Power Rankings

Albums
The top albums of 2018 so far, as ranked by the committee of one.      Updated:  November 23, 2018
RANK ARTISTALBUMGENREPOWER INDEXTREND
1
Wye OakThe Louder I Call, The Faster It RunsArt Rock84.0
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2
Maribou StateKingdoms In ColourElectropop81.7
NEW ENTRY
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
NEW ENTRY
9
Ray LaMontagnePart Of The LightNeo-Psychedelia77.8
NEW ENTRY
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
Snail MailLushIndie Rock73.3
NEW ENTRY
15
HONNELove Me / Love Me NotElectro-R&B72.8
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16
BazziCOSMICPop72.4
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17
Janelle Mon‡áeDirty ComputerAlternative R&B72.3
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18
Now, NowSavedIndie Poptimism72.1
NEW ENTRY
T19
Justin TimberlakeMan Of The WoodsPop72.0
T19
PhosphorescentC'est La VieAlt-Country72.0
NEW ENTRY
21
Beach House7Dream Pop71.7
22
RhyeBloodIndie R&B71.3
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T23
Moon TaxiLet The Record PlayIndie Rock70.6
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T23
Unknown Mortal OrchestraSex & FoodNeo-Psychedelia70.6
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T23
The InternetHive MindAlternative R&B70.6
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T23
Lykke Liso sad so sexyDark Pop70.6
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T23
Still CornersSlow AirElectroclash70.6
NEW ENTRY
T23
Wild NothingIndigoMetropop70.6
NEW ENTRY
T29
THE CARTERSEVERYTHING IS LOVERap70.1
T29
City And ColourGuide Me Back Home [Live]Mellow Alternative70.1
NEW ENTRY
31
TyphoonOfferingsIndie Rock69.4
32
Hayley KiyokoExpectationsPop69.2
T33
Megan BonnellSeparate RoomsFolk Singer67.8
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T33
Damien JuradoThe Horizon Just LaughedChamber Folk67.8
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T33
PassengerRunawayFolk Singer67.8
NEW ENTRY
T33
The Paper KitesOn The Corner Where You LiveFolk-Rock67.8
NEW ENTRY
T37
First Aid KitRuinsChamber Folk67.5
T37
Jorja SmithLost & FoundPop-Soul67.5
T37
Lucy DacusHistorianIndie Rock67.5
T37
Years & YearsPalo SantoIndie Poptimism67.5
T41
BearcubsUltravioletElectro-R&B67.4
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T41
MitskiBe The CowboyProgressive Indie67.4
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43
Soccer MommyCleanIndie Rock66.4
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44
BØRNSBlue MadonnaIndie Poptimism65.9
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T45
Post Malonebeerbongs & bentleysAlternative R&B65.5
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T45
The Kite String TangleThe Kite String Tangle Presents: In A Desperate MomentAmbient Folk65.5
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47
Ariana GrandeSweetenerPop65.2
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T48
S. CareyHundred AcresAmbient Folk65.0
T48
ExtravisionWaking UpNeo-Psychedelia65.0
NEW ENTRY
50
AquiloiiAmbient Folk64.5
51
tUnE-yArDsI can feel you creep into my private lifeProgressive Indie63.9
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T52
Courtney BarnettTell Me How You Really FeelIndie Rock63.6
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T52
Ben HowardNoonday DreamIndie Folk63.6
NEW ENTRY
54
LogicBobby Tarantino IIRap63.1
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55
Thirty Seconds To MarsAMERICADark Pop62.6
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56
MigosCulture IITrap Rap62.4
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T57
Black PantherBlack Panther |The Album Music From And Inspired By|Alternative Rap62.0
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T57
Kacey MusgravesGolden HourCountry62.0
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T57
Milo GreeneAdult ContemporaryIndie Pop62.0
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T57
Father John MistyGod's Favorite CustomerChamber Pop62.0
NEW ENTRY
T61
The Paper KitesOn The Train Ride HomeFolk Singer61.9
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T61
XXXTENTACION?Alternative R&B61.9
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63
Cardi BInvasion Of PrivacyRap61.4
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64
SabaCARE FOR MEAlternative Rap61.3
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65
GloriettaGloriettaAlt-Country61.0
NEW ENTRY
66
Lake Street DiveFree Yourself UpRock-Soul60.9
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T67
Son LuxBrighter WoundsArt Pop60.7
T67
MastersystemDance MusicIndie Rock60.7
69
DrakeScorpionRap60.4
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70
James BayElectric LightSinger/Songwriter59.8
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71
Jim JamesUniform DistortionIndie Rock59.4
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72
Astronauts, Etc.Living In SymbolNeo-Psychedelia58.9
