Alt18 Countdown on Sirius XM, 7/17/21: Lorde into the Top 5; Imagine Dragons get ‘Wrecked’

Cannons - Alt18 band
Cannons

Twenty One Pilots and Glass Animals lead the 7/17/21 Alt18 Countdown, while SE, Imagine Dragons and Atlas Genius join the party. Otherwise, a steady week for the countdown with girl in red, Holly Humberstone, Sir Sly and Modest Mouse among the returning stalwarts.

Note: This countdown was posted Aug. 11 after I missed a week on vacation. Thank you SlaX on the Finding Alt18 Discord for your help filling in the blank.

Alt18 Countdown, 7/17/21

18. (NEW) SEB – seaside_demo

17. Blu DeTiger – Vintage

16. (NEW) Imagine Dragons – Wrecked

15. Holly Humberstone – The Walls Are Way Too Thin

14. (NEW) Atlas Genius – Elegant Strangers

13. girl in red – serotonin

12. Cannons – Bad Dream

11. Saint Motel – It’s All Happening

10. Sir Sly – Welcomes the Pressure

9. The Band CAMINO – 1 Last Cigarette

8. Bastille – Distorted Light Beam

7. Milky Chance – Colorado

6. CHVRCHES – He Said, She Said

5. Bleachers – Stop Making This Hurt

4. Lorde – Solar Power

3. Modest Mouse – We Are Between

2. Glass Animals – Space Ghost Coast to Coast

1. Twenty One Pilots – Saturday

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Alt18 Countdown on Sirius XM, 7/10/21: Japanese Breakfast joins; Manchester Orchestra departs

Bastille

On a quiet week for the Alt18 Countdown, it’s the song not on the list that’s the biggest news. 

“Bed Head” by Manchester Orchestra drops off the countdown after it’s lengthy run, including several weeks as the No. 1 song. The song joined the countdown on March 20 at No. 4 and hung around for nearly 4 months. In honor of its run, here’s a recently released Local Natives remix of “Bed Head.” I wonder if Bed Head’s departure is clearing the way for “Telepath” off “The Million Masks of God” to make an Alt18 appearance. 

One song not quite ready to move down the chart is “Space Ghost Coast to Coast.” The Glass Animals’ hit spent a sixth week at No. 1 on the countdown. Twenty One Pilots follow with “Saturday” and then The Band CAMINO’s “1 Last Cigarette” at No. 3. 

The only new new song on the Alt18 this week comes from Japanese Breakfast. “Be Sweet” joins at No. 18, and based on AltNation and XMU playtime, could be around for a while. 

OCTAVIO the Dweeb and Cannons are the other two bands to leave the countdown this week. Both could easily return, like All Time Low and The Neighbourhood did this week.  

Playlist links below. Join us over on the Discord here.

Alt18 Countdown, 7/10/21

18. Japanese Breakfast, Be Sweet | (new)

17. All Time Low, Once in a Lifetime | (return)

16. Olivia Rodrigo, brutal | (same)

15. Milky Chance, Colorado | (+3)

14. KennyHoopla, Travis Barker, hollywood sucks | (-3)

13. girl in red, Serotonin | (+1)

12. Saint Motel, It’s All Happening | (-6)

11. Bastille, Distorted Light Beam | (-6)

10. Holly Humberstone, The Walls Are Way Too Thin | (+2)

9. Lorde, Solar Power | (-1)

8. The Neighbourhood, Stargazing | (return)

7. Bleachers, Stop Making This Hurt | (+10)

6. Sir Sly, Welcomes the Pressure | (+3)

5. CHVRCHES, He Said, She Said | (-3)

4. Modest Mouse, We Are Between | (-1)

3. The Band CAMINO, 1 Last Cigarette | (-4)

2. Twenty One Pilots, Saturday | (+2)

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

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

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Alt18 Countdown on Sirius XM, 6/26/21: Lorde, Bastille join; Glass Animals still No. 1

OCTAVO the Dweeb
OCTAVIO the Dweeb

Another week with turnover on the Alt18 Countdown. Seven songs dropped off, though Twenty One Pilots simply swapped in “Saturday” for “Shy Away” and The Neighbourhood is back with “Stargazing” after a week off.

