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Siriux XM Alt 18 Countdown of alternative music, Oct. 17, 2020 | No change at the top; Royal Blood, Abhi the Nomad, somegirlnamedanna join

Hello, Royal Blood.

No change with the Top 3 this week, but some interesting new additions from Royal Blood, Abhi the Nomad and somegirlnamedanna. Junior Mesa, JAWNY, and Claire Rosinkranz fell off this week’s list.

I’m working on a complete list of Alt18 Countdown’s for 2020. It’s close, but not quite ready. One fun fact: Glass Animals have appeared on every countdown this year — streak they continued this week with Tangerine at No. 1.

I’m getting a bit more active on social @findingalt18 on Twitter, and some kind of a newsletter is coming for anyone who wants the list sent to them. As always, would love to hear your ideas.

This week’s Spotify playlist

Alt18 Countdown – Oct. 17, 2020

18. Abhi the Nomad @abhi_thenomadMe No Evil – Indie – (New) | Texas Monthly

17. somegirlnamedanna @somegirlnamedannaseriously just stopRepublic Records (New) | Video

16. I Don’t Know How But They Found Me @iDKHowLeave Me AloneFearless Records (+1) | Video

15. Little Hurt @LittleHurt – Alaska – Daddy Kool (-10) | Video | American Songwriter

14. Phoenix @wearephoenix – Identical – Indie – Video (-5) | Pitchfork | Video

13. Royal Blood @royalbloodukTrouble’s Coming – Warner Brother (new) | Official audio

12. Gus Dapperton @GusDapperton – Post Humorous – AWAL (-8) | Video | Spin

11. Of Monsters and Men @monstersandmenVisitorRepublic Records (+3) | Video

10. Beabadoobee @beabad00bee – CareDirty Hit (+5) | Variety

9. Tame Impala @tameimpalaIs It True – Interscope Records (+3) | Genius

8. Caamp @caamp – By and ByMom + Pop Music (-2) | Minidoc

7. AJR @AJRBrothers – Bummerland – Indie (+3) | Video | Signature hot sauce

6. Sir Sly @SirSlyMaterial BoyInterscope Records (+3) | Lyrics

5.  Bastillesurvivin’ Republic Records (+3) | Video

4. Cannons @Cannonstheband – Fire For You – AntiFragile Music (+3) | Live

3. Royal and the Serpent @royalandtheserp – Overwhelmed –  Atlantic Records – Video (+1)

2. The Killers @thekillers – My Own Soul’s Warning – Video – Island Records (-1)

1. Glass Animals @GlassAnimalsTangerineRepublic Records – (+1)

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Siriux XM Alt 18 Countdown of alternative music, Oct. 10, 2020 | Glass Animals hit No. 1 with ‘Tangerine’; Bastille’s ‘survivin” joins at No. 8

The Alt18 can’t quit you, Caamp.

After eight weeks we have a new No. 1, though it’s no stranger to the Alt18 Countdown. Glass Animals top the list with “Tangerine,” continuing their remarkable run through 2020. You could argue “Heat Waves” should still be on the countdown, but they seem to resist multiple songs by one artist. Case in point: Bastille’s ‘survivin” joined the countdown at No. 8, while the Bastille/Graham Coxon collab “WHAT YOU GONNA DO???” fell off. Junior Mesa was the other new entry this week with “Losing My Grip.” Check out their charming video at the link below.

Thanks to everyone who wrote the past few weeks. It’s cool to see people are picking up on the work. We topped 200 visitors last week — pretty cool. If you get a chance, drop a line. I’d love to connect.

Also, at the suggestion of one listener, I’m going to create one master Spotify playlist for everyone to follow, instead of weekly versions. That way you don’t have to follow multiple lists and it saves me time on the update. Let me know if you have more suggestions!

