Power Rankings

Albums


Ranked albums of 2020 so far, as rated by the committee of one.
Updated:  March 27, 2021
RANK ARTISTALBUMGENREPOWER
INDEX
RATINGTREND
1
HAIMWomen In Music, Pt. 3Indie Poptimism88. 8
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2
Dua LipaFuture NostalgiaPop87. 7
3
UltraístaSisterArt Rock86. 7
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4
Lanterns On The LakeSpook The HerdDream Pop85. 9
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5
Matt BerningerSerpentine PrisonIndie Rock82. 2
NEW
ENTRY
6
Delta SpiritWhat Is ThereIndie Rock81. 6
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T7
Jessie WareWhat's Your Pleasure?Pop78. 1
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T7
Tame ImpalaThe Slow RushNeo-Psychedelia78. 1
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9
Laura MarlingSong For Our DaughterChamber Folk78. 0
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10
Mighty OaksAll Things GoFolk-Pop77. 9
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T11
Purity RingWOMBPoptron77. 8
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T11
Novo AmorCannot Be, WhatsoeverAmbient Folk77. 8
NEW
ENTRY
T11
THEY.The Amanda TapeUrban77. 8
NEW
ENTRY
14
Max RichterVoicesClassical76. 8
NEW
ENTRY
15
Selena GomezRarePop75. 7
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16
Another SkyI Slept On The FloorArt Rock75. 5
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17
Sasha SloanOnly ChildPop74. 8
18
Katie PruittExpectationsPop74. 7
NEW
ENTRY
T19
Bombay Bicycle ClubEverything Else Has Gone WrongIndie Pop/Rock74. 5
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T19
Phoebe BridgersPunisherIndie Rock74. 5
T19
Nothing But ThievesMoral PanicPost-Rock74. 5
NEW
ENTRY
22
COINDreamlandIndie Pop/Rock74. 2
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T23
H.C. McEntireEno AxisAlt-Country73. 8
T23
Dirty Projectors5EPsProgressive Indie73. 8
NEW
ENTRY
T25
Luke Jamesto feel love/dAlternative R&B73. 6
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T25
HowlingColureIDM73. 6
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27
Nils FrahmEmptyClassical73. 4
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T28
Ariana GrandePositionsPop73. 3
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T28
Moses Sumneygræ, Pt. 1Psychedelic Soul73. 3
NEW
ENTRY
T30
Ray LaMontagneMonovisionFolk Singer73. 1
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T30
BRONSONBRONSONProgressive House73. 1
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T30
Kid CudiMan On The Moon III: The ChosenMelodic Rap73. 1
NEW
ENTRY
33
Lauv~how i'm feeling~Pop72. 9
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34
Perfume GeniusSet My Heart On Fire ImmediatelyArt Pop72. 7
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35
CubicolorHardly A Day, Hardly A NightArt Rock72. 3
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36
Foreign FieldsThe Beauty Of SurvivalAmbient Folk72. 0
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T37
LogicNo PressureRap71. 8
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T37
Fleet FoxesShoreChamber Folk71. 8
NEW
ENTRY
39
ÁsgeirBury The MoonAmbient Folk71. 6
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40
Justin BieberChangesPop71. 5
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T41
ShallouMagical ThinkingChillbeat71. 3
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T41
Lianne La HavasLianne La HavasNeo-Soul71. 3
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T41
Adrianne LenkersongsIndie Folk71. 3
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T41
CreeperSex, Death, & The Infinite VoidPost-Emo71. 3
NEW
ENTRY
T41
Cleo SolRose In The DarkNeo-Soul71. 3
NEW
ENTRY
46
PhantogramCeremonyIndietronica71. 1
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T47
HONNEno song without youPop70. 6
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T47
Taylor SwiftfolklorePop70. 6
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T47
Other LivesFor Their LoveArt Rock70. 6
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T47
The BethsJump Rope GazersIndie Rock70. 6
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T47
SAULTUNTITLED (Rise)Psychedelic Soul70. 6
NEW
ENTRY
52
Ruston KellyShape & DestroyFolk Singer70. 5
