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 on the June 5, 2021 Alt18 Countdown.

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.

See last week’s countdown here.

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Alt18 Countdown on Sirius XM, 5/29/21: Manchester Orchestra swaps with Twenty One Pilots; Billie Eilish jumps

The Maine - Alt18 Countdown
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, 5/15/21: 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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Alt18 Countdown on Sirius XM, 5/1/21: Alice Merton joins; Glass Animals jump; girl in red holds

CHVRCHES
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.

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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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