Alt18 Countdown on Sirius XM, 9/11/21: Milky Chance is No. 1 with ‘Colorado’

Walk the Moon

It’s always interesting when Madison goes on vacation. A week after the Alt18 Countdown saw pretty significant changes with host Madison out, it snapped back with seven new or returning songs joining the weekly alt chart.

But let’s start at the top, where we have a new No. 1. Milky Chance’s catchy “Colorado” swaps spots with Bastille’s “Distorted Light Beam” to become the 10th song to take the top spot on the countdown in 2021.

Måneskin held at No. 3, CHVRCHES cruised up to No. 4 with “Good Girl,” and Twenty One Pilots rounded out the Top 5 with “The Outside.”

Now things get a little topsy-turvy. “Elegant Stranger” by Atlas Genius dropped off after hitting No. 5 last week, while Saint Motel returned at No. 6 after “It’s All Happening” dropped off the countdown last week. It seems to have replaced Vance Joy and “Missing Piece,” which fell off the countdown, as did The Happy Fits and “Another Try.”

Manchester Orchestra’s “Telepath” reached No. 8. It’s also the People’s Champ Song of the Week, as voted by the Finding Alt18 Discord (join here!).

The Foo Fighters, SEB, Arrested Youth, and Sir Sly fell off the countdown. The Killers returned and The Marias moved up to No. 11 with “Hush.”

Here’s the AltCharts countdown on Spotify. And YouTube.

Want to see how I knew “Colorado” is the 10th new No. 1? Check out our community spreadsheet here.

Alt18 Countdown, 9/11/21

18. Joywave, Every Window is a Mirror | New

17. Cannons, Bad Dream

16. All Time Low (feat. Pale Waves), PMA | New

15. grandson (w/ Jesse Reyez), Rain | New

14. Imagine Dragons, Wrecked | -5

13. Holly Humberstone, The Walls Are Way Too Thin

12. Cold War Kids, What You Say

11. The Marias, Hush | (new)

10. The Killers, Sleepwalker

9. Walk the Moon, Can You Handle My Love??

8. Manchester Orchestra, Telepath

7. Bleachers, Stop Making this Hurt

6. Saint Motel, It’s All Happening

5. Twenty One Pilots, The Outside

4. CHVRCHES, Good Girls

3. Måneskin, I WANNA BE YOUR SLAVE

2. Bastille, Distorted Light Beam

1. Milky Chance, Colorado

You can find many of these songs, and other alt-pop hits and classics, on my new Spotify playlist, AltCharts.

See last week’s countdown here.

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Alt18 Countdown on Sirius XM, 9/4/21: Bastille tops, The Happy Fits join

Vance Joy - Alt18 Countdown - image
Vance Joy

Another week of swapping places on and off theAlt18 Countdown. Sir Sly, Cold War Kids, Foo Fighters, Holly Humberstone and Atlas Genius all had songs return this week after some time off. They replace Alt18 stalwarts Glass Animals, Modest Mouse and The Killers, among others.

Over on the Finding Alt18 Discord the group voted Saint Motel’s “It’s All Happening” the People’s Champ Song of the Week, but it fell completely off the countdown.

The Marias are new to the Alt18 this week with “Hush,” while The Happy Fits give the countdown another try with “Another Try.” Up at the top, it’s Bastille again at No. 1, followed by Milky Chance’s “Colorado” and Måneskin’s “I WANNA BE YOUR SLAVE.”

CHVRCHES notably fell off the list this week with former No. 1 “He Said, She Said,” but joined with “Good Girls.”

Thank you to FastrThnU for posting the Alt18 on Discord this weekend while I was out in the woods.

Prediction for next week: Modest Mouse is back with a new song, Twenty Pilots moves up, and maybe we get Bakar back?

Here’s the AltCharts countdown on Spotify.

