This week, Alt Nation decided to change the Alt-18 and condense it to down to the just 8 songs. Personally, I am not a fan, but we will see how it goes. With all the “One and Done” songs this past year, it kind of makes sense. Though I do feel the change was most likely a cost-cutting decision.

In any case, here are the results for the very first Alt-8 Countdown for week 45 of 2017, featuring the top 8 songs requested and/or voted by listeners of Alt Nation on SiriusXM. This week’s countdown was hosted by Madison (@radiomadison).

Be sure to check out Songs to Know 11/10/2017, the future of the Alt-8 Countdown.

Debuting in the Top 8 (Date is when song was added to regular rotation):

8AJR - Sober Up (feat. Rivers Cuomo) (9/14) ¹11/1/2017
¹ Song first heard on Advanced Placement (date in parenthesis).

Leaving the Top 8:
St. Vincent - Los Ageless2 weeks
Bishop Briggs - Dream2 weeks
Royal Blood - I Only Lie When I Love You1 weeks
K.Flay - Giver6 weeks
Thirty Seconds to Mars - Walk On Water10 weeks
BANNERS - Someone to You - Single13 weeks
Francis and the Lights - May I Have This Dance (Remix) (feat. Chance the Rapper) - Single2 weeks
Beck - Up All Night8 weeks
WALK THE MOON - One Foot7 weeks
The Killers - Run for Cover3 weeks
Foster the People - Sit Next to Me2 weeks

Here are the results for this week’s countdown. Click on iTunes to buy or Apple Music to stream (subscription required). Complete results Playlist available on Spotify and . Click icon below to listen now. (Select songs may not be available on all services.):

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8 / NEWAJR - Sober Up (feat. Rivers Cuomo)
7 / - (12)AWOLNATION - Passion
6 / 2Alice Merton - No Roots
5 / 4Nothing But Thieves - Sorry
4 / 6 Sofi Tukker - Best Friend (feat. NERVO, The Knocks & Alisa Ueno)
3 / 3Manchester Orchestra - The Gold
2 / 7 Portugal. The Man - Live in the Moment
1 / 1Sir Sly - &Run


Sir Sly - &Run holds onto the #1 spot for the 2nd consecutive week.


Comments (10)

Boo! I guess they’re kicking out the extra ten songs so that the top 5 can get EVEN MORE airplay. I feel like the “record” companies sometimes are pushing pretty hard to have certain songs in a heavier rotation. While I do believe that most of what we hear is listener influenced, I’m not so naive to think there’s no outside leverage going on also.

RIP ALT 18!!!


One of the things I noticed on the All Access website is that certain songs are getting played more often now (like 60-70 times a week) than earlier this year (40-50 times a week). That might be a factor. I just used that data to calculate what 9-18 would be on my blog.

I had noticed that too. It used to be that 50 was a LOT of spins in a week, but in the last month 4-5 songs are approaching 70 spins. For example, I used to like “The Gold” but it ‘s been overplayed to the point I don’t want to listen to it.

I’m afraid going down to 8 songs makes ALT Nation less transparent in regard to what they play. Hopefully all the Music Directors out there will provide them lots of feedback about this!

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