Alt18 Countdown on Sirius XM, 3/6/21: Dayglow jumps; grandson makes it 5 weeks in a row; The Neigbourhood moves to No. 3

Sloan Struble is Dayglow.

Wow, almost no changes in the Alt18 Countdown this week save some reshuffling. The only song to leave this week was C’est La Vie by The Killers, and it was replaced by Alt18 stalwart Material Boy by Sir Sly. Usually we’ll get some new artists in the high teens to shake things up, but not this week. Dayglow’s 14-spot jump to No. 4 for Close to You is the biggest change of the week.

RELATED: Adjacent18: Songs related to the Alt18 Countdown

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Alt18 Countdown, 3/6/21

18. Frances Forever, Space Girl
Down six this week for Frances Forever, who released a video for their charming piece of pop perfection.

17. benny blanco, Marshmello, Vance Joy, You
The trio released an acoustic version of You this week. Listen to it here.

16. nothing,nowhere, fake friend
This was my vote this week after going back through nothing,nowhere’s past albums. Pitchfork like’s Joe Mulherin’s new album.

15. carolesdaughter, Violent
Thea Taylor, daughter of Carole, released Violent on Arista Records.

14. The Happy Fits, Hold Me Down
The band created a playlist of their influences. Check them out!

13. AJR, Way Less Sad

12. Gus Dapperton, Medicine
GD talks here about the conflict between being an introvert who takes on the role of extrovert during performances. It’s a tough time on the road in 2018 that led him to write Medicine.

11. Kings of Leon, The Bandit
See KoL on Stephen Colbert here. The band announced this week it would sell its new album as an NFT. It’s an interesting possible future for recording artists, but also a real threat to the environment.

10. Sir Sly, Material Boy
Sir Sly and Glass Animals have similar — and cool — websites.

9. KennyHoopla/Travis Barker, ESTELLA//
KH is hopeful for live shows in 2021. He has two dates scheduled in London this summer opening for Yungblud.

8. Manchester Orchestra, Bed Head
The lyrics to this song go: “Blood on the bed head and volumes you left unsaid / Let ’em talk and let it habit, now I’m afraid you’re alone.” And I thought Andy Hull just needed a comb.

7. The Knocks/Foster the People, All About You
Like The Knocks? Check out this release with Purple Disco Machine.

6. The Backseat Lovers, Kilby Girl
Kilby Girl has been on the Alt18 Countdown since Nov. 22, 2020.

5. Foo Fighters, Waiting on a War

4. Dayglow, Close To You
Madison predicted this song will make it to No. 1 last week, and this week it jumped 14 spots.

3. The Neighbourhood, Stargazing

2.Weezer, All My Favorite Songs

1. grandson, Dirty
That makes five weeks in a row for the Austin-based artist.

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Alt18 Countdown on Sirius XM, 2/27/21: grandson repeats, The Knocks jump and Dayglow joins

carolesdaughter
carolesdaughter

Steady as she goes on this week’s Alt17 Countdown on Sirius XM. We saw new songs from Dayglow (Close To You), AJR (Way Less Sad), and Manchester Orchestra (Bed Head), and said adieu to MISSIO (Can You Feel the Sun), BENEE (Happen to Me), and Machine Gun Kelly’s (ex’s best friend). nothing,nowhere returned to the countdown with Fake Friend.

grandson repeats at No. 1 with Dirty, and The Knocks with Foster the People say a nice jump to No. 3. Foo Fighters and Weezer hung around, and Gus Dapperton kept his Alt18 run going with Medicine.

This week is the first time we didn’t hear MISSIO on the Countdown since Oct. 24, 2020. That leaves All About You as the longest-tenured song on the countdown — and the countdown has moved entirely into 2021. (Nope. Kilby Girl has been on the countdown since Nov. 22, 2020.)

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Alt18 Countdown, 2/20/21

18. Dayglow, Close To You (new)
Madison predicted this song will make it to No. 1. Atwood Magazine goes deep on the song.

17. The Killers, C’est La Vie
Last week on the #Adjacent18 we linked this one to early Talking Heads. Check it out for yourself — it’s spot on.

