In 2011, SiriusXM’s AltNation, Ch. 36, played Foster the People before the band was even signed, then in 2012 they jump-started Grouplove’s debut album, which the band gives credit for much of their success. Not to mention, AltNation was the first American radio to play Atlas Genius.

Working from the front lines of alternative music, AltNation’s list of the best songs of 2012, is like an archive of the year’s biggest and best indie rockers, including Jack White who closed out the list at #18 with “Sixteen Saltines” and Muse, whose song “Madness” was safely in the the middle at #8.

To find out which acts AltNation couldn’t get enough of, and for more information about the latest in alternative rock, check out


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