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73
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night SweatsTearing At The SeamsRock-Soul57.4
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74
PorchesThe HouseMetropop56.7
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75
Field ReportSummertime SongsFolk-Rock56.1
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76
ChromeoHead Over HeelsAlternative Dance55.6
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77
Ne-YoGOOD MANUrban55.3
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T78
Half WaifLavenderMetropop53.7
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T78
Kamasi WashingtonHeaven And EarthJazz53.7
NEW ENTRY
80
TinasheJoyrideUrban53.3
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81
LuciusNudesChamber Folk52.7
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82
U.S. GirlsIn A Poem UnlimitedArt Pop52.2
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83
Alison WonderlandAwakeFuture Bass52.0
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84
Let's Eat GrandmaI'm All EarsArt Pop50.4
NEW ENTRY
85
Dirty ProjectorsLamp Lit ProseProgressive Indie49.1
T86
Arctic MonkeysTranquility Base Hotel & CasinoIndie Rock46.4
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T86
Kali UchisIsolationNeo-Soul46.4
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88
CHVRCHESLove Is DeadPoptron44.4
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89
WetStill RunShimmer Pop44.2
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90
DawesPasswordsAlt-Country42.0
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91
Fall Out BoyM A N I AEmo-Pop38.6
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92
St. VincentMassEducationProgressive Indie35.5
NEW ENTRY
93
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:  November 23, 2018
RANK ARTISTEPGENREPOWER INDEXTREND
1
Pusha TDAYTONARap84.2
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2
DNCEPeople To PeoplePop81.3
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3
Lucas NordEgoElectro-R&B79.9
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4
ShallouSoulsGlitch Pop78.1
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5
SnakehipsStay Home Tapes (= --__-- =)Pop70.8
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T6
Penguin PrisonTurn It UpIndie Pop69.6
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T6
HozierNina Cried PowerFolk Singer69.6
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8
ColouringBnNeo Mellow69.0
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9
Sabrina ClaudioNo Rain, No FlowersAlternative R&B68.8
NEW ENTRY
10
AUGUST 08FATHERAlternative R&B67.9
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11
The WeekndMy Dear Melancholy,Alternative R&B66.7
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12
Slow MagicAWAYGlitch Pop65.7
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T13
Betty WhoBetty, Pt. 1Pop65.3
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T13
Vancouver Sleep ClinicTherapy Phase 01Gauze Pop65.3
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T13
The Tallest Man On EarthWhen The Bird Sees The Solid GroundFolk Singer65.3
NEW ENTRY
16
Kanye WestyeAlternative Rap64.4
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17
ZHURingos Desert, Pt. 1Deep House64.0
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18
Pale WavesALL THE THINGS I NEVER SAIDIndie Pop/Rock63.4
19
SG LewisDuskElectro-R&B63.3
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20
CannonsIn A HeartbeatShimmer Pop60.1
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21
Dustin TebbuttChasing GoldAmbient Folk59.9
NEW ENTRY
22
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Music For The Long EmergencyArt Pop58.8
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23
Iron & WineWeed GardenIndie Folk57.8
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24
The Wild WildLove Is GodIndie Pop/Rock57.1
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T25
First Aid KitTender OfferingsChamber Folk56.6
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T25
Nothing But ThievesWhat Did You Think When You Made Me This Way?Alternative Pop/Rock56.6
NEW ENTRY
T27
[SEBELL]Songs For Flight DelaysPop55.5
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T27
Say Lou LouImmortelleArt Pop55.5
NEW ENTRY
29
KIDS SEE GHOSTSKIDS SEE GHOSTSExperimental Hip-Hop54.3
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30
MathbonusHoly ParkIDM52.6
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31
Fall Out BoyLake Effect KidEmo-Pop51.3
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32
Son LuxYesterday's WakeArt Pop49.0
NEW ENTRY
33
GeographerAlone TimeIndie Pop47.6
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34
The NeighbourhoodTo ImagineDark Pop43.3
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35
NasNASIRRap36.2
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36
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.