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Alt18 Countdown on Sirius XM, 9/11/21: Milky Chance is No. 1 with ‘Colorado’

Walk the Moon

It’s always interesting when Madison goes on vacation. A week after the Alt18 Countdown saw pretty significant changes with host Madison out, it snapped back with seven new or returning songs joining the weekly alt chart.

But let’s start at the top, where we have a new No. 1. Milky Chance’s catchy “Colorado” swaps spots with Bastille’s “Distorted Light Beam” to become the 10th song to take the top spot on the countdown in 2021.

Måneskin held at No. 3, CHVRCHES cruised up to No. 4 with “Good Girl,” and Twenty One Pilots rounded out the Top 5 with “The Outside.”

Now things get a little topsy-turvy. “Elegant Stranger” by Atlas Genius dropped off after hitting No. 5 last week, while Saint Motel returned at No. 6 after “It’s All Happening” dropped off the countdown last week. It seems to have replaced Vance Joy and “Missing Piece,” which fell off the countdown, as did The Happy Fits and “Another Try.”

Manchester Orchestra’s “Telepath” reached No. 8. It’s also the People’s Champ Song of the Week, as voted by the Finding Alt18 Discord (join here!).

The Foo Fighters, SEB, Arrested Youth, and Sir Sly fell off the countdown. The Killers returned and The Marias moved up to No. 11 with “Hush.”

Here’s the AltCharts countdown on Spotify. And YouTube.

Want to see how I knew “Colorado” is the 10th new No. 1? Check out our community spreadsheet here.

Alt18 Countdown, 9/11/21

18. Joywave, Every Window is a Mirror | New

17. Cannons, Bad Dream

16. All Time Low (feat. Pale Waves), PMA | New

15. grandson (w/ Jesse Reyez), Rain | New

14. Imagine Dragons, Wrecked | -5

13. Holly Humberstone, The Walls Are Way Too Thin

12. Cold War Kids, What You Say

11. The Marias, Hush | (new)

10. The Killers, Sleepwalker

9. Walk the Moon, Can You Handle My Love??

8. Manchester Orchestra, Telepath

7. Bleachers, Stop Making this Hurt

6. Saint Motel, It’s All Happening

5. Twenty One Pilots, The Outside

4. CHVRCHES, Good Girls

3. Måneskin, I WANNA BE YOUR SLAVE

2. Bastille, Distorted Light Beam

1. Milky Chance, Colorado

You can find many of these songs, and other alt-pop hits and classics, on my new Spotify playlist, AltCharts.

See last week’s countdown here.

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Alt18 Countdown on Sirius XM, 8/21/21: Manchester Orchestra joins with ‘Telepath’

Cold War Kids

Bastille is back at No. 1 this week on the Alt18 Countdown with the haunting “Distorted Light Beam.” Can you make sense of these opening lyrics?

It isn’t enough to start a riot
Distort the light beam until I like me
It isn’t enough, if this is real life
I’ll stick to dreaming, come see what I see

Catchy chorus, though.

UPDATE: Here’s a good analysis of the lyrics. Thanks, SlaX from Discord.

Måneskin continues their rise up the countdown with “I WANNA BE YOUR SLAVE” reaching No. 5. Twenty One Pilots, Modest Mouse and Glass Animals continue shuffling among the Top 5, while Sir Sly continues to bounce up and down the Alt18 with “Welcome the Pressure.”

Manchester Orchestra appears ready for another long stay on the countdown with the excellent “Telepath” joining at No. 15.

Vance Joy is back with “Missing Piece,” Billie Eilish with “NDA,” Walk the Moon with “Can You Handle My Love??” and Saint Motel with “It’s All Happening.” Justus Bennetts, The Band CAMINO, Foo Fighters, Bleachers and Atlas Genius all drop off this week.

Here’s the AltCharts countdown on Spotify.

Alt18 Countdown, 8/21/21

18. Vance Joy, Missing Piece

17. Arrested Youth, Find My Own Way

16. Lorde, Solar Power

15. Manchester Orchestra, Telepath

14. CHVRCHES, He Said, She Said

13. Billie Eilish, NDA

12. Walk the Moon, Can You Handle My Love??

11. Saint Motel, It’s All Happening

10. Holly Humberstone, The Walls Are Way Too Thin

9. Cannons, Bad Dream

8. Cold War Kids, What You Say

7. Milky Chance, Colorado

6. Sir Sly, Welcomes the Pressure

5. Måneskin, I WANNA BE YOUR SLAVE

4. Glass Animals, Space Ghost Coast to Coast

3. Modest Mouse, We Are Between

2. Twenty One Pilots, Saturday

1. Bastille, Distorted Light Beam

You can find many of these songs, and other alt-pop hits and classics, on my new Spotify playlist, AltCharts.