This week’s Spotify playlist

Alt18 Countdown – Oct. 10, 2020

18. Junior Mesa @bitchimjuniorLosing My GripNice Life Recording Records – (New)

17. I Don’t Know How They Found Me @iDKHowLeave Me AloneFearless Records – (+1)

16. JAWNY @jawnyutahSabotageInterscope Records (-9) | Earmilk | Billboard

15. Beabadoobee @beabad00bee – CareDirty Hit – (return)

14. Of Monsters and MenVisitorRepublic Records (-8)

13. Claire Rosinkranz @clairerosinkrazBackyard Boyslowplay/Republic Records – (-2)

12. Tame Impala @tameimpalaIs It True – Interscope Records (+3)

11. Phoenix @wearephoenix – Identical – Indie – Video (-5) – Pitchfork

10. AJR @AJRBrothers – Bummerland – Indie – Video (+7)

9. Sir Sly @SirSlyMaterial BoyInterscope Records (-1)

8. Bastillesurvivin’ Republic Records – (New)

7. Cannons @Cannonstheband – Fire For You – AntiFragile Music – Live (+5)

6. Caamp @caamp – By and ByMom + Pop MusicMinidoc (+4)

5.  Little Hurt @LittleHurt – Alaska – Daddy Kool Video | American Songwriter (-2)

4. Gus Dapperton @GusDapperton – Post Humorous – AWAL – Video | Spin (+1)

3. Royal and the Serpent @royalandtheserp – Overwhelmed –  Atlantic Records – Video (+1)

2. The Killers @thekillers – My Own Soul’s Warning – Video – Island Records (-1)

1. Glass Animals @GlassAnimalsTangerineRepublic Records – (+1)

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Siriux XM Alt 18 Countdown of alternative music, Oct. 3, 2020 | Sir Sly and Of Monsters and Men make a move; The Killers hold off Glass Animals

Cannons stayed on fire with “Fire For You” this week.

Sir Sly starts their ascent up the countdown jumping seven to No. 8 with “Material Boy,” while Of Monsters and Men jumped six spots with its slowburner, “Visitor.” Little Hurt bounced back to No. 3 with “Alaska,” Glass Animals continue their impressive run at No. 2 with “Tangerine,” and it’s another week at No. 1 for The Killers and “My Own Soul’s Warning.”

Beabadoobee, Matt Maeson, Phoebe Bridgers, and Juice WRLD and Marshmello all dropped off the countdown. I Don’t Know How They Found Me, and Tame Impala join the Alt18.

Added a new column this week to track record labels. Republic Records leads the way with four songs on the countdown, followed by three for Interscope.

This week’s Spotify playlist

Alt18 Countdown – Oct. 3, 2020

18. I Don’t Know How But They Found Me @iDKHowLeave Me AloneFearless Records – (New)

17. AJR @AJRBrothers – Bummerland – Indie – Video (+1)

16. Labrinth @LabrinthStill Don’t Know My Name – Syco(return)

15. Tame Impala @tameimpalaIs It True – Interscope Records (new)

14. Joji/Diplo @sushitrash @diploDaylight88rising, 12Tone (-7)

13. Phoenix @wearephoenix – Identical – Indie – Video (-5) – Pitchfork

12. Cannons @Cannonstheband – Fire For You – AntiFragile Music – Live (-3)

11. Claire Rosinkranz @clairerosinkrazBackyard Boyslowplay/Republic Records – (+3)

10. Caamp @caamp – By and ByMom + Pop MusicKimmel

9. Bastille ft. Graham Coxon @bastilledan@grahamcoxon – What You Gonna Do??? Republic Records – Video (-3)

8. Sir Sly @SirSlyMaterial BoyInterscope Records (+7)

7. JAWNY @jawnyutahSabotageInterscope Records (-2) | Earmilk | Billboard

6. Of Monsters and Men – VisitorRepublic Records (+6)

5. Gus Dapperton @GusDapperton – Post Humorous – AWAL – Video (-1)

4. Royal and the Serpent @royalandtheserp – Overwhelmed –  Atlantic Records – Video (+1)

3. Little Hurt @LittleHurt – Alaska – VideoDaddy Kool (+10)

2. Glass Animals @GlassAnimalsTangerine – Republic Records – (same)

1. The Killers @thekillers – My Own Soul’s Warning – Video – Island Records – (same)

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Siriux XM Alt 18 Countdown of alternative music, Sept. 26, 2020 | Joji, Phoebe Bridgers join the party

Four (great) new songs in the Alt18 this week, starting with Sir Sly and “Material Boy” at No. 15. Phoebe Bridgers joins the party with “Kyoto” at No. 11, Juice Wlrd and Marshmello with “Come & Go” at No. 10 and Joji (above) with Diplo with “Daylight” at No. 7. Beabadoobee also returned to the Countdown with “Care,” along with Matt Maeson, who somehow dropped off the list last week with “Hallucinogenics.”

Leaving the Alt18 this week: Rezz/Grabbitz, Labrinth, The Neighbourhood, Machine Gun Kelly, The 1975 and Grouplove.

