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Alt18 Countdown on Sirius XM, 4/17/21: Manchester Orchestra back on top; Twenty One Pilots jump 13

All Time Low

No. 2 with a bullet this week for Twenty One Pilots, who are wasting no time flexing their way up the countdown with “Shy Away.” The latest from Tyler Joseph and Nick Thomas jumped 13 spots this week and seems ready to dig in for a lengthy stay on the Alt18 Countdown.

For now, Manchester Orchestra holds the top spot with “Bed Head.” It’s a return to No. 1 for the Atlanta-based band led by Andy Hull. They’d lost No. 1 to The Neighbourhood last week.

New new to the countdown this week is Rostam with the excellent “4Runner.” Returning to the countdown after some time off is Blu DeTiger with “Vintage” and The Band CAMINO with two missed calls and “1 Last Cigarette.” They replace carolesdaughter, Gus Dapperton and Mike Shinoda, et al.

The longest running song on the countdown is now “All About You” by The Knocks and Foster the People. I love the lyrics on this song:

Days, they can feel so long
I’ve been hangin’ on to a sad love song
Nights never came to dawn
They went on and on
When you pulled me out

And before I knew it
I became all about you

The Knocks/Foster the People, All About You

grandson is next with “Dirty.” I’m hoping he can pull a Glass Animals and swap the banger “Death of an Optimist” into the Alt18 for “Dirty,” but we’ll see if he has that kind of pull.

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Alt18 Countdown, 4/17/21

18. Rostam, 4Runner

17. Kings of Leon, The Bandit

16. Blu DeTiger, Vintage

15. All Time Low, Once in a Lifetime

14. KennyHoopla w/Travis Barker, ESTELLA//

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

12. girl in red, serotonin

11. The Happy Fits, Hold Me Down

10. Foo Fighters, Waiting on a War

9. grandson, Dirty

8. Grouplove, Deadline

7. Weezer, All My Favorite Songs

6. The Band CAMINO, 1 Last Cigarette

5. Imagine Dragons, Follow You

4. AJR, Way Less Sad

3. The Neighbourhood, Stargazing

2. Twenty One Pilots, Shy Away

1. Manchester Orchestra, Bed Head

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Alt18 Countdown on Sirius XM, 4/10/21: The Neighbourhood reaches No. 1; Twenty One Pilots and All Time Low join

Imagine Dragons

The climb is complete for The Neighbourhood and “Stargazing,” which is the new No. 1 on the Alt18 Countdown. ChipTone and crew knocked off Manchester Orchestra and “Bed Head” for the weekly title. The Knocks and Foster the People round out the Top 3 with “All ABout You.”

Two new songs on the Alt18 this week. Twenty One Pilots joins with “Shy Away” at No. 15, and All Time Low is back with “Once in a Lifetime.” The knocked off Blu DeTiger’s “Vintage” and Dayglow’s “Close to You.”

The Happy Fits jumped up to No. 4 and seem poised to reach No. 1, though girl in red is getting a lot of attention with “Serotonin.” Either is going to have hold off rising hits from TOP and Grouplove. We’ll see as this turnover phase continues for the countdown.

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Alt18 Countdown, 4/10/21

18. All Time Low, Once in a Lifetime

17. Mike Shinoda/iann dior/UPSAHL, Happy Endings

16. Gus Dapperton, Medicine

15. Twenty One Pilots, Shy Away

14. Kings of Leon, The Bandit

13. grandson, Dirty

12. KennyHoopla w/Travis Barker, ESTELLA//

11. Foo Fighters, Waiting on a War

10. Grouplove, Deadline

9. Imagine Dragons, Follow You

8. carolesdaughter, Violent

7. AJR, Way Less Sad

6. girl in red, serotonin

5. Weezer, All My Favorite Songs

4. The Happy Fits, Hold Me Down

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

2. Manchester Orchestra, Bed Head

1. The Neighbourhood, Stargazing

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Alt18 Countdown on Sirius XM, 4/3/21: Blu DeTiger returns; Manchester Orchestra repeates; Kilby Girl departs

Grouplove. Photo credit: Jimmy Fontaine

It’s over, it’s all over for the mighty Kilby Girl by The Backseat Lovers. The last 2020 Alt18 Countdown song fell off the list this week after 18 consecutive weeks. Great run by a great song; looking forward to the Salt Lake City band’s followup.

Lots of turnover on this week’s Alt18. Blu DeTiger and Mike Shinoda with iann dior and UPSAHL return to the countdown, along with KennyHoopla with Travis Barker. The one new new song comes from a little band named Imagine Dragons who found time between shooting Target commercials to release Follow You.

The top of the countdown held steady with Manchester Orchestra and Bed Head followed by some jostling among some familiar Alt18 tunes. The Happy Fits are up to No. 6 with Hold Me Down, and Grouplove creeped up to No. 12 with Deadline. Both seem like future No. 1 contenders, though I’d guess The Neighbourhood get at least a week at 1.