Alt18 Countdown, 9/4/21

18. The Marias, Hush | (new)

17. Manchester Orchestra, Telepath

16. Cold War Kids, What You Say

15. SEB, seaside_demo

14. Arrested Youth, Find My Own Way

13. Foo Fighters, Making A Fire

12. Sir Sly, Welcomes the Pressure

11. CHVRCHES, Good Girls

10. Holly Humberstone, The Walls Are Way Too Thin

9. Imagine Dragons, Wrecked

8. The Happy Fits, Another Try

7. Twenty One Pilots, The Outside

6. Vance Joy, Missing Piece

5. Atlas Genius, Elegant Stranger

4. Walk the Moon, Can You Handle My Love??

3. Måneskin, I WANNA BE YOUR SLAVE

2. Milky Chance, Colorado

1. Bastille, Distorted Light Beam

You can find many of these songs, and other alt-pop hits and classics, on my new Spotify playlist, AltCharts.

See last week’s countdown here.

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Alt18 Countdown on Sirius XM, 8/28/21: Milky Chance jumps to No. 2; The Killers, Dayglow join

Ian Johnson, Arrested Youth

Twenty One Pilots was coming and going on the new Alt18 Countdown on Sirius XM.

The duo’s “Saturday” fell off the Alt18 but their “The Outside” took its place, debuting at No. 8. This is the third song off their new album “Scaled and Icy” to make the countdown. “Shy Away” had a run earlier this year.

It’s also good days if you’re a Killers fan. The band dropped a second album, “Pressure Machine,” in less than a year and “Sleepwalker” joined the Alt18 this week. Brandon Flowers and co. lived on the countdown last year and appear ready to take up residency for the rest of 2021.

Dayglow brings the third new new song this week with “Medicine.” Another great song off “Harmony House,” Sloan Struble continues to build on his 2020 success of “Can I See You Tonight.” He had “Close to You” on the countdown earlier this year.

Returning this week are SEB’s “seaside_demo,” along with “Wrecked” by Imagine Dragons and “Stop Making this Hurt” by Bleachers. Of the three, SEB was least likely to jump back in, but also the nicest surprise.

Those six songs knocked off a mix of old and new. We mentioned “Saturday,” and “Welcomes the Pressure” by Sir Sly continues to yo-yo on and off the Alt18. The biggest surprise is Holly Humberstone’s “The Walls are Way to Thin,” which was flirting with No. 1 a couple of weeks ago. Lorde’s run with “Solar Power” may be over, Cannons and “Bad Dream” had been hanging around, and you could easily see Cold War Kids back next week with “What You Say.”

Bastille is back at No. 1 with “Distorted Light Beam,” while Milky Chance jumped to No. 2 with “Colorado.” I like Måneskin’s chances at No. 4, and Saint Motel reached No. 3 with “It’s All Happening.” Arrested Youth’s “Find My Way,” featuring Blink-182’s Mark Hoppus, is at No. 11. In some industry synergy, they’re touring with Twenty One Pilots this year.

I’m starting a new thing on the Discord channel where members can vote for their favorite song of the week. This week’s “People’s Champ” is the earworm “I WANNA BE YOUR SLAVE.” Vote this week over in the Finding Alt18 Discord (and check out some incredibly cool data on the history of pop music).

Here’s the AltCharts countdown on Spotify.

Alt18 Countdown, 8/28/21

18. Dayglow, Medicine | (new)

17. CHVRCHES, He Said, She Said

16. The Killers, Sleepwalker | (new)

15. SEB, seaside_demo

14. Bleachers, Stop Making This Hurt

13. Glass Animals, Space Ghost Coast to Coast

12. Manchester Orchestra, Telepath

11. Arrested Youth, Find My Own Way

10. Billie Eilish, NDA

9. Vance Joy, Missing Piece

8. Twenty One Pilots, The Outside | (new)

7. Modest Mouse, We Are Between

6. Imagine Dragons, Wrecked

5. Walk the Moon, Can You Handle My Love??

4. Måneskin, I WANNA BE YOUR SLAVE

3. Saint Motel, It’s All Happening

2. Milky Chance, Colorado

1. Bastille, Distorted Light Beam

You can find many of these songs, and other alt-pop hits and classics, on my new Spotify playlist, AltCharts.

See last week’s countdown here.

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Siriux XM Alt 18 Countdown of alternative music, Jan. 16, 2021 | MISSIO back to No. 1; Kings of Leon joins

The Knocks

A belated recap of the Jan. 16, 2021 Alt18 Countdown. Apologies everyone! Kings of Leon join this week and Jake Bugg, Mishaal and grandson all return. They kicked off Almost Monday, Royal Blood, Bleachers and Bruce Springsteen and Billie Eilish.

