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Siriux XM Alt 18 Countdown of alternative music, Nov. 28, 2020 | Mansionair/NoMBe, Finneas, Cage the Elephant and Rainbow Kitten Surprise join

Material boys Sir Sly

Running late this week with the holiday, but here’s the list with four new songs this week. Post Humorous by Gus Dapperton fell off the week Madison is on vacation. Coincidence? Justin Kade filled in ably.

Note: It was pointed out I dropped the “but” from “I Dont Know How But They Found Me.” That makes me a “but-head.” Corrected this week and I’m going back through previous lists to get things right. See a mistake? Let me know!

Thoughts on this week’s countdown? Post a comment or drop me a line.

This week’s Spotify playlist

Alt18 Countdown – Nov. 28, 2020

18. Mansionair/NoMBe @mansionair @NoMBeMusicGuillotineGlassnote Records / TH3RD BRAIN Records – (new) | Video | Mansionair and NoMBe’s first appearance on the Alt18 in 2020.

17. Rainbow Kitten Surprise @RKSBandOfficial Our Song – Elektra Records (new) | The Honey Pop | Genius

16. Royal and the Serpent @royalandtheserp – Overwhelmed – Atlantic Records (+1) – Video | Insta | Idolator | Next up? | Ladygunn | 20 weeks and counting on the Alt18

15. Finneas @finneasCan’t Wait to Be Dead – AWAL – (new) | Wiki | NME | Finneas returns to the Alt18 after “Let’s Fall in Love” spent the first 10 weeks of 2020 on the countdown.

14. grandson @grandsonDirtyFueled by Ramen (-8) | Video | Loudwire | Fourth week on the countdown

13.  I Dont Know How But They Found Me @iDKHowLeave Me AloneFearless Records (-5) | Video | Ninth week on the countdown

12. Royal Blood @royalbloodukTrouble’s Coming – Warner Brother (-10) | Official audio | Corden | Purple Disco Machine

11. Holly Humberstone @HolHumberstoneFalling Asleep at the WheelCloser Artists (+4) | Guitar.com | NYT | On the Run

10. Cannons @Cannonstheband – Fire For You – AntiFragile Music (-3) | Live | The Digital Fix | Top TV song | 16 weeks on the Alt18

9. Cage the Elephant @cagetheelephantSkin and Bones RCA – (new) | ACL | Song from their 2019 album Social Cues

8. Sir Sly @SirSlyMaterial BoyInterscope Records (-4) | Lyrics | Wiki | Landon Jacobs | Variance

7. The Backseat Lovers @backseat_luv – Kilby Girl – Mick – (+5) | 24 hours with | \Fourth week on the countdown.

6. Tame Impala @tameimpalaIs It True – Interscope Records (+2) | Genius | Video | 29 weeks on the Alt18 for Tame Impala this year

5.  Glass Animals @GlassAnimalsTangerineRepublic Records (same) | James Corden | Open Source | Glass Animals continue their perfect run through 2020. They’ve been on every countdown this year.

4. Billie Eilish @billieeilishTherefore I Am – Interscope (+8) | Eilish’s third song on the #Alt18 this year along with “my future” and “everything i wanted”

3. Bastillesurvivin’ Republic Records (-2) | Video | Wiki | Simon Pegg | ASCA

2. MISSIO @MissionMusicCan You Feel the Sun – RCA Records – (+1) | Wiki | American Songwriter | 18 weeks on the countdown this year for this song, plus Wolves

1. Foo Fighters @foofightersShame Shame – Roswell Records – (+1) | SNL

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Siriux XM Alt 18 Countdown of alternative music, Nov. 21, 2020 | grandson jumps; Billie Eilish, Two Feet join; Bastille holds

Jordan Benjamin, aka grandson

Four new songs on the countdown this week, including new ones from Billie Eilish, Two Feet and Matt Maeson’s USERx project with Rozwell. The Backstreet Lovers return with “Kilby Girl” — not much of a surprise.

The turnover means “Visitor” by Of Monsters and Men, “Me No Evil” by Abhi the Nomad, “Bummerland” by AJR and “Better in College” by Robert DeLong and Ashe fell off. Of that group, DeLong/Ashe have the best chance of returning with their earworm.

grandson jumped 12 spots this week with “Dirty” and appears like a real threat to take the No. 1 spot from Bastille, though Billie is sure to move up and Foo Fighters seem like they’re on an inevitable rise from their No. 3 debut last week.

Full countdown below (with notes!) this week, plus the updated Spotify playlist.

