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.

Cheers! That’s the Adjacent18 for this week. Thoughts? Suggestions? Better ideas? I’d love to hear them all. You can share in the comments, tweet me @findingalt18 join the Discord or email: And if you’d like the Adjacent18 sent to your inbox, sign up for our newsletter here.

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.)

Along with this blog, here’s a few channels I’m keeping updated:


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.

Here’s the updated Spotify playlist.

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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

Alternative music charts, January 30, 2021 | Billie Eilish, AJR, Olivia Rodrigo top lists

Michael Franti and Spearhead top the Roots Music Report this week.

We follow the #Alt18, but here are more charts we’re watching for the best an new alternative music. Know a list I’m missing? Hit me up in the comments, on Twitter or at:

Alternative Music Charts

Billboard Alternative Music Chart: #1 – Billie Eilish, Therefore I am | Spotify playlist

New Alternative 40 Chart: My personal favorite Spotify playlist. Description says it’s pulled from 50 new indie and alternative sources each week. Often lines up with the Download 15 on Sirius XMU.

Download 15: Speaking of the DL15, here’s a Spotify playlist organized by Clint Smith.

Muzooka: Alt music chart used by iHeartRadio and USA Today. Grandson was bragging about cracking the Top 10 this week, so it means something to artists.

Roots Music Report: New one for me, but I just started paying attention to these things. Michael Franti is at No. 1 this week. Interesting list this week.

iTunesChart: Genre chart from iTunes has AJR’s “Bang” at No. 1 this week. New Weezer is up there, too.

Official Charts: UK-based alt and rock chart.

Amazon Best Sellers: Wild list that includes Green Day’s “Dookie” and Foo Fighters’ “Greatest Hits.” Taylor Swift is No. 1, though.

Alt18 Countdown on Sirius XM, 1/30/21: Weezer and The Neighbourhood join; The Happy Fits jump

The Happy Fits are No. 7 with “Hold Me Down.”

Rock royalty in the form of Weezer and Foo Fighters join the Alt18 Countdown on SiriusXM’s AltNation this week with two solid new additions to anthems of alternative rock, but it may be “Stargazing” by The Neighbourhood with the strongest debut. The Knocks collab with Foster the People is storming to No. 1 with “All About You.” For now it’ll have to settle at No. 2, because it’s MISSIO back up top with “Can You Feel the Sun?”

CORRECTION: Foo Fighters’ “Waiting on the War” join the 1/23/21 countdown. That’s what I get for skipping a week.

For anyone relying on this site and social accounts (@findingalt18) to track the countdown, apologies for missing a week. I’ll circle back on the 1/23/21 countdown so we can keep a running tally of 2021, but for now I’m just getting caught back up.

I’d love your thoughts on the countdown and any alt music you’re into these days. I’m going to mix in the Download15’s and some Spotify playlists I’m following, so open to any and all ideas. Maybe I can land a band interview this year. Happy February, all!

Here’s the updated Spotify playlist.

Alt18 Countdown, 1/30/21

18. The Neighborhood, Stargazing

17. almost monday, Broken People

16. Holly Humberstone, Falling Asleep at the Wheel

15. Mishaal, Peddle Bike

14. Inhaler, When It Breaks

13. Gus Dapperton, Medicine

12. Sir Sly, Material Boy

11. Weezer, All My Favorite Songs

10. I Don’t Know But They Found Me, Leave Me Alone

9. Foo Fighters, Waiting on a War

8. Tame Impala, Is It True

7. The Happy Fits, Hold Me Down

6. Mansionair/NoMBe, Guillotine

5. Grandson, Dirty

4. The Backseat Lovers, Kilby Girl

3. Bastille, survivin’

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

1. MISSIO, Can You Feel the Sun

Alt18 Countdown on Sirius XM, 1/23/21: Bastille back to No. 1; Hello, Blu DeTiger

Here’s the updated Spotify playlist.

