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Alt18 Countdown on Sirius XM, 3/27/21: Manchester Orchestra hits No. 1; The Band CAMINO and girl in red join

Phoebe Bridgers

For the third week in a row, there’s a new No. 1 on the Alt18 Countdown.

Manchester Orchestra took over the top spot with Bed Head, replacing All About You by The Knocks with Foster the People. It’s been a steady rise for the latest from Andy Hall, which debuted on the countdown on Feb. 28.

Two new songs joined the Alt18 this week. The Band CAMINO debuted at No. 18 with 1 Last Cigarette, and girl in red’s latest, Seratonin, came in at No. 15. Gus Dapperton also returned after a week away with Medicine.

To make room, Estella by KennyHoopla with Travis Barker, Vintage by Blu DeTiger, and Happy Endings by Mike Shinoda left the countdown. Deadline by Grouplove stuck around for a second week and seems destined for a long stay on the Alt18, though maybe not as long as Kilby Girl by The Backseat Lovers. The loving ode to the 19-year-old cool girl in Salt Lake City hung around for an 18th consecutive week — by far the longest on the countdown.

Phoebe Bridgers and Kyoto returned to the Alt18 last week and then jumped to No. 5 this week. Could it be the next No. 1? Or is The Neighbourhood poised to make it a fourth new No. 1 in four weeks with Stargazing?

The March 27, 2021 Alt18 Countdown and updated Spotify playlist are below. Updated YouTube list and notes on the songs later this week.

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Alt18 Countdown, 3/27/21

18. The Band CAMINO, 1 Last Cigarette

17. Clairo, Sofia

16. Grouplove, Deadline

15. girl in red, serotonin

14. Kings of Leon, The Bandit

13. Weezer, All My Favorite Songs

12. The Happy Fits, Hold Me Down

11. carolesdaughter, Violent

10. Gus Dapperton, Medicine

9. The Backseat Lovers, Kilby Girl

8. Foo Fighters, Waiting on a War

7. AJR, Way Less Sad

6. The Knocks with Foster the People, All About You

5. Phoebe Bridgers, Kyoto

4. grandson, Dirty

3. Dayglow, Close to You

2. The Neighbourhood, Stargazing

1. Manchester Orchestra, Bed Head

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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.

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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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Alt18 Countdown on Sirius XM, 3/13/21: Dayglow is the new No. 1; JayXander and Blu DeTiger join

Blu DeTiger

We have a new No. 1! Dayglow unseats grandson’s “Dirty” with “Close To You.” It’s the first new song to top the countdown in five weeks and completes a meteoric rise up the Alt18 for Sloan Struble, who jumped 14 spots last week.

New to the countdown this week include: Blu DeTiger’s Vintage and JayXander’s HOODIE. Clairo also returned with “Sofia.” Those three knocked off Frances Forever’s Space Girl, Sir Sly’s Material Boy and You by benny blanco, Marshmello and Vance Joy.

The Backseat Lovers continue their Alt18 run. Kilby Girl has been the countdown since Nov. 22, 2020.

Quick note on last week: I had the wrong date on the countdown and heard from one newsletter reader about it. Sorry for the confusion, and thanks to anyone who reaches out and points out a mistake. I’m working without an editor here and make too many mistakes.

Also, no Adjacent18 after I had a busy week and the lack of change on the countdown left me uninspired. I’ll get back to it this week. Have any suggestions for songs adjacent to any on the Alt18? I’d take suggestions.

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Alt18 Countdown, 3/13/21

18. JayXander, HOODIES
New to the Alt18 Countdown this week, and pretty new to Spotify. JayXander has two songs on his Spotify account: Ig This Is It, and HOODIES, which has already passed 3 million listens. Here’s a bit more on the artist on the rise.

17. Clairo, Sofia
Clairo and Sofia return to the countdown once again. No complaints here. If you keep score by Spotify plays, this song is now incredibly over 220 million and counting.

16. Kings of Leon, The Bandit
Down five this week.

15. Blu DeTiger, Vintage
The song is on brand for Gen Y, which the NY Times says is rejecting “fast fashion” in favor of the used clothing market.

14. nothing,nowhere, fake friend
One of my favorite songs on the Alt18 these days.