It was just one week at No. 1 for Sir Sly and “Material Boy,” which slipped to No. 6. MISSIO returned the top spot with “Can You Feel the Sun.” Bastille, Tame Impala, I Don’t Know How But They Found Me and Mansionair with NoMBe round out the Top 5.

This week’s Spotify playlist

Searchable database of 2020 Alt18 Countdown songs

Alt18 Countdown – Jan. 16, 2021

18. Kings of Leon The Bandit – (new) | Video | RCA | Released Jan. 7, 2021

17. Jake Bugg All I Need – (return) | video | NME | @jakebugg

Royal BloodTrouble’s Coming – (-7) | YouTube | Warner Records | Released Sept. 21, 2020

16. Royal and the SerpentChoke – (-8) | Video | Atlantic | Released on Oct. 16, 2020

15. MishaalPeddle Bike – (return) | Video | RCA | Released on Sept. 4, 2020

14. Holly HumberstoneFalling Asleep at the Wheel – (-8) | Closer Artists | Guitar.com | NYT | On the Run | @HolHumberstone

13. The Knocks (feat. Foster the People) – All About You – (same) | Video | Big Beat Records | Released Oct. 28, 2020

12. grandsonDirty – (-1) | Video | Fueled by Ramen | Loudwire | Death of an Optimist |@grandson

Billie EilishTherefore I Am – (-4) | Darkroom/Interscope Records | Video | Released Nov. 12, 2020

11. InhalerWhen It Breaks – (new) | Video | Polydor Records | Released Oct. 15, 2020 | Band works out of Dublin, Ireland | @inhalerdublin

10. ClairoSofia – (+4) | Video | Fader | Released May 24, 2019

9. Glass Animals – Tangerine – (-2) | Video | Polydor Records | James Corden | Open Source | Released May 1, 2020

8. Ashe – Save Myself – (+1) | Video | Mom+Pop | Released July 22, 2020

7. The Backseat Lovers – Kilby Girl – (-3) | Mick |Video | 24 hours with | @backseat_luv 

6. Sir SlyMaterial Boy – (-5) | Video | Lyrics | Wiki | Landon Jacobs | Variance | Interscope Records | @SirSly

5.  Mansionair/NoMBeGuillotine – (+3) | Glassnote Records / TH3RD BRAIN Records | Video | @mansionair @NoMBeMusic | Video | Released Nov. 13, 2020

4. I Dont Know How But They Found Me Leave Me Alone – (-5) | Fearless Records | Video | Guitar World | @iDKHow

3. Tame ImpalaIs It True – (+2) | Genius | Video | Interscope Records | @tameimpala

2. Bastillesurvivin’ – (+1) | Video | Republic Records | Wiki | Simon Pegg | ASCA

1. MISSIOCan You Feel the Sun – RCA Records (+1) | Video | Wiki | American Songwriter |@MissioMusic

Siriux XM Alt 18 Countdown of alternative music, Jan. 9, 2021 | Sir Sly at No. 1; Almost Monday joins with ‘Broken People’

Inhaler looking cool.

Almost Monday joined the Alt18 this week with “Broken People,” which was released in October 2019 and has already racked up millions of plays on the different platforms. Clairo returns to the Alt18 with “Sofia,” and Ashe’s “Save Me” is other new addition this week. That sends Mishaal’s “Peddle Bike,” the Foo Fighters “Shame, Shame” and grandson’s “Dirty” off the countdown. With all that change over, Sir Sly is left on top with “Material Boy.”