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Alt18 Countdown, 4/3/21

18. Mike Shinoda/iann dior/UPSAHL, Happy Endings

17. Blu DeTiger, Vintage

16. Gus Dapperton, Medicine

15. KennyHoopla w/Travis Barker, ESTELLA//

14. Kings of Leon, The Bandit

13. Dayglow, Close to You

12. Grouplove, Deadline

11. grandson, Dirty

10. girl in red, serotonin

9. Imagine Dragons, Follow You

8. carolesdaughter, Violent

7. Foo Fighters, Waiting on a War

6. The Happy Fits, Hold Me Down

5. Weezer, All My Favorite Songs

4. AJR, Way Less Sad

3. The Neighbourhood, Stargazing

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

1. Manchester Orchestra, Bed Head

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Alt18 Countdown on Sirius XM, 3/27/21: Manchester Orchestra hits No. 1; The Band CAMINO and girl in red join

Phoebe Bridgers

For the third week in a row, there’s a new No. 1 on the Alt18 Countdown.

Manchester Orchestra took over the top spot with Bed Head, replacing All About You by The Knocks with Foster the People. It’s been a steady rise for the latest from Andy Hall, which debuted on the countdown on Feb. 28.

Two new songs joined the Alt18 this week. The Band CAMINO debuted at No. 18 with 1 Last Cigarette, and girl in red’s latest, Seratonin, came in at No. 15. Gus Dapperton also returned after a week away with Medicine.

To make room, Estella by KennyHoopla with Travis Barker, Vintage by Blu DeTiger, and Happy Endings by Mike Shinoda left the countdown. Deadline by Grouplove stuck around for a second week and seems destined for a long stay on the Alt18, though maybe not as long as Kilby Girl by The Backseat Lovers. The loving ode to the 19-year-old cool girl in Salt Lake City hung around for an 18th consecutive week — by far the longest on the countdown.

Phoebe Bridgers and Kyoto returned to the Alt18 last week and then jumped to No. 5 this week. Could it be the next No. 1? Or is The Neighbourhood poised to make it a fourth new No. 1 in four weeks with Stargazing?

The March 27, 2021 Alt18 Countdown and updated Spotify playlist are below. Updated YouTube list and notes on the songs later this week.

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Alt18 Countdown, 3/27/21

18. The Band CAMINO, 1 Last Cigarette

17. Clairo, Sofia

16. Grouplove, Deadline

15. girl in red, serotonin

14. Kings of Leon, The Bandit

13. Weezer, All My Favorite Songs

12. The Happy Fits, Hold Me Down

11. carolesdaughter, Violent

10. Gus Dapperton, Medicine

9. The Backseat Lovers, Kilby Girl

8. Foo Fighters, Waiting on a War

7. AJR, Way Less Sad

6. The Knocks with Foster the People, All About You

5. Phoebe Bridgers, Kyoto

4. grandson, Dirty

3. Dayglow, Close to You

2. The Neighbourhood, Stargazing

1. Manchester Orchestra, Bed Head

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Alt18 Countdown on Sirius XM, 3/20/21: Foster the Knocks hit No. 1; The Backseat Lovers continue their run; Grouplove and Mike Shinoda join

AJR is back near top of the Alt18.

A new No. 1 with the All About You collab from The Knocks and Foster the People supplanting Dayglow’s Close To You.

Two new new songs on the countdown this week: Happy Endings from Mike Shinoda with iann dior and UPSAHL, and Deadline from Grouplove. Phoebe Bridgers also returns to the Alt18 with Kyoto. They replaced Gus Dapperton and Medicine, nothing, nowhere and fake friend, and JayXander and HOODIES.

The Backseat Lovers continue their charmed run with Kilby Girl, which has stayed on the countdown since Nov. 22, 2020. To put that in perspective, the second-longest running song on the countdown is grandson’s Dirty, which joined the Alt18 two months after Kilby Girl.

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Alt18 Countdown, 3/20/21

18. Mike Shinoda/iann dior/UPSAHL, Happy Endings
Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda released this track in February as a NFT. It’s new to the Alt18 this week.

17. Clairo, Sofia
Another week at No. 17 Clairo and Sofia. Coupdemain suggests Claire Cottrill’s Instagram is documenting working on a second Clairo album. Let’s hope.

16. Kings of Leon, The Bandit
Another week at No. 16 for the lads, who also got in on the NFT action. We were chatting about Kings this week on the Finding Alt18 Discord.

15. Grouplove, Deadline
New one from Hannah, Christian and the gang. Love that scream rap refrain. This is off their new 9-song album, This is This.

14. Phoebe Bridgers, Kyoto
One of those random rejoins the Alt18 mixes into the countdown these days. No complaints about anything from Phoebe Bridgers, though. Here’s her explanation on those skeleton costumes.

13. Blu DeTiger, Vintage
Checkout her TikTok — so good.

12. KennyHoopla/Travis Barker, ESTELLA//
Travis Barker and Mike Shinoda both on the Alt18. What’s Sum 41 up to these days?