See last week’s countdown here.

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Alt18 Countdown on Sirius XM, 8/14/21: Another week at No. 1 for Bastille

Atlas Genius

We have a new No. 1. Bastille takes the top spot from CHVRCHES with the dreamy banger “Distorted Light Beam.” Glass Animals has moved into the No. 2 spot and may never leave with “Space Ghost Coast to Coast,” while Holly Humberstone reaches No. 3 with “The Walls Are WAy to Thin.”

New this week are songs from Justus Bennetts, Foo Fighters, and Arrested Youth. Falling off are Genesis Owusu, Imagine Dragons, Japanese Breakfast, Saint Motel and WILLOW with Travis Barker.

For anyone following the blog, I fell behind this week and got this up just before the new countdown comes out. Apologies! Summers get busy.

Alt18 Countdown, 8/14/21

18. Justus Bennetts, Real Life Sux (new)

17. The Band CAMINO, 1 Last Cigarette

16. Cannons, Bad Dream

15. Sir Sly, Welcomes the Pressure | (-9)

14. Måneskin, I WANNA BE YOUR SLAVE

13. Lorde, Solar Power | (-8)

12. Foo Fighters, Making a Fire

11. Arrested Youth, Find My Own Way

10. Bleachers, Stop Making This Hurt

9. Cold War Kids, What You Say

8. Atlas Genius, Elegant Stranger

7. Milky Chance, Colorado

6. CHVRCHES, He Said, She Said

5. Twenty One Pilots, Saturday

4. Modest Mouse, We Are Between

3. Holly Humberstone, The Walls Are Way Too Thin

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

1. Bastille, Distorted Light Beam

You can find many of these songs, and other alt-pop hits and classics, on my new Spotify playlist, AltCharts.

See last week’s countdown here.

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Alt18 Countdown on Sirius XM, 8/7/21: CHVRCHES back at No. 1; Sir Sly rejoins; Måneskin up 2

Måneskin

Måneskin is all style and Sir Sly is back in style.

The Italian rockers bumped up two spots on the Alt18 Countdown with “I Wanna Be Your Slave,” one of at least three songs by the EuroVision winners hanging around charts around the world. Here’s a version of “Slave” with Iggy Pop.

Sir Sly gave me a double-take with their return at No. 6 with “Welcomes the Pressure.” I thought their run was over, and now they’re in the mix for No. 1.

Genesis Owusu and Cold War Kids all have new songs to the Alt18, while SEB, Billie Eilish, Olivia Rodrigo, Walk the Moon, Cannons, and Vance Joy all dropped off. You could almost make a second Alt18 with that group.

At the top, CHVRCHES repeats at No. 1 with “He Said, She Said” and Glass Animals is back at No. 2. Lorde, Holly Humberstone and WILLOW with Travis Barker seem to have No. 1 potential this month.

Note: I had the date wrong on last week’s countdown. Apologies! And, if anyone has the July 17 Countdown, I could use it so we have a complete 2021.

Note 2: “Wrecked” by Imagine Dragons actually appeared on the July 17 countdown. Thanks to SlaX for the note on our Discord channel.

Alt18 Countdown, 8/7/21

18. Genesis Owusu, Gold Chains | (new)

17. Imagine Dragons, Wrecked | (return)

16. Måneskin, I WANNA BE YOUR SLAVE | (+2)

15. Japanese Breakfast, Be Sweet | (return)

14. Bleachers, Stop Making This Hurt | (-3)

13. Atlas Genius, Elegant Stranger | (-1)

12. Cold War Kids, What You Say | (new)

11. Milky Chance, Colorado | (-5)

10. Modest Mouse, We Are Between | (-2)

9. Saint Motel, It’s All Happening | (+6)

8. Holly Humberstone, The Walls Are Way Too Thin | (-4)

7. WILLOW/Travis Barker, t r a n s p a r e n t s o u l | (return)

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

5. Lorde, Solar Power | (+2)

4. Bastille, Distorted Light Beam | (-1)

3. Twenty One Pilots, Saturday | (+1)

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

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

You can find many of these songs, and other alt-pop hits and classics, on my new Spotify playlist, AltCharts.

See last week’s countdown here.

