2017 Power Rankings

Albums
The top Albums of 2017, as ranked by the committee of one.
RANK ARTISTALBUMGENREPOWER
INDEX
1
Gang Of YouthsGo Farther In LightnessIndie Rock98.1
2
Phoebe BridgersStranger In The AlpsIndie Rock89.2
3
Nadia ReidPreservationIndie Folk85.9
4
LANYLANYShimmer Pop83.9
5
SZACtrlAlternative R&B83.0
6
The Chain Gang Of 1974FELTElectropop82.7
7
Day WaveThe Days We HadDream Pop82.0
T8
LordeMelodramaArt Pop81.7
T8
The War On DrugsA Deeper UnderstandingIndie Rock81.7
T10
Betty WhoThe ValleyPop81.1
T10
Petit BiscuitPresenceGlitch Pop81.1
12
Vince StaplesBig Fish TheoryAlternative Rap78.7
13
ÁsgeirAfterglowArt Pop78.5
T14
A R I Z O N AGALLERYPop78.3
T14
Noah GundersenWHITE NOISEIndie Rock78.3
T16
Close TalkerLensIndie Rock78.1
T16
Dua LipaDua LipaPop78.1
T18
Andrew BelleDive DeepNeo Mellow78.0
T18
Hippo CampusLandmarkIndie Rock78.0
T18
Big ThiefCapacityIndie Rock78.0
T18
David RamirezWe're Not Going AnywhereFolk Singer78.0
T18
London GrammarTruth Is A Beautiful ThingDream Pop78.0
23
Grizzly BearPainted RuinsNeo-Psychedelia77.9
T24
Cigarettes After SexCigarettes After SexDream Pop77.8
T24
Sir SlyDon't You Worry, HoneyDark Pop77.8
26
ODESZAA Moment ApartGlitch Pop76.3
27
Fenech-SolerZillaElectropop75.2
T28
MUNAAbout UElectropop75.0
T28
BonoboMigrationIDM75.0
T30
SOHNRennenElectro-R&B74.5
T30
Novo Amor & Ed TullettHeiressAmbient Folk74.5
T30
Slum SociableSlum SociableElectropop74.5
T33
Sylvan EssoWhat NowIndie Electronic74.2
T33
HalseyHopeless Fountain KingdomDark Pop74.2
T33
Nothing But ThievesBroken MachineAlternative Pop/Rock74.2
T33
Calvin HarrisFunk Wav Bounces, Vol. 1Pop74.2
37
Marika HackmanI'm Not Your ManIndie Rock74.0
T38
Laura MarlingSemper FeminaChamber Folk73.8
T38
Dan CrollEmerging AdulthoodIndie Pop73.8
T38
WyOkayDream Pop73.8
41
WALK THE MOONWhat If NothingIndie Pop/Rock73.7
T42
Kendrick LamarDAMN.Alternative Rap73.3
T42
Tall ShipsImpressionsPost-Rock73.3
44
SlowdiveSlowdiveDream Pop72.9
45
LightsSkin&EarthPop72.7
46
The NationalSleep Well BeastIndie Rock72.3
T47
ParamoreAfter LaughterEmo-Pop72.2
T47
DaleyThe SpectrumPop-Soul72.2
49
John MayerThe Search For EverythingPop/Rock71.9
T50
J.I.DThe Never StoryAlternative Rap71.5
T50
Joan ShelleyJoan ShelleyFolk Singer71.5
T52
AlvvaysAntisocialitesLo-Fi Indie71.3
T52
Hundred WatersCommunicatingMetropop71.3
T52
KelelaTake Me ApartAlternative R&B71.3
55
ElbowLittle FictionsRock70.8
T56
Francis And The LightsJust For UsArt Pop70.6
T56
WaxahatcheeOut In The StormIndie Rock70.6
58
Ryan AdamsPrisonerAlt-Country69.7
59
Tove LoBLUE LIPS (Lady Wood Phase II)Pop69.6
60
TemplesVolcanoNeo-Psychedelia69.5
61
Henry JamisonThe WildsFolk Singer69.4
62
Julie ByrneNot Even HappinessIndie Folk68.9
63
BROCKHAMPTONSATURATION IIAlternative Rap68.2
T64
Perfume GeniusNo ShapeArt Pop68.0
T64
Elijah BlakeAudiologyPop68.0
T66
Jay-Z4:44Rap67.8
T66
Horse ThiefTrials & TruthIndie Rock67.8
T68
TalosWild AleeAmbient Folk67.7
T68
Father John MistyPure ComedyBaroque Pop67.7
T68
CannonsNight DriveIndie Electronic67.7
71
Majid JordanThe Space BetweenAlternative R&B67.4
72
MiguelWar & LeisureAlternative R&B66.9
T73
Oh WonderUltralifeShimmer Pop66.8
T73
St. VincentMASSEDUCTIONProgressive Indie66.8
T75
Big SeanI Decided.Rap66.7
T75
Courtney Barnett & Kurt VileLotta Sea LiceAlt-Country66.7
T77
Arcade FireEverything NowIndie Rock66.4
T77
GiraffageToo RealGlitch Pop66.4
T79
Jesca HoopMemories Are NowIndie Folk66.3
T79
AquiloSilhouettesShimmer Pop66.3
T79
Little CometsWorheadIndie Pop/Rock66.3
T79
Vic MensaThe AutobiographyRap66.3
83
Quinn XCIIThe Story