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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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Cheers!

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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Alt18 Countdown on Sirius XM, 5/1/21: Alice Merton joins; Glass Animals jump; girl in red holds

CHVRCHES. Photo by Sebastian Mlynarski and Kevin J. Thomson




We’re in a groove right now with the Top 4 in the Alt18 Countdown.

Manchester Orchestra and “Bed Head” took the No. 1 spot for another week, followed by Twenty One Pilots and “Shy Away” at No. 2, The Neighbourhood with “Stargazing” at No. 3, and girl in red with “Serotonin.” Manchester Orchestra (“Telepath”) and TOP (“Choker”) have new new songs out, so both appear ready to settle in for lengthy stays on the countdown.

Glass Animals, kings of the 2020 Alt18, jumped to No. 5 this week with “Space Ghost Coast to Coast,” and AJR rolls on at No. 6 with “Way Less Sad.”

Two new songs joined the countdown this week: Joywave with “After Coffee” at the revolving door of No. 18, and Alice Merton with the strong debut at No. 11 with “Vertigo.” I’d bet on Merton putting down some roots in the countdown with her new earworm.

Weezer hangs on for another week with “All My Favorite Songs” at No. 9, and they’re readying for another single with the very Weezer-sounding “I Need Some of That.”

(All of these songs have me thinking about another post this week called the “Next18” featuring what’s next from our favorite Alt18 bands. I’m tinkering with another idea where we create our own alternative music countdown using a mix of existing lists and audience votes. We’ll see.)

The other new song this week is an Alt18 oldie. “Kilby Girl” by The Backseat Lovers returned for at least a week at No. 13. The three new songs knocked off carolesdaughter, Adam Melchor, and TWIN XL.

I love hearing from you all. Drop a comment or email me at: finding.alt18@gmail.com

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Cheers!

Alt18 Countdown, 5/1/21

18. Joywave, After Coffee

17. The Happy Fits, Hold Me Down

16. KennyHoopla w/Travis Barker, ESTELLA//

15. Mike Shinoda, iann dior, UPSAHL, Happy Endings

14. CHVRCHES, He Said, She Said

13. The Backseat Lovers, Kilby Girl

12. Imagine Dragons, Follow You

11. Alice Merton, Vertigo

10. The Band CAMINO, 1 Last Cigarette

9. Weezer, All My Favorite Songs

8. All Time Low, Once in a Lifetime

7. Blu DeTiger, Vintage

6. AJR, Way Less Sad

5. Glass Animals, Space Ghost Coast to Coast

4. girl in red, serotonin

3. The Neighbourhood, Stargazing

2. Twenty One Pilots, Shy Away

1. Manchester Orchestra, Bed Head

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Alt18 Countdown on Sirius XM, 4/24/21: Twin XL, Glass Animals among four new bands on this week’s countdown

TWIN XL

What a week! Four brand new songs, plus two old songs returning, to knock off some stalwarts on the Alt18 Countdowns this week.

Adam Melchor, Twin XL, Chvrches, and Glass Animals all join the countdown, while carolesdaughter and Mike Shinoda, iann dior and UPSAHL return. Those six knocked former No. 1’s “Dirty” by Grandson and “All About You” by The Knocks and Foster the People. Also dropping off: “Deadline” by Grouplove, “The Bandit” by Kings of Leon, “4Runner” by Rostam and “Waiting on a War” by Foo Fighters.

It all amounts to a big week of turnover, though nothing changed at the top. Manchester Orchestra and “Bed Head” continue to roll, while Twenty One Pilots wait their turn and The Neighbourhood round out the Top 3.

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Alt18 Countdown, 4/24/21

18. Adam Melchor, Last Time

17. AJR, Way Less Sad

16. Glass Animals, Space Ghost Coast to Coast

15. Twin XL, Slow Heart

14. KennyHoopla w/Travis Barker, ESTELLA//

13. CHVRCHES, He Said, She Said

12. carolesdaughter, Violent

11. Mike Shinoda, iann dior, UPSAHL, Happy Endings

10. Weezer, All My Favorite Songs

9. The Band CAMINO, 1 Last Cigarette

8. Imagine Dragons, Follow You

7. Blu DeTiger, Vintage

6. All Time Low, Once in a Lifetime

5. The Happy Fits, Hold Me Down

4. girl in red, serotonin

3. The Neighbourhood, Stargazing

2. Twenty One Pilots, Shy Away

1. Manchester Orchestra, Bed Head

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Alt18 Countdown on Sirius XM, 4/17/21: 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.

What’s your favorite song on the countdown these days? Any bands we should all know about? Share them in the comments or email: finding.alt18@gmail.com

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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.

Along with this blog, here’s a few channels I update:

Cheers!

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

Feedback? Spot a mistake? Get in touch any time at: finding.alt18@gmail.com