Power Rankings

Albums
The top albums of 2017 so far, as ranked by the committee of one.      Updated:  September 30, 2017
RANK ARTISTALBUMGENREPOWER INDEXTREND
1
Nadia ReidPreservationIndie Folk85.9
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2
LANYLANYShimmer Pop83.9
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3
SZACtrlAlternative R&B83.0
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4
Jesca HoopMemories Are NowIndie Folk82.7
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5
LordeMelodramaArt Pop81.4
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6
Betty WhoThe ValleyPop81.1
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7
Vince StaplesBig Fish TheoryAlternative Rap78.7
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8
ÁsgeirAfterglowArt Pop78.5
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9
Close TalkerLensIndie Rock78.1
NEW ENTRY
10
Fenech-SolerZillaElectropop78.0
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Hippo CampusLandmarkIndie Rock78.0
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HalseyHopeless Fountain KingdomDark Pop78.0
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London GrammarTruth Is A Beautiful ThingDream Pop78.0
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14
Sylvan EssoWhat NowIndie Electronic77.8
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Sir SlyDon't You Worry, HoneyDark Pop77.8
NEW ENTRY
16
BonoboMigrationIDM75.0
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MUNAAbout UElectropop75.0
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18
SOHNRennenElectro-R&B74.5
19
Laura MarlingSemper FeminaChamber Folk73.8
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20
Kendrick LamarDAMN.Alternative Rap73.3
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Tall ShipsImpressionsPost-Rock73.3
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22
ParamoreAfter LaughterEmo-Pop72.2
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23
John MayerThe Search For EverythingPop/Rock71.9
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24
J.I.DThe Never StoryAlternative Rap71.5
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25
ElbowLittle FictionsRock70.8
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26
Ryan AdamsPrisonerAlt-Country69.7
27
TemplesVolcanoNeo-Psychedelia69.5
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28
TalosWild AleeAmbient Folk69.4
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29
Julie ByrneNot Even HappinessIndie Folk68.9
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30
Perfume GeniusNo ShapeArt Pop68.0
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Elijah BlakeAudiologyPop68.0
NEW ENTRY
32
Horse ThiefTrials & TruthIndie Rock67.8
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Jay-Z4:44Rap67.8
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34
Father John MistyPure ComedyBaroque Pop67.7
CannonsNight DriveIndie Electronic67.7
36
Big SeanI Decided.Rap66.7
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37
Arcade FireEverything NowIndie Rock66.4
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38
AquiloSilhouettesShimmer Pop66.3
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Little CometsWorheadIndie Pop/Rock66.3
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Sun GlittersIt Will Be ForeverChillwave66.3
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Vic MensaThe AutobiographyRap66.3
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42
SydFinAlternative R&B65.7
43
LogicEverybodyRap65.5
44
SACRED PAWSStrike A MatchIndie Pop65.0
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Thomas AzierRougeArt Pop65.0
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46
Mighty OaksDreamersFolk-Pop64.9
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47
DrakeMore LifeRap64.8
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48
Loyle CarnerYesterday's GoneAlternative Rap64.0
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Washed OutMister MellowChillwave64.0
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50
Circa WavesDifferent CreaturesIndie Pop/Rock63.6
Theme ParkIs This How It Starts?Indie Pop63.6
HAIMSomething To Tell YouPop/Rock63.6
53
THEY.Nü Religion: HyenaAlternative Hip-Hop63.1
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54
Amber RunFor A Moment, I Was LostRock62.8
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55
Vancouver Sleep ClinicRevivalIndie Electronic62.6
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56
Shy GirlsSaltElectro-R&B62.5
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57
Mura MasaMura MasaGlitch62.3
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58
KhalidAmerican TeenPop62.1
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59
BleachersGone NowIndie Pop/Rock62.0
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Jaymes YoungFeel SomethingDark Pop62.0
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61
Incubus8Alt-Rock61.3