16. AJR, Way Less Sad (new)
It’s almost not an Alt18 Countdown these days without AJR. You’ll find this on their upcoming album, OK ORCHESTRA. Another play on Radiohead’s classic. Weezer’s new album is OK Human.

15. Manchester Orchestra, Bed Head (new)

14. benny blanco, Marshmello, Vance Joy, You
Billboard calls this one a “folk-meets-the-dance-floor tune.”

13. Frances Forever, Space Girl
The caller introduction voted for this song because LGBTQ representation matters — and because it’s a great song. Truth on both.

12. nothing,nowhere, Fake Friend
N,N creator Joe Mulherin collaborated with fellow countdown mate KennyHoopla on blood.

11. The Happy Fits, Hold Me Down
Calvin Langman linked this song to fellow New Jersey rockers Sonic Blume.

10. carolesdaughter, Violent
Thea Taylor found her stage name in rehab after realizing how often she talked about her mom, Carole.

9. The Backseat Lovers, Kilby Girl
The caller introducing this song connected to the Kilby Court, the longest-running all-ages concert venue in Salt Lake City.

8. KennyHoopla/Travis Barker, ESTELLA//
Travis Barker is going to be around a long time working with acts like KennyHoopla, Machine Gun Kelly and Trippie Redd.

7. Weezer, All My Favorite Songs
Weezer committed to full analog for their new album, OK Human, including a full orchestra. It’s good to be Weezer.

6. The Neighbourhood, Stargazing
Jaden Smith, Mac Demarco, Lana Del Rey and Alexa Demie all cameo in this song’s video.

5. Kings of Leon, The Bandit
The Bandit hit No. 1 on the Billboard adult alternative chart on Feb. 20.

4. Gus Dapperton, Medicine
GD wrote and produced this song with Spike Stent, a legendary producer and mix engineer who has worked with seemingly every major recording artist over the past 30 years. Seriously, Google him.

3. The Knocks/Foster the People, All About You

2. Foo Fighters, Waiting on a War

1. grandson, Dirty

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Alt18 Countdown on Sirius XM, 2/20/21: Weezer returns at No. 2; Gus Dapperton eyes top spot, but grandson holds

Hello, Weezer.

Some volatility on the Alt18 this week with Weezer jumping back in at No. 2 with “All My Favorite Songs” and countdown stalwarts Tame Impala and Bastille dropping off. Still, grandson held at No. 1 with “Dirty” and the Foo Fighters are right in the mix with “Waiting on a War.”

Foushee returned to the Alt18 this week with “Deep End,” and the wild benny blanco/Marshmello/Vance Joy collab “You” joined at No. 17. KennyHoopla is back with buddy Travis Barker and their “ESTELLA,” and a new band to me, carolesdaughter debuted at No. 11 with “Violent.”

Also leaving this week: Royal Blood’s “Trouble Coming,” broken people’s “almost monday,” Sir Sly’s “Material Boy” and Holly Humberstone’s “Falling Asleep at the Wheel.” It’s the first time Sir Sly and Tame are off the countdown since Oct. 4, 2020. MISSIO now holds the longest stay with “Can You Feel the Sun,” which has been on since Oct. 24.

Here’s the updated Spotify playlist.

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Alt18 Countdown, 2/20/21

18. Foushee, Deep End
She’s back on the Alt18 after a week off — and getting what she deserves.

17. benny blanco, Marshmello, Vance Joy, You
Marshmello kept this collaboration quiet until a month ago. The accompanying claymation video got some press.

16. BENEE, Happen to Me

15. KennyHoopla/Travis Barker, ESTELLA//
KennyHoopla works out of Wisconsin.

14. The Neighbourhood, Stargazing

13. The Knocks/Foster the People, All About You
It’s hold at No. 13 for this collab, which produced “Ride or Die” in 2018.

12. MISSIO, Can You Feel the Sun
Longest-standing song on the countdown dating back to Oct. 24.

11. carolesdaughter, Violent
New to the Alt18 this week.

