Power Rankings

Albums
The top albums of 2016 so far, as ranked by the committee of one.      Updated:  November 20, 2016
RANK ARTISTALBUMGENREPOWER INDEXTREND
1
Bear's DenRed Earth & Pouring RainFolk-Rock91.4
2
Bon Iver22, A MillionArt Pop88.5
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3
ShearwaterJet Plane & OxbowIndie Rock87.7
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4
Folly & The HunterAwakeFolk-Rock82.0
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5
BeyoncéLemonadePop81.4
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6
Flock Of DimesIf You See Me, Say YesDream Pop81.3
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7
Frightened RabbitPainting Of A Panic AttackIndie Rock81.2
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HONNEWarm On A Cold NightElectro-R&B81.2
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9
Frank OceanBlondeAlternative R&B81.1
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10
RadioheadA Moon Shaped PoolArt Rock78.0
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DaughterNot To DisappearDream Pop78.0
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Glass AnimalsHow To Be A Human BeingArt Pop78.0
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13
The RangePotentialIDM77.9
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Midnight FacesHeavenly BodiesIndie Rock77.9
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15
Jarryd JamesHighElectro-R&B77.8
16
Ariana GrandeDangerous WomanPop76.8
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17
Jack GarrattPhaseElectro-R&B76.7
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18
HighasakiteCamp EchoIndie Electronic76.2
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19
Local NativesSunlit YouthIndie Rock75.5
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20
OneRepublicOh My MyPop/Rock75.1
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21
ZHUGenerationwhyElectro House75.0
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22
Elijah BlakeBlueberry VaporsUrban74.7
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23
The 1975I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of ItIndie Pop/Rock74.6
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TychoEpochChillwave74.6
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25
dvsnSEPT 5THAlternative R&B74.4
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26
PhoriaVolitionArt Pop73.8
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Francis And The LightsFarewell, Starlite!Art Pop73.8
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28
James BlakeThe Colour In AnythingElectro-R&B73.7
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29
LuciusGood GriefIndie Pop73.6
LeaguesAlone TogetherIndie Pop/Rock73.6
31
GallantOlogyElectro-R&B73.3
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32
Kendrick LamarUntitled Unmastered.Alternative Rap73.1
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33
Ray LaMontagneOuroborosNeo-Psychedelia72.9
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LogicBobby TarantinoRap72.9
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35
Kanye WestThe Life Of PabloAlternative Rap72.7
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36
AlunaGeorgeI RememberElectropop72.6
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37
BANKSThe AltarElectro-R&B72.4
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38
ZAYNMind Of MinePop72.3
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39
Josef SalvatNight SwimPop72.2
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40
Anderson .PaakMalibuAlternative R&B72.1
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41
Paper RouteReal EmotionIndie Pop/Rock71.8
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42
Damien JuradoVisions Of Us On The LandChamber Folk71.5
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Andrew BirdAre You SeriousBaroque Pop71.5
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44
Wild NothingLife Of PauseNeo-Psychedelia71.3
45
Prinze GeorgeIlliterate Synth PopElectropop70.6
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TouristUElectro House70.6
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Wild BeastsBoy KingArt Rock70.6
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Bear MountainBaduIndie Electronic70.6
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49
Tall HeightsNeptuneAmbient Folk70.4
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50
School Of Seven BellsSVIIBIndie Electronic69.8
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51
YeasayerAmen & GoodbyeProgressive Indie69.7
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52
KAYTRANADA99.9%Alternative R&B69.6
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53
The Moth & The FlameYoung & UnafraidArt Rock69.5
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PorchesPoolShimmer Pop69.5
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55
St. LuciaMatterIndie Electronic69.0
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56
HaywyreTwo Fold, Pt. 2Electronic68.9
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57
Still ParadeConcrete VisionNeo-Psychedelia68.8
58
Catfish And The BottlemenThe RideIndie Rock68.5
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Megan BonnellMagnoliaFolk Singer68.5
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60
BroodsConsciousShimmer Pop68.4
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61
The Head And The HeartSigns Of LightFolk-Pop68.0
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62
Lucas NordCompanyElectro-R&B67.9
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UsherHard II LovePop67.9
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64
Michael KiwanukaLove & HateNeo-Soul67.8
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Two Door Cinema ClubGameshowIndie Pop/Rock67.8
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66
The Naked And FamousSimple FormsElectropop67.6
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67
Jordan KlassenJavelinFolk-Rock67.5
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68
Bat For LashesThe BrideArt Pop67.4
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69
Noble OakPast LifeChillwave67.2
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70
CavemanOtero WarIndie Rock66.9
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Britney SpearsGloryPop66.9
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72
Chance The RapperColoring BookAlternative Rap66.7
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Explosions In The SkyThe WildernessAtmospheric Rock66.7
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NAOFor All We KnowAlternative R&B66.7