13. The Backseat Lovers, Kilby Girl
Another week on the Alt18 for the Salt Lake City band, which joined the countdown in November. Down seven this week, though.

12. carolesdaughter, Violent
This tune continues to gain traction in the alternative music world.

11. Gus Dapperton, Medicine
GDapp will perform one of 30 shows for The Bowery Presents on Twitch this spring. Hopefully this is the final push of virtual shows before in-person concerts return this summer. Wear your mask! Get the shot!

10. KennyHoopla/Travis Barker, ESTELLA//
I try my best to honor capitalization and punctuation used by the artists, but I can’t find an explanation for those slashes

9. The Happy Fits, Hold Me Down
The band appears to be truly independent, releasing this now hit song on The Happy Fits Records.

8. AJR, Way Less Sad
The Harvard Crimson likes this one.

7. The Knocks/Foster the People, All About You
Mark Foster and The Knocks should just form a band already. Listen to their new cover of Bittersweet Symphony and set aside a few dollars for the inevitable Foster the Knocks tour coming soon.

6. Manchester Orchestra, Bed Head
Bed Head was released by Loma Vista Recordings.

5. Weezer, All My Favorite Songs
Weezer will have a song on the The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run soundtrack.

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

3. Foo Fighters, Waiting on a War

2. grandson, Dirty
The champ is dethroned after five weeks. Now, when does the MISSIO collab come out?

1. Dayglow, Close To You
Two weeks ago, Madison predicted this song will make it to No. 1. The Sloan Struble-tune jumped 14 spots last week and here it is in the top spot.

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Alt18 Countdown on Sirius XM, 3/6/21: Dayglow jumps; grandson makes it 5 weeks in a row; The Neigbourhood moves to No. 3

Sloan Struble is Dayglow.

Wow, almost no changes in the Alt18 Countdown this week save some reshuffling. The only song to leave this week was C’est La Vie by The Killers, and it was replaced by Alt18 stalwart Material Boy by Sir Sly. Usually we’ll get some new artists in the high teens to shake things up, but not this week. Dayglow’s 14-spot jump to No. 4 for Close to You is the biggest change of the week.

RELATED: Adjacent18: Songs related to the Alt18 Countdown

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Alt18 Countdown, 3/6/21

18. Frances Forever, Space Girl
Down six this week for Frances Forever, who released a video for their charming piece of pop perfection.

17. benny blanco, Marshmello, Vance Joy, You
The trio released an acoustic version of You this week. Listen to it here.

16. nothing,nowhere, fake friend
This was my vote this week after going back through nothing,nowhere’s past albums. Pitchfork like’s Joe Mulherin’s new album.

15. carolesdaughter, Violent
Thea Taylor, daughter of Carole, released Violent on Arista Records.

14. The Happy Fits, Hold Me Down
The band created a playlist of their influences. Check them out!

13. AJR, Way Less Sad

12. Gus Dapperton, Medicine
GD talks here about the conflict between being an introvert who takes on the role of extrovert during performances. It’s a tough time on the road in 2018 that led him to write Medicine.

11. Kings of Leon, The Bandit
See KoL on Stephen Colbert here. The band announced this week it would sell its new album as an NFT. It’s an interesting possible future for recording artists, but also a real threat to the environment.

10. Sir Sly, Material Boy
Sir Sly and Glass Animals have similar — and cool — websites.

9. KennyHoopla/Travis Barker, ESTELLA//
KH is hopeful for live shows in 2021. He has two dates scheduled in London this summer opening for Yungblud.

8. Manchester Orchestra, Bed Head
The lyrics to this song go: “Blood on the bed head and volumes you left unsaid / Let ’em talk and let it habit, now I’m afraid you’re alone.” And I thought Andy Hull just needed a comb.

7. The Knocks/Foster the People, All About You
Like The Knocks? Check out this release with Purple Disco Machine.

6. The Backseat Lovers, Kilby Girl
Kilby Girl has been on the Alt18 Countdown since Nov. 22, 2020.

5. Foo Fighters, Waiting on a War

4. Dayglow, Close To You
Madison predicted this song will make it to No. 1 last week, and this week it jumped 14 spots.

3. The Neighbourhood, Stargazing

2.Weezer, All My Favorite Songs

1. grandson, Dirty
That makes five weeks in a row for the Austin-based artist.