This week’s Spotify playlist

Searchable database of 2020 Alt18 Countdown songs

Alt18 Countdown – Jan. 2, 2021

18. Almost Monday – Broken People – (new) | Video | Hollywood Records | Released Oct. 25, 2019

17. Royal BloodTrouble’s Coming – (-7) | YouTube | Warner Records | Released Sept. 21, 2020

16. InhalerWhen It Breaks – (new) | Video | Polydor Records | Released Oct. 15, 2020 | Band works out of Dublin, Ireland | @inhalerdublin

15. Bleachers/Bruce Springsteenchinatown – (-2) |RCA | Billboard | Video | @bleachersmusic @springsteen | Released Nov. 20, 2020

14. Clairo – Sofia – (return) | Video | Fader | Released May 24, 2019

13. The Knocks (feat. Foster the People) – All About You – (+1) | Video | Big Beat Records | Released Oct. 28, 2020

12. Billie EilishTherefore I Am – (-4) | Darkroom/Interscope Records | Video | Released Nov. 12, 2020

11. Mansionair/NoMBeGuillotine – (+3) | Glassnote Records / TH3RD BRAIN Records | Video | @mansionair @NoMBeMusic | Video | Released Nov. 13, 2020

10. I Dont Know How But They Found Me Leave Me Alone – (-5) | Fearless Records | Video | Guitar World | @iDKHow

9. Ashe – Save Myself – (return) | Video | Mom+Pop | Released July 22, 2020

8. Royal and the SerpentChoke – (+10) | Video | Atlantic | Released on Oct. 16, 2020

7. Glass Animals – Tangerine – (-3) | Video | Polydor Records | James Corden | Open Source | Released May 1, 2020

6. Holly HumberstoneFalling Asleep at the Wheel – (+4) | Closer Artists | Guitar.com | NYT | On the Run | @HolHumberstone

5.  Tame ImpalaIs It True – (-2) | Genius | Video | Interscope Records | @tameimpala

4. The Backseat Lovers – Kilby Girl – (+5) | Mick |Video | 24 hours with | @backseat_luv 

3. Bastillesurvivin’ – (+4) | Video | Republic Records | Wiki | Simon Pegg | ASCA

2. MISSIOCan You Feel the Sun – RCA Records (+2) | Video | Wiki | American Songwriter |@MissioMusic

1. Sir SlyMaterial Boy – (+7) | Video | Lyrics | Wiki | Landon Jacobs | Variance | Interscope Records | @SirSly

Siriux XM Alt 18 Countdown of alternative music, Jan. 2, 2021 | New ones from The Knocks, Inhaler, Mishaal; MISSIO at No. 1

Australia’s Mansionair

We’re back to the regular Alt18 Countdown after last week’s Alt36 of 2020. Justin Kade filled in for Madison during the holiday week. The countdown kicked off 2021 with four new songs, including a new one from Royal and the Serpent, plus songs from Inhaler, Mishaal and The Knocks. From there it was back to where things left off in 2020 with the same Top 2 songs from the Dec. 19 countdown. Tame Impala made the biggest jump, moving up 12 spots with “Is It True,” which appeared to be heading out after a lengthy run. It’s back up to No. 3.

Jake Bugg, Clairo, Cannons, Ashe and USERx all fell off. I’d expect to see Bugg and Ashe back soon; USERx’s “Waterman” has also returned and is getting some play on AltNation.

Happy New Year!

This week’s Spotify playlist

Searchable database of 2020 Alt18 Countdown songs

Alt18 Countdown – Jan. 2, 2021

18. Royal and the SerpentChoke – (new) | Video | Atlantic | Released on Oct. 16, 2020

17. InhalerWhen It Breaks – (new) | Video | Polydor Records | Released Oct. 15, 2020 | Band works out of Dublin, Ireland

16. MishaalPeddle Bike – (new) | Video | RCA | Released on Sept. 4, 2020

15. The Knocks (feat. Foster the People) – All About You – (new) | Video | Big Beat Records | Released Oct. 28, 2020

14. Mansionair/NoMBeGuillotine – (same) | Glassnote Records / TH3RD BRAIN Records | Video | @mansionair @NoMBeMusic | Video | Released Nov. 13, 2020

13. Bleachers/Bruce Springsteenchinatown – (+3) |RCA | Billboard | Video | @bleachersmusic @springsteen | Released Nov. 20, 2020

12. Foo FightersShame Shame – (-8) | SNL | Roswell Records | Their full new album is out in February

11. Holly HumberstoneFalling Asleep at the Wheel – (-2) | Closer Artists | Guitar.com | NYT | On the Run | @HolHumberstone