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75
ChairliftMothIndie Electronic66.4
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Jim JamesEternally EvenNeo-Psychedelia66.4
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Lucy DacusNo BurdenIndie Rock66.4
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78
MONEYSuicide SongsArt Pop66.3
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79
Bad SunsDisappear HereIndie Pop/Rock65.2
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80
Wye OakTweenIndie Rock65.1
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MitskiPuberty 2Progressive Indie65.1
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82
Hazy MountainsSmall HoursChillwave65.0
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83
POLIÇAUnited CrushersArt Pop64.9
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84
M83JunkIndie Electronic64.8
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85
FlumeSkinGlitch64.6
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86
Ra Ra RiotNeed Your LightIndie Pop64.3
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BibioA Mineral LoveArt Pop64.3
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YGStill BrazyG-Funk64.3
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89
Wild BelleDreamlandIndie Pop64.0
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SwitchfootWhere The Light Shines ThroughAlternative Pop/Rock64.0
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91
Red Hot Chili PeppersThe GetawayAlternative Pop/Rock63.7
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92
Run River NorthDrinking From A Salt PondFolk-Pop63.6
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93
PhantogramThreeElectropop63.3
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94
Ro JamesELDORADOAlternative R&B63.2
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95
Majid JordanMajid JordanAlternative R&B62.8
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The Joy FormidableHitchNew Wave/Post-Punk Revival62.8
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BastilleWild WorldPop/Rock62.8
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98
DawesWe're All Gonna DieAlt-Country62.5
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99
DrakeViewsRap62.4
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100
Jimmy Eat WorldIntegrity BluesPower Pop62.0
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101
Kishi BashiSonderlustArt Pop61.5
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102
High HighsCascadesIndie Pop61.3
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103
Royal CanoeSomething Got Lost Between Here And The OrbitIndie Pop61.2
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104
Kings Of LeonWALLSIndie Rock60.9
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105
Tango Alpha TangoWhite SugarGarage Rock Revival60.7
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AstronautsEnd CodesIndie Folk60.7
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107
ModeratIIIIDM60.2
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Julianna BarwickWillAmbient60.2
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Slow ClubOne Day All Of This Won't Matter Any MoreRock-Soul60.2
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110
PhaelehIllusion Of The TaleAmbient60.0
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111
ColoursIvoryIndie Electronic59.9
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112
How To Dress WellCareShimmer Pop59.6
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113
RihannaANTIUrban59.5
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114
CoastsCoastsIndie Pop/Rock59.4
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HælosFull CircleIndie Electronic59.4
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116
Katy BHoneyPop59.0
117
Hola A Todo El MundoAwayIndie Pop58.9
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WeezerWeezer [The White Album]Power Pop58.9
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119
GrizfolkWaking Up The GiantsIndie Pop/Rock58.5
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120
The Knocks55Electropop58.4
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121
Dame D.O.L.L.A.The Letter "O"Rap58.3
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MogwaiAtomicSoundtrack58.3
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123
DIIVIs The Is AreLo-Fi Indie57.8
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124
WetDon't YouShimmer Pop57.2
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BreakbotStill WatersAlternative Dance57.2
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126
WarpaintHeads UpProgressive Indie55.8
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127
Ages And AgesSomething To RuinIndie Pop55.2
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Car Seat HeadrestTeens Of DenialIndie Rock55.2
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129
Lake Street DiveSide PonyRock-Soul55.1
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130
TravisEverything At OnceBritpop53.3
131
LIGHTSMidnight MachinesSinger/Songwriter52.9
132
David BowieBlackstarExperimental51.4
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133
Frank OceanEndlessAlternative R&B50.4
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The UnderachieversIt Happened In FlatbushRap50.4
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135
ANOHNIHOPELESSNESSArt Pop49.9
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136
Angel OlsenMY WOMANIndie Rock49.7
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137
Jeff BuckleyYou And IMellow Alternative49.1
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138
The-DreamGenesis [Visual Album]Urban45.6
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139
Animal CollectivePainting WithNeo-Psychedelia42.8
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140
GreyhoundsChange Of PaceRock-Soul41.9
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SamarisBlack LightsArt Pop41.9
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142
DJ ShadowThe Mountain Will FallTurntablism41.8
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143
MaxwellblackSUMMERS'nightNeo-Soul35.7
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144
The RubensHoopsGarage Rock Revival32.4
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The Fine Print

  • The aFIREintheattic Power Index formula is top secret… but here’s a frivolous hint since we like you: It’s sort of like a logarithmic function on the weighted mean of the committee’s song ratings, which is then standardized-ish and scaled from 0 to 100.   Talk nerdy to me.