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Adjacent18: New Order, Nirvana, Serge Gainsbourg and MF DOOM relate to the Alt18

Songs related to songs on the 2/27/21 Alt18 Countdown

MF DOOM Creative Commons photo by @Kmeron

Welcome to the Adjacent18, a collection of songs related to the current Alt18 Countdown on SiriusXM’s AltNation. You can see the current Alt18 here and hear it on Spotify here. The Adjacent18 playlist is here.

This week’s list runs from Serge Gainsbourg to Nirvana with some links to the college roots of Frances Forever and the middle school origins of Gus Dapperton. I liked revisiting tunes from Grandaddy and MF DOOM, and hope we get a KennyHoopla/Bloc Party collaboration some day.

Love to hear your thoughts! Contact info at the bottom. Here’s a link to last week’s Adjacent18.


18. New Order, Blue Monday
This Atwood Magazine article really, really wants me to Rick Roll you to start this week’s Adjacent18. I’ll go with danceable ’80s tune instead. Adjacent to Close to You by Dayglow.

17. Serge Gainsbourg, Bonnie and Clyde
I read this story about Charlotte Gainsbourg talking about here father, Serge Gainsbourg, this week and it sent me into the French singer-songwriter’s catalogue. Adjacent to C’est La Vie by The Killer.

16. Simon and Garfunkel, My Little Town
AJR credits Paul Simon for sampling this song in Way Less Sad. Take a listen, you’ll hear it immediately.

15. Grandaddy, Now It’s On
Manchester Orchestra lead singer Andy Hull cited two Grandaddy albums — The Sophtware Slump and Sumday — as major influences in a 2014 interview with Tone Deaf magazine. “The songs were dressed up really pretty but they were sort of evil,” Hull is quoted. “I also kind of figured out singing softly was an effective key at times as well.”

14. Bastille, Happier
Marshmello teamed up with Bastille for this banger, which may have paved the way for You with benny blanco and Vance Joy released on Interscope and Mello’s Joytime Collective.

13. Francis and the Light (feat. Bon Iver), Friends
We found this adjacent in a Clark University student newspaper profiling Frances Garrett, aka Frances Forever. About a month after the article, Frances and friends shared this charming rendition of Space Girl with NPR’s Tiny Desk.

12. nothing,nowhere, Clarity in Kerosene
We stayed in nothing,nowhere’s catalog to revisit Chris Mulherin’s 2017 album Reaper, which was New York Times critic Joe Caramanica’s album of the year. If Fake Friend hangs in the Alt18 next week, I’ll share a song from one of my all-time favorite bands, The Promise Ring, which Mulherin called a major influence.

11. Paul Revere and the Raiders, Good Thing
Ken Tucker from NPR’s Fresh Air compares The Happy Fits to early ’60s rock.

10. Twin Size Mattress, The Front Bottoms
This seems like a stretch for carolesdaughter, but count The Front Bottoms among 18-year-old Thea Taylor’s influencers, at least according to this profile in The Line of Best Fit.

9. Death Cab for Cutie, Stay Young, Go Dancing
Death Cab headlined the 20th anniversary show for Kilby Court, an all-ages venue in Salt Lake City where The Backseat Lovers found their nose-ringed Kilby Girl. Bands are now playing tribute shows for Kilby Court to help the stage that hosted early-career My Chemical Romance, Rilo Kiley and The Shins.

8. Bloc Party, Banquet
KennyHoopla told NME in 2020 he expected Bloc Party comparisons for his indie-pop, and the connection is only growing stronger. KennyHoopla covered Bloc Party lead singer Kele Okereke, and Okereke tweeted a cover of KH’s plastic door//. Also, the “Hoopla” is a SpongBob reference.

7. Gordon Lightfoot, The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald
Rivers sings “all my favorite songs are slow and sad.” Maybe he tips his hand on one of those in Heart Songs, which opens, “Gordon Lightfoot sang a song about a boat that sank in the lake.”

