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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.

Weekly Links

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Alt18 Countdown Rewind 7/13/13: Atlas Genius, Bastille and Lorde all on the list

Atlas Genius in 2013

Eight years ago, Atlas Genius led the Alt18 Countdown with “If So.” The song spent three of four weeks at No. 1 before giving way to Bastille and “Pompeii.”

Daft Punk and “Get Lucky” dropped off the Alt18 this week even as it went on to “song of the summer” status. The 1975 and “Chocolate” also dropped off, and never got higher than No. 6 on the Alt18. I would have guessed it reached No. 1.

Smallpools and “Dreaming” did hit No. 1 on the Alt18 — in October 2013.

What happened to Ms Mr? “Hurricane” was a big song and made the year-end Alt36 for 2013, but the duo only put out one more album and went on hiatus in 2017.

Kodaline continues to release music, but hasn’t recaptured the success of “All I Want.” And The Ceremonies had a great song with “Land of Gathering,” but the brother band couldn’t build on the hit.

Lorde appears here with “Royals” and is on the current Alt18 with “Solar Power.” Bastille is the other current crossover with “Distorted Light Beam.”

Alt18 Countdown – July 13, 2013

1. Atlas Genius – If So

2. Bastille – Pompeii

3. Kodaline – All I Want

4. Grouplove – Ways to Go

5. Cold War Kids – Miracle Mile

6. Vampire Weekend – Diane Young

7. Phoenix – Trying to be Cool

8. Smallpools – Dreaming

9. Nine Inch Nails – Came Back Haunted

10. Ms Mr – Hurricane

11. AWOLNATION – Thiskidsnotalright

12. Franz Ferdinand – Right Action

13. Local Natives – Heavy Feet

14. Fitz & The Tantrums – Out of My League

15. Foals – My Number

16. The Ceremonies – Land of Gathering

17. Avicii/Aloe Blacc – Wake Me Up

18. Lorde – Royals