Power Rankings

Albums
The top albums of 2018 so far, as ranked by the committee of one.      Updated:  September 8, 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
NEW ENTRY
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
BazziCOSMICPop72.4
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12
Janelle Mon‡áeDirty ComputerAlternative R&B72.3
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13
Justin TimberlakeMan Of The WoodsPop72.0
14
Beach House7Dream Pop71.7
15
RhyeBloodIndie R&B71.3
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T16
Moon TaxiLet The Record PlayIndie Rock70.6
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T16
Unknown Mortal OrchestraSex & FoodNeo-Psychedelia70.6
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T16
The InternetHive MindAlternative R&B70.6
NEW ENTRY
19
THE CARTERSEVERYTHING IS LOVERap70.1
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20
TyphoonOfferingsIndie Rock69.4
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21
Hayley KiyokoExpectationsPop69.2
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T22
Megan BonnellSeparate RoomsFolk Singer67.8
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T22
Damien JuradoThe Horizon Just LaughedChamber Folk67.8
NEW ENTRY
T24
First Aid KitRuinsChamber Folk67.5
T24
Jorja SmithLost & FoundPop-Soul67.5
T24
Lucy DacusHistorianIndie Rock67.5
27
BearcubsUltravioletElectro-R&B67.4
28
BØRNSBlue MadonnaIndie Poptimism65.9
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T29
Post Malonebeerbongs & bentleysAlternative R&B65.5
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T29
The Kite String TangleThe Kite String Tangle Presents: In A Desperate MomentAmbient Folk65.5
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31
S. CareyHundred AcresAmbient Folk65.0
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32
tUnE-yArDsI can feel you creep into my private lifeProgressive Indie63.9
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33
Courtney BarnettTell Me How You Really FeelIndie Rock63.6
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T34
LogicBobby Tarantino IIRap63.1
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T34
Ariana GrandeSweetenerPop63.1
NEW ENTRY
36
Thirty Seconds To MarsAMERICADark Pop62.6
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37
MigosCulture IITrap Rap62.4
T38
Black PantherBlack Panther |The Album Music From And Inspired By|Alternative Rap62.0
T38
Kacey MusgravesGolden HourCountry62.0
NEW ENTRY
T40
The Paper KitesOn The Train Ride HomeFolk Singer61.9
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T40
XXXTENTACION?Alternative R&B61.9
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42
Cardi BInvasion Of PrivacyRap61.4
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43
SabaCARE FOR MEAlternative Rap61.3
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44
Lake Street DiveFree Yourself UpRock-Soul60.9
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T45
Son LuxBrighter WoundsArt Pop60.7
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T45
MastersystemDance MusicIndie Rock60.7
NEW ENTRY
47
DrakeScorpionRap60.4
NEW ENTRY
48
James BayElectric LightSinger/Songwriter59.8
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49
Astronauts, Etc.Living In SymbolNeo-Psychedelia58.9
NEW ENTRY
50
Years & YearsPalo SantoIndie Poptimism58.3
NEW ENTRY
51
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night SweatsTearing At The SeamsRock-Soul57.4
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52
PorchesThe HouseMetropop56.7
53
Field ReportSummertime SongsFolk-Rock56.1
54
ChromeoHead Over HeelsAlternative Dance55.6
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55
Ne-YoGOOD MANUrban55.3
NEW ENTRY
56
Half WaifLavenderMetropop53.7
NEW ENTRY
57
TinasheJoyrideUrban53.3
NEW ENTRY
58
LuciusNudesChamber Folk52.7
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59
U.S. GirlsIn A Poem UnlimitedArt Pop52.2
NEW ENTRY
60
Alison WonderlandAwakeFuture Bass52.0
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T61
Arctic MonkeysTranquility Base Hotel & CasinoIndie Rock46.4
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T61
Kali UchisIsolationNeo-Soul46.4
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63
CHVRCHESLove Is DeadPoptron44.4
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64
DawesPasswordsAlt-Country42.0
NEW ENTRY
65
Fall Out BoyM A N I AEmo-Pop38.6
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66
Strand Of OaksHarder LoveIndie Rock34.2
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67
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 8, 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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6
Penguin PrisonTurn It UpIndie Pop69.6
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7
ColouringBnNeo Mellow69.0
NEW ENTRY
8
AUGUST 08FATHERAlternative R&B67.9
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9
The WeekndMy Dear Melancholy,Alternative R&B66.7
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10
Slow MagicAWAYGlitch Pop65.7
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T11
Betty WhoBetty, Pt. 1Pop65.3
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T11
Vancouver Sleep ClinicTherapy Phase 01Gauze Pop65.3
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13
Kanye WestyeAlternative Rap64.4
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14
ZHURingos Desert, Pt. 1Deep House64.0
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15
Pale WavesALL THE THINGS I NEVER SAIDIndie Pop/Rock63.4
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16
SG LewisDuskElectro-R&B63.3
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17
CannonsIn A HeartbeatShimmer Pop60.1
NEW ENTRY
18
POLI‚ÇA & s t a r g a z eMusic For The Long EmergencyArt Pop58.8
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19
The Wild WildLove Is GodIndie Pop/Rock57.1
20
[SEBELL]Songs For Flight DelaysPop55.5
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21
KIDS SEE GHOSTSKIDS SEE GHOSTSExperimental Hip-Hop54.3
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22
GeographerAlone TimeIndie Pop47.6
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23
The NeighbourhoodTo ImagineDark Pop43.3
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24
NasNASIRRap36.2
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25
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.