6. Sweater Weather, The Neighbourhood
The Neighbourhood’s early success with Sweater Weather is a recurring theme throughout their work. In Stargazing Jesse Rutherford croons, “Made it pretty far on the first try / Might’ve set the bar a little too high.” SW is one of my all-time faves, so I’m glad they set that high bar. Also, I’m wearing a sweater today, so that’s the adjacent for this week.

5. Tim McGraw and Friends, Me and Tennessee
I like The Guardian’s description of Kings of Leon as the “Cattle-ranch Coldplay.” Coldplay wrote a one-off country song for Houston in 2017 you can hear here, and Chris Martin wrote this tune Tim McGraw and ex-wife Gwyneth Paltrow for the movie Country Song. And this is the adjacent stretch of the week.

4. MF DOOM, Doomsday
In this 2018 interview with Fader, Gus Dapperton shares a charming story about winning an eighth grade school songwriting concert in upstate New York and realizing that’s what he wanted to do for the rest of his life. He says MF DOOM was a major influence in those middle school days.

3. Jesse Henderson, I Did It Again
Here’s a deep cut from The Knocks’ Ben Ruttner. In a story on he said the duo bought this 1977 track online during the pandemic. (This is adjacent to The Knocks/Foster the People collab All About You.)

2. David Bowie, Let’s Dance
Wow, the critics hate the Foo Fighters’ latest album, Medicine at Midnight. But more than one reviewer connects the album to Bowie, and that’s enough for me. Also, out of the many negative reviews, I think this from Bobby Olivier at Spin gets it right: “After 25 years—and 10 big ol’ rock albums—the only concerning factor regarding new Foo Fighters material should be this: How will it play live?” I think the new album will sound great live — of course, anything would sound great live these days.

1. Nirvana, Smells Like Teen Spirit
Jordan Benjamin, aka grandson, told ABC Radio this week he was worried fans would call him a sellout for going upbeat on Dirty. “If Kurt Cobain calls me a sell-out from the grave, then I gotta make peace with that,” he said. I don’t think the backlash came, but I’m also not sure Dirty is upbeat. Is there anyone out there paying attention to what’s going in the world these days? Scary thought.

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Alt18 Countdown on Sirius XM, 2/27/21: grandson repeats, The Knocks jump and Dayglow joins


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. (Nope. Kilby Girl has been on the countdown since Nov. 22, 2020.)

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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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Adjacent18: See how Childish Gambino, Rage and Bjork connect to the #Alt18 Countdown

The Killers “C’est La Vie” calls to mind early Talking Heads. #Adjacent18

The Adjacent18 is a playlist inspired by the Alt18 Countdown on Sirius XM’s AltNation. We take each track on the weekly countdown and dig to find interesting adjacencies. Follow the Adjacent18 Spotify playlist here. See the Feb. 20, 2021 Alt18 Countdown here.

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Adjacent18: Songs adjacent to the Alt18 Countdown, Feb. 20, 2021

18. Childish Gambino – Redbone
Foushee sang Redbone during her blind audition for The Voice. She later became an uncredited TikTok star with “Deep End,” which was No. 18 on the Alt18 Countdown this week.

17. Juice WRLD (with benny blanco) – Real Shit
So many possible adjacencies for the benny blanco, Marshmello, Vance Joy collab You, which made the Alt18 this week. I went down a benny blanco rabbit hole and landed on this 2020 tune with Juice Wrld.

16. Radiohead – Weird Fishes / Arpeggi
Stereogram linked BENEE’s Happen to Me to the Radiohead song Weird Fishes / Arpeggi after her appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert in November.

15. Dark Waves – I Don’t Wanna Be In Love
Dark Waves gets a writing credit on the KennyHoopla/Travis Barker song ESTELLA//.

14. Travis Scott – STARGAZING
Travis Scott kicked off ASTROWORLD with STARGAZING, which is also the lead track on The Neighbourhood’s album, Chip Chrome & The MonoTones.

13. The Knocks – Ride or Die (feat. Foster the People)
The Knocks and Foster the People are on the current Alt18 with “All About You.” Here’s their 2018 hit “Ride or Die.”