10. Royal BloodTrouble’s Coming – (return) | YouTube | Warner Records | Released Sept. 21, 2020

9. The Backseat Lovers – Kilby Girl – (+1) | Mick |Video | 24 hours with | @backseat_luv 

8. Billie EilishTherefore I Am – (-2) | Interscope | Video

7. Bastillesurvivin’ – (-4) | Video | Republic Records | Wiki | Simon Pegg | ASCA

6. grandsonDirty – (-1) | Video | Fueled by Ramen | Loudwire | Death of an Optimist | @grandson

5.  I Dont Know How But They Found Me Leave Me Alone – (+3) | Fearless Records | Video | Guitar World | @iDKHow

4. Glass Animals – Tangerine – (+3) | Video | Republic Records | James Corden | Open Source | Glass Animals did it! They appeared on every Alt18 Countdown in 2020.

3. Tame ImpalaIs It True – (+12) | Genius | Video | Interscope Records | @tameimpala

2. Sir SlyMaterial Boy – (+7) | Video | Lyrics | Wiki | Landon Jacobs | Variance | Interscope Records | @SirSly

1. MISSIO @MissionMusicCan You Feel the Sun – RCA Records (+2) | Wiki | American Songwriter | And there it is, MISSIO Mafia! The duo finally hits No. 1 this year after 20 weeks on the countdown with this song, plus Wolves.

Siriux XM Alt 18 Countdown of alternative music, Dec. 19, 2020 | MISSIO hits No. 1; Jake Bugg joins final countdown of the year

Ashe

It’s the last Alt18 Countdown of 2020, and it’s pretty much a hold steady for the list. Jake Bugg (!) returns with a promising new song, “All I Need.” Hopefully this mean more new material from the British songwriter in 2021.

MISSIO climbs to No. 1 with “Can You Feel the Sun?” knocking off Bastille and “survivin'” Royal Blood, AJR and Black Belt Eagle Scout all fall off the list this week. Royal Blood’s “Trouble Coming” drops off for the first time since joining on Oct. 18.

“Tangerine” by Glass Animals, “Material Boy” by Sir Sly and “Is It True” by Tame Impala are the longest-running songs on the current countdown. All joined the list on Oct. 4.

SiriusXM released its “Class of 2020” this week. Alt18 bands Cannons, Phoebe Bridgers, Powfu, Wallows, Ashe and Clairo were part of the collection.

Next week they’ll run the “Alt36 of 2020” in place of the normal countdown, and then we’re off to 2021.

This week’s Spotify playlist

Searchable database of 2020 Alt18 Countdown songs

Alt18 Countdown – Dec. 19, 2020

18. Jake Bugg @jakebugg, All I Need, RCA – (new) | video | NME

17. Bleachers/Bruce Springsteen @bleachersmusic @springsteenchinatown – RCA (-2) | Billboard | Video

16. Clairo @clairoSofiaFader – (-3) | Immunity | Wiki | Loops

15. Tame Impala @tameimpalaIs It True – Interscope Records (-1) | Genius | Video | 30 weeks on the Alt18 for Tame Impala this year

14. Mansionair/NoMBe @mansionair @NoMBeMusicGuillotineGlassnote Records / TH3RD BRAIN Records – (return) | Video | Guillotine was No. 18 on Nov. 28, but fell off — until this week.

13. Cannons @Cannonstheband – Fire For You – Columbia – (same) |Live | Class of 2020

12. USERx@mattmaeson @officailrozwellWatermanAtlantic – (return) | Video | Virginia Pilot | This song appeared on the Nov. 28 countdown.

11. Ashe @ashemusicSave MyselfMom + Pop – (+5) | New single

10. The Backseat Lovers @backseat_luv – Kilby Girl – Mick – (-7) | 24 hours with | Fourth week on the countdown.

9. Holly Humberstone @HolHumberstoneFalling Asleep at the WheelCloser Artists (+3) | Guitar.com | NYT | On the Run

8. I Dont Know How But They Found Me @iDKHowLeave Me AloneFearless Records (+4) | Video | Guitar World | Ninth week on the countdown

7. Glass Animals @GlassAnimalsTangerineRepublic Records (+1) | James Corden | Open Source | Glass Animals did it! They appeared on every Alt18 Countdown in 2020.