Bastille brought a new song, “Distorted Light Beam,” and Lorde’s “Solar Power” also joined the Alt18.

To make room for the changes, here’s who dropped out:

  • Vance Joy, Missing Piece
  • Holly Humberstone, The Walls Are Way Too Thin
  • Coldplay, Higher Power
  • Saint Motel, It’s All Happening
  • Blu DeTiger, Vintage
  • Beabadoobee, Last Day on Earth
  • Twenty One Pilots, Shy Away

Glass Animals spent another week at No. 1 with “Space Ghost Coast to Coast,” while Modest Mouse lingers with “We Are Between.”

Here’s the full countdown for the week. Follow the Spotify playlist below for related songs, and join the Discord to chat with like-minded music fans.

Alt18 Countdown, 6/26/21

18. Bastille, Distorted Light Beam | (new)

17. Black Pumas, Colors | (-12)

16. Lorde, Solar Power | (new)

15. Briston Maroney, Bottle Rocket | (+1)

14. girl in red, Serotonin | (-6)

13. The Neighbourhood, Stargazing | (return)

12. Billie Eilish, Your Power | (return)

11. OCTAVIO the Dweeb, Someday I’ll Be Happy | (+7)

10. All Time Low, Once in a Lifetime | (+1)

9. Cannons, Bad Dream | (return)

8. Twenty One Pilots, Saturday | (new)

7. CHVRCHES, He Said, She Said | (-3)

6. Bleachers, Stop Making This Hurt | (-1)

5. Sir Sly, Welcomes the Pressure | (-2)

4. Manchester Orchestra, Bed Head | (+2)

3. The Band CAMINO, 1 Last Cigarette | (+9)

2. Modest Mouse, We Are Between | (+1)

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

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

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Alt18 Countdown on Sirius XM, 6/19/21: Modest Mouse and Sir Sly lurk, but Glass Animals hold No. 1

Saint Motel band photo
Saint Motel (Photo/Atlantic Records/Jabari)

Topsy-turvy week on the Alt18 Countdown with seven new or returning songs joining the list and knocking off a stalwart of 2021. No change at the top, though.

New Alt18 bands this week include: OCTAVIO the Dweeb, Vance Joy, and Holly Humberstone. Returning from past countdowns include: Joywave, Briston Maroney, Coldplay, and Saint Motel.

All of those additions kicked off Joywave and “After Coffee,” Alice Merton and “Vertigo,” Billie Eilish and “Your Power,” The Band CAMINO and “1 Last Cigarette,” Cannons and “Bad Dream,” and The Neighbourhood and “Stargazing.”

This is the first countdown without “Stargazing” in nearly 6 months. The Neighbourhood anthem joined the Alt18 on Jan. 23 and spent time at No. 1.

Glass Animals repeat this week at No. 1 with “Space Ghost Coast to Coast.”

Alt18 Countdown, 6/19/21

18. OCTAVIO the Dweeb, Someday I’ll Be Happy | (new)

17. Vance Joy, Missing Piece | (new)

16. Briston Maroney, Bottle Rocket | (return)

15. Holly Humberstone, The Walls Are Way Too Thin | (new)

14. Coldplay, Higher Power | (return)

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

12. Blu DeTiger, Vintage | (return)

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

10. Beabadoobee, Last Day on Earth | (+8)

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

8. girl in red, Serotonin | (-3)

7. Bleachers, Stop Making This Hurt | (+3)

6. Manchester Orchestra, Bed Head | (-4)

5. Black Pumas, Colors | (-1)

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

3. Sir Sly, Welcomes the Pressure | (+6)

2. Modest Mouse, We Are Between | (+1)

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

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

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Alt18 Countdown on Sirius XM, 6/12/21: Olivia Rodrigo is in the building; Glass Animals repeat

The Band CAMINO

Glass Animals continue their 1+ year of dominance of the Alt18 Countdown with “Space Ghost Coast to Coast” repeating at No. 1.

As Finding Alt18 reader Matt McCall pointed out in our Discord:

It’s finally the “middle of June” (as Glass Animals sing in Heat Waves), defined as June 11th through 20th. The song debuted on the July 18, 2020 Alt18 as a Summer 2020 song. Nearly a year later, the track sits at #25 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #15 on both Top 40 and Alternative radio airplay. (It’s considered a recurrent on Alt radio but would be #15 if not.)