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53
PhoriaCaught A Black RabbitClassical70. 1
NEW
ENTRY
54
Taylor SwiftevermorePop69. 6
NEW
ENTRY
55
SAULTUNTITLED (Black Is)Psychedelic Soul69. 4
NEW
ENTRY
56
Andy ShaufThe Neon SkylineChamber Pop69. 2
T57
UtahLong PlayChillbeat68. 9
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T57
Jessie ReyezBEFORE LOVE CAME TO KILL USAlternative R&B68. 9
NEW
ENTRY
T59
TychoSimulcastChillwave68. 8
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T59
WaxahatcheeSaint CloudAlt-Country68. 8
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T59
Empress OfI'm Your Empress OfIndie Poptimism68. 8
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T59
The Kite String TangleC()D3XProgressive House68. 8
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T59
beabadoobeeFake It FlowersAlt-Rock68. 8
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T59
Julianna BarwickHealing Is A MiracleAmbient68. 8
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T59
Xavier Omärif You FeelUrban68. 8
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66
SamiaThe BabyLo-Fi Indie68. 6
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67
BrothertigerParadise LostChillwave68. 2
NEW
ENTRY
68
Lane 8Brightest LightsProgressive House68. 0
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T69
Agnes ObelMyopiaAmbient67. 8
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T69
TransvioletBorn To RulePop67. 8
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T69
Joy Oladokunin defense of my own happiness, Vol. 1Pop67. 8
NEW
ENTRY
72
Chelsea CutlerHow To Be HumanPop67. 7
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73
Kelly Lee OwensInner SongArt Pop67. 6
T74
POLIÇAWhen We Stay AliveArt Pop67. 5
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T74
KhruangbinMordechaiNeo-Psychedelia67. 5
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76
The Naked And FamousRecoverPoptron66. 7
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77
WidowspeakPlumDream Pop66. 4
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T78
Half WaifThe CaretakerMetropop66. 3
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T78
Keaton HensonMonumentDream Pop66. 3
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80
The Chain Gang Of 1974Honey Moon DripsIndie Poptimism65. 8
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T81
D SmokeBlack HabitsRap65. 7
NEW
ENTRY
T81
Tom Misch & Yussef DayesWhat Kinda MusicNeo-R&B65. 7
NEW
ENTRY
83
Colours In The StreetAll The ColoursIndie Pop/Rock65. 6
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T84
Lennon StellaThree. Two. One.Pop65. 4
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T84
LomaDon't Shy AwayNeo-Psychedelia65. 4
NEW
ENTRY
T86
Soccer Mommycolor theoryIndie Rock65. 0
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T86
Active ChildIn Another LifeIndie R&B65. 0
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T86
Kota The FriendEverythingAlternative Rap65. 0
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T86
Mura MasaR.Y.CIndie Electronic65. 0
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T86
Freddie Gibbs & The AlchemistAlfredoRap65. 0
NEW
ENTRY
T86
SupercrushSODO PopIndie Rock65. 0
NEW
ENTRY
92
Nathaniel RateliffAnd It’s Still AlrightFolk Singer64. 6
T93
GeorgiaSeeking ThrillsNew Rave64. 3
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T93
Fiona AppleFetch The Bolt CuttersProgressive Indie64. 3
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T93
My Morning JacketThe Waterfall IIIndie Rock64. 3
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T93
All We AreProvidenceElectropop64. 3
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T97
Astrid SLeave It BeautifulPop64. 2
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T97
Big SeanDetroit 2Rap64. 2
NEW
ENTRY
99
Childish Gambino3.15.20Psychedelic Soul64. 1
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T100
Elliot MossA Change In DietElectro-R&B64. 0
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T100
CaribouSuddenlyMetropop64. 0
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T100
AlgiersThere Is No YearPost-Hardcore64. 0
NEW
ENTRY
103
AmtracOddysseyProgressive House63. 8
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T104
