Power Rankings

Albums
The top albums of 2017 so far, as ranked by the committee of one.      Updated:  June 18, 2017
RANK ARTISTALBUMGENREPOWER INDEXTREND
1
Nadia ReidPreservationIndie Folk85.9
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2
Jesca HoopMemories Are NowIndie Folk82.7
3
Betty WhoThe ValleyPop81.1
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4
ÁsgeirAfterglowArt Pop78.5
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5
Fenech-SolerZillaElectropop78.0
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Hippo CampusLandmarkIndie Rock78.0
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7
Sylvan EssoWhat NowIndie Electronic77.8
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8
BonoboMigrationIDM75.0
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9
SOHNRennenElectro-R&B74.5
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10
Laura MarlingSemper FeminaChamber Folk73.8
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11
Kendrick LamarDAMN.Alternative Rap73.3
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Tall ShipsImpressionsPost-Rock73.3
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13
John MayerThe Search For EverythingPop/Rock71.9
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14
ElbowLittle FictionsRock70.8
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15
Ryan AdamsPrisonerAlt-Country69.7
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16
TemplesVolcanoNeo-Psychedelia69.5
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17
Julie ByrneNot Even HappinessIndie Folk68.9
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18
Perfume GeniusNo ShapeArt Pop68.0
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19
Horse ThiefTrials & TruthIndie Rock67.8
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20
Father John MistyPure ComedyBaroque Pop67.7
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21
Big SeanI Decided.Rap66.7
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22
AquiloSilhouettesShimmer Pop66.3
Little CometsWorheadIndie Pop/Rock66.3
24
SydFinAlternative R&B65.7
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25
SACRED PAWSStrike A MatchIndie Pop65.0
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26
Mighty OaksDreamersFolk-Pop64.9
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27
DrakeMore LifeRap64.8
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28
Circa WavesDifferent CreaturesIndie Pop/Rock63.6
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29
Amber RunFor A Moment, I Was LostRock62.8
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30
Vancouver Sleep ClinicRevivalIndie Electronic62.6
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31
Shy GirlsSaltElectro-R&B62.5
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32
Incubus8Alt-Rock61.3
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33
MisterwivesConnect The DotsIndie Pop61.2
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34
Strand Of OaksHard LoveIndie Rock60.2
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35
SamphaProcessElectro-R&B58.4
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36
KehlaniSweetSexySavagePop57.9
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37
The xxI See YouIndie Electronic57.4
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38
Colony HouseOnly The LonelyRock56.8
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39
Said The WhaleAs Long As Your Eyes Are WideIndie Pop56.7
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40
EisleyI'm Only DreamingRock55.8
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41
Ed Sheeran÷Pop/Rock55.2
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42
Tiny DeathsElegiesIndie Electronic54.6
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43
JamiroquaiAutomatonSynth Funk53.7
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44
Surfer BloodSnowdoniaPower Pop46.6
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45
Future IslandsThe Far FieldAlternative Dance46.3
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46
FutureFUTURETrap Rap30.6
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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 2017 so far, as ranked by the committee of one.      Updated:  June 18, 2017
RANK ARTISTEPGENREPOWER INDEXTREND
1
Vallis AlpsFableShimmer Pop80.3
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2
GladesThis Is What It's LikeShimmer Pop78.5
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3
Peter SilbermanImpermanenceDream Pop71.7
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ShallouAll Becomes OkayShimmer Pop71.7
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5
Great Good Fine OKIIIElectropop71.4
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6
AstronomyyRest In ParadiseElectro-R&B70.2
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7
TreasureseasonXYShimmer Pop69.0
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8
Apollo WildNo Love LostAlt-Rock66.7
9
Tom Misch5 Day MischonIndie Electronic65.3
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10
Snow In MexicoBreathElectroclash63.4
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ParcelsHideoutAlternative Dance59.8
Miami HorrorThe ShapesAlternative Dance59.8
13
Hundred WatersCurrencyIndie Electronic58.9
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14
The KnocksTESTIFYPop57.4
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15
Milo GreeneNever EnderIndie Rock54.0
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16
Run River NorthSuperstitionFolk-Pop47.6
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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.