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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.

See last week’s countdown here.

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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 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

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

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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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

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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

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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.

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Siriux XM Alt 18 Countdown of alternative music, Dec. 19, 2020 | MISSIO hits No. 1; Jake Bugg joins final countdown of the year

Ashe

It’s the last Alt18 Countdown of 2020, and it’s pretty much a hold steady for the list. Jake Bugg (!) returns with a promising new song, “All I Need.” Hopefully this mean more new material from the British songwriter in 2021.

MISSIO climbs to No. 1 with “Can You Feel the Sun?” knocking off Bastille and “survivin'” Royal Blood, AJR and Black Belt Eagle Scout all fall off the list this week. Royal Blood’s “Trouble Coming” drops off for the first time since joining on Oct. 18.

“Tangerine” by Glass Animals, “Material Boy” by Sir Sly and “Is It True” by Tame Impala are the longest-running songs on the current countdown. All joined the list on Oct. 4.

SiriusXM released its “Class of 2020” this week. Alt18 bands Cannons, Phoebe Bridgers, Powfu, Wallows, Ashe and Clairo were part of the collection.

Next week they’ll run the “Alt36 of 2020” in place of the normal countdown, and then we’re off to 2021.

This week’s Spotify playlist

Searchable database of 2020 Alt18 Countdown songs

Alt18 Countdown – Dec. 19, 2020

18. Jake Bugg @jakebugg, All I Need, RCA – (new) | video | NME

17. Bleachers/Bruce Springsteen @bleachersmusic @springsteenchinatown – RCA (-2) | Billboard | Video

16. Clairo @clairoSofiaFader – (-3) | Immunity | Wiki | Loops

15. Tame Impala @tameimpalaIs It True – Interscope Records (-1) | Genius | Video | 30 weeks on the Alt18 for Tame Impala this year

14. Mansionair/NoMBe @mansionair @NoMBeMusicGuillotineGlassnote Records / TH3RD BRAIN Records – (return) | Video | Guillotine was No. 18 on Nov. 28, but fell off — until this week.

13. Cannons @Cannonstheband – Fire For You – Columbia – (same) |Live | Class of 2020

12. USERx@mattmaeson @officailrozwellWatermanAtlantic – (return) | Video | Virginia Pilot | This song appeared on the Nov. 28 countdown.

11. Ashe @ashemusicSave MyselfMom + Pop – (+5) | New single

10. The Backseat Lovers @backseat_luv – Kilby Girl – Mick – (-7) | 24 hours with | Fourth week on the countdown.

9. Holly Humberstone @HolHumberstoneFalling Asleep at the WheelCloser Artists (+3) | Guitar.com | NYT | On the Run

8. I Dont Know How But They Found Me @iDKHowLeave Me AloneFearless Records (+4) | Video | Guitar World | Ninth week on the countdown

7. Glass Animals @GlassAnimalsTangerineRepublic Records (+1) | James Corden | Open Source | Glass Animals did it! They appeared on every Alt18 Countdown in 2020.

6. Billie Eilish @billieeilishTherefore I Am – Interscope (-2) | Eilish’s third song on the #Alt18 this year along with “my future” and “everything i wanted.”

5.  grandson @grandsonDirtyFueled by Ramen (same) | Video | Loudwire | Death of an Optimist | DOAO the movie, 12/17/20 | Fifth week on the countdown

4. Foo Fighters @foofightersShame Shame – Roswell Records – (-3) | SNL | Their full new album is out in February

3. Bastillesurvivin’ Republic Records (-2) | Video | Wiki | Simon Pegg | ASCA

2. Sir Sly @SirSlyMaterial BoyInterscope Records (+7) | Lyrics | Wiki | Landon Jacobs | Variance

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.

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Siriux XM Alt 18 Countdown of alternative music, Dec. 12, 2020 | Ashe, Black Belt Eagle Scout join Alt18; Bastille, MISSIO at the top

Bastille’s Dan Smith (creative commons)

Big week for grandson, who jumps 12 spots to No. 5 after the release of his album, “Death of an Optimist.” (Prediction: “In Over My Head” off the album is headed to the Alt18 next year.) MISSIO comes so close to the top spot, but falls short to another week at No. 1 for Bastille and “survivin'”

Billie Eilish remains in the Top 5, but this week Alt18 pulled used her live performance of “Therefore I am” on AltNation. Nice, sinister version of the song. And, The Backseat Lovers reach No. 3 after “Kilby Girl” fell out of the Alt18 a couple of weeks ago.

Black Belt Eagle Scout joins the Alt18 at No. 18, replacing Paris Jackson. Ashe’s “Save Myself” also joins the countdown. Royal and the Serpent, Gus Dapperton and Cage the Elephant fall off, but could easily return as proven by AJR’s “Bummerland” making a comeback.

This week’s Spotify playlist

Alt18 Countdown – Dec. 12, 2020

18. Black Belt Eagle Scout @blackbelteagles, Soft Stud, Saddle Creek – (new) | Nirvana and Mazzy Star | Point of Origin song on AltNation |

17. AJR @AJRBrothers – Bummerland – Indie – (return) | Video | Signature hot sauce | Reddit | Ellen| Broadway

16. Ashe @ashemusicSave MyselfMom + Pop – (new) | New single

15. Tame Impala @tameimpalaIs It True – Interscope Records (-3) | Genius | Video | 30 weeks on the Alt18 for Tame Impala this year

14. Cannons @Cannonstheband – Fire For You – Columbia – (return) |Live

13.  Clairo @clairoSofiaFader – (-3) | Immunity | Wiki

12. I Dont Know How But They Found Me @iDKHowLeave Me AloneFearless Records (-6) | Video | Guitar World | Ninth week on the countdown

11. Bleachers/Bruce Springsteen @bleachersmusic @springsteenchinatown – RCA (+4) | Billboard | Video

10. Holly Humberstone @HolHumberstoneFalling Asleep at the WheelCloser Artists (+3) | Guitar.com | NYT | On the Run

9. Sir Sly @SirSlyMaterial BoyInterscope Records (-7) | Lyrics | Wiki | Landon Jacobs | Variance

8. Foo Fighters @foofightersShame Shame – Roswell Records – (-3) | SNL

7. Glass Animals @GlassAnimalsTangerineRepublic Records (+1) | James Corden | Open Source | Glass Animals continue their perfect run through 2020. They’ve been on every countdown this year.

6. Royal Blood @royalbloodukTrouble’s Coming – Warner Brother (+8) | Official audio | Corden | Purple Disco Machine

5.  grandson @grandsonDirtyFueled by Ramen (+12) | Video | Loudwire | Death of an Optimist | DOAO the movie, 12/17/20 | Fifth week on the countdown

4. Billie Eilish @billieeilishTherefore I Am – Interscope (+1) | Eilish’s third song on the #Alt18 this year along with “my future” and “everything i wanted.” She performed on AltNation this week.

3. The Backseat Lovers @backseat_luv – Kilby Girl – Mick – (+8) | 24 hours with | Fourth week on the countdown.

2. MISSIO @MissionMusicCan You Feel the Sun – RCA Records (+2) | Wiki | American Songwriter | 19 weeks on the countdown this year for this song, plus Wolves. The duo racked up 8.4 million listeners and 109.6 million streams on Spotify in 2020.

1. Bastillesurvivin’ Republic Records (same) | Video | Wiki | Simon Pegg | ASCA