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Alt18 Countdown on Sirius XM, 7/31/21: CHVRCHES at No. 1; Holly Humberstone joins Top 5

SEB

Take me to CHVRCHES.

The Scottish trio is the new No. 1 on the Alt 18 Countdown with “He Said, She Said.” (You’re forgiven for thinking it would be “How Not to Drown” given its heavy rotation on AltNation.) It’s an exciting shake up for the countdown after weeks of Glass Animals and Twenty One Pilots, who are both still in the Top 5.

Halfway through the year I’m thinking about what songs will make the Top 36 for 2021. “Space Ghost Coast to Coast” seems likely, while something from 21P will make it. I don’t think Måneskin will appear, but it’s fun to have the EuroVision winners on the Alt18 with their odd banger.

SEB sticks around another week, while Billie Eilish tries to find some traction with “NDA.” Surprised to see Japanese Breakfast fall off, but even more surprised to see The Band CAMINO disappear from No. 4 last week. Cannons seems to have crowded one of them out by returning with “Bad Dreams.”

Vance Joy is also back with “Missing Piece” at No. 8, and the Milky Chance earworm “Colorado” seems to be sticking around for a minute. I’d like to make a 50 states alt-indie-pop playlist sometime. We have Alaska covered, and Sufjan picked up a couple for us. We can count Bruce as an Alt18 artist, so there’s Nebraska. The Maine are right there. I’m worried about South Carolina.

We also lost Willow and Blu DeTiger this week. Either could be back next week.

Links below. Working on updating the playlists. It’s hard in the summer. We need the crushing winter to get things back on schedule. Cheers!

Alt18 Countdown, 7/31/21

18. Måneskin, I WANNA BE YOUR SLAVE

17. SEB, seaside_demo

16. Billie Eilish, NDA

15. Saint Motel, It’s All Happening

14. Modest Mouse, We Are Between | (-2)

13. Olivia Rodrigo, brutal

12. Atlas Genius, Elegant Stranger

11. Bleachers, Stop Making This Hurt | (-3)

10. Walk the Moon, Can You Handle My Love | (+5)

9. Cannons, Bad Dreams

8. Vance Joy, Missing Piece | (return)

7. Lorde, Solar Power | (+9)

6. Milky Chance, Colorado | (+5)

5. Twenty One Pilots, Saturday | (-4)

4. Holly Humberstone, The Walls Are Way Too Thin

3. Bastille, Distorted Light Beam | (+4)

2. Glass Animals, Space Ghost Coast to Coast

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

You can find many of these songs, and other alt-pop hits and classics, on my new Spotify playlist, AltCharts.

See last week’s countdown here.

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Alt18 Countdown on Sirius XM, 7/3/21: Milky Chance joins; Lorde and Bastille jump

Lorde (Photo/Ophelia Mikkelson)

Running late this holiday week. Thanks to “imboosted” for posting the Alt18 in the Finding Alt18 Discord.

Milky Chance, Olivia Rodrigo, and KennyHoopla with Travis Barker are new this week, while Holly Humberstone and Saint Motel return after a week off. To make room, Black Pumas, Briston Maroney, The Neighbourhood, Billie Eilish, and All Time Low all departed.

Glass Animals continue their run at No. 1 with “Space Ghost Coast to Coast,” while CHVRCHES lurk at No. 2 with “He Said, She Said.” Watch Lorde’s “Solar Power” rising to No. 8 as a contender for the top spot.

As always, thank you for reading. We’ll keep posting the countdowns and writing posts about the bands. I’m also starting to dabble with bringing attention to indie-bands that haven’t gotten a lot of attention. If you know a song or performer we should hear, let us know.

Here’s the full countdown for the week. Follow the Spotify playlist below for related songs, and reach out any time.

Alt18 Countdown, 7/3/21

18. Milky Chance, Colorado | (new)

17. Bleachers, Stop Making This Hurt | (-11)

16. Olivia Rodrigo, brutal | (new)

15. OCTAVIO the Dweeb, Someday I’ll Be Happy | (-4)

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

13. Manchester Orchestra, Bed Head | (-9)

12. Holly Humberstone, The Walls Are Way Too Thin | (return)

11. KennyHoopla, Travis Barker, hollywood sucks | (new)

10. Cannons, Bad Dream | (-1)

9. Sir Sly, Welcomes the Pressure | (-4)

8. Lorde, Solar Power | (+10)

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

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

5. Bastille, Distorted Light Beam | (+13)

4. Twenty One Pilots, Saturday | (+4)

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

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

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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