6. Billie Eilish @billieeilishTherefore I Am – Interscope (-2) | Eilish’s third song on the #Alt18 this year along with “my future” and “everything i wanted.”

5.  grandson @grandsonDirtyFueled by Ramen (same) | Video | Loudwire | Death of an Optimist | DOAO the movie, 12/17/20 | Fifth week on the countdown

4. Foo Fighters @foofightersShame Shame – Roswell Records – (-3) | SNL | Their full new album is out in February

3. Bastillesurvivin’ Republic Records (-2) | Video | Wiki | Simon Pegg | ASCA

2. Sir Sly @SirSlyMaterial BoyInterscope Records (+7) | Lyrics | Wiki | Landon Jacobs | Variance

1. MISSIO @MissionMusicCan You Feel the Sun – RCA Records (+2) | Wiki | American Songwriter | And there it is, MISSIO Mafia! The duo finally hits No. 1 this year after 20 weeks on the countdown with this song, plus Wolves.

Siriux XM Alt 18 Countdown of alternative music, Dec. 12, 2020 | Ashe, Black Belt Eagle Scout join Alt18; Bastille, MISSIO at the top

Bastille’s Dan Smith (creative commons)

Big week for grandson, who jumps 12 spots to No. 5 after the release of his album, “Death of an Optimist.” (Prediction: “In Over My Head” off the album is headed to the Alt18 next year.) MISSIO comes so close to the top spot, but falls short to another week at No. 1 for Bastille and “survivin'”

Billie Eilish remains in the Top 5, but this week Alt18 pulled used her live performance of “Therefore I am” on AltNation. Nice, sinister version of the song. And, The Backseat Lovers reach No. 3 after “Kilby Girl” fell out of the Alt18 a couple of weeks ago.

Black Belt Eagle Scout joins the Alt18 at No. 18, replacing Paris Jackson. Ashe’s “Save Myself” also joins the countdown. Royal and the Serpent, Gus Dapperton and Cage the Elephant fall off, but could easily return as proven by AJR’s “Bummerland” making a comeback.

This week’s Spotify playlist

Alt18 Countdown – Dec. 12, 2020

18. Black Belt Eagle Scout @blackbelteagles, Soft Stud, Saddle Creek – (new) | Nirvana and Mazzy Star | Point of Origin song on AltNation |

17. AJR @AJRBrothers – Bummerland – Indie – (return) | Video | Signature hot sauce | Reddit | Ellen| Broadway

16. Ashe @ashemusicSave MyselfMom + Pop – (new) | New single

15. Tame Impala @tameimpalaIs It True – Interscope Records (-3) | Genius | Video | 30 weeks on the Alt18 for Tame Impala this year

14. Cannons @Cannonstheband – Fire For You – Columbia – (return) |Live

13.  Clairo @clairoSofiaFader – (-3) | Immunity | Wiki

12. I Dont Know How But They Found Me @iDKHowLeave Me AloneFearless Records (-6) | Video | Guitar World | Ninth week on the countdown

11. Bleachers/Bruce Springsteen @bleachersmusic @springsteenchinatown – RCA (+4) | Billboard | Video

10. Holly Humberstone @HolHumberstoneFalling Asleep at the WheelCloser Artists (+3) | Guitar.com | NYT | On the Run

9. Sir Sly @SirSlyMaterial BoyInterscope Records (-7) | Lyrics | Wiki | Landon Jacobs | Variance

8. Foo Fighters @foofightersShame Shame – Roswell Records – (-3) | SNL

7. Glass Animals @GlassAnimalsTangerineRepublic Records (+1) | James Corden | Open Source | Glass Animals continue their perfect run through 2020. They’ve been on every countdown this year.

6. Royal Blood @royalbloodukTrouble’s Coming – Warner Brother (+8) | Official audio | Corden | Purple Disco Machine

5.  grandson @grandsonDirtyFueled by Ramen (+12) | Video | Loudwire | Death of an Optimist | DOAO the movie, 12/17/20 | Fifth week on the countdown

4. Billie Eilish @billieeilishTherefore I Am – Interscope (+1) | Eilish’s third song on the #Alt18 this year along with “my future” and “everything i wanted.” She performed on AltNation this week.