11. Weezer, All My Favorite Songs
Weezer has four new albums in the works.

10. The Neighbourhood, Stargazing
Their Insta features Chip Chrome and the MonoTones.

9. grandson, Dirty
Down seven this week for the former No. 1, which has been on the countdown since Jan. 21, 2021.

8. carolesdaughter, Violent
She really is Carole’s daughter.

7. The Backseat Lovers, Kilby Girl
Look for the BSL at the Life is Beautiful Festival in Las Vegas this September — if we can get this pandemic under control. Get your shot! Wear your mask!

6. Foo Fighters, Waiting on a War
Waiting. on a War hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Alternative Air Play charts this week. Here’s the link, but it’s paywalled.

5. The Happy Fits, Hold Me Down
I got an email last week that The Happy Fits are signed to the mighty AWAL Records, and I should have known that. Here’s The Garden from a band on this rise. And email me anytime at finding.alt18@gmail.com to correct mistakes.

4. Manchester Orchestra, Bed Head

3. AJR, Way Less Sad
Nice jump into the countdown’s Top 3 for another pandemic anthem from the boys.

2. Dayglow, Close To You
One-week reign for this bop. I love this Reddit quote: “Big golden retriever energy from this.”

1. The Knocks/Foster the People, All About You
Surprise No. 1 for a great song jumping from seven to the spot. These are fun days not knowing who is going to land in the top spot. I’m call this collab Foster the Knocks and hoping for a tour next year. Let’s goooooo!

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Alt18 Countdown on Sirius XM, 3/13/21: Dayglow is the new No. 1; JayXander and Blu DeTiger join

Blu DeTiger

We have a new No. 1! Dayglow unseats grandson’s “Dirty” with “Close To You.” It’s the first new song to top the countdown in five weeks and completes a meteoric rise up the Alt18 for Sloan Struble, who jumped 14 spots last week.

New to the countdown this week include: Blu DeTiger’s Vintage and JayXander’s HOODIE. Clairo also returned with “Sofia.” Those three knocked off Frances Forever’s Space Girl, Sir Sly’s Material Boy and You by benny blanco, Marshmello and Vance Joy.

The Backseat Lovers continue their Alt18 run. Kilby Girl has been the countdown since Nov. 22, 2020.

Quick note on last week: I had the wrong date on the countdown and heard from one newsletter reader about it. Sorry for the confusion, and thanks to anyone who reaches out and points out a mistake. I’m working without an editor here and make too many mistakes.

Also, no Adjacent18 after I had a busy week and the lack of change on the countdown left me uninspired. I’ll get back to it this week. Have any suggestions for songs adjacent to any on the Alt18? I’d take suggestions.

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Alt18 Countdown, 3/13/21

18. JayXander, HOODIES
New to the Alt18 Countdown this week, and pretty new to Spotify. JayXander has two songs on his Spotify account: Ig This Is It, and HOODIES, which has already passed 3 million listens. Here’s a bit more on the artist on the rise.

17. Clairo, Sofia
Clairo and Sofia return to the countdown once again. No complaints here. If you keep score by Spotify plays, this song is now incredibly over 220 million and counting.

16. Kings of Leon, The Bandit
Down five this week.

15. Blu DeTiger, Vintage
The song is on brand for Gen Y, which the NY Times says is rejecting “fast fashion” in favor of the used clothing market.

14. nothing,nowhere, fake friend
One of my favorite songs on the Alt18 these days.

13. The Backseat Lovers, Kilby Girl
Another week on the Alt18 for the Salt Lake City band, which joined the countdown in November. Down seven this week, though.

12. carolesdaughter, Violent
This tune continues to gain traction in the alternative music world.

11. Gus Dapperton, Medicine
GDapp will perform one of 30 shows for The Bowery Presents on Twitch this spring. Hopefully this is the final push of virtual shows before in-person concerts return this summer. Wear your mask! Get the shot!

10. KennyHoopla/Travis Barker, ESTELLA//
I try my best to honor capitalization and punctuation used by the artists, but I can’t find an explanation for those slashes

9. The Happy Fits, Hold Me Down
The band appears to be truly independent, releasing this now hit song on The Happy Fits Records.

8. AJR, Way Less Sad
The Harvard Crimson likes this one.

7. The Knocks/Foster the People, All About You
Mark Foster and The Knocks should just form a band already. Listen to their new cover of Bittersweet Symphony and set aside a few dollars for the inevitable Foster the Knocks tour coming soon.

6. Manchester Orchestra, Bed Head
Bed Head was released by Loma Vista Recordings.

5. Weezer, All My Favorite Songs
Weezer will have a song on the The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run soundtrack.

4. The Neighbourhood, Stargazing
Their Insta features Chip Chrome and the MonoTones.

3. Foo Fighters, Waiting on a War

2. grandson, Dirty
The champ is dethroned after five weeks. Now, when does the MISSIO collab come out?

1. Dayglow, Close To You
Two weeks ago, Madison predicted this song will make it to No. 1. The Sloan Struble-tune jumped 14 spots last week and here it is in the top spot.

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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.

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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

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.

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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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