Matt McCall

Another called shot from our Discord: Olivia Rodrigo joined the Alt18 with “good 4 u” debuting at No. 16. The song is already a mega-global hit with No. 1’s in several countries and 321 million plays so far on Spotify. As Madison pointed out: It’s an alt-rock banger, and a strong contender for song of the summer. (Seriously, join the Discord.)

I could see Olivia jump to No. 1, but Modest Mouse may get there first with “We Are Between,” which jumped to No. 3.

Beabadoobee is back on theAlt18 with “Last Day on Earth,” while Billie Eilish’s “Your Power” and Bleachers “Stop Making It Hurt” are back.

Blu DeTiger, Saint Motel, Twin XL, and Coldplay drop off. “Sticky” by The Maine was “No. 19,” according to Justin Kade’s show intro.

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

Alt18 Countdown, 6/12/21

18. Beabadoobee, Last Day on Earth | (new)

17. Joywave, After Coffee | (-5)

16. Olivia Rodrigo, good 4 u | (new)

15. Alice Merton, Vertigo | (return)

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

13. Billie Eilish, Your Power | (return)

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

11. Cannons, Bad Dream | (+6)

10. Bleachers, Stop Making This Hurt | (return)

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

8. The Neighbourhood, Stargazing | (-1)

7. Twenty One Pilots, Shy Away | (-4)

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

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

4. Black Pumas, Colors | (+6)

3. Modest Mouse, We Are Between | (+5)

2. Manchester Orchestra, Bed Head | (same)

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

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

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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.

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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, 5/15/21: Modest Mouse and Coldplay join; Glass Animals rise; Twenty One Pilots hold at No. 1

Black Pumas (Creative Commons – Credit: Dave Hensley)

Some old play on the Alt18 Countdown this week with Modest Mouse and Coldplay both making debuts. MM is back with We Are Between, while Coldplay joins with Higher Power.

No change in the Top 2 with Twenty One Pilots holding at the top with “Shy Away,” while Manchester Orchestra follows with “Bed Head.”

Here’s a little countdown trivia. There have been nine No. 1 songs on the Alt18 in 2021. How many can you name? Answers posted later this week. I missed one before going back to check the blog.

Dropping off this week: Royal Blood and Typhoons, Mike Shinoda, iann dior, and UPSAHL with Happy Endings, AJR and Way Less Sad, and SHAED with Two Feet’s Part Time Psycho.

Blog Update

A few updates on the blog:

First, I’ll keep updating the Alt18 list each week, but the Spotify playlist is dead. I’m not even allowed to rename playlists anymore. That said, I created a new one that I’ll update with a variety of alternative bands on different countdowns. You can follow My Playlist #84 here. It’ll be a mix of familiar, past, and upcoming songs in the spirit of the countdown.

Second, it does appear the Pandora playlist below is updating on some kind of delayed schedule. If you want the official countdown, that’s the source of truth.

Third, I updated the YouTube playlist with “Finding Alt” songs on current alternative music charts, including the Alt18, Billboard, the New Alternative 40 Chart, etc.

Finally, Doug D. who reads the blog shared old countdowns that I’m getting into a searchable spreadsheet for anyone who wants to geek out on past Alt18s. For example, the No. 1 song this week in 2010 was “Giving Up the Gun” by Vampire Weekend. Thank you, Doug!

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Alt18 Countdown, 5/15/21

18. Modest Mouse, We Are Between

17. Billie Eilish, Your Power

16. Joywave, After Coffee

15. Coldplay, Higher Power

14. All Time Low, Once in a Lifetime

13. Imagine Dragons, Follow You

12. The Happy Fits, Hold Me Down

11. KennyHoopla w/Travis Barker, ESTELLA//

10. Blu DeTiger, Vintage

9. Black Pumas, Colors

8. CHVRCHES, He Said, She Said

7. The Band CAMINO, 1 Last Cigarette

6. Weezer, All My Favorite Songs

5. girl in red, serotonin

4. Glass Animals, Space Ghost Coast to Coast

3. The Neighbourhood, Stargazing

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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