3. The Backseat Lovers @backseat_luv – Kilby Girl – Mick – (+8) | 24 hours with | Fourth week on the countdown.

2. MISSIO @MissionMusicCan You Feel the Sun – RCA Records (+2) | Wiki | American Songwriter | 19 weeks on the countdown this year for this song, plus Wolves. The duo racked up 8.4 million listeners and 109.6 million streams on Spotify in 2020.

1. Bastillesurvivin’ Republic Records (same) | Video | Wiki | Simon Pegg | ASCA

Siriux XM Alt 18 Countdown of alternative music, Dec. 5, 2020 | Paris Jackson, Bleachers with Bruce Springsteen join; Bastille reclaims No. 1

The Backseat Lovers loving life.

Rock royalty is on the Alt18 Countdown these days, first with Foo Fighters and now the great Bruce Springsteen. The Boss teamed up with Jack Antonoff and Bleachers for “chinatown,” which debuted at No. 15 this week.

Madison returned this week and so did Gus Dapperton to the Alt18 with “Post Humorous” (something she noted herself). Clairo is also back with “Sofia.”

Paris Jackson — yes, Michael’s daughter — joins the countdown at No. 18 with “Let Down.” Billie Eilish climbed one with “There I Am” after appearing on AltNation for an interview and performance, including a cover of The Beatles, “Something.” Her brother Finneas didn’t fare as well. His “Can’t Wait to Be Dead” dropped off, along with “Guillotine” by Mansionair and NoMBe and “Our Song” by Rainbow Kitten Surprise.

The Countdown also said goodbye to Cannons and “Fire For You” after 16 weeks on the Alt18.

Former Alt18 song “Monsters” by All Time Low featuring Blackbear finished its 12th week as the most-played alternative song on the Billboard alternative charts dating back to Sept. 12, 2020. Checkout a new version of the song featuring Demi Lovato.

This week’s Spotify playlist

Alt18 Countdown – Dec. 5, 2020

18. Paris Jackson @parisjackson, Let Down – Republic Records (new)

17. grandson @grandsonDirtyFueled by Ramen (-3) | Video | Loudwire | Death of an Optimist | DOAO the movie, 12/17/20 | Fifth week on the countdown

16. Royal and the Serpent @royalandtheserp – Overwhelmed – Atlantic Records (same) – Video | Insta | Idolator | Next up? | Ladygunn | 21 weeks and counting on the Alt18

15. Bleachers/Bruce Springsteen @bleachersmusic @springsteenchinatown – RCA (new) | Billboard | Video

14. Royal Blood @royalbloodukTrouble’s Coming – Warner Brother (-2) | Official audio | Corden | Purple Disco Machine

13.  Holly Humberstone @HolHumberstoneFalling Asleep at the WheelCloser Artists (-2) | Guitar.com | NYT | On the Run

12. Tame Impala @tameimpalaIs It True – Interscope Records (-6) | Genius | Video | 30 weeks on the Alt18 for Tame Impala this year

11. The Backseat Lovers @backseat_luv – Kilby Girl – Mick – (-4) | 24 hours with | Fourth week on the countdown.

10. Clairo @clairoSofiaFader – (return) | Immunity | Wiki

9. Gus Dapperton @GusDapperton – Post Humorous – AWAL (return) | Video | Spin | Wiki | 16th week on the Alt18 this year for Post Humorous

8. Glass Animals @GlassAnimalsTangerineRepublic Records (-3) | James Corden | Open Source | Glass Animals continue their perfect run through 2020. They’ve been on every countdown this year.

7. Cage the Elephant @cagetheelephantSkin and Bones RCA – (new) | ACL | Song from their 2019 album Social Cues

6. I Dont Know How But They Found Me @iDKHowLeave Me AloneFearless Records (-5) | Video | Guitar World | Ninth week on the countdown

5.  Foo Fighters @foofightersShame Shame – Roswell Records – (+1) | SNL

4. MISSIO @MissionMusicCan You Feel the Sun – RCA Records (-2) | Wiki | American Songwriter | 19 weeks on the countdown this year for this song, plus Wolves. The duo racked up 8.4 million listeners and 109.6 million streams on Spotify in 2020.

