Alt18 Countdown on Sirius XM, 6/5/21: Glass Animals ‘Coast’ to No. 1; Briston Maroney joins; Black Pumas in Top 5

Glass Animals are No. 1 on the June 5, 2021 Alt18 Countdown.

Glass Animals are No. 1 again.

After spending 51 of 52 weeks in 2020 on the Alt18 Countdown including several weeks at No. 1, they’re back on top with “Space Ghost Coast To Coast.” They replace “Bed Head” by Manchester Orchestra, which fell to No. 2. Twenty One Pilots is No. 3 with “Shy Away.”

Kade filled in for Madison this week and brought a bunch of turnover with him.

Songs leaving this week could make. the core of a solid Alt18 on their own:

  • The Maine, Sticky
  • Bleachers, Stop Making This Hurt
  • Royal Blood, Typhoons
  • Alice Merton, Vertigo
  • Billie Eilish, Your Power
  • Weezer/AJR, All My Favorite Songs

You could add in Still Woozy’s “Rocky,” which Kade said was No. 19 this week.

New to the countdown:

Briston Maroney and Bottle Rocket, which has ties to Manchester Orchestra.

Saint Motel also cracks the Alt18 with “It’s Happening.”

Cannons are back with “Bad Dream,” as is Sir Sly with “Welcomes the Pressure,” Coldplay and “Higher Power,” and Twin XL’s “Slow Heart.”

Here’s the full countdown with relevant links. Thanks for reading!

Alt18 Countdown, 6/5/21

18. Briston Maroney, Bottle Rocket | (new)

17. Cannons, Bad Dream | (new)

16. Blu DeTiger, Vintage | (-5)

15. Sir Sly, Welcomes the Pressure | (return)

14. Coldplay, Higher Power | (return)

13. Saint Motel, It’s Happening | (new)

12. Joywave, After Coffee | (+1)

11. All Time Low, Once in a Lifetime | (+3)

10. Twin XL, Slow Heart | (return)

9. girl in red, Serotonin | (-5)

8. Modest Mouse, We Are Between | (+4)

7. The Neighbourhood, Stargazing | (+1)

6. CHVRCHES, He Said, She Said | (-1)

5. The Band CAMINO, 1 Last Cigarette | (+2)

4. Black Pumas, Colors | (+6)

3. Twenty One Pilots, Shy Away | (-1)

2. Manchester Orchestra, Bed Head | (-1)

1. Glass Animals, Space Ghost Coast to Coast | (+2)

You can find many of these songs, and other alt-pop hits and classics, on my Spotify Playlist #84.

See last week’s countdown here.

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Alt18 Countdown on Sirius XM, 5/29/21: Manchester Orchestra swaps with Twenty One Pilots; Billie Eilish jumps

The Maine - Alt18 Countdown
The Maine

We have a change at the top of the Alt18 Countdown — sort of.

Manchester Orchestra and “Bed Head” took back No. 1 on the Alt18 from Twenty One Pilots and “Shy Away,” which dropped to No. 2. Glass Animals held at No. 3 with “Space Ghost Coast to Coast.”

Four songs joined the countdown this week. “Sticky” by The Maine is the one new song at No. 18, while “Typhoons” from Royal Blood, “After Coffee” by Joywave, and “Colors” by Black Pumas all returned to the countdown.

Among those dropping off? “Hold Me Down” by The Happy Fits, which has been a fixture on the Alt18 since Jan. 30. Sir Sly’s “Welcomes the Pressure,” SHAED and Two Foot’s “Part-Time Psycho,” and Still Woozy’s “Rocky.”

The two biggest climbers this week: Billie Eilish and the Weezer/AJR combo both jumped seven spots with “Your Power” and “All My Favorite Songs.”

