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!
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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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.