AltNation’s top 36 alternative songs of 2020 on SiriusXM

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The AltNation radio gods have spoken, and Twenty One Pilots topped the “Alt36” countdown of top music in 2020. It’s a bit of a surprise given the dominance of The Killers and Glass Animals on Alt18 Countdowns throughout the year, but there’s no denying “Level of Concern” was a huge hit and spent 19 weeks on the countdown, including four at No. 1.

Here’s a few “snubs” for the list:

Alt18 No. 1 songs that didn’t make the list include:

  • BENEE and Gus Dapperton – Supalonely
  • Wallows – OK
  • MISSIO – Can You Feel the Sun?

No major slight, though, because all of the groups are on the list with other songs. Foster the People’s “Lamb’s Wool” is possibly the most questionable inclusion. It spent a solid 10 weeks on the countdown, but only reached No. 4. For comparison, Phoenix’s “Identical” was on the countdown for 10 weeks, and Pearl Jam’s “Dance of the Clairvoyant” was on for eight weeks and hit No. 3. And, you could argue Winnetka Bowling League’s “CVS” deserved a spot with 14 weeks on the countdown this year.

A few more candidates on the outside looking in: White Reaper’s “Might Be Right,” Sub Urban’s “Cradles,” and Weezer’s “Hero,” which all hit No. 1 on the Billboard Alternative charts in 2020 and spent time on the Alt18.

We’re back to the regular Alt18 on Saturday, which closes the books on our 2020 list.

Follow our updated Alt18 Countdown playlist on Spotify.

Search all 2020 songs on the Alt18 list here.

SiriusXM Alt Nation 2020 Alt36

36. Foster The People Lamb’s Wool

35. KennyhooplaHow Will I Rest In Peace If I’m Buried By A Highway?


33. The 1975Me & You Together Song

32. BENEE Glitter

31. Tame ImpalaLost In Yesterday

30. Machine Gun KellyBloody Valentine

29. Glass AnimalsTangerine

28. AsheMoral Of The Story

27. The StrokesBad Decisions


25. The 1975 If You’re Too Shy (Let Me Know)

24. BastilleWHAT YOU GONNA DO?

23. Saint MotelVan Horn

22. Wallows/ClairoAre You Bored Yet?

21. Gus DappertonPost Humorous

20. CannonsFire For You

19. DayglowCan I Call You Tonight?

18. Foo FightersShame Shame

17. Powfu/beabadoobeedeath bed (coffee for your head)

16. MISSIOWolves

15. Tame ImpalaIt Might Be Time

14. Royal & The SerpentOverwhelmed

13. Glass Animals/Denzel CurryTokyo Drifting

12. All Time Low/blackbearMonsters

11. Little HurtAlaska

10. Matt MaesonHallucinogenics

9. Billie Eilisheverything i wanted

8. CaampBy and By

7. The Killers Caution

6. AJRBang!

5. Bastillesurvivin’

4. GrouploveDeleter

3. The KillersMy Own Soul’s Warning

2. Glass AnimalsHeat Waves

1. Twenty One PilotsLevel of Concern