10. Machine Gun Kelly/blackbear, my ex’s best friend
MGK returns to the Alt18 after his run last year with Bloody Valentine

9. The Killers, C’est La Vie
Down two on the countdown this week.

8. The Backseat Lovers, Kilby Girl

7. Frances Forever, Space Girl
Frances Forever is a reference to the Mitski song Francis Forever.

6. Kings of Leon, The Bandit

5. The Happy Fits, Hold Me Down

4. Foo Fighters, Waiting on a War

3. Gus Dapperton, Medicine

2. Weezer, All My Favorite Songs

1. grandson, Dirty

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Alt18 Countdown on Sirius XM, 2/13/21: grandson, Gus Dapperton at the top; Frances Forever at No. 5

BENEE by Bruce Baker, Creative Commons

Frances Forever joins the countdown at No. 5 with “Space Girl,” a nice bop with some top spot potential. Gus Dapperton reaches No. 2 with “Medicine.” Here’s his take on the song from DIY mag:

“this track defines the album most explicitly,” he explains. “i wrote it as a song that would narrate my life. medicine is about someone who is self destructive so that they can get high off of the process of healing. the hurting phase is of no concern to them. +++”

Gus Dapperton in DIY mag

Kings of Leon are back this week with “The Bandit” as they roll out their first new album in four years. Looking for “Echoing” on the Alt18 in a few months. almost monday is also back with “Broken People,” a song that could jump into the Top 10 next week or fall off all together. Same for The Neighbourhood and “Stargazing.” Who knows how these things work.

Always happy to see BENEE on the countdown. She’s at No. 18 with “Happen to Me.” And loving everything grandson is doing these days. It’s a well-deserved No. 1 for “Dirty.” Listen to the words everyone!

Disappointed to see Mishaal’s “Peddle Bike” drop off, and “Guillotine” by Mansionair and NoMBe continues it’s on-again, off-again (now off) relationship with the countdown. Inhaler and “When It Break” is also gone — for now.

Checkout the full countdown below, plus each band’s hometown according to Wikipedia.

Here’s the updated Spotify playlist.

Alt18 Countdown, 2/13/21

18. BENEE, Happen to Me | Auckland, New Zealand

17. The Backseat Lovers, Kilby Girl | Salt Lake City

16. Royal Blood, Trouble’s Coming | Brighton, England

15. almost monday, Broken People | San Diego

14. Foo Fighters, Waiting on a War | Seattle

13. The Knocks/Foster the People, All About You | New York/Los Angeles

12. The Neighbourhood, Stargazing | Newbury Park, California

11. Sir Sly, Material Boy | Orange County, California

10. Kings of Leon, The Bandit | Nashville

9. The Happy Fits, Hold Me Down | Clinton, New Jersey

8. Tame Impala, Is It True | Sydney, Australia

7. The Killers, C’est La Vie | Las Vegas

6. Holly Humberstone, Falling Asleep at the Wheel | Grantham, England

5. Frances Forever, Space Girl | Worcester, Massachusetts

4. MISSIO, Can You Feel the Sun | Austin, Texas

3. Bastille, survivin’ | London, England

2. Gus Dapperton, Medicine | Warwick, New York

1. grandson, Dirty | Toronto

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Alt18 Countdown on Sirius XM, 2/6/21: grandson reaches No. 1, The Killers are back, and Foushee joins

Mishaal is at No. 12 on the Alt18 Countdown with Peddle Bike.

The Alt18 Countdown gets “Dirty” this week with grandson taking the top spot from MISSIO, whose “Can You Feel the Sun” falls to No. 2. The Killers made the week’s strongest debut with, “C’est La Vie,” at No. 4. Foo Fighters and Weezer seem to be settling into the list, and Mishaal is hanging around around for another week with “Peddle Bike.” There’s a lot of fan support on Twitter for The Happy Fits, and their song came in at No. 13.

Dropping off this week: “broken people” by almost monday, “Falling Asleep at the Wheel” by Holly Humberstone, “Medicine” by Gus Dapperton and “Leave Me Alone” by iDKHOW. Humberstone had been on consecutive countdowns since Nov. 2, and iDKHOW since Nov. 15.

Trying a new thing this week highlighting lyrics from each of the songs. There’s some beautiful writing on the countdown right now, so thought it’d be nice to pull out a sampling of the writing. As always, the updated Spotify playlist is below.