Alt18 Countdown, 5/29/21

18. The Maine, Sticky | (new)

17. Bleachers, Stop Making this Hurt | (-5)

16. Royal Blood, Typhoons | (return)

15. Alice Merton, Vertigo | (same)

14. All Time Low, Once in a Lifetime | (-4)

13. Joywave, After Coffee | (return)

12. Modest Mouse, We Are Between | (-4)

11. Blu DeTiger, Vintage | (same)

10. Black Pumas, Colors | (return)

9. Billie Eilish, Your Power | (+7)

8. The Neighbourhood, Stargazing | (-3)

7. The Band CAMINO, 1 Last Cigarette | (-3)

6. Weezer/AJR, All My Favorite Songs | (+7)

5. CHVRCHES, He Said, She Said | (+2)

4. girl in red, Serotonin | (+2)

3. Glass Animals, Space Ghost Coast to Coast | (same)

2. Twenty One Pilots, Shy Away | (-1)

1. Manchester Orchestra, Bed Head | (+1)

You can find many of these songs, and other alt-pop hits and classics, on my Spotify Playlist #84.

See last week’s countdown here.

5 Years Ago in Alt18 History

Here’s the Alt18 Countdown for 5/28/16 (thank you, Richard!). Fitz and the Tantrums had us all clapping our hands at No. 1, while RHCP, The Strokes, Mumford and blink all made appearances. I’d forgotten The Struts “Kiss This.

Alt18 Countdown, 5/28/16

1 Fitz and the Tantrums- Handclap

2 The Struts- Kiss This

3 Pop Etc.- What Am I Becoming

4 Red Hot Chili Peppers- Dark Necessities

5 Bishop Briggs- River

6 Young the Giant- Something To Believe In 

7 The Lumineers- Ophelia

8 blink-182- Bored to Death

9 Mumford and Sons- There Will Be Time

10 M83- Go!

11 Finish Ticket- Color

12 Catfish and the Bottlemen- Soundcheck

13 Glass Animals- Life Itself

14 The Strumbellas- Spirits

15 KONGOS- Take It From Me

16 The Strokes- Oblivius

17 Matt & Kim- Haunting Me

18 Nothing But Thieves- Wake Up Call

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Alt18 Countdown on Sirius XM, 5/22/21: Twenty One Pilots holds; Sir Sly and Bleachers join; Modest Mouse on the move

Shaed band - Alt18 Countdown
Shaed

Five new songs hit the Alt18 Countdown this week knocking of heavy-hitters Imagine Dragons and Coldplay among others. Nothing changed at the top, though.

Twenty One Pilots and “Shy Away” held No. 1 for the third straight followed by Manchester Orchestra and “Bed Head.” Glass Animals reached No. 3 with “Space Ghost Coast to Coast” and The Band CAMINO is stalking the top spot with “1 Last Cigarette.” The Neighbourhood and “Stargazing” round out the Top 5.

Modest Mouse made the biggest jump of the week, moving from 18 to 8 with “We Are Between.”

My first time through the countdown this weekend I skipped Weezer’s “All My Favorite Songs” at No. 13. Good thing I listened again. They played a Weezer/AJR version that’s pretty good. Check it out here.

Bleachers are back on the countdown with “Stop Making This Hurt,” while, as predicted, Sir Sly is ready for another climb up the Alt18 with “Welcome the Pressures.”

Alice Merton made a well-deserved return with “Vertigo.”

SHAED and Two Feet return to No. 17 with Part Time Psycho. I love SHAED literally saying hi to the flower beds in this song. Interesting note on SHAED’s name: It comes from Patrick Rothfuss’ The Kingkiller Chronicles. Not to get too nerdy, but this article says it came from “Name of the Wind,” but the shaed in the fantasy series is introduced in book 2, “Wise Man’s Fear.” If anyone knows different, let me know!

Along with Imagine Dragons and Coldplay, Black Pumas (my vote this week), Joywave, and KennyHoopla dropped off this week.

10 Years Ago in Alt18 History

Here’s the Alt18 Countdown for 5/21/11 (thank you, Richard!). Death Cab for Cutie was on a 6-week run at No. 1 with “You Are a Tourist, while Grouplove lie in wait with “Colours,” which would eventually take the top spot. Check out the Beastie Boys at No. 5 with “Make Some Noise.”

