2023 Power Rankings

Albums


Ranked albums of 2023 as rated by the committee of one.
RANKARTISTALBUMGENREPOWER
INDEX
RATINGTREND
1
Leith RossTo LearnIndie Chamber Rock82. 7
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ENTRY
2
CMATCrazymad, For MeIndie Poptimism78. 3
NEW
ENTRY
3
BlondshellBlondshellBedroom Pop78. 2
NEW
ENTRY
4
KAMAUULACUNA In The House Of MirrorsHip-Hop78. 0
NEW
ENTRY
5
bdrmmI Don't KnowArt Rock77. 9
NEW
ENTRY
T6
Janelle MonáeThe Age Of PleasurePop75. 7
NEW
ENTRY
T6
Olivia RodrigoGUTSPop75. 7
NEW
ENTRY
8
ChiiildBetter Luck In The Next LifeAlternative R&B75. 2
NEW
ENTRY
9
Fall Out BoySo Much (For) StardustEmo-Pop74. 7
NEW
ENTRY
10
Julie ByrneThe Greater WingsIndie Folk73. 8
NEW
ENTRY
11
The Tallest Man On EarthHenry St.Folk Singer73. 6
NEW
ENTRY
12
Lanterns On The LakeVersions Of UsDream Pop73. 3
NEW
ENTRY
13
Miya FolickROACHIndie Poptimism72. 7
NEW
ENTRY
14
The Paper KitesAt The RoadhouseFolk Singer72. 6
NEW
ENTRY
15
The Japanese HouseIn The End It Always DoesIndie Pop72. 3
NEW
ENTRY
T16
City And ColourThe Love Still Held Me NearMellow Alternative72. 2
T16
Caroline PolachekDesire, I Want To Turn Into YouIndie Poptimism72. 2
NEW
ENTRY
T16
TemplesExoticoNeo-Psychedelic72. 2
NEW
ENTRY
19
ShallouIn TouchChillbeat72. 0
NEW
ENTRY
20
Nothing But ThievesDead Club CityPost-Rock71. 5
NEW
ENTRY
21
Indigo De SouzaAll Of This Will EndAlternative71. 3
22
HozierUnreal UnearthPop71. 0
NEW
ENTRY
T23
JOSEPHThe SunFolk-Rock70. 8
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T23
Maple GliderI Get Into TroubleIndie Folk70. 8
NEW
ENTRY
T25
DaughterStereo Mind GameDream Pop70. 6
T25
A Beacon SchoolyoyoLo-Fi Indie70. 6
NEW
ENTRY
T27
Billie MartenDrop CherriesIndie Chamber Rock70. 3
NEW
ENTRY
T27
Daniel CaesarNEVER ENOUGHAlternative R&B70. 3
NEW
ENTRY
T29
Black Belt Eagle ScoutThe Land, The Water, The SkyIndie Rock69. 8
NEW
ENTRY
T29
TWO LANESDualityElectronic69. 8
NEW
ENTRY
T29
Wye OakEvery Day Like The Last: Collected Singles 2019-2023Indie Chamber Rock69. 8
NEW
ENTRY
32
Arlo ParksMy Soft MachineNeo-Soul69. 6
NEW
ENTRY
33
SamphaLahaiElectro-R&B69. 4
NEW
ENTRY
T34
Boy & BearBoy & BearIndie Pop/Rock68. 8
NEW
ENTRY
T34
RunnnerLike Dying Stars, We’re Reaching OutAmbient Folk68. 8
NEW
ENTRY
T34
The NationalFirst Two Pages Of FrankensteinIndie Chamber Rock68. 8
NEW
ENTRY
37
Unknown Mortal OrchestraVAlternative68. 7
T38
Bleach LabLost In A Rush Of EmptinessIndie Rock67. 8
NEW
ENTRY
T38
Margo PriceStraysCountry67. 8
NEW
ENTRY
T38
Squirrel FlowerTomorrow's FireIndie Rock67. 8
NEW
ENTRY
T38
SYMLThe Day My Father DiedAlternative67. 8
NEW
ENTRY
T38
Victoria MonétJAGUAR IIUrban67. 8
NEW
ENTRY
T38
Wild NothingHoldIndie Pop67. 8
NEW
ENTRY
44
Youth LagoonHeaven Is A JunkyardAlternative67. 5
NEW
ENTRY
45
A R I Z O N AA R I Z O N APop67. 4
T46
Gaz CoombesTurn The Car AroundAlternative66. 7
NEW
ENTRY
T46
Kylie MinogueTensionPop66. 7
NEW
ENTRY
T46
Local NativesTime Will Wait For No OneIndie Pop/Rock66. 7
NEW
ENTRY
T46
RomyMid AirPop66. 7
NEW
ENTRY
T46
S. Carey & John RaymondShadowlandsAmbient Folk66. 7
NEW
ENTRY
T46
Sufjan StevensJavelinAlternative66. 7
NEW
ENTRY
T52
boygeniusthe recordIndie Chamber Rock66. 3
NEW
ENTRY
T52
Noah GundersenIf This Is The EndMellow Alternative66. 3
NEW
ENTRY
T52
Shana ClevelandManzanitaIndie Folk66. 3
NEW
ENTRY
55
Jorja Smithfalling or flyingContemporary R&B66. 1
NEW
ENTRY
56
LaufeyBewitchedAlternative65. 6
NEW
ENTRY
57
Stephen SanchezAngel FacePop65. 4
NEW
ENTRY
58
Thomas AzierThe Inventory Of Our DesireArt Pop65. 0
NEW
ENTRY
T59
Complete Mountain AlmanacComplete Mountain AlmanacBaroque Folk64. 9
NEW
ENTRY
T59
Dreamville & SiRCreed III: The SoundtrackRap64. 9
NEW
ENTRY
T59
The Kite String TangleLustreDance64. 9
NEW
ENTRY
T59
Vallis AlpsCleaveShimmer Pop64. 9
NEW
ENTRY
63
PhoriaRiver OblivionArt Pop64. 6
NEW
ENTRY
T64
Circa WavesNever Going UnderAlternative Indie Rock64. 0
NEW
ENTRY
T64
Explosions In the SkyEndAtmospheric Rock64. 0
NEW
ENTRY
T64
PVRISEVERGREENPost-Rock64. 0
NEW
ENTRY
T67
PinkPantheressHeaven KnowsIndie Electronic63. 8
NEW
ENTRY
T67
SG LewisAudioLust & HigherLoveElectronic63. 8
NEW
ENTRY
69
Jadu HeartDerealisedIndie Pop63. 6
NEW
ENTRY
70
RooseveltEmbraceElectropop62. 0
NEW
ENTRY
71
Eddie ChaconSundownAlternative61. 9
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72
Foo FightersBut Here We AreRock61. 5
NEW
ENTRY
73
Moon TaxiSet Yourself FreeIndie Pop/Rock61. 3
NEW
ENTRY
74
6LACKSince I Have A LoverAlternative R&B61. 2
NEW
ENTRY
75
The ArcsElectrophonic ChronicRock59. 4
NEW
ENTRY
76
Slowdiveeverything is aliveAlternative58. 1
NEW
ENTRY
77
Dave Matthews BandWalk Around The MoonRock57. 4
NEW
ENTRY
78
Kota The Friend & Statik SelektahTo See A SunsetRap56. 8
NEW
ENTRY
79
ClaudSupermodelsAlternative56. 6
NEW
ENTRY
80
Fever RayRadical RomanticsAlternative55. 6
NEW
ENTRY
T81
Lana Del ReyDid You Know That There's A Tunnel Under Ocean BlvdAlternative54. 4
T81
THEY.Nü MoonUrban54. 4
NEW
ENTRY
83
Team MeReturn To The RiversideIndie Poptronica53. 0
NEW
ENTRY
84
Sigur RósÁTTA Ambient52. 1
NEW
ENTRY
85
Colours In The StreetLet's TalkIndie Anthem Power Pop51. 5
NEW
ENTRY
86
Andy ShaufNormAlternative50. 8
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87
Damien JuradoMotorcycle MadnessChamber Folk49. 7
NEW
ENTRY
88
Sofia KourtesisMadresElectronic45. 3
NEW
ENTRY
89
Corinne Bailey RaeBlack RainbowsArt Pop42. 6
NEW
ENTRY
90
YaejiWith A HammerExperimental34. 0
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.

