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.”

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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.

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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.

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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, 5/22/21: Twenty One Pilots holds; Sir Sly and Bleachers join; Modest Mouse on the move

Shaed band - Alt18 Countdown
Shaed

Five new songs hit the Alt18 Countdown this week knocking of heavy-hitters Imagine Dragons and Coldplay among others. Nothing changed at the top, though.

Twenty One Pilots and “Shy Away” held No. 1 for the third straight followed by Manchester Orchestra and “Bed Head.” Glass Animals reached No. 3 with “Space Ghost Coast to Coast” and The Band CAMINO is stalking the top spot with “1 Last Cigarette.” The Neighbourhood and “Stargazing” round out the Top 5.

Modest Mouse made the biggest jump of the week, moving from 18 to 8 with “We Are Between.”

My first time through the countdown this weekend I skipped Weezer’s “All My Favorite Songs” at No. 13. Good thing I listened again. They played a Weezer/AJR version that’s pretty good. Check it out here.

Bleachers are back on the countdown with “Stop Making This Hurt,” while, as predicted, Sir Sly is ready for another climb up the Alt18 with “Welcome the Pressures.”

Alice Merton made a well-deserved return with “Vertigo.”

SHAED and Two Feet return to No. 17 with Part Time Psycho. I love SHAED literally saying hi to the flower beds in this song. Interesting note on SHAED’s name: It comes from Patrick Rothfuss’ The Kingkiller Chronicles. Not to get too nerdy, but this article says it came from “Name of the Wind,” but the shaed in the fantasy series is introduced in book 2, “Wise Man’s Fear.” If anyone knows different, let me know!

Along with Imagine Dragons and Coldplay, Black Pumas (my vote this week), Joywave, and KennyHoopla dropped off this week.

10 Years Ago in Alt18 History

Here’s the Alt18 Countdown for 5/21/11 (thank you, Richard!). Death Cab for Cutie was on a 6-week run at No. 1 with “You Are a Tourist, while Grouplove lie in wait with “Colours,” which would eventually take the top spot. Check out the Beastie Boys at No. 5 with “Make Some Noise.”

  1. Death Cab For Cutie- You Are a Tourist
  2. The Naked and Famous- Young Blood
  3. Airborne Toxic Event- Changing
  4. Manchester Orchestra- April Fool
  5. Beastie Boys- Make Some Noise
  6. Two Door Cinema Club- What You Know
  7. Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi/Jack White- Two Against One
  8. Young the Giant- My Body
  9. Incubus- Adolescents 
  10. The Last Royals- Crystal Vases
  11. The Strokes- Under Cover of Darkness
  12. Arcade Fire- Month of May 
  13. Cage the Elephant- Around My Head
  14. Grouplove- Colours
  15. Foster the People- Pumped Up Kicks
  16. Yuck- Get Away
  17. Foo Fighters- Rope
  18. Joy Formidable- Whirring

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Alt18 Countdown, 5/22/21

18. Sir Sly, Welcomes the Pressure

17. Shaed/Two Feet, Part Time Psycho

16. Billie Eilish, Your Power

15. Alice Merton, Vertigo

14. Still Woozy, Rocky

13. Weezer/AJR, All My Favorite Song

12. Bleachers, Stop Making this Hurt

11. Blu DeTiger, Vintage

10. All Time Low, Once in a Lifetime

9. The Happy Fits, Hold Me Down

8. Modest Mouse, We Are Between

7. CHVRCHES, He Said, She Said

6. girl in red, serotonin

5. The Neighbourhood, Stargazing

4. The Band CAMINO, 1 Last Cigarette

3. Glass Animals, Space Ghost Coast to Coast

2. Manchester Orchestra, Bed Head

1. Twenty One Pilots, Shy Away

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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
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
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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Alt18 Countdown on Sirius XM, 2/6/21: grandson reaches No. 1, The Killers are back, and Foushee joins

Mishaal is at No. 12 on the Alt18 Countdown with Peddle Bike.

The Alt18 Countdown gets “Dirty” this week with grandson taking the top spot from MISSIO, whose “Can You Feel the Sun” falls to No. 2. The Killers made the week’s strongest debut with, “C’est La Vie,” at No. 4. Foo Fighters and Weezer seem to be settling into the list, and Mishaal is hanging around around for another week with “Peddle Bike.” There’s a lot of fan support on Twitter for The Happy Fits, and their song came in at No. 13.