12. The Paper Kites – Willow Tree March
I love MISSIO’s opening line, “Below the willow tree” on Can You Feel the Sun. A search for “willow tree” on Spotify found this 2013 track from The Paper Kites off their Woodland EP.

11. carolesdaughter – PORCELAIN JESUS
Reading about carolesdaughter, the SoundCloud artist who hit it big on TikTok, and now the Alt18, with “Violent,” she talked about rap as a major influence on her work. Here’s her own rap song.

10. Trippie Redd – PILL BREAKER (feat. blackbear, Machine Gun Kelly, Travis Barker)
Trippie Redd joins the MGK, blackbear and Travis Barker universe with the lead track on the Barker-produced album, “Pegasus: Neon Shark vs Pegasus Presented by Travis Barker.”

9. Talking Heads – New Feeling
Daniel Kreps at Rolling Stone described The Killers “C’est La Vie” as a take on the early half of the Talking Heads catalog. I checked it out and, yeah, that’s pretty accurate.

8. Neon Trees – Everybody Talks
The Backseat Lovers are based in Salt Lake City. The Neon Trees started in nearby Provo.

7. Mitski – Francis Forever
Frances Forever found her stage name in this incredible Mitski song.

6. Julien Baker – Red Door
Kings of Leon’s The Band includes the line, “And the red door/it seems to sway.” Here is Julien Baker’s take on a red door, and some analysis on Genius about the shared allusion.

5. Sonic Blume – Sunflower Bean
The Happy Fits cellist Calvin Langman told Broadway World he was inspired by fellow New Jersey-based Sonic Blume when he wrote Hold Me Down.

4. Pink Floyd – Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2
My favorite line from Foo Fighters’ Waiting on a War is Dave Grohl singing “fell in love with a voice on the radio.” I tried finding out who he was talking about, but couldn’t find it. Instead, I went to 1980 when Grohl was 11 — the same age as his daughter who inspired the song. Maybe Pink Floyd’s anthem for youth rebellion contributed to Grohl’s own call for action.

3. Bjork – Joga
Spike Stent is the connection here with Gus Dapperton’s Medicine. Dapperton wrote and produced the song with the legendary Stent, who was worked with virtually every major performing artist over the past 40 years, including Bjork on, Homogenic.

2. Bastille – Million Pieces (with the Chamber Orchestra of London)
Weezer worked with a 38-piece orchestra on their new OK Human album, so here’s one of Bastille’s latest with the Chamber Orchestra of London.

  1. 1. Rage Against the Machine – Guerilla Radio
    Someone described grandson as a “millennial Rage Against Machine.” I don’t think that’s fair to anyone involved, but we’ll go with it. grandon won’t mind ending a little dirty.


Alt18 Countdown on Sirius XM, 2/20/21: Weezer returns at No. 2; Gus Dapperton eyes top spot, but grandson holds

Hello, Weezer.

Some volatility on the Alt18 this week with Weezer jumping back in at No. 2 with “All My Favorite Songs” and countdown stalwarts Tame Impala and Bastille dropping off. Still, grandson held at No. 1 with “Dirty” and the Foo Fighters are right in the mix with “Waiting on a War.”

Foushee returned to the Alt18 this week with “Deep End,” and the wild benny blanco/Marshmello/Vance Joy collab “You” joined at No. 17. KennyHoopla is back with buddy Travis Barker and their “ESTELLA,” and a new band to me, carolesdaughter debuted at No. 11 with “Violent.”

Also leaving this week: Royal Blood’s “Trouble Coming,” broken people’s “almost monday,” Sir Sly’s “Material Boy” and Holly Humberstone’s “Falling Asleep at the Wheel.” It’s the first time Sir Sly and Tame are off the countdown since Oct. 4, 2020. MISSIO now holds the longest stay with “Can You Feel the Sun,” which has been on since Oct. 24.

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Alt18 Countdown, 2/20/21

18. Foushee, Deep End
She’s back on the Alt18 after a week off — and getting what she deserves.

17. benny blanco, Marshmello, Vance Joy, You
Marshmello kept this collaboration quiet until a month ago. The accompanying claymation video got some press.