  1. Death Cab For Cutie- You Are a Tourist
  2. The Naked and Famous- Young Blood
  3. Airborne Toxic Event- Changing
  4. Manchester Orchestra- April Fool
  5. Beastie Boys- Make Some Noise
  6. Two Door Cinema Club- What You Know
  7. Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi/Jack White- Two Against One
  8. Young the Giant- My Body
  9. Incubus- Adolescents 
  10. The Last Royals- Crystal Vases
  11. The Strokes- Under Cover of Darkness
  12. Arcade Fire- Month of May 
  13. Cage the Elephant- Around My Head
  14. Grouplove- Colours
  15. Foster the People- Pumped Up Kicks
  16. Yuck- Get Away
  17. Foo Fighters- Rope
  18. Joy Formidable- Whirring

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Alt18 Countdown, 5/22/21

18. Sir Sly, Welcomes the Pressure

17. Shaed/Two Feet, Part Time Psycho

16. Billie Eilish, Your Power

15. Alice Merton, Vertigo

14. Still Woozy, Rocky

13. Weezer/AJR, All My Favorite Song

12. Bleachers, Stop Making this Hurt

11. Blu DeTiger, Vintage

10. All Time Low, Once in a Lifetime

9. The Happy Fits, Hold Me Down

8. Modest Mouse, We Are Between

7. CHVRCHES, He Said, She Said

6. girl in red, serotonin

5. The Neighbourhood, Stargazing

4. The Band CAMINO, 1 Last Cigarette

3. Glass Animals, Space Ghost Coast to Coast

2. Manchester Orchestra, Bed Head

1. Twenty One Pilots, Shy Away

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Alt18 Countdown on Sirius XM, 5/1/21: Alice Merton joins; Glass Animals jump; girl in red holds

CHVRCHES
CHVRCHES. Photo by Sebastian Mlynarski and Kevin J. Thomson




We’re in a groove right now with the Top 4 in the Alt18 Countdown.

Manchester Orchestra and “Bed Head” took the No. 1 spot for another week, followed by Twenty One Pilots and “Shy Away” at No. 2, The Neighbourhood with “Stargazing” at No. 3, and girl in red with “Serotonin.” Manchester Orchestra (“Telepath”) and TOP (“Choker”) have new new songs out, so both appear ready to settle in for lengthy stays on the countdown.

Glass Animals, kings of the 2020 Alt18, jumped to No. 5 this week with “Space Ghost Coast to Coast,” and AJR rolls on at No. 6 with “Way Less Sad.”

Two new songs joined the countdown this week: Joywave with “After Coffee” at the revolving door of No. 18, and Alice Merton with the strong debut at No. 11 with “Vertigo.” I’d bet on Merton putting down some roots in the countdown with her new earworm.

Weezer hangs on for another week with “All My Favorite Songs” at No. 9, and they’re readying for another single with the very Weezer-sounding “I Need Some of That.”

(All of these songs have me thinking about another post this week called the “Next18” featuring what’s next from our favorite Alt18 bands. I’m tinkering with another idea where we create our own alternative music countdown using a mix of existing lists and audience votes. We’ll see.)

The other new song this week is an Alt18 oldie. “Kilby Girl” by The Backseat Lovers returned for at least a week at No. 13. The three new songs knocked off carolesdaughter, Adam Melchor, and TWIN XL.

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Alt18 Countdown, 5/1/21

18. Joywave, After Coffee

17. The Happy Fits, Hold Me Down

16. KennyHoopla w/Travis Barker, ESTELLA//

15. Mike Shinoda, iann dior, UPSAHL, Happy Endings

14. CHVRCHES, He Said, She Said

13. The Backseat Lovers, Kilby Girl

12. Imagine Dragons, Follow You

11. Alice Merton, Vertigo

10. The Band CAMINO, 1 Last Cigarette

9. Weezer, All My Favorite Songs

8. All Time Low, Once in a Lifetime

7. Blu DeTiger, Vintage

6. AJR, Way Less Sad

5. Glass Animals, Space Ghost Coast to Coast

4. girl in red, serotonin

3. The Neighbourhood, Stargazing

2. Twenty One Pilots, Shy Away

1. Manchester Orchestra, Bed Head

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