Thoughts on the countdown? Share them in the comments, find me on Twitter @findingalt18 or email me at: finding.alt18@gmail.com.

Here’s the updated Spotify playlist.

Alt18 Countdown on Sirius XM’s AltNation, 2/6/21

18. Foushee, Deep End

I been trying not to go off the deep end
I don’t think you wanna give me a reason

Deep End, Foushee

17. The Neighborhood, Stargazing

Pull it out of park, put it in drive
I can feel your heart beatin’ with mine
Underneath the stars, lookin’ for a sign
Glowin’ in the dark ’til the sun shines

Stargazing, The Neighbourhood

16. Mansionair/NoMBe, Guillotine

Take my head away from me
Antoinette, sweet Marie
Chop it off, squeaky clean
I got thoughts nobody needs

Guillotine, Mansionair/NoMBe

15. Blu DeTiger, Cotton Candy Lemonade

I wanna get lost with you
Picture waking up somewhere new
I wanna get lost with you
‘Cause right now I’m lost without you too

Cotton Candy Lemonade, Blu DeTiger

14. Inhaler, When It Breaks

How much does it ache
When your bones break?
It seems so hard to tell
What’s real or fake
Can’t let this moment go to waste

When It Breaks, Inhaler

13. The Happy Fits, Hold Me Down

Hold me down tight when I’m losing my mind
You tied a tether here to keep me close
I’ve been talking to myself on some Icarus spell
But it got better when you didn’t go

Hold Me Down, The Happy Fits

12. Mishaal, Peddle Bike

Peddle bike, blue sways
Baby, I’m just waiting for the summer break
Little lies, too late
Baby, I’m just praying for another day

Peddle Bike, Mishaal

11. nothing,nowhere., fake friend

Think we’re slipping
Ice is real thin, thin
Where the hell have you been?
I don’t need a fake friend

fake friend, nothing,nowhere.

10. Foo Fighters, Waiting on a War

Every day waiting for the sky to fall
Big crash on a world that’s so small
Just a boy with nowhere left to go
Fell in love with a voice on the radio

Waiting on a War, Foo Fighters

9. The Backseat Lovers, Kilby Girl

She’s got a fake ID and a nose ring
Those kind of girls tend to know things better than I do
And I’m dying to figure out what she’s hiding

Kilby Girl, The Backseat Lovers

8. Weezer, All My Favorite Songs

All my favorite songs are slow and sad
All my favorite people make me mad
Everything that feels so good is bad, bad, bad

All My Favorite Songs, Weezer

7. Sir Sly, Material Boy

Deeply American, which is to say I’m deeply ashamed
I wonder what the world would say?
And I’m probably sick from my secrets
Politically daft, but we’re in deep shit

Material Boy, Sir Sly

6. Bastille, survivin’

What can I say? I’m survivin’
Crawling out these sheets to see another day

Survivin’, Bastille

5. The Knocks/Foster The People, All About You

Nights, were my only friend
My distraction
When you pulled me out

All About You, The Knocks/Foster the People

4. The Killers, C’est La Vie

Sometimes you’re the river
Sometimes you’re the sea
Sometimes you’re a stranger to yourself, it’s a dangerous place to be

C’est La Vie, The Killers

3. Tame Impala, Is It True

And I tell her I’m in love with her
But how can I know that I’ll always be?

Is It True, Tame Impala

2. MISSIO, Can You Feel the Sun

Below the willow tree
I get hung up on my insecurities
Rose-colored dopamine
My soul feels like it could be make-believe

Can You Feel the Sun, MISSIO

1. grandson, Dirty

Tell me what you tryna hide
And what you runnin’ from inside
‘Cause I got a surprise
We might not make it to the mornin’

Dirty, grandson

Alt18 Countdown on Sirius XM, 1/30/21: Weezer and The Neighbourhood join; The Happy Fits jump

The Happy Fits are No. 7 with “Hold Me Down.”