3. Billie Eilish @billieeilishTherefore I Am – Interscope (+1) | Eilish’s third song on the #Alt18 this year along with “my future” and “everything i wanted.” She performed on AltNation this week.

2. Sir Sly @SirSlyMaterial BoyInterscope Records (-6) | Lyrics | Wiki | Landon Jacobs | Variance

1. Bastillesurvivin’ Republic Records (same) | Video | Wiki | Simon Pegg | ASCA

Siriux XM Alt 18 Countdown of alternative music, Nov. 28, 2020 | Mansionair/NoMBe, Finneas, Cage the Elephant and Rainbow Kitten Surprise join

Material boys Sir Sly

Running late this week with the holiday, but here’s the list with four new songs this week. Post Humorous by Gus Dapperton fell off the week Madison is on vacation. Coincidence? Justin Kade filled in ably.

Note: It was pointed out I dropped the “but” from “I Dont Know How But They Found Me.” That makes me a “but-head.” Corrected this week and I’m going back through previous lists to get things right. See a mistake? Let me know!

Thoughts on this week’s countdown? Post a comment or drop me a line.

This week’s Spotify playlist

Alt18 Countdown – Nov. 28, 2020

18. Mansionair/NoMBe @mansionair @NoMBeMusicGuillotineGlassnote Records / TH3RD BRAIN Records – (new) | Video | Mansionair and NoMBe’s first appearance on the Alt18 in 2020.

17. Rainbow Kitten Surprise @RKSBandOfficial Our Song – Elektra Records (new) | The Honey Pop | Genius

16. Royal and the Serpent @royalandtheserp – Overwhelmed – Atlantic Records (+1) – Video | Insta | Idolator | Next up? | Ladygunn | 20 weeks and counting on the Alt18

15. Finneas @finneasCan’t Wait to Be Dead – AWAL – (new) | Wiki | NME | Finneas returns to the Alt18 after “Let’s Fall in Love” spent the first 10 weeks of 2020 on the countdown.

14. grandson @grandsonDirtyFueled by Ramen (-8) | Video | Loudwire | Fourth week on the countdown

13.  I Dont Know How But They Found Me @iDKHowLeave Me AloneFearless Records (-5) | Video | Ninth week on the countdown

12. Royal Blood @royalbloodukTrouble’s Coming – Warner Brother (-10) | Official audio | Corden | Purple Disco Machine

11. Holly Humberstone @HolHumberstoneFalling Asleep at the WheelCloser Artists (+4) | Guitar.com | NYT | On the Run

10. Cannons @Cannonstheband – Fire For You – AntiFragile Music (-3) | Live | The Digital Fix | Top TV song | 16 weeks on the Alt18

9. Cage the Elephant @cagetheelephantSkin and Bones RCA – (new) | ACL | Song from their 2019 album Social Cues

8. Sir Sly @SirSlyMaterial BoyInterscope Records (-4) | Lyrics | Wiki | Landon Jacobs | Variance

7. The Backseat Lovers @backseat_luv – Kilby Girl – Mick – (+5) | 24 hours with | \Fourth week on the countdown.

6. Tame Impala @tameimpalaIs It True – Interscope Records (+2) | Genius | Video | 29 weeks on the Alt18 for Tame Impala this year

5.  Glass Animals @GlassAnimalsTangerineRepublic Records (same) | James Corden | Open Source | Glass Animals continue their perfect run through 2020. They’ve been on every countdown this year.

4. Billie Eilish @billieeilishTherefore I Am – Interscope (+8) | Eilish’s third song on the #Alt18 this year along with “my future” and “everything i wanted”

3. Bastillesurvivin’ Republic Records (-2) | Video | Wiki | Simon Pegg | ASCA

2. MISSIO @MissionMusicCan You Feel the Sun – RCA Records – (+1) | Wiki | American Songwriter | 18 weeks on the countdown this year for this song, plus Wolves

1. Foo Fighters @foofightersShame Shame – Roswell Records – (+1) | SNL