Power Rankings

Albums
The top albums of 2018 so far, as ranked by the committee of one.      Updated:  February 18, 2019
RANK ARTISTALBUMGENREPOWER
INDEX
TREND
1
Wye OakThe Louder I Call, The Faster It RunsArt Rock84.0
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2
Maribou StateKingdoms In ColourElectropop81.7
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3
LauvI met you when I was 18. (the playlist)Pop80.2
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4
Tom MischGeographyAlternative R&B78.5
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T5
Lord HuronVide NoirFolk-Rock78.0
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T5
Mimicking BirdsLayers Of UsIndie Folk78.0
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T5
SALESForever & EverShimmer Pop78.0
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8
Boy BjornMistaken AnimalsAmbient Folk77.9
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9
Ray LaMontagnePart Of The LightNeo-Psychedelia77.8
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10
VacationerMindsetIndie Pop75.0
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11
ISLANDFeels Like AirIndie Rock74.5
T12
J. ColeKODRap74.2
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T12
Until The Ribbon BreaksUntil The Ribbon BreaksDark Pop74.2
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14
6LACKEast Atlanta Love LetterAlternative R&B73.9
NEW
ENTRY
15
Snail MailLushIndie Rock73.3
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16
HONNELove Me / Love Me NotElectro-R&B72.8
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17
BazziCOSMICPop72.4
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18
Janelle Mon‡áeDirty ComputerAlternative R&B72.3
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19
Now, NowSavedIndie Poptimism72.1
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T20
Justin TimberlakeMan Of The WoodsPop72.0
T20
PhosphorescentC'est La VieAlt-Country72.0
22
Beach House7Dream Pop71.7
23
RhyeBloodIndie R&B71.3
24
The BethsFuture Me Hates MeIndie Rock70.8
NEW
ENTRY
T25
Moon TaxiLet The Record PlayIndie Rock70.6
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T25
Unknown Mortal OrchestraSex & FoodNeo-Psychedelia70.6
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T25
The InternetHive MindAlternative R&B70.6
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T25
Lykke Liso sad so sexyDark Pop70.6
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T25
Still CornersSlow AirElectroclash70.6
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T25
Wild NothingIndigoMetropop70.6
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T31
THE CARTERSEVERYTHING IS LOVERap70.1
T31
City And ColourGuide Me Back Home [Live]Mellow Alternative70.1
33
TyphoonOfferingsIndie Rock69.4
34
Travis ScottASTROWORLDTrap Rap69.3
NEW
ENTRY
35
Hayley KiyokoExpectationsPop69.2
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T36
Megan BonnellSeparate RoomsFolk Singer67.8
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T36
Damien JuradoThe Horizon Just LaughedChamber Folk67.8
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T36
PassengerRunawayFolk Singer67.8
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T36
The Paper KitesOn The Corner Where You LiveFolk-Rock67.8
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40
Folly & The HunterRemainsIndie Rock67.6
NEW
ENTRY
T41
First Aid KitRuinsChamber Folk67.5
T41
Jorja SmithLost & FoundPop-Soul67.5
T41
Lucy DacusHistorianIndie Rock67.5
T41
Years & YearsPalo SantoIndie Poptimism67.5
T45
BearcubsUltravioletElectro-R&B67.4
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T45
MitskiBe The CowboyProgressive Indie67.4
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T45
SweepsCivilizationDowntempo67.4
NEW
ENTRY
48
Soccer MommyCleanIndie Rock66.4
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49
BØRNSBlue MadonnaIndie Poptimism65.9
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T50
Post Malonebeerbongs & bentleysAlternative R&B65.5
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T50
The Kite String TangleThe Kite String Tangle Presents: In A Desperate MomentAmbient Folk65.5
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52
Adrianne LenkerabysskissIndie Rock65.4
NEW
ENTRY
53