Rock royalty in the form of Weezer and Foo Fighters join the Alt18 Countdown on SiriusXM’s AltNation this week with two solid new additions to anthems of alternative rock, but it may be “Stargazing” by The Neighbourhood with the strongest debut. The Knocks collab with Foster the People is storming to No. 1 with “All About You.” For now it’ll have to settle at No. 2, because it’s MISSIO back up top with “Can You Feel the Sun?”

CORRECTION: Foo Fighters’ “Waiting on the War” join the 1/23/21 countdown. That’s what I get for skipping a week.

For anyone relying on this site and social accounts (@findingalt18) to track the countdown, apologies for missing a week. I’ll circle back on the 1/23/21 countdown so we can keep a running tally of 2021, but for now I’m just getting caught back up.

I’d love your thoughts on the countdown and any alt music you’re into these days. I’m going to mix in the Download15’s and some Spotify playlists I’m following, so open to any and all ideas. Maybe I can land a band interview this year. Happy February, all!

Here’s the updated Spotify playlist.

Alt18 Countdown, 1/30/21

18. The Neighborhood, Stargazing

17. almost monday, Broken People

16. Holly Humberstone, Falling Asleep at the Wheel

15. Mishaal, Peddle Bike

14. Inhaler, When It Breaks

13. Gus Dapperton, Medicine

12. Sir Sly, Material Boy

11. Weezer, All My Favorite Songs

10. I Don’t Know But They Found Me, Leave Me Alone

9. Foo Fighters, Waiting on a War

8. Tame Impala, Is It True

7. The Happy Fits, Hold Me Down

6. Mansionair/NoMBe, Guillotine

5. Grandson, Dirty

4. The Backseat Lovers, Kilby Girl

3. Bastille, survivin’

2. The Knocks/Foster The People, All About You

1. MISSIO, Can You Feel the Sun

Alt18 Countdown on Sirius XM, 1/23/21: Bastille back to No. 1; Hello, Blu DeTiger

Here’s the updated Spotify playlist.

Alt18 Countdown, 1/30/21

18. Blu DeTiger, Cotton Candy Lemonade

17. Mishaal, Peddle Bike

16. Billie Eilish, Therefore I Am

15. Kennyhoopla, Estella

14. Inhaler, When It Breaks

13. Royal Blood, Trouble’s Coming

12. The Happy Fits, Hold Me Down

11. Gus Dapperton, Medicine

10. almost monday, Broken People

9. Foo Fighters, Waiting on a War

8. The Backseat Lovers, Kilby Girl

7. Grandson, Dirty

The Happy Fits, Hold Me Down

6. Tame Impala, Is It True

5. Sir Sly, Material Boy

4. Mansionair/NoMBe, Guillotine

3. Holly Humberstone, Falling Asleep at the Wheel

2. MISSIO, Can You Feel the Sun

1. Bastille, survivin’

Siriux XM Alt 18 Countdown of alternative music, Jan. 16, 2021 | MISSIO back to No. 1; Kings of Leon joins

The Knocks

A belated recap of the Jan. 16, 2021 Alt18 Countdown. Apologies everyone! Kings of Leon join this week and Jake Bugg, Mishaal and grandson all return. They kicked off Almost Monday, Royal Blood, Bleachers and Bruce Springsteen and Billie Eilish.

It was just one week at No. 1 for Sir Sly and “Material Boy,” which slipped to No. 6. MISSIO returned the top spot with “Can You Feel the Sun.” Bastille, Tame Impala, I Don’t Know How But They Found Me and Mansionair with NoMBe round out the Top 5.

This week’s Spotify playlist

Searchable database of 2020 Alt18 Countdown songs

Alt18 Countdown – Jan. 16, 2021

18. Kings of Leon The Bandit – (new) | Video | RCA | Released Jan. 7, 2021

17. Jake Bugg All I Need – (return) | video | NME | @jakebugg

Royal BloodTrouble’s Coming – (-7) | YouTube | Warner Records | Released Sept. 21, 2020

16. Royal and the SerpentChoke – (-8) | Video | Atlantic | Released on Oct. 16, 2020

15. MishaalPeddle Bike – (return) | Video | RCA | Released on Sept. 4, 2020

14. Holly HumberstoneFalling Asleep at the Wheel – (-8) | Closer Artists | Guitar.com | NYT | On the Run | @HolHumberstone

