Power Rankings

Albums
The top albums of 2018 so far, as ranked by the committee of one.      Updated:  June 30, 2018
RANK ARTISTALBUMGENREPOWER INDEXTREND
1
LauvI met you when I was 18. (the playlist)Pop77.2
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2
J. ColeKODRap74.2
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3
Justin TimberlakeMan Of The WoodsPop72.0
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4
Beach House7Dream Pop71.7
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5
RhyeBloodIndie R&B71.3
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6
Moon TaxiLet The Record PlayIndie Rock70.6
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7
First Aid KitRuinsChamber Folk67.5
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8
BearcubsUltravioletElectro-R&B67.4
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9
BØRNSBlue MadonnaIndie Poptimism65.9
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10
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night SweatsTearing At The SeamsRock-Soul57.4
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11
PorchesThe HouseMetropop56.7
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12
LuciusNudesChamber Folk52.7
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13
Arctic MonkeysTranquility Base Hotel & CasinoIndie Rock46.4
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14
CHVRCHESLove Is DeadPoptron44.4
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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 2018 so far, as ranked by the committee of one.      Updated:  June 30, 2018
RANK ARTISTEPGENREPOWER INDEXTREND
1
Penguin PrisonTurn It UpIndie Pop69.6
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2
The WeekndMy Dear Melancholy,Alternative R&B66.7
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3
Betty WhoBetty, Pt. 1Pop65.3
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4
Amber RunThe AssemblyNeo Mellow28.3
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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.