Sea WolfThrough A Dark WoodFolk-Rock63. 6
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T104
The StrokesThe New AbnormalGarage Rock Revival63. 6
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T104
Chloe x HalleUngodly HourUrban63. 6
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T104
Angel OlsenWhole New MessExperimental63. 6
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110
PVRISUse MePost-Rock63. 2
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111
LANYmama's boyIndie Poptimism63. 0
NEW
ENTRY
112
AlunaRenaissanceNeo-R&B62. 8
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113
Empty CountryEmpty CountryProgressive Indie62. 5
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114
Benny The ButcherBurden Of ProofEast Coast Rap62. 3
NEW
ENTRY
T115
GrimesMiss AnthropoceneExperimental62. 0
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T115
David RamirezMy Love Is A HurricaneFolk-Rock62. 0
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T115
Ólafur Arnaldssome kind of peaceAmbient62. 0
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T115
Slow Magicit's the end of the world, but it's okChillbeat62. 0
NEW
ENTRY
117
Alberta CrossWhat Are We Frightened Of?Indie Rock61. 9
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118
Jhené AikoChilomboAlternative R&B61. 8
NEW
ENTRY
T119
Nadia ReidOut Of My ProvinceIndie Folk61. 5
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T119
I Break HorsesWarningsPoptron61. 5
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121
Helena DelandSomeone NewExperimental61. 3
NEW
ENTRY
T122
PoolsideLow SeasonAlternative Dance61. 2
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T122
Thomas AzierLove, DisorderlyArt Pop61. 2
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124
Megan Thee StallionGood NewsPop-Rap61. 0
NEW
ENTRY
T125
JoywavePossessionIndietronica60. 7
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T125
STRFKRFuture Past LifeNeo-Psychedelia60. 7
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T125
Fontaines D.C.A Hero's DeathPost-Hardcore60. 7
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T125
Sufjan StevensThe AscensionArt Pop60. 7
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129
Yves TumorHeaven To A Tortured MindExperimental60. 4
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130
Sufjan Stevens & Lowell BramsAporiaExperimental60. 3
NEW
ENTRY
T131
ThundercatIt Is What It IsPsychedelic Soul60. 2
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T131
Marcus KingEl DoradoPop60. 2
NEW
ENTRY
T131
Marika HackmanCoversArt Pop60. 2
NEW
ENTRY
134
Sara BareillesMore Love: Songs From Little Voice Season OnePop60. 0
NEW
ENTRY
135
SAINt JHNWhile The World Was BurningMelodic Rap59. 8
NEW
ENTRY
136
BearcubsEarly HoursElectro-R&B59. 5
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T137
Oh WonderNo One Else Can Wear Your CrownShimmer Pop59. 4
NEW
ENTRY
T137
Bonny Light HorsemanBonny Light HorsemanChamber Folk59. 4
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T139
Theo KatzmanModern Johnny Sings: Songs In The Age Of VibePop59. 2
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T139
Carly Rae JepsenDedicated Side BPop59. 2
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T141
Best CoastAlways TomorrowLo-Fi Indie58. 9
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T141
KlangstofThe Noise You Make Is SilentArt Rock58. 9
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143
Son LuxTomorrows IArt Pop58. 8
NEW
ENTRY
144
TreasureseasonLife In ReverseDream Pop58. 6
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145
Bear's Den & Paul FrithFragmentsFolk-Rock58. 4
NEW
ENTRY
146
Nine Inch NailsGhosts V: TogetherElectronic58. 1
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147
The 1975Notes On A Conditional FormIndie Pop58. 0
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148
clipping.Visions Of Bodies Being BurnedExperimental Hip-Hop57. 8
NEW
ENTRY
149
Son LuxTomorrows IIArt Pop56. 9
NEW
ENTRY
T150
KehlaniIt Was Good Until It Wasn'tUrban56. 8
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T150
The WeekndAfter HoursPop56. 8
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152
The Magic GangDeath Of The PartyIndie Rock56. 6
NEW
ENTRY
153