13. The Knocks (feat. Foster the People) – All About You – (same) | Video | Big Beat Records | Released Oct. 28, 2020

12. grandsonDirty – (-1) | Video | Fueled by Ramen | Loudwire | Death of an Optimist |@grandson

Billie EilishTherefore I Am – (-4) | Darkroom/Interscope Records | Video | Released Nov. 12, 2020

11. InhalerWhen It Breaks – (new) | Video | Polydor Records | Released Oct. 15, 2020 | Band works out of Dublin, Ireland | @inhalerdublin

10. ClairoSofia – (+4) | Video | Fader | Released May 24, 2019

9. Glass Animals – Tangerine – (-2) | Video | Polydor Records | James Corden | Open Source | Released May 1, 2020

8. Ashe – Save Myself – (+1) | Video | Mom+Pop | Released July 22, 2020

7. The Backseat Lovers – Kilby Girl – (-3) | Mick |Video | 24 hours with | @backseat_luv 

6. Sir SlyMaterial Boy – (-5) | Video | Lyrics | Wiki | Landon Jacobs | Variance | Interscope Records | @SirSly

5.  Mansionair/NoMBeGuillotine – (+3) | Glassnote Records / TH3RD BRAIN Records | Video | @mansionair @NoMBeMusic | Video | Released Nov. 13, 2020

4. I Dont Know How But They Found Me Leave Me Alone – (-5) | Fearless Records | Video | Guitar World | @iDKHow

3. Tame ImpalaIs It True – (+2) | Genius | Video | Interscope Records | @tameimpala

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

1. MISSIOCan You Feel the Sun – RCA Records (+1) | Video | Wiki | American Songwriter |@MissioMusic

Siriux XM Alt 18 Countdown of alternative music, Jan. 9, 2021 | Sir Sly at No. 1; Almost Monday joins with ‘Broken People’

Inhaler looking cool.

Almost Monday joined the Alt18 this week with “Broken People,” which was released in October 2019 and has already racked up millions of plays on the different platforms. Clairo returns to the Alt18 with “Sofia,” and Ashe’s “Save Me” is other new addition this week. That sends Mishaal’s “Peddle Bike,” the Foo Fighters “Shame, Shame” and grandson’s “Dirty” off the countdown. With all that change over, Sir Sly is left on top with “Material Boy.”

This week’s Spotify playlist

Searchable database of 2020 Alt18 Countdown songs

Alt18 Countdown – Jan. 2, 2021

18. Almost Monday – Broken People – (new) | Video | Hollywood Records | Released Oct. 25, 2019

17. Royal BloodTrouble’s Coming – (-7) | YouTube | Warner Records | Released Sept. 21, 2020

16. InhalerWhen It Breaks – (new) | Video | Polydor Records | Released Oct. 15, 2020 | Band works out of Dublin, Ireland | @inhalerdublin

15. Bleachers/Bruce Springsteenchinatown – (-2) |RCA | Billboard | Video | @bleachersmusic @springsteen | Released Nov. 20, 2020

14. Clairo – Sofia – (return) | Video | Fader | Released May 24, 2019

13. The Knocks (feat. Foster the People) – All About You – (+1) | Video | Big Beat Records | Released Oct. 28, 2020

12. Billie EilishTherefore I Am – (-4) | Darkroom/Interscope Records | Video | Released Nov. 12, 2020

11. Mansionair/NoMBeGuillotine – (+3) | Glassnote Records / TH3RD BRAIN Records | Video | @mansionair @NoMBeMusic | Video | Released Nov. 13, 2020

10. I Dont Know How But They Found Me Leave Me Alone – (-5) | Fearless Records | Video | Guitar World | @iDKHow

9. Ashe – Save Myself – (return) | Video | Mom+Pop | Released July 22, 2020

8. Royal and the SerpentChoke – (+10) | Video | Atlantic | Released on Oct. 16, 2020

7. Glass Animals – Tangerine – (-3) | Video | Polydor Records | James Corden | Open Source | Released May 1, 2020

6. Holly HumberstoneFalling Asleep at the Wheel – (+4) | Closer Artists | Guitar.com | NYT | On the Run | @HolHumberstone

