Power Rankings

Albums
The top albums of 2019 so far, as ranked by the committee of one.      Updated:  June 23, 2019
RANK ARTISTALBUMGENREPOWER
INDEX
TREND
1
Bear's DenSo That You Might Hear MeFolk-Rock89.2
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2
FoalsEverything Not Saved Will Be Lost, Pt. 1Post-Rock86.7
NEW
ENTRY
3
HighasakiteUranium HeartIndie Poptimism82.0
NEW
ENTRY
T4
Damien JuradoIn The Shape Of A StormChamber Folk73.1
NEW
ENTRY
T4
The Tallest Man On EarthI Love You. It's A Fever Dream.Folk Singer73.1
NEW
ENTRY
6
CayucasReal LifeIndie Pop72.9
NEW
ENTRY
7
Big WildSuperdreamChillbeat72.0
NEW
ENTRY
8
RY XUnfurlAmbient Folk71.5
NEW
ENTRY
9
OWELParisPost-Rock71.3
NEW
ENTRY
10
HozierWasteland, Baby!Folk Singer71.1
NEW
ENTRY
11
TouristEverydayChillbeat70.6
NEW
ENTRY
12
BroodsDon't Feed The Pop MonsterShimmer Pop69.5
NEW
ENTRY
13
KhalidFree SpiritPop69.3
NEW
ENTRY
14
Catfish And The BottlemenThe BalanceIndie Rock67.8
NEW
ENTRY
15
Local NativesViolet StreetIndie Rock66.4
NEW
ENTRY
16
Better Oblivion Community CenterBetter Oblivion Community CenterIndie Rock65.4
NEW
ENTRY
T17
Andrew BirdMy Finest Work YetChamber Pop65.0
NEW
ENTRY
T17
Strand Of OaksEraserlandIndie Rock65.0
NEW
ENTRY
19
Júníus MeyvantAcross The BordersRock-Soul64.0
NEW
ENTRY
20
Julia JacklinCrushingIndie Rock62.5
NEW
ENTRY
T21
Bad SunsMystic TruthIndie Pop/Rock62.0
NEW
ENTRY
T21
TalosFar Out DustAmbient Folk62.0
NEW
ENTRY
23
The Twilight SadIt Won/t Be Like This All The TimeExperimental60.7
NEW
ENTRY
24
Royal CanoeWaverIndie Pop59.4
NEW
ENTRY
25
Son LuxRemnantsArt Pop55.2
NEW
ENTRY
26
Shy GirlsBird On The WingIndie R&B52.0
NEW
ENTRY
27
Marc BroussardHome (The Dockside Sessions)Singer/Songwriter48.7
NEW
ENTRY
28
Sara BareillesAmidst The ChaosSinger/Songwriter46.3
NEW
ENTRY
29
Circa WavesWhat's It Like Over There?Indie Pop/Rock46.2
NEW
ENTRY
30
SwitchfootNative TongueAlternative Pop/Rock38.1
NEW
ENTRY
31
Nick MurphyRun Fast Sleep NakedArt Rock28.1
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.

EPs
The top EPs of 2019 so far, as ranked by the committee of one.      Updated:  June 24, 2019
RANK ARTISTEPGENREPOWER
INDEX
TREND
1
Yostetry to be okayShimmer Pop75.8
NEW
ENTRY
2
LootelostPop65.2
NEW
ENTRY
3
ISLANDWhen We're StillIndie Rock63.1
NEW
ENTRY
4
Noah GundersenWHITE NOISE B-SIDESIndie Rock58.6
NEW
ENTRY
5
The RangeProvidenceIDM56.8
NEW
ENTRY
6
Mighty OaksDriftwood SeatFolk-Pop56.6
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.