Ariana GrandeSweetenerPop65.2
T54
S. CareyHundred AcresAmbient Folk65.0
T54
ExtravisionWaking UpNeo-Psychedelia65.0
T54
Austin BashamYou And Me For NowFolk Singer65.0
NEW
ENTRY
57
AquiloiiAmbient Folk64.5
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58
tUnE-yArDsI can feel you creep into my private lifeProgressive Indie63.9
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T59
Courtney BarnettTell Me How You Really FeelIndie Rock63.6
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T59
Ben HowardNoonday DreamIndie Folk63.6
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61
LogicBobby Tarantino IIRap63.1
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62
Thirty Seconds To MarsAMERICADark Pop62.6
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63
HAERTSNew CompassionChamber Pop62.5
NEW
ENTRY
64
MigosCulture IITrap Rap62.4
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T65
Black PantherBlack Panther |The Album Music From And Inspired By|Alternative Rap62.0
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T65
Kacey MusgravesGolden HourCountry62.0
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T65
Milo GreeneAdult ContemporaryIndie Pop62.0
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T65
Father John MistyGod's Favorite CustomerChamber Pop62.0
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T65
GenerationalsState Dogs: Singles (2017-18)Indie Pop62.0
NEW
ENTRY
T70
The Paper KitesOn The Train Ride HomeFolk Singer61.9
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T70
XXXTENTACION?Alternative R&B61.9
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72
Cardi BInvasion Of PrivacyRap61.4
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T73
SabaCARE FOR MEAlternative Rap61.3
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T73
Tiny DeathsMagicPoptron61.3
NEW
ENTRY
75
GloriettaGloriettaAlt-Country61.0
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76
Lake Street DiveFree Yourself UpRock-Soul60.9
T77
Son LuxBrighter WoundsArt Pop60.7
T77
MastersystemDance MusicIndie Rock60.7
T79
DrakeScorpionRap60.4
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T79
LogicYSIVRap60.4
NEW
ENTRY
81
James BayElectric LightSinger/Songwriter59.8
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82
Jim JamesUniform DistortionIndie Rock59.4
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83
Astronauts, Etc.Living In SymbolNeo-Psychedelia58.9
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84
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night SweatsTearing At The SeamsRock-Soul57.4
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85
PorchesThe HouseMetropop56.7
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86
Field ReportSummertime SongsFolk-Rock56.1
87
ChromeoHead Over HeelsAlternative Dance55.6
88
Ne-YoGOOD MANUrban55.3
89
SweepsDepartureDowntempo54.4
NEW
ENTRY
T90
Half WaifLavenderMetropop53.7
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T90
Kamasi WashingtonHeaven And EarthJazz53.7
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92
TinasheJoyrideUrban53.3
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93
LuciusNudesChamber Folk52.7
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94
Anderson .PaakOxnardAlternative Hip-Hop52.5
NEW
ENTRY
95
U.S. GirlsIn A Poem UnlimitedArt Pop52.2
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96
Alison WonderlandAwakeFuture Bass52.0
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97
Coheed And CambriaThe Unheavenly CreaturesNew Prog51.8
NEW
ENTRY
98
J.I.DDiCaprio 2Alternative Rap51.4
NEW
ENTRY
99
Tall HeightsPretty Colors For Your ActionsIndie Pop51.0
NEW
ENTRY
100
Let's Eat GrandmaI'm All EarsArt Pop50.4
101
BrownoutFear Of A Brown PlanetFunk50.3
NEW
ENTRY
102
Dirty ProjectorsLamp Lit ProseProgressive Indie49.1
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T103
Arctic MonkeysTranquility Base Hotel & CasinoIndie Rock46.4
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T103
Kali UchisIsolationNeo-Soul46.4
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105
CHVRCHESLove Is DeadPoptron44.4
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106
WetStill RunShimmer Pop44.2
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107
DawesPasswordsAlt-Country42.0
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108