This week’s Spotify playlist

Alt18 Countdown – Nov. 21, 2020

18. USERx@mattmaeson @officailrozwellWatermanAtlantic – (new) | Video | Virginia Pilot

17. Royal and the Serpent @royalandtheserp – Overwhelmed –  Atlantic Records (same) – Video | Insta | Idolator | Next up? | 19 weeks and counting on the Alt18

16. Royal Blood @royalbloodukTrouble’s Coming – Warner Brother (-10) | Official audio

15. Holly Humberstone @HolHumberstoneFalling Asleep at the WheelCloser Artists (-6) | Guitar.com | NYT

14. Two Feet @TwoFeetMusic – Republic – Think I’m Crazy – (new) | Comeback | Two Feet’s second song the Alt18 this year. “You?” spent two weeks on the countdown in January.

13. Clairo @clairoSofiaFader – (-5) | Immunity

12. The Backseat Lovers @backseat_luv – Kilby Girl – Mick – (same) | 24 hours with | Return to the #Alt18 after the former “Critical Cut” dropped off last week. Third week on the countdown.

11. Billie Eilish @billieeilishTherefore I Am – Interscope – (new) | Eilish’s third song on the #Alt18 this year along with “my future” and “everything i wanted”

10. Gus Dapperton @GusDapperton – Post Humorous – AWAL (same) | Video | Spin | Wiki | 15th week on the Alt18 this year for Post Humorous

9. Tame Impala @tameimpalaIs It True – Interscope Records (-2) | Genius | Video | 28 weeks on the Alt18 for Tame Impala this year

8.  I Don’t Know How But They Found Me @iDKHowLeave Me AloneFearless Records (+8) | Video | Eighth week on the countdown and highest rank, so far

7. Cannons @Cannonstheband – Fire For You – AntiFragile Music (+7) | Live | The Digital Fix | 15 weeks on the Alt18

6. grandson @grandsonDirtyFueled by Ramen – (+12) | Video | Loudwire | Big jump for the song’s third week on the countdown

5.  Glass Animals @GlassAnimalsTangerineRepublic Records (-3) | James Corden | Open Source | Glass Animals continue their perfect run through 2020. They’ve been on every countdown this year.

4. Sir Sly @SirSlyMaterial BoyInterscope Records (+1) | Lyrics | Wiki | Landon Jacobs | Variance

3. MISSIO @MissionMusicCan You Feel the Sun – RCA Records – (+1) | Wiki | American Songwriter | 17 weeks on the countdown this year for this song, plus Wolves

2. Foo Fighters @foofightersShame Shame – Roswell Records – (+1) | SNL

1. Bastillesurvivin’ Republic Records (+1) | Video | Wiki | Simon Pegg | ASCA | Second week at No. 1 for the 2020 anthem

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Siriux XM Alt 18 Countdown of alternative music, Nov. 14, 2020 | Foo Fighters, Clairo with strong debuts; Bastille takes No. 1

It’s true, Kevin Parker.

Top 3 debut! Wow. Foo Fighters come out of nowhere to crash the Alt 18 Countdown this week. This upstart trio on an RCA imprint has a shot at lasting success.

Aside from the big debut from Grohl and Co, Clairo is the only other debut this week with Sofia. Beabadoobee and The Backseat Lovers clear out to make the room. I’d personally keep Kilby Girl on the list, but it could easily bounce back next week.

New No. 1 with ‘survivin’ from Bastille, something of an anthem for 2020. That means “Tangerine” ends its reign. Could also be the beginning of the end for Glass Animals on the countdown? They’ve been on every week this year.

This conversation is 5+ years old, but man, Royal Blood sound like Jack White. No problem with it, just can’t shake the comparison.

Wear your masks!

This week’s Spotify playlist

Alt18 Countdown – Nov. 14, 2020

18. grandson @grandsonDirtyFueled by Ramen – (same) | Video | Loudwire | Seth Myers

17. Royal and the Serpent @royalandtheserp – Overwhelmed –  Atlantic Records (-1) – Video | Insta | Idolator | Next up?

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

15. Abhi the Nomad @abhi_thenomadMe No Evil – Indie – (+2) | Texas Monthly | Abhi vs The Universe

14. Cannons @Cannonstheband – Fire For You – AntiFragile Music (-11) | Live | The Digital Fix

13. AJR @AJRBrothers – Bummerland – Indie (-1) | Video | Signature hot sauce | Reddit | Ellen| Broadway

12. Of Monsters and Men @monstersandmenVisitorRepublic Records (-1) | Video

11. Robert DeLong/Ashe @DeLongMusic @AsheMusicBetter in College – (-4) | Top Shelf Music

10. Gus Dapperton @GusDapperton – Post Humorous – AWAL (same) | Video | Spin | Wiki

9. Holly Humberstone @HolHumberstoneFalling Asleep at the WheelCloser Artists (same) | Guitar.com | NYT

8. Clairo @clairoSofiaFader – (new) | Immunity

7. Tame Impala @tameimpalaIs It True – Interscope Records (+6) | Genius | Video

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

5.  Sir Sly @SirSlyMaterial BoyInterscope Records (same) | Lyrics | Wiki | Landon Jacobs | Variance

4. MISSIO @MissionMusicCan You Feel the Sun – RCA Records – (+5) | Wiki | American Songwriter

3. Foo Fighters @foofightersShame Shame – Roswell Records – (new) | SNL

2. Glass Animals @GlassAnimalsTangerineRepublic Records – (same) | James Corden | Open Source

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

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Siriux XM Alt 18 Countdown of alternative music, Nov. 7, 2020 | Holly Humberstone, grandson, MISSIO make their moves