Spillage Village & MerebaSpilligionAlternative Rap56. 3
NEW
ENTRY
154
Moses Sumneygræ, Pt. 2Psychedelic Soul55. 5
NEW
ENTRY
155
EchosmithLonely GenerationPop54. 4
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156
HalseyManicDark Pop53. 7
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157
KhushiStrange SeasonsElectro-R&B53. 3
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158
Jay ElectronicaA Written TestimonyRap53. 0
NEW
ENTRY
T159
Run The JewelsRTJ4Alternative Rap52. 0
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T159
Don ToliverHeaven Or HellTrap Rap52. 0
NEW
ENTRY
161
Hayley WilliamsPetals For ArmorIndie Poptimism51. 5
162
Son LittleAlohaPop51. 4
163
dvsnA Muse In Her FeelingsAlternative R&B50. 4
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T164
Duke DumontDualityProgressive House50. 3
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T164
KidbugKidbugAlt-Rock50. 3
NEW
ENTRY
T166
Porridge RadioEvery BadIndie Rock49. 7
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T166
DrakeDark Lane Demo TapesRap49. 7
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T168
Dan CrollGrand PlanIndie Pop48. 9
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T168
Jack GarrattLove, Death & DancingArt Rock48. 9
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170
Charli XCXhow i'm feeling nowDark Pop46. 4
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171
Jonathan WilsonDixie BlurIndie Folk46. 0
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172
JónsiShiverMetropop45. 7
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173
Sorry925Experimental45. 4
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174
Róisín MurphyRóisín MachinePop42. 7
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175
Washed OutPurple NoonChillwave39. 7
NEW
ENTRY
176
Josef Salvatmodern anxietyPop38. 6
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177
Rina SawayamaSAWAYAMAPop28. 3
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178
Rich AucoinUnited StatesElectropop21. 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. Here, a release cannot be greater than the sum of its parts. For rankings that take that phenomenon into account, look to the aFIREintheattic Awards at the end of each year.
  • Note that EPs can tend toward higher scores than albums because sometimes an EP is a precursor to a full album and that album will contain the songs from the EP but with the addition of filler tracks that drag the Power Index score down.
  • 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


Ranked EPs of 2020 so far, as rated by the committee of one.
Updated:  March 27, 2021
RANK ARTISTEPGENREPOWER
INDEX
RATINGTREND
1
Jon BryantHalf BadIndie Poptimism93. 6
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2
Victoria MonétJAGUARUrban83. 4
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3
The Japanese HouseChewing Cotton WoolIndie Poptimism81. 6
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4
Julia ChurchTo Have, Not Just To HoldPop81. 3
NEW
ENTRY
5
Dustin TebbuttLast LineAmbient Folk79. 9
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6
Sylvan EssoFree LoveIndie Electronic77. 8
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7
ColouringFluxNeo Mellow72. 4
NEW
ENTRY
8
Julia ChurchCups And BalloonsPop71. 7
NEW
ENTRY
9
HighasakiteThe Bare Romantic, Pt. 2Indie Poptimism71. 2
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T10
6LACK6pc HotAlternative R&B70. 8
NEW
ENTRY
T10
AUGUST 08EMOTIONAL CUHAlternative R&B70. 8
NEW
ENTRY
T12
Kevin GarrettMade Up Lost TimePop70. 2
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T12
EbenezerBad Romantic IIMelodic Rap70. 2
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14
Wye OakNo HorizonMetropop69. 6
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T15
Wye OakWalk SoftArt Rock69. 0
NEW
ENTRY
T15
PalaceSomeday, SomewhereIndie Rock69. 0
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17
Gia MargaretMia GargaretAmbient68. 8
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T18
LightsHow To Sleep When You're On FireChillwave67. 8
NEW
ENTRY
T18
BrothertigerFundamentals, Vol. IChillwave67. 8
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T18
Destiny RogersGreat EscapePop67. 8
NEW
ENTRY
21
Looteheart eyesPop65. 3
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22