16. BENEE, Happen to Me

15. KennyHoopla/Travis Barker, ESTELLA//
KennyHoopla works out of Wisconsin.

14. The Neighbourhood, Stargazing

13. The Knocks/Foster the People, All About You
It’s hold at No. 13 for this collab, which produced “Ride or Die” in 2018.

12. MISSIO, Can You Feel the Sun
Longest-standing song on the countdown dating back to Oct. 24.

11. carolesdaughter, Violent
New to the Alt18 this week.

10. Machine Gun Kelly/blackbear, my ex’s best friend
MGK returns to the Alt18 after his run last year with Bloody Valentine

9. The Killers, C’est La Vie
Down two on the countdown this week.

8. The Backseat Lovers, Kilby Girl

7. Frances Forever, Space Girl
Frances Forever is a reference to the Mitski song Francis Forever.

6. Kings of Leon, The Bandit

5. The Happy Fits, Hold Me Down

4. Foo Fighters, Waiting on a War

3. Gus Dapperton, Medicine

2. Weezer, All My Favorite Songs

1. grandson, Dirty

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Alt18 Countdown on Sirius XM, 2/13/21: grandson, Gus Dapperton at the top; Frances Forever at No. 5

BENEE by Bruce Baker, Creative Commons

Frances Forever joins the countdown at No. 5 with “Space Girl,” a nice bop with some top spot potential. Gus Dapperton reaches No. 2 with “Medicine.” Here’s his take on the song from DIY mag:

“this track defines the album most explicitly,” he explains. “i wrote it as a song that would narrate my life. medicine is about someone who is self destructive so that they can get high off of the process of healing. the hurting phase is of no concern to them. +++”

Gus Dapperton in DIY mag

Kings of Leon are back this week with “The Bandit” as they roll out their first new album in four years. Looking for “Echoing” on the Alt18 in a few months. almost monday is also back with “Broken People,” a song that could jump into the Top 10 next week or fall off all together. Same for The Neighbourhood and “Stargazing.” Who knows how these things work.

Always happy to see BENEE on the countdown. She’s at No. 18 with “Happen to Me.” And loving everything grandson is doing these days. It’s a well-deserved No. 1 for “Dirty.” Listen to the words everyone!

Disappointed to see Mishaal’s “Peddle Bike” drop off, and “Guillotine” by Mansionair and NoMBe continues it’s on-again, off-again (now off) relationship with the countdown. Inhaler and “When It Break” is also gone — for now.

Checkout the full countdown below, plus each band’s hometown according to Wikipedia.

Here’s the updated Spotify playlist.

Alt18 Countdown, 2/13/21

18. BENEE, Happen to Me | Auckland, New Zealand

17. The Backseat Lovers, Kilby Girl | Salt Lake City

16. Royal Blood, Trouble’s Coming | Brighton, England

15. almost monday, Broken People | San Diego

14. Foo Fighters, Waiting on a War | Seattle

13. The Knocks/Foster the People, All About You | New York/Los Angeles

12. The Neighbourhood, Stargazing | Newbury Park, California

11. Sir Sly, Material Boy | Orange County, California

10. Kings of Leon, The Bandit | Nashville

9. The Happy Fits, Hold Me Down | Clinton, New Jersey

8. Tame Impala, Is It True | Sydney, Australia

7. The Killers, C’est La Vie | Las Vegas

6. Holly Humberstone, Falling Asleep at the Wheel | Grantham, England

5. Frances Forever, Space Girl | Worcester, Massachusetts

4. MISSIO, Can You Feel the Sun | Austin, Texas

3. Bastille, survivin’ | London, England

2. Gus Dapperton, Medicine | Warwick, New York

1. grandson, Dirty | Toronto

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Alt18 Countdown on Sirius XM, 2/6/21: grandson reaches No. 1, The Killers are back, and Foushee joins

Mishaal is at No. 12 on the Alt18 Countdown with Peddle Bike.

The Alt18 Countdown gets “Dirty” this week with grandson taking the top spot from MISSIO, whose “Can You Feel the Sun” falls to No. 2. The Killers made the week’s strongest debut with, “C’est La Vie,” at No. 4. Foo Fighters and Weezer seem to be settling into the list, and Mishaal is hanging around around for another week with “Peddle Bike.” There’s a lot of fan support on Twitter for The Happy Fits, and their song came in at No. 13.