Holly Humberstone

AJR is a steady presence on the Alt18 reverse sequential alternative Countdown and they’re back this week with “Bummerland.” But did you hear about their new hot sauce, “Bang!”? It got me thinking about other products for Alt18 bands, like “Fire for You” matches from Cannons, “Feel the Sun” lamp to fight winter depression from MISSIO, or signature “Tangerine” from Glass Animals. In these trying times, these bands need to squeeze out every penny from their songs.

Grandson joins the Countdown at 18 with “Dirty,” a song certain to hang around for awhile on AltNation. Holly Humberstone, a Madison favorite, jumps to No. 9 with “Falling Asleep at the Wheel.” The 20-year-old from England is getting some serious press with profiles in the New York Times and a host of music journals and magazines, plus an appearance on Kimmel.

Robert DeLong and Ashe return to the countdown after debuting and then falling off the list with “Better in College,” which is a natural fit for a Coors Light commercial.

Missio jumps up to No. 4. Maybe they could get together in Austin with No. 17 Abhi the Nomad? I’d listen to whatever they did — even the Paw Patrol soundtrack.

“Identical” by Phoenix and the long-running No. 1 “My Own Soul’s Warning” by the Killers drop off the Countdown. Identical had been on the countdown since Aug. 29; MOSW since June 20.

And, Glass Animals hold at No. 1 for the fifth consecutive week.

This week’s Spotify playlist

Alt18 Countdown – Nov. 7, 2020

18. grandson @grandsonDirtyFueled by Ramen – New | Video | Loudwire | Seth Myers

17. Abhi the Nomad @abhi_thenomadMe No Evil – Indie – (-10) | Texas Monthly | Abhi vs The Universe

16. Royal and the Serpent @royalandtheserp – Overwhelmed –  Atlantic Records (-11) – Video | Insta | Idolator

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

14. Beabadoobee @beabad00bee – CareDirty Hit (+1) | Variety | Wiki | 21 under 21

13. Tame Impala @tameimpalaIs It True – Interscope Records (-3) | Genius | Video

12. AJR @AJRBrothers – Bummerland – Indie (-1) | Video | Signature hot sauce | Reddit | Ellen| Broadway |

11. Of Monsters and Men @monstersandmenVisitorRepublic Records (+2) | Video

10. Gus Dapperton @GusDapperton – Post Humorous – AWAL (+6) | Video | Spin | Wiki

9. Holly Humberstone @HolHumberstoneFalling Asleep at the WheelCloser Artists (+9) | Guitar.com | NYT

8. The Backseat Lovers @backseat_luvKilby Girl Mick – (same) | 24 hours with

7. Robert DeLong/Ashe @DeLongMusic @AsheMusicBetter in College – (return) | Top Shelf Music

6. Royal Blood @royalbloodukTrouble’s Coming – Warner Brother (+6) | Official audio

5.  Sir Sly @SirSlyMaterial BoyInterscope Records (-3) | Lyrics | Wiki | Landon Jacobs | Variance

4. MISSIO @MissionMusicCan You Feel the Sun – RCA Records – (+5) | Wiki | American Songwriter

3. Cannons @Cannonstheband – Fire For You – AntiFragile Music (+1) | Live | The Digital Fix

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

1. Glass Animals @GlassAnimalsTangerineRepublic Records – (same) | James Corden

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Siriux XM Alt 18 Countdown of alternative music, Oct. 31, 2020 | The Backseat Lovers and Holly Humberstone debut; Sir Sly and Bastille eyeing No. 1

Hey there, Missio.

Belated post this week thanks to Halloween and the elections. Apologies. I’m not sure anyone heard the Countdown on Saturday with XMU playing their annual all-covers day, but if they did, it’s a strong list. Not much change, but Holly Humberstone and The Backseat Lovers joined the party — not a big surprise if you listen to AltNation. “Kilby Girl” is already in heavy rotation, and Madison loves Humberstone. Caamp’s departs, and while they’ve come back before, it seems like the end of the road for By and By. The Robert DeLong/Ashe tune, “Better in College,” leaves after just a week. Glass Animals roll along at No. 1 with “Tangerine.”

Madison this week mused if the ‘Kilby Girl’ debut at No. 8 on the Alt18 was the highest ever. Actually, “Tangerine” also debuted at No. 8 on Sept. 19 of this year.