Christine And The QueensLa Vita NuovaIndie Poptimism65. 2
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23
Vic MensaV TAPERap64. 0
NEW
ENTRY
T24
Day WaveCrushLo-Fi Indie63. 4
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T24
i_o & LightsAM 444Electro House63. 4
NEW
ENTRY
T24
AquiloSoberAmbient Folk63. 4
NEW
ENTRY
T24
EbenezerBad Romantic 2.5Melodic Rap63. 4
NEW
ENTRY
T24
Local NativesSour LemonIndie Rock63. 4
NEW
ENTRY
T29
YosteA Few Brief MomentsShimmer Pop62. 2
T29
Patrick DroneyState Of The HeartPop62. 2
T29
Bay LedgesNew DazeIndie Pop/Rock62. 2
NEW
ENTRY
T32
Lane 8 & OTRCross PollinationProgressive House59. 9
NEW
ENTRY
T32
BrothertigerFundamentals, Vol. IIChillwave59. 9
NEW
ENTRY
T34
Wild NothingLaughing GasMetropop59. 8
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T34
Flock Of DimesLike So Much DesireMetropop59. 8
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T34
Tiny DeathsIf I'm DreamingPoptron59. 8
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T34
Lanterns On The LakeThe RealistDream Pop59. 8
NEW
ENTRY
T34
XYLØOutsiders ClubDark Pop59. 8
NEW
ENTRY
39
Damien JuradoWhat's New, Tomboy?Chamber Folk59. 4
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40
PassengerPatchworkFolk Singer58. 1
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41
The Lighthouse And The WhalerBrothers (B-Sides)Indie Pop/Rock56. 6
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42
Bree Runway2000AND4EVAPop-Rap56. 0
NEW
ENTRY
43
Sabrina ClaudioChristmas BluesContemporary R&B55. 2
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T44
florreimaginedIndie Pop/Rock54. 3
T44
LauvWithout YouPop54. 3
46
Henry JamisonTourismFolk Singer54. 0
47
Petit BiscuitParachuteFuture Bass53. 6
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48
CHIKAINDUSTRY GAMESAlternative Rap52. 2
NEW
ENTRY
T49
Field ReportBrake Light Red TideFolk-Rock51. 4
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T49
Valleysucks to see you doing betterIndie Poptimism51. 4
NEW
ENTRY
51
CayucasBlue SummerIndie Pop50. 4
NEW
ENTRY
T52
Father John MistyAnthem +3Chamber Pop49. 2
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T52
James BlakeBeforeElectro-R&B49. 2
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54
COINIndigo VioletIndie Pop/Rock49. 0
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55
Aero FlynnMadelineArt Rock47. 0
NEW
ENTRY
56
HONNEnswy: dream editsPop46. 7
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57
San HoloStay VibrantFuture Bass46. 4
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58
The Mowgli'sDizzyonatightropeIndie Pop44. 7
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59
Little SimzDrop 6Alternative Rap43. 3
60
Denzel Curry & Kenny BeatsUNLOCKEDHardcore Rap42. 5
NEW
ENTRY
61
XYLØThe Ganglands Of My HeartDark Pop41. 6
T62
Hayley KiyokoI'm Too Sensitive For This ShitPop40. 9
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T62
JosephTrio Sessions: Vol.1Folk-Pop40. 9
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64
Phoebe BridgersIf We Make It Through DecemberIndie Rock40. 8
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T65
DotanNumbFolk-Pop40. 7
NEW
ENTRY
T65
Sure SureReceiveIndie Pop40. 7
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T67
Bear's DenChristmas, HopefullyFolk-Rock40. 5
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T67
Hayden ThorpeAerial SongsArt Pop40. 5
NEW
ENTRY
T67
Nilüfer YanyaFeeling Lucky?Art Pop40. 5
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70
SwitchfootCoversAlternative Pop/Rock35. 2
NEW
ENTRY
71
IncubusTrust Fall (Side B)Alt-Rock34. 5
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72
PUPThis Place Sucks AssPost-Emo33. 9
NEW
ENTRY
73
Lights & MYTHDead EndElectro House33. 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. Here, a release cannot be greater than the sum of its parts. For rankings that take that phenomenon into account, look to the aFIREintheattic Awards at the end of each year.
  • Note that EPs can tend toward higher scores than albums because sometimes an EP is a precursor to a full album and that album will contain the songs from the EP but with the addition of filler tracks that drag the Power Index score down.
  • 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.