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|Broadcast area||United States, Canada|
|Frequency||Sirius XM Radio 36
Dish Network 6036
|Class||Satellite Radio Station|
|Owner||Sirius XM Radio|
|Website||SiriusXM: Alt Nation|
Alt Nation is an alternative rock radio station on Sirius Satellite Radio channel 36 (previously 21), XM Satellite Radio channel 36 (previously 47, replacing Ethel on November 12, 2008) and on Dish Network channel 6036. Until February 9, 2010, it was on Direct TV channel 834.
Alt Nation began back in 2002, when Sirius Satellite Radio launched. Some 1970s songs were played on the channel, such as AC/DC's Highway To Hell until February 2009, when the playlist was reduced to 1990s/2000s alternative rock. However, since the spring of 2009, Alt Nation dropped most of the 1990s alternative rock, leaving most of the 1990s playlist to Lithium. The only 1990s song remaining on Alt Nation's playlist is Stellar by Incubus, from their 1999 album Make Yourself.
Recently, Alt Nation has become increasingly known for breaking new bands into the alternative rock radio scene. For example, Alt Nation was the first alternative-rock station to play Phoenix's "1901" and Foster the People's "Pumped Up Kicks", both of which went to #1 on the Alternative Rock chart.
- The Alt-18 Countdown is a countdown of the week's most requested music played on Alt Nation. It airs on every Saturday at 1 pm ET, and rebroadcasts on Saturdays at 7 pm ET, Sundays at 4 pm ET and 10 pm ET, and Mondays at 10 am ET.
- Boombox Radio is a show hosted by DJ Liquid Todd. The show plays remixed alternative rock and electro music every Saturday 10 pm - Midnight ET and Wednesday 2 am - 4 am ET.
Alt-18 Countdown as of September 28th
- 18. Daft Punk feat. Panda Bear - Doin’ It Right (Debut)
- 17. RAC feat. Kele/MNDR - Let Go (Debut)
- 16. Two Door Cinema Club - Changing of the Seasons (-3)
- 15. Wild Cubs - Thunder Clatter (+2)
- 14. The Killers - Shot at the Night (+2)
- 13. Phoenix - Trying to Be Cool (-4)
- 12. American Authors - Best Day of My Life (-1)
- 11. Kings of Leon - Supersoaker (-1)
- 10. Arcade Fire - Reflektor (+4)
- 9. MS MR - Hurricane (+3)
- 8. Bastille - Pompeii (-5)
- 7. Arctic Monkeys - Do I Wanna Know (+1)
- 6. CHVRCHES - The Mother We Share (+1)
- 5. Vampire Weekend - Unbelievers (+1)
- 4. Cage the Elephant - Come a Little Closer (0)
- 3. Smallpools - Dreaming (+2)
- 2. Grouplove - Ways to Go (0)
- 1. The Neighbourhood - Afraid (0, 2nd Consecutive #1, 2 total)
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