foo Fighters and Weezer hung around, and Gus Dapperton kept his Alt18 run going with Medicine.
This week is the first time we didn’t hear MISSIO on the Countdown since Oct. 24, 2020. That leaves All About You as the longest-tenured song on the countdown — and the countdown has moved entirely into 2021.
Along with this blog, here’s a few channels I’m keeping updated:
- Follow the updated Spotify playlist.
- Here’s the Alt18 YouTube playlist
- Check out my new: #Adjacent18 – 18 songs connected to the Alt18 Countdown
- Sign up for the Finding Alt18 newsletter
- Join the Finding Alt18 Discord. We’re just getting started, but I hope it’s a place to talk and share music — and make this site a little better. Open to all (and I could use some help — it’s the first community Discord I’ve started).
- Twitter: @findingalt18
Alt18 Countdown, 2/20/21
18. Dayglow, Close To You (new)
Madison predicted this song will make it to No. 1. Atwood Magazine goes deep on the song.
17. The Killers, C’est La Vie
Last week on the #Adjacent18 we linked this one to early Talking Heads. Check it out for yourself — it’s spot on.
16. AJR, Way Less Sad (new)
It’s almost not an Alt18 Countdown these days without AJR. You’ll find this on their upcoming album, OK ORCHESTRA. Another play on Radiohead’s classic. Weezer’s new album is OK Human.
15. Manchester Orchestra, Bed Head (new)
14. benny blanco, Marshmello, Vance Joy, You
Billboard calls this one a “folk-meets-the-dance-floor tune.”
13. Frances Forever, Space Girl
The caller introduction voted for this song because LGBTQ representation matters — and because it’s a great song. Truth on both.
12. nothing,nowhere, Fake Friend
N,N creator Joe Mulherin collaborated with fellow countdown mate KennyHoopla on blood.
11. The Happy Fits, Hold Me Down
Calvin Langman linked this song to fellow New Jersey rockers Sonic Blume.
10. carolesdaughter, Violent
Thea Taylor found her stage name in rehab after realizing how often she talked about her mom, Carole.
9. The Backseat Lovers, Kilby Girl
The caller introducing this song connected to the Kilby Court, the longest-running all-ages concert venue in Salt Lake City.
8. KennyHoopla/Travis Barker, ESTELLA//
Travis Barker is going to be around a long time working with acts like KennyHoopla, Machine Gun Kelly and Trippie Redd.
7. Weezer, All My Favorite Songs
Weezer committed to full analog for their new album, OK Human, including a full orchestra. It’s good to be Weezer.
6. The Neighbourhood, Stargazing
Jaden Smith, Mac Demarco, Lana Del Rey and Alexa Demie all cameo in this song’s video.
5. Kings of Leon, The Bandit
The Bandit hit No. 1 on the Billboard adult alternative chart on Feb. 20.
4. Gus Dapperton, Medicine
GD wrote and produced this song with Spike Stent, a legendary producer and mix engineer who has worked with seemingly every major recording artist over the past 30 years. Seriously, Google him.
3. The Knocks/Foster the People, All About You
2. Foo Fighters, Waiting on a War
1. grandson, Dirty
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