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62
MisterwivesConnect The DotsIndie Pop61.2
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63
Strand Of OaksHard LoveIndie Rock60.2
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Katy PerryWitnessPop60.2
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65
Zara LarssonSo GoodPop59.4
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66
PhoenixTi AmoIndie Pop58.9
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67
SamphaProcessElectro-R&B58.4
68
KehlaniSweetSexySavagePop57.9
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69
The xxI See YouIndie Electronic57.4
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70
Colony HouseOnly The LonelyRock56.8
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71
Said The WhaleAs Long As Your Eyes Are WideIndie Pop56.7
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72
RELAXERArt Rock56.5
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73
EisleyI'm Only DreamingRock55.8
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74
Ed Sheeran÷Pop/Rock55.2
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75
Lana Del ReyLust For LifeDark Pop55.0
76
Tiny DeathsElegiesIndie Electronic54.6
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77
Dirty ProjectorsDirty ProjectorsProgressive Indie54.2
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78
JamiroquaiAutomatonSynth Funk53.7
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79
FyfeThe Space BetweenShimmer Pop51.4
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80
FutureHNDRXXTrap Rap48.0
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81
Surfer BloodSnowdoniaPower Pop46.6
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82
Future IslandsThe Far FieldAlternative Dance46.3
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83
FutureFUTURETrap Rap30.6
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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 2017 so far, as ranked by the committee of one.      Updated:  September 30, 2017
RANK ARTISTEPGENREPOWER INDEXTREND
1
MathbonusEvergreenIDM83.7
NEW ENTRY
2
BibioBeyond SeriousProgressive House81.3
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BearcubsUnderwaterfallElectro-R&B81.3
NEW ENTRY
ZHUstardustexhalemarrakechdreamsElectro House81.3
NEW ENTRY
5
Vallis AlpsFableShimmer Pop80.3
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6
ColdplayKaleidoscopePop/Rock79.9
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7
GladesThis Is What It's LikeShimmer Pop78.5
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8
Peter SilbermanImpermanenceDream Pop71.7
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ShallouAll Becomes OkayShimmer Pop71.7
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10
Great Good Fine OKIIIElectropop71.4
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11
The Japanese HouseSaw You In A DreamArt Pop71.2
NEW ENTRY
12
AstronomyyRest In ParadiseElectro-R&B70.2
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PanamaHope For SomethingElectropop70.2
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14
Novo AmorBathing BeachAmbient Folk69.6
NEW ENTRY
15
TreasureseasonXYShimmer Pop69.0
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16
JMRBoyishShimmer Pop67.9
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17
Apollo WildNo Love LostAlt-Rock66.7
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DavieBlack Gospel, Vol. 1Urban66.7
NEW ENTRY
19
Tom Misch5 Day MischonIndie Electronic65.3
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Kevin GarrettFalse HopeShimmer Pop65.3
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21
Nick MurphyMissing LinkArt Rock65.2
NEW ENTRY
22
Snow In MexicoBreathElectroclash63.4
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23
Elliot MossBoomerangElectro-R&B61.5
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24
ParcelsHideoutAlternative Dance59.8
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Miami HorrorThe ShapesAlternative Dance59.8
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26
Born CagesExit Signs In A Burning BuildingIndie Pop/Rock59.0
NEW ENTRY
27
Hundred WatersCurrencyIndie Electronic58.9
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SmallpoolsTHE SCIENCE OF LETTING GO58.9
NEW ENTRY
29
The KnocksTESTIFYPop57.4
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30
Vic MensaThe ManuscriptRap56.8
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31
Milo GreeneNever EnderIndie Rock54.0
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32
TransvioletKaleidoscopesElectropop52.6
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33
RationaleVesselsShimmer Pop49.0
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Son LuxRemedyArt Pop49.0
NEW ENTRY
35
Run River NorthSuperstitionFolk-Pop47.6
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36
GrouploveLittle MessIndie Pop26.3
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.