Alt18 Countdown, 1/30/21

18. Blu DeTiger, Cotton Candy Lemonade

17. Mishaal, Peddle Bike

16. Billie Eilish, Therefore I Am

15. Kennyhoopla, Estella

14. Inhaler, When It Breaks

13. Royal Blood, Trouble’s Coming

12. The Happy Fits, Hold Me Down

11. Gus Dapperton, Medicine

10. almost monday, Broken People

9. Foo Fighters, Waiting on a War

8. The Backseat Lovers, Kilby Girl

7. Grandson, Dirty

The Happy Fits, Hold Me Down

6. Tame Impala, Is It True

5. Sir Sly, Material Boy

4. Mansionair/NoMBe, Guillotine

3. Holly Humberstone, Falling Asleep at the Wheel

2. MISSIO, Can You Feel the Sun

1. Bastille, survivin’

Siriux XM Alt 18 Countdown of alternative music, Jan. 16, 2021 | MISSIO back to No. 1; Kings of Leon joins

The Knocks

A belated recap of the Jan. 16, 2021 Alt18 Countdown. Apologies everyone! Kings of Leon join this week and Jake Bugg, Mishaal and grandson all return. They kicked off Almost Monday, Royal Blood, Bleachers and Bruce Springsteen and Billie Eilish.

It was just one week at No. 1 for Sir Sly and “Material Boy,” which slipped to No. 6. MISSIO returned the top spot with “Can You Feel the Sun.” Bastille, Tame Impala, I Don’t Know How But They Found Me and Mansionair with NoMBe round out the Top 5.

This week’s Spotify playlist

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Alt18 Countdown – Jan. 16, 2021

18. Kings of Leon The Bandit – (new) | Video | RCA | Released Jan. 7, 2021

17. Jake Bugg All I Need – (return) | video | NME | @jakebugg

Royal BloodTrouble’s Coming – (-7) | YouTube | Warner Records | Released Sept. 21, 2020

16. Royal and the SerpentChoke – (-8) | Video | Atlantic | Released on Oct. 16, 2020

15. MishaalPeddle Bike – (return) | Video | RCA | Released on Sept. 4, 2020

14. Holly HumberstoneFalling Asleep at the Wheel – (-8) | Closer Artists | | NYT | On the Run | @HolHumberstone

13. The Knocks (feat. Foster the People) – All About You – (same) | Video | Big Beat Records | Released Oct. 28, 2020

12. grandsonDirty – (-1) | Video | Fueled by Ramen | Loudwire | Death of an Optimist |@grandson

Billie EilishTherefore I Am – (-4) | Darkroom/Interscope Records | Video | Released Nov. 12, 2020

11. InhalerWhen It Breaks – (new) | Video | Polydor Records | Released Oct. 15, 2020 | Band works out of Dublin, Ireland | @inhalerdublin

10. ClairoSofia – (+4) | Video | Fader | Released May 24, 2019

9. Glass Animals – Tangerine – (-2) | Video | Polydor Records | James Corden | Open Source | Released May 1, 2020

8. Ashe – Save Myself – (+1) | Video | Mom+Pop | Released July 22, 2020

7. The Backseat Lovers – Kilby Girl – (-3) | Mick |Video | 24 hours with | @backseat_luv 

6. Sir SlyMaterial Boy – (-5) | Video | Lyrics | Wiki | Landon Jacobs | Variance | Interscope Records | @SirSly

5.  Mansionair/NoMBeGuillotine – (+3) | Glassnote Records / TH3RD BRAIN Records | Video | @mansionair @NoMBeMusic | Video | Released Nov. 13, 2020

4. I Dont Know How But They Found Me Leave Me Alone – (-5) | Fearless Records | Video | Guitar World | @iDKHow

3. Tame ImpalaIs It True – (+2) | Genius | Video | Interscope Records | @tameimpala

2. Bastillesurvivin’ – (+1) | Video | Republic Records | Wiki | Simon Pegg | ASCA

1. MISSIOCan You Feel the Sun – RCA Records (+1) | Video | Wiki | American Songwriter |@MissioMusic