Alt18 Countdown – Sept. 26, 2020

Spotify playlist

18. AJR @AJRBrothers – Bummerland – Video (-8)

17. Beabadoobee @beabad00bee – Care (return)

16. Matt Maeson @MattMaeson – Hallucinogenics – Video (return)

15. Sir Sly @SirSlyMaterial Boy (new)

14. Claire Rosinkranz @clairerosinkraz – Backyard Boy (+4)

13. Little Hurt @LittleHurt – Alaska – Video (-10)

12. Of Monsters and Men – Visitor (new)

11. Phoebe Bridgers @phoebe_bridgersKyoto – (new)

10. Juice WRLD/Marshmello @juiceworlddd @marshmellomusicCome & Go (new)

9. Cannons @Cannonstheband – Fire For You – Live (-3)

8. Phoenix @wearephoenix – Identical – Video (+3)

7. Joji/Diplo @sushitrash @diploDaylight (new)

6. Bastille ft. Graham Coxon @bastilledan@grahamcoxon – What You Gonna Do??? – Video (-4)

5. JAWNY @jawnyutahSabotage (+7)

4. Gus Dapperton @GusDapperton – Post Humorous – Video (+1)

3. Royal and the Serpent @royalandtheserp – Overwhelmed – Video (+1)

2. Glass Animals @GlassAnimalsTangerine (new)

1. The Killers @thekillers – My Own Soul’s Warning – Video (same)

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Siriux XM Alt 18 Countdown of alternative music, Sept. 19, 2020 | Claire Rosinkranz, Labrinth, JAWNY join the countdown

Can we agree there doesn’t seem to be much integrity to this countdown? No matter, I love it anyway. Five new songs on the Alt 18 this week, including Tangerine by Glass Animals, which seems to countdown stalwart Heat Waves. The Killers stick around at No. 1 for another week, while Labrinth enters at No. 16 with Still Don’t Know My Name, which has 100 million plays on Spotify. What’s your favorite this week?

Spotify playlist

18. Claire Rosinkranz @clairerosinkraz – Backyard Boy (new)

17. Rezz/Grabbitz @OfficialRezz@grabbitz – Someone Else (return)

16. Labrinth @LabrinthStill Don’t Know My Name (new)

15. Of Monsters and Men – Visitor (new)

14. The Neighbourhood @thenhbd – Cherry Flavoured (-3)

13. Machine Gun Kelly @machinegunkelly – Bloody Valentine – Video (-1)

12. JAWNY @jawnyutahSabotage (new)

11. Phoenix @wearephoenix – Identical – Video (-3)

10. AJR @AJRBrothers – Bummerland – Video (+5)

9. The 1975 @the1975 – If You’re Too Shy (Let Me Know) – Video (-3)

8. Glass Animals @GlassAnimalsTangerine (new)

7. Grouplove – Inside Out (new)

6. Cannons @Cannonstheband – Fire For You – Live (+7)

5. Gus Dapperton @GusDapperton – Post Humorous – Video (+2)

4. Royal and the Serpent @royalandtheserp – Overwhelmed – Video (same)

3. Little Hurt @LittleHurt – Alaska – Video (+7)

2. Bastille ft. Graham Coxon @bastilledan@grahamcoxon – What You Gonna Do??? – Video (+8)

1. The Killers @thekillers – My Own Soul’s Warning – Video (same)

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Siriux XM Alt 18 Countdown of alternative music, Sept. 12, 2020 | Bastille and Graham Coxon climb with ‘What You Gonna Do???’

AJR and The Neighborhood have new songs in countdown, knocking out Billie Eilish and Blue October. The Top 2 remain unchanged, but Bastille and Graham Coxon jump to No. 3. Interesting note this week: AltNation ran last week’s list at 1 p.m. and tweeted out they made a mistake. The new list debuted at 7 p.m.

Spotify playlist

18. Beabadoobee @beabad00bee – Care (same)

17. twenty one pilots @twentyonepilotsLevel of Concern (-3)

16. All Time Low ft. blackbear @alltimelow @iamblackbearMonsters (-6) – Video

15. AJR @AJRBrothersBummerlandVideo (new)

14. Missio @MissioMusic – WolvesVideo (+3)

13. Cannons @Cannonstheband – Fire For You – Live (-7)

12. Machine Gun Kelly @machinegunkelly – Bloody Valentine – Video (-5)

11. The Neighbourhood @thenhbdCherry Flavoured (new)

10. Little Hurt @LittleHurt – Alaska – Video (-1)

9. Matt Maeson @MattMaeson – HallucinogenicsVideo (+7)

8. Phoenix @wearephoenix – IdenticalVideo (+7)

7. Gus Dapperton @GusDapperton – Post Humorous – Video (-3)

6. The 1975 @the1975 – If You’re Too Shy (Let Me Know) – Video (-1)

5. Glass Animals @GlassAnimals – Heat Waves – Video (-2)

4. Royal and the Serpent @royalandtheserp – Overwhelmed – Video (-4)

3. Bastille ft. Graham Coxon @bastilledan@grahamcoxon – What You Gonna Do??? Video (+8)

2. Caamp @caamp – By and By – Kimmel (same)

1. The Killers @thekillers – My Own Soul’s Warning – Video (same)

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Alt 18 Countdown, Sept. 5, 2020 | Gus Dapperton jumps; Top 3 hold steady