Dropping off this week: “broken people” by almost monday, “Falling Asleep at the Wheel” by Holly Humberstone, “Medicine” by Gus Dapperton and “Leave Me Alone” by iDKHOW. Humberstone had been on consecutive countdowns since Nov. 2, and iDKHOW since Nov. 15.

Trying a new thing this week highlighting lyrics from each of the songs. There’s some beautiful writing on the countdown right now, so thought it’d be nice to pull out a sampling of the writing. As always, the updated Spotify playlist is below.

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Here’s the updated Spotify playlist.

Alt18 Countdown on Sirius XM’s AltNation, 2/6/21

18. Foushee, Deep End

I been trying not to go off the deep end
I don’t think you wanna give me a reason

Deep End, Foushee

17. The Neighborhood, Stargazing

Pull it out of park, put it in drive
I can feel your heart beatin’ with mine
Underneath the stars, lookin’ for a sign
Glowin’ in the dark ’til the sun shines

Stargazing, The Neighbourhood

16. Mansionair/NoMBe, Guillotine

Take my head away from me
Antoinette, sweet Marie
Chop it off, squeaky clean
I got thoughts nobody needs

Guillotine, Mansionair/NoMBe

15. Blu DeTiger, Cotton Candy Lemonade

I wanna get lost with you
Picture waking up somewhere new
I wanna get lost with you
‘Cause right now I’m lost without you too

Cotton Candy Lemonade, Blu DeTiger

14. Inhaler, When It Breaks

How much does it ache
When your bones break?
It seems so hard to tell
What’s real or fake
Can’t let this moment go to waste

When It Breaks, Inhaler

13. The Happy Fits, Hold Me Down

Hold me down tight when I’m losing my mind
You tied a tether here to keep me close
I’ve been talking to myself on some Icarus spell
But it got better when you didn’t go

Hold Me Down, The Happy Fits

12. Mishaal, Peddle Bike

Peddle bike, blue sways
Baby, I’m just waiting for the summer break
Little lies, too late
Baby, I’m just praying for another day

Peddle Bike, Mishaal

11. nothing,nowhere., fake friend

Think we’re slipping
Ice is real thin, thin
Where the hell have you been?
I don’t need a fake friend

fake friend, nothing,nowhere.

10. Foo Fighters, Waiting on a War

Every day waiting for the sky to fall
Big crash on a world that’s so small
Just a boy with nowhere left to go
Fell in love with a voice on the radio

Waiting on a War, Foo Fighters

9. The Backseat Lovers, Kilby Girl

She’s got a fake ID and a nose ring
Those kind of girls tend to know things better than I do
And I’m dying to figure out what she’s hiding

Kilby Girl, The Backseat Lovers

8. Weezer, All My Favorite Songs

All my favorite songs are slow and sad
All my favorite people make me mad
Everything that feels so good is bad, bad, bad

All My Favorite Songs, Weezer

7. Sir Sly, Material Boy

Deeply American, which is to say I’m deeply ashamed
I wonder what the world would say?
And I’m probably sick from my secrets
Politically daft, but we’re in deep shit

Material Boy, Sir Sly

6. Bastille, survivin’

What can I say? I’m survivin’
Crawling out these sheets to see another day

Survivin’, Bastille

5. The Knocks/Foster The People, All About You

Nights, were my only friend
My distraction
When you pulled me out

All About You, The Knocks/Foster the People

4. The Killers, C’est La Vie

Sometimes you’re the river
Sometimes you’re the sea
Sometimes you’re a stranger to yourself, it’s a dangerous place to be

C’est La Vie, The Killers

3. Tame Impala, Is It True

And I tell her I’m in love with her
But how can I know that I’ll always be?

Is It True, Tame Impala

2. MISSIO, Can You Feel the Sun

Below the willow tree
I get hung up on my insecurities
Rose-colored dopamine
My soul feels like it could be make-believe

Can You Feel the Sun, MISSIO

1. grandson, Dirty

Tell me what you tryna hide
And what you runnin’ from inside
‘Cause I got a surprise
We might not make it to the mornin’

Dirty, grandson