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

TWIN XL
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.

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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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