  • All songs on an album or EP are rated and contribute to its Power Index.   As a result, releases that are cohesive and consistently good, with fewer filler tracks, will invariably score higher than those with only a handful of great songs and a bunch of throwaways. Note that EPs can tend toward higher scores than albums because ordinarily they are precursors to albums that contain the same songs just with added filler tracks.
  • Albums with a Power Index of 80 or higher and EPs with a Power Index of 70 or higher are a solid bet for a top 10 finish. The two highest scoring albums of all-time are Radiohead’s Kid A at 100.0 and OK Computer at 99.9 and the highest scoring EPs are Vancouver Sleep Clinic’s Winter at 96.7 and James Bay’s The Dark Of The Morning at 94.7. And we’ll be forthright: they probably always will be.
  • If a release is in the power rankings but is not in the playlist above, it’s not available on Spotify. The playlist is made up of the most popular song from each album in order based on its current power ranking.

EPs
The top EPs of 2016 so far, as ranked by the committee of one.      Updated:  November 20, 2016
RANK ARTISTEPGENREPOWER INDEXTREND
1
Private IslandSunbreakIndie Rock79.9
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2
TOTEMPicture PerfectPop70.5
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3
Astrid SAstrid SPop70.2
Lemaitre1749Electropop70.2
5
SivikWinter CollectionPop69.6
Cash+DavidSide IIndie Electronic69.6
Tom MischReverieIndie Electronic69.6
8
Bag RaidersCheckmateAlternative Dance69.0
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Ta-Ku(m)edianShimmer Pop69.0
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10
Conrad SewellAll I KnowPop66.7
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Vince StaplesPrima DonnaAlternative Rap66.7
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12
Carly Rae JepsenE•MO•TION: Side BPop65.8
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13
[SEBELL][SEBELL]Pop65.7
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14
PhaelehAll That RemainsIDM65.3
15
HONNEGone Are The DaysElectro-R&B64.0
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VeorraEmeraldDubstep64.0
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17
DNCESWAAYPop63.4
ConwayConwayNew Wave/Post-Punk Revival63.4
AmtracLost In MotionProgressive House63.4
Fenech-SolerKaleidoscopeElectropop63.4
21
LANYkindaShimmer Pop61.1
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22
DavieMusic By DavieUrban59.8
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23
Glen HansardA Season On The LineFolk Singer56.8
24
Tiny DeathsNight FlowersIndie Electronic56.6
BraidsCompanionIndie Electronic56.6
26
Majical CloudzWait & SeeArt Pop54.3
27
BlondfireTrue ConfessionsIndie Pop54.0
28
Son LuxStranger FormsArt Pop52.2
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29
Act As IfLovers OnlineIndie Pop/Rock48.4
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30
Vic MensaThere's Alot Going OnAlternative Rap41.2
31
KittenHeaven Or Somewhere In BetweenIndie Pop40.9
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Sleeping At LastAtlas: SensesIndie Rock40.9
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33
Kevin CossomGrey AreaUrban40.7
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34
Cash+DavidSide IIIndie Electronic32.8
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The Fine Print

  • The aFIREintheattic Power Index formula is top secret… but here’s a frivolous hint since we like you: It’s sort of like a logarithmic function on the weighted mean of the committee’s song ratings, which is then standardized-ish and scaled from 0 to 100.   Talk nerdy to me.
  • All songs on an album or EP are rated and contribute to its Power Index.   As a result, releases that are cohesive and consistently good, with fewer filler tracks, will invariably score higher than those with only a handful of great songs and a bunch of throwaways. Note that EPs can tend toward higher scores than albums because ordinarily they are precursors to albums that contain the same songs just with added filler tracks.
  • Albums with a Power Index of 80 or higher and EPs with a Power Index of 70 or higher are a solid bet for a top 10 finish. The two highest scoring albums of all-time are Radiohead’s Kid A at 100.0 and OK Computer at 99.9 and the highest scoring EPs are Vancouver Sleep Clinic’s Winter at 96.7 and James Bay’s The Dark Of The Morning at 94.7. And we’ll be forthright: they probably always will be.
  • If a release is in the power rankings but is not in the playlist above, it’s not available on Spotify. The playlist is made up of the most popular song from each album in order based on its current power ranking.