Car Seat HeadrestTwin Fantasy (Face To Face)Indie Rock40.7
NEW
ENTRY
109
CavetownLemon BoyIndie Pop39.3
NEW
ENTRY
110
Fall Out BoyM A N I AEmo-Pop38.6
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111
St. VincentMassEducationProgressive Indie35.5
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112
Strand Of OaksHarder LoveIndie Rock34.2
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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 2018 so far, as ranked by the committee of one.      Updated:  February 18, 2019
RANK ARTISTEPGENREPOWER
INDEX
TREND
1
Amber MarkConexãoAlternative R&B89.7
NEW
ENTRY
2
Pusha TDAYTONARap84.2
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3
DNCEPeople To PeoplePop81.3
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T4
Lucas NordEgoElectro-R&B79.9
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T4
SG LewisDarkElectro-R&B79.9
NEW
ENTRY
6
ShallouSoulsGlitch Pop78.1
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7
SnakehipsStay Home Tapes (= --__-- =)Pop70.8
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T8
Penguin PrisonTurn It UpIndie Pop69.6
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T8
HozierNina Cried PowerFolk Singer69.6
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T8
Lucky DayeIAlternative R&B69.6
NEW
ENTRY
11
ColouringBnNeo Mellow69.0
12
Sabrina ClaudioNo Rain, No FlowersAlternative R&B68.8
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13
AUGUST 08FATHERAlternative R&B67.9
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14
The WeekndMy Dear Melancholy,Alternative R&B66.7
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15
Slow MagicAWAYGlitch Pop65.7
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T16
Betty WhoBetty, Pt. 1Pop65.3
T16
Vancouver Sleep ClinicTherapy Phase 01Gauze Pop65.3
T16
The Tallest Man On EarthWhen The Bird Sees The Solid GroundFolk Singer65.3
19
Kanye WestyeAlternative Rap64.4
20
ZHURingos Desert, Pt. 1Deep House64.0
21
Vince StaplesFM!Alternative Rap63.5
NEW
ENTRY
T22
Pale WavesALL THE THINGS I NEVER SAIDIndie Pop/Rock63.4
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T22
WaleSelf PromotionRap63.4
NEW
ENTRY
24
SG LewisDuskElectro-R&B63.3
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25
CannonsIn A HeartbeatShimmer Pop60.1
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26
Dustin TebbuttChasing GoldAmbient Folk59.9
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T27
KhalidSuncityPop59.8
NEW
ENTRY
T27
Leo KalyanThe EdgeDark Pop59.8
NEW
ENTRY
29
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Music For The Long EmergencyArt Pop58.8
30
Still ParadeSoon EnoughNeo-Psychedelia58.1
NEW
ENTRY
31
Iron & WineWeed GardenIndie Folk57.8
32
AlunaGeorgeChampagne EyesAlternative R&B57.4
NEW
ENTRY
33
The Wild WildLove Is GodIndie Pop/Rock57.1
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T34
First Aid KitTender OfferingsChamber Folk56.6
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T34
Nothing But ThievesWhat Did You Think When You Made Me This Way?Alternative Pop/Rock56.6
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36
boygeniusboygeniusIndie Rock55.8
NEW
ENTRY
T37
[SEBELL]Songs For Flight DelaysPop55.5
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T37
Say Lou LouImmortelleArt Pop55.5
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39
KIDS SEE GHOSTSKIDS SEE GHOSTSExperimental Hip-Hop54.3
40
Vancouver Sleep ClinicTherapy Phase 02Gauze Pop54.0
NEW
ENTRY
41
MathbonusHoly ParkIDM52.6
42
Fall Out BoyLake Effect KidEmo-Pop51.3
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43
CavetownDear.Indie Pop49.2
NEW
ENTRY
44
Son LuxYesterday's WakeArt Pop49.0
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45
WaleFree LunchRap47.9
NEW
ENTRY
46
GeographerAlone TimeIndie Pop47.6
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47
NasNASIRRap36.2
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48
Amber RunThe AssemblyNeo Mellow28.3
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49
KarajishiRealmUrban26.3
NEW
ENTRY
50
Unknown Mortal OrchestraIC-01 HanoiAvante-Garde Jazz24.6
NEW
ENTRY
51
WaleIt's ComplicatedRap21.7
NEW
ENTRY
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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.