5.  Tame ImpalaIs It True – (-2) | Genius | Video | Interscope Records | @tameimpala

4. The Backseat Lovers – Kilby Girl – (+5) | Mick |Video | 24 hours with | @backseat_luv 

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

2. MISSIOCan You Feel the Sun – RCA Records (+2) | Video | Wiki | American Songwriter |@MissioMusic

1. Sir SlyMaterial Boy – (+7) | Video | Lyrics | Wiki | Landon Jacobs | Variance | Interscope Records | @SirSly

Siriux XM Alt 18 Countdown of alternative music, Jan. 2, 2021 | New ones from The Knocks, Inhaler, Mishaal; MISSIO at No. 1

Australia’s Mansionair

We’re back to the regular Alt18 Countdown after last week’s Alt36 of 2020. Justin Kade filled in for Madison during the holiday week. The countdown kicked off 2021 with four new songs, including a new one from Royal and the Serpent, plus songs from Inhaler, Mishaal and The Knocks. From there it was back to where things left off in 2020 with the same Top 2 songs from the Dec. 19 countdown. Tame Impala made the biggest jump, moving up 12 spots with “Is It True,” which appeared to be heading out after a lengthy run. It’s back up to No. 3.

Jake Bugg, Clairo, Cannons, Ashe and USERx all fell off. I’d expect to see Bugg and Ashe back soon; USERx’s “Waterman” has also returned and is getting some play on AltNation.

Happy New Year!

This week’s Spotify playlist

Searchable database of 2020 Alt18 Countdown songs

Alt18 Countdown – Jan. 2, 2021

18. Royal and the SerpentChoke – (new) | Video | Atlantic | Released on Oct. 16, 2020

17. InhalerWhen It Breaks – (new) | Video | Polydor Records | Released Oct. 15, 2020 | Band works out of Dublin, Ireland

16. MishaalPeddle Bike – (new) | Video | RCA | Released on Sept. 4, 2020

15. The Knocks (feat. Foster the People) – All About You – (new) | Video | Big Beat Records | Released Oct. 28, 2020

14. Mansionair/NoMBeGuillotine – (same) | Glassnote Records / TH3RD BRAIN Records | Video | @mansionair @NoMBeMusic | Video | Released Nov. 13, 2020

13. Bleachers/Bruce Springsteenchinatown – (+3) |RCA | Billboard | Video | @bleachersmusic @springsteen | Released Nov. 20, 2020

12. Foo FightersShame Shame – (-8) | SNL | Roswell Records | Their full new album is out in February

11. Holly HumberstoneFalling Asleep at the Wheel – (-2) | Closer Artists | Guitar.com | NYT | On the Run | @HolHumberstone

10. Royal BloodTrouble’s Coming – (return) | YouTube | Warner Records | Released Sept. 21, 2020

9. The Backseat Lovers – Kilby Girl – (+1) | Mick |Video | 24 hours with | @backseat_luv 

8. Billie EilishTherefore I Am – (-2) | Interscope | Video

7. Bastillesurvivin’ – (-4) | Video | Republic Records | Wiki | Simon Pegg | ASCA

6. grandsonDirty – (-1) | Video | Fueled by Ramen | Loudwire | Death of an Optimist | @grandson

5.  I Dont Know How But They Found Me Leave Me Alone – (+3) | Fearless Records | Video | Guitar World | @iDKHow

4. Glass Animals – Tangerine – (+3) | Video | Republic Records | James Corden | Open Source | Glass Animals did it! They appeared on every Alt18 Countdown in 2020.

3. Tame ImpalaIs It True – (+12) | Genius | Video | Interscope Records | @tameimpala

2. Sir SlyMaterial Boy – (+7) | Video | Lyrics | Wiki | Landon Jacobs | Variance | Interscope Records | @SirSly

1. MISSIO @MissionMusicCan You Feel the Sun – RCA Records (+2) | Wiki | American Songwriter | And there it is, MISSIO Mafia! The duo finally hits No. 1 this year after 20 weeks on the countdown with this song, plus Wolves.