All Time Low and twenty one pilots return, while Bakar and Rezz/Grabbitz fall off the list. Cannons is up to No. 6 with “Fire For You” and Machine Gun Kelly is up to No. 7 with “Bloody Valentine.” The 1975 is another jumper, moving to No. 5 with “If You’re Too Shy (Let Me Know).” Their song has been on the Countdown for 15 weeks and moved up 11 spots. Madison’s current fave, Gus Dapperton, reaches No. 4 with “Post Humorous.”

Spotify playlist

Here’s the countdown:

18. Beabadoobee @beabad00bee – Care

17. Missio @MissioMusic – Wolves

16. Matt Maeson @MattMaeson – Hallucinogenics

15. Phoenix @wearephoenix – Identical

14. twenty one pilots @twentyonepilots — Level of Concern

13. Blue October @blueoctober – Oh My My

12. Billie Eilish @billieeilish – my future

11. Bastille ft. Graham Coxon @bastilledan @grahamcoxon – What You Gonna Do???

10. All Time Low @alltimelow – Monsters

9. Little Hurt @LittleHurt – Alaska – Video

8. Royal and the Serpent @royalandtheserp – Overwhelmed – Video

7. Machine Gun Kelly @machinegunkelly – Bloody Valentine – Video

6. Cannons @Cannonstheband – Fire For You – Live

5. The 1975 @the1975 – If You’re Too Shy (Let Me Know) – Video

4. Gus Dapperton @GusDapperton – Post Humorous – Video

3. Glass Animals @GlassAnimals – Heat Waves – Video

2. Caamp @caamp – By and By – Kimmel

1. The Killers @thekillers – My Own Soul’s Warning – Video

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Alt18 Countdown 8/29/20 | The Killers ascend; Phoenix returns

Fresh off the presses, here’s the new #Alt18. The Killers hit No. 1, while Caamp rebounds up to No. 2. Phoenix and Royal and the Serpent make countdown debuts, while Brye and “Lemons” falls from No. 6 to off the charts.

Spotify playlist

18. Bakar @yeabk – Hell N Back

17. Billie Eilish @billieeilish – my future

16. The 1975 @the1975 – If You’re Too Shy (Let Me Know)

15. Blue October @blueoctober – Oh My My

14. Machine Gun Kelly @machinegunkelly – Bloody Valentine

13. Beabadoobee @beabad00bee – Care

12. Rezz/Grabbitz @OfficialRezz @grabbitz – Someone Else

11. Phoenix @wearephoenix – Identical

10. Gus Dapperton @GusDapperton – Post Humorous

9. Missio @MissioMusic – Wolves

8. Royal and the Serpent @royalandtheserp – Overwhelmed

7. Cannons @Cannonstheband – Fire For You

6. Matt Maeson @MattMaeson – Hallucinogenics

5. Bastille ft. Graham Coxon @bastilledan @grahamcoxon – What You Gonna Do???

4. Little Hurt @LittleHurt – Alaska

3. Glass Animals @GlassAnimals – Heat Waves

2. Caamp @caamp – By and By

1. The Killers @thekillers – My Own Soul’s Warning

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Alt18 Countdown, Aug. 22, 2020 | A new No. 1

Glass Animals fall to No. 3 and Little Hurt completes its ascent up the chart to No. 1. My guess is a short stay with Gus Dapperton jumping 14 spots in a week, but don’t be suprised if the Missio Mafia flexes Wolves back into the top spot.

Spotify playlist

18. @beabad00bee – Care

17. @blueoctober – Oh My My

16. @bastilledan@grahamcoxon – What You Gonna Do???

15. @Cannonstheband – Fire For You

14. @machinegunkelly – Bloody Valentine

13. @billieeilish – my future

12. @dayglowband – Can I Call You Tonight?

11. @caamp – By and By

10. @the1975 – If You’re Too Shy (Let Me Know)

9. @yeabk – Hell N Back

8. @OfficialRezz@grabbitz – Someone Else

7. @MattMaeson – Hallucinogenics

6. @BryeMusic – Lemons

5. @MissioMusic – Wolves

4. @GusDapperton – Post Humorous

3. @GlassAnimals – Heat Waves

2. @thekillers – My Own Soul’s Warning

1. @LittleHurt – Alaska