Power Rankings

Albums
The top albums of 2017 so far, as ranked by the committee of one.      Updated:  April 23, 2017
RANK ARTISTALBUMGENREPOWER INDEXTREND
1
Betty WhoThe ValleyPop81.1
NEW ENTRY
2
Fenech-SolerZillaElectropop78.0
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3
SOHNRennenElectro-R&B74.5
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4
Laura MarlingSemper FeminaChamber Folk73.8
NEW ENTRY
5
ElbowLittle FictionsRock70.8
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6
Horse ThiefTrials & TruthIndie Rock67.8
7
AquiloSilhouettesShimmer Pop66.3
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Little CometsWorheadIndie Pop/Rock66.3
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9
SydFinAlternative R&B65.7
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10
DrakeMore LifeRap64.8
NEW ENTRY
11
Circa WavesDifferent CreaturesIndie Pop/Rock63.6
NEW ENTRY
12
Amber RunFor A Moment, I Was LostRock62.8
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13
Strand Of OaksHard LoveIndie Rock60.2
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14
KehlaniSweetSexySavagePop57.9
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15
The xxI See YouIndie Electronic57.4
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16
Colony HouseOnly The LonelyRock56.8
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17
Said The WhaleAs Long As Your Eyes Are WideIndie Pop56.7
NEW ENTRY
18
EisleyI'm Only DreamingRock55.8
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19
Ed Sheeran÷Pop/Rock55.2
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20
Tiny DeathsElegiesIndie Electronic54.6
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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:  April 23, 2017
RANK ARTISTEPGENREPOWER INDEXTREND
1
Peter SilbermanImpermanenceDream Pop71.7
NEW ENTRY
2
Great Good Fine OKIIIElectropop71.4
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3
AstronomyyRest In ParadiseElectro-R&B70.2
4
TreasureseasonXYShimmer Pop69.0
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5
ParcelsHideoutAlternative Dance59.8
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Miami HorrorThe ShapesAlternative Dance59.8
NEW ENTRY
7
The KnocksTESTIFYPop57.4
8
Milo GreeneNever EnderIndie Rock54.0
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9
Run River NorthSuperstitionFolk-Pop47.6
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SpotifyApple Music

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.