EPs


Ranked EPs of 2023 as rated by the committee of one.
RANKARTISTEPGENREPOWER
INDEX
RATINGTREND
1
Jaylon AshaunEpilogueUrban88. 4
NEW
ENTRY
2
UtahWhat A MemoryChillbeat79. 0
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3
Forest ClaudetteEverything Was GreenAlternative R&B78. 6
NEW
ENTRY
4
Emmit FennHow To Fly On The GroundNeo Mellow73. 8
NEW
ENTRY
5
Biig PiigBubblegumAlternative71. 4
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6
Dustin TebbuttChangeopheliaAmbient Folk70. 8
NEW
ENTRY
7
Beach HouseBecomeDream Pop70. 2
8
Julie Byrne & Laugh Cry LaughJulie Byrne With Laugh Cry LaughShimmer Folk69. 0
NEW
ENTRY
9
Jaylon AshaunNomadUrban67. 8
NEW
ENTRY
T10
MichiganderIt Will Never Be The SameIndie Rock66. 7
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T10
Wild PartyGet UpIndie Pop/Rock66. 7
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T10
CelesteLatelyNeo-Soul66. 7
NEW
ENTRY
T13
Barrie5KIndie Pop65. 3
NEW
ENTRY
T13
HælosAlarmsPoptron65. 3
NEW
ENTRY
15
Ólafur Arnaldstrying to think of nothingClassical64. 0
NEW
ENTRY
16
Austin Millz & EstelleBreathworkPop62. 2
NEW
ENTRY
17
Kota The FriendLyrics To GO, Vol. 4Rap62. 0
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18
BLÜ EYESThe Last Songs I'll Write About YouPop59. 9
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T19
Astrid SFelt Cute Might Delete LaterPop56. 6
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T19
Bear's DenWhite MagnoliasFolk-Rock56. 6
NEW
ENTRY
21
Tep NoI Will Hold YouTropical House55. 5
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22
Damien JuradoSometimes You Hurt The Ones You HateChamber Folk54. 6
NEW
ENTRY
23
TransvioletBodyPop54. 1
NEW
ENTRY
24
Bear's DenFirst LovesFolk-Rock49. 0
NEW
ENTRY
T25
Angel OlsenForever MeansAlternative40. 8
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T25
boygeniusthe restIndie Chamber Rock40. 8
NEW
ENTRY
27
KidnapTech Me AwayTech House0. 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.