Finally, so happy for Abhi the Nomad’s success with “Me No Evil” jumping up 10 spots. Great song from a true indie artist breaking through. The song is right in the mix to supplant Glass Animals at No. 1, though my money is on Bastille next week. Cheers!

This week’s Spotify playlist

Alt18 Countdown – Oct. 31, 2020

18. Holly Humberstone @HolHumberstoneFalling Asleep at the WheelCloser Artists – (New)

17. Phoenix @wearephoenix – Identical – Indie – Video (-1) | Pitchfork | Video

16. Gus Dapperton @GusDapperton – Post Humorous – AWAL (-6) | Video | Spin | Wiki

15. Beabadoobee @beabad00bee – CareDirty Hit (-4) | Variety | Wiki

14. I Don’t Know How But They Found Me @iDKHowLeave Me AloneFearless Records (same) | Video

13. Of Monsters and Men @monstersandmenVisitorRepublic Records (same) | Video

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

11. AJR @AJRBrothers – Bummerland – Indie (-4) | Video | Signature hot sauce | Reddit

10. Tame Impala @tameimpalaIs It True – Interscope Records (-1) | Genius | Video

9. Missio @MissionMusicCan You Feel the Sun – RCA Records – (New) | Wiki

8. The Backseat Lovers @backseat_luvKilby Girl Mick – (New)

7. Abhi the Nomad @abhi_thenomadMe No Evil – Indie – (+10) | Texas Monthly | Abhi vs The Universe

6. The Killers @thekillers – My Own Soul’s Warning – Video – Island Records (-4) | Video | Rolling Stone

5.  Royal and the Serpent @royalandtheserp – Overwhelmed –  Atlantic Records (+1) – Video | Insta | Idolator

4. Cannons @Cannonstheband – Fire For You – AntiFragile Music (-1) | Live | The Digital Fix

3. Bastillesurvivin’ Republic Records (+1) | Video | Wiki | Simon Pegg

2. Sir Sly @SirSlyMaterial BoyInterscope Records (+3) | Lyrics | Wiki | Landon Jacobs

1. Glass Animals @GlassAnimalsTangerineRepublic Records – (same) | James Corden

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Siriux XM Alt 18 Countdown of alternative music, Oct. 24, 2020 | Missio, Robert DeLong and Ashe join a mostly hold steady week


Of Monsters and Men extend their visit on the Alt18 Countdown.

Not much change on the countdown this week with only two new songs joining 16 others that held pretty the same as last week. The biggest move was Royal and The Serpent dropping three spots to No. 6. Maybe the most notable development is Alaska by Little Hurt dropping off. It’d been on since July 4.

Thanks as always for visiting. We dropped a visualization this week that’ll update over time, plus add some new ones to, literally, paint a picture of the Alt18 in 2020. The full collection of songs and the complete 2020 Alt18 playlist are still in the works. Stay … tuned.

This week’s Spotify playlist

Alt18 Countdown – Oct. 24, 2020

18. Missio @MissionMusicCan You Feel the Sun – RCA Records – (New) | Wiki

17. Abhi the Nomad @abhi_thenomadMe No Evil – Indie – (+1) | Texas Monthly | Abhi vs The Universe

16. Phoenix @wearephoenix – Identical – Indie – Video (-2) | Pitchfork | Video

15. Robert DeLong/Ashe @DeLongMusic @AsheMusicBetter in College – (new) | Top Shelf Music

14. I Don’t Know How But They Found Me @iDKHowLeave Me AloneFearless Records (+2) | Video

13. Of Monsters and Men @monstersandmenVisitorRepublic Records (-2) | Video

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

11. Beabadoobee @beabad00bee – CareDirty Hit (+1) | Variety | Wiki

10. Gus Dapperton @GusDapperton – Post Humorous – AWAL (+2) | Video | Spin | Wiki

9. Tame Impala @tameimpalaIs It True – Interscope Records (same) | Genius | Video

8. Caamp @caamp – By and ByMom + Pop Music (same) | Minidoc | About | amadeus

7. AJR @AJRBrothers – Bummerland – Indie (same) | Video | Signature hot sauce | Reddit

6. Royal and the Serpent @royalandtheserp – Overwhelmed –  Atlantic Records (-3) – Video | Insta | Idolator

5.  Sir Sly @SirSlyMaterial BoyInterscope Records (+1) | Lyrics | Wiki | Landon Jacobs

4. Bastillesurvivin’ Republic Records (+3) | Video | Wiki | Simon Pegg

3. Cannons @Cannonstheband – Fire For You – AntiFragile Music (same) | Live | The Digital Fix

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

1. Glass Animals @GlassAnimalsTangerineRepublic Records – (+1) | James Corden

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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)