Dropping off this week: “broken people” by almost monday, “Falling Asleep at the Wheel” by Holly Humberstone, “Medicine” by Gus Dapperton and “Leave Me Alone” by iDKHOW. Humberstone had been on consecutive countdowns since Nov. 2, and iDKHOW since Nov. 15.

Trying a new thing this week highlighting lyrics from each of the songs. There’s some beautiful writing on the countdown right now, so thought it’d be nice to pull out a sampling of the writing. As always, the updated Spotify playlist is below.

Thoughts on the countdown? Share them in the comments, find me on Twitter @findingalt18 or email me at: finding.alt18@gmail.com.

Here’s the updated Spotify playlist.

Alt18 Countdown on Sirius XM’s AltNation, 2/6/21

18. Foushee, Deep End

I been trying not to go off the deep end
I don’t think you wanna give me a reason

Deep End, Foushee

17. The Neighborhood, Stargazing

Pull it out of park, put it in drive
I can feel your heart beatin’ with mine
Underneath the stars, lookin’ for a sign
Glowin’ in the dark ’til the sun shines

Stargazing, The Neighbourhood

16. Mansionair/NoMBe, Guillotine

Take my head away from me
Antoinette, sweet Marie
Chop it off, squeaky clean
I got thoughts nobody needs

Guillotine, Mansionair/NoMBe

15. Blu DeTiger, Cotton Candy Lemonade

I wanna get lost with you
Picture waking up somewhere new
I wanna get lost with you
‘Cause right now I’m lost without you too

Cotton Candy Lemonade, Blu DeTiger

14. Inhaler, When It Breaks

How much does it ache
When your bones break?
It seems so hard to tell
What’s real or fake
Can’t let this moment go to waste

When It Breaks, Inhaler

13. The Happy Fits, Hold Me Down

Hold me down tight when I’m losing my mind
You tied a tether here to keep me close
I’ve been talking to myself on some Icarus spell
But it got better when you didn’t go

Hold Me Down, The Happy Fits

12. Mishaal, Peddle Bike

Peddle bike, blue sways
Baby, I’m just waiting for the summer break
Little lies, too late
Baby, I’m just praying for another day

Peddle Bike, Mishaal

11. nothing,nowhere., fake friend

Think we’re slipping
Ice is real thin, thin
Where the hell have you been?
I don’t need a fake friend

fake friend, nothing,nowhere.

10. Foo Fighters, Waiting on a War

Every day waiting for the sky to fall
Big crash on a world that’s so small
Just a boy with nowhere left to go
Fell in love with a voice on the radio

Waiting on a War, Foo Fighters

9. The Backseat Lovers, Kilby Girl

She’s got a fake ID and a nose ring
Those kind of girls tend to know things better than I do
And I’m dying to figure out what she’s hiding

Kilby Girl, The Backseat Lovers

8. Weezer, All My Favorite Songs

All my favorite songs are slow and sad
All my favorite people make me mad
Everything that feels so good is bad, bad, bad

All My Favorite Songs, Weezer

7. Sir Sly, Material Boy

Deeply American, which is to say I’m deeply ashamed
I wonder what the world would say?
And I’m probably sick from my secrets
Politically daft, but we’re in deep shit

Material Boy, Sir Sly

6. Bastille, survivin’

What can I say? I’m survivin’
Crawling out these sheets to see another day

Survivin’, Bastille

5. The Knocks/Foster The People, All About You

Nights, were my only friend
My distraction
When you pulled me out

All About You, The Knocks/Foster the People

4. The Killers, C’est La Vie

Sometimes you’re the river
Sometimes you’re the sea
Sometimes you’re a stranger to yourself, it’s a dangerous place to be

C’est La Vie, The Killers

3. Tame Impala, Is It True

And I tell her I’m in love with her
But how can I know that I’ll always be?

Is It True, Tame Impala

2. MISSIO, Can You Feel the Sun

Below the willow tree
I get hung up on my insecurities
Rose-colored dopamine
My soul feels like it could be make-believe

Can You Feel the Sun, MISSIO

1. grandson, Dirty

Tell me what you tryna hide
And what you runnin’ from inside
‘Cause I got a surprise
We might not make it to the mornin’

Dirty, grandson