Power Rankings

Albums
The top albums of 2018 so far, as ranked by the committee of one.      Updated:  September 30, 2018
RANK ARTISTALBUMGENREPOWER INDEXTREND
1
Wye OakThe Louder I Call, The Faster It RunsArt Rock84.0
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2
LauvI met you when I was 18. (the playlist)Pop80.2
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3
Tom MischGeographyAlternative R&B78.5
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T4
Lord HuronVide NoirFolk-Rock78.0
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T4
Mimicking BirdsLayers Of UsIndie Folk78.0
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T4
SALESForever & EverShimmer Pop78.0
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7
VacationerMindsetIndie Pop75.0
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8
ISLANDFeels Like AirIndie Rock74.5
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T9
J. ColeKODRap74.2
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T9
Until The Ribbon BreaksUntil The Ribbon BreaksDark Pop74.2
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11
HONNELove Me / Love Me NotElectro-R&B72.8
NEW ENTRY
12
BazziCOSMICPop72.4
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13
Janelle Mon‡áeDirty ComputerAlternative R&B72.3
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14
Justin TimberlakeMan Of The WoodsPop72.0
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15
Beach House7Dream Pop71.7
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16
RhyeBloodIndie R&B71.3
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T17
Moon TaxiLet The Record PlayIndie Rock70.6
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T17
Unknown Mortal OrchestraSex & FoodNeo-Psychedelia70.6
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T17
The InternetHive MindAlternative R&B70.6
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T17
Lykke Liso sad so sexyDark Pop70.6
NEW ENTRY
21
THE CARTERSEVERYTHING IS LOVERap70.1
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22
TyphoonOfferingsIndie Rock69.4
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23
Hayley KiyokoExpectationsPop69.2
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T24
Megan BonnellSeparate RoomsFolk Singer67.8
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T24
Damien JuradoThe Horizon Just LaughedChamber Folk67.8
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T26
First Aid KitRuinsChamber Folk67.5
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T26
Jorja SmithLost & FoundPop-Soul67.5
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T26
Lucy DacusHistorianIndie Rock67.5
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T26
Years & YearsPalo SantoIndie Poptimism67.5
T30
BearcubsUltravioletElectro-R&B67.4
T30
MitskiBe The CowboyProgressive Indie67.4
NEW ENTRY
32
Soccer MommyCleanIndie Rock66.4
NEW ENTRY
33
BØRNSBlue MadonnaIndie Poptimism65.9
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T34
Post Malonebeerbongs & bentleysAlternative R&B65.5
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T34
The Kite String TangleThe Kite String Tangle Presents: In A Desperate MomentAmbient Folk65.5
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36
Ariana GrandeSweetenerPop65.2
37
S. CareyHundred AcresAmbient Folk65.0
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38
AquiloiiAmbient Folk64.5
NEW ENTRY
39
tUnE-yArDsI can feel you creep into my private lifeProgressive Indie63.9
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40
Courtney BarnettTell Me How You Really FeelIndie Rock63.6
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41
LogicBobby Tarantino IIRap63.1
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42
Thirty Seconds To MarsAMERICADark Pop62.6
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43
MigosCulture IITrap Rap62.4
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T44
Black PantherBlack Panther |The Album Music From And Inspired By|Alternative Rap62.0
T44
Kacey MusgravesGolden HourCountry62.0
T44
Milo GreeneAdult ContemporaryIndie Pop62.0
NEW ENTRY
T47
The Paper KitesOn The Train Ride HomeFolk Singer61.9
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T47
XXXTENTACION?Alternative R&B61.9
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49
Cardi BInvasion Of PrivacyRap61.4
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50
SabaCARE FOR MEAlternative Rap61.3
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51
Lake Street DiveFree Yourself UpRock-Soul60.9
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T52
Son LuxBrighter WoundsArt Pop60.7
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T52
MastersystemDance MusicIndie Rock60.7
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54
DrakeScorpionRap60.4
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55
James BayElectric LightSinger/Songwriter59.8
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56
Jim JamesUniform DistortionIndie Rock59.4
NEW ENTRY
57
Astronauts, Etc.Living In SymbolNeo-Psychedelia58.9
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58
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night SweatsTearing At The SeamsRock-Soul57.4
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59
PorchesThe HouseMetropop56.7
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60
Field ReportSummertime SongsFolk-Rock56.1
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61
ChromeoHead Over HeelsAlternative Dance55.6
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62
Ne-YoGOOD MANUrban55.3
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63
Half WaifLavenderMetropop53.7
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64
TinasheJoyrideUrban53.3
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65
LuciusNudesChamber Folk52.7
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66
U.S. GirlsIn A Poem UnlimitedArt Pop52.2
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67
Alison WonderlandAwakeFuture Bass52.0
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68
Dirty ProjectorsLamp Lit ProseProgressive Indie49.1
NEW ENTRY
T69
Arctic MonkeysTranquility Base Hotel & CasinoIndie Rock46.4
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T69
Kali UchisIsolationNeo-Soul46.4
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71
CHVRCHESLove Is DeadPoptron44.4
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72
WetStill RunShimmer Pop44.2
NEW ENTRY
73
DawesPasswordsAlt-Country42.0
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74
Fall Out BoyM A N I AEmo-Pop38.6
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75
Strand Of OaksHarder LoveIndie Rock34.2
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76
The NeighbourhoodThe NeighbourhoodDark Pop33.3
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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.

EPs
The top EPs of 2018 so far, as ranked by the committee of one.      Updated:  September 30, 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
NEW ENTRY
8
ColouringBnNeo Mellow69.0
9
AUGUST 08FATHERAlternative R&B67.9
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10
The WeekndMy Dear Melancholy,Alternative R&B66.7
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11
Slow MagicAWAYGlitch Pop65.7
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T12
Betty WhoBetty, Pt. 1Pop65.3
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T12
Vancouver Sleep ClinicTherapy Phase 01Gauze Pop65.3
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14
Kanye WestyeAlternative Rap64.4
15
ZHURingos Desert, Pt. 1Deep House64.0
16
Pale WavesALL THE THINGS I NEVER SAIDIndie Pop/Rock63.4
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17
SG LewisDuskElectro-R&B63.3
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18
CannonsIn A HeartbeatShimmer Pop60.1
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19
POLI‚ÇA & s t a r g a z eMusic For The Long EmergencyArt Pop58.8
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20
Iron & WineWeed GardenIndie Folk57.8
NEW ENTRY
21
The Wild WildLove Is GodIndie Pop/Rock57.1
22
First Aid KitTender OfferingsChamber Folk56.6
NEW ENTRY
23
[SEBELL]Songs For Flight DelaysPop55.5
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24
KIDS SEE GHOSTSKIDS SEE GHOSTSExperimental Hip-Hop54.3
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25
MathbonusHoly ParkIDM52.6
NEW ENTRY
26
Fall Out BoyLake Effect KidEmo-Pop51.3
NEW ENTRY
27
GeographerAlone TimeIndie Pop47.6
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28
The NeighbourhoodTo ImagineDark Pop43.3
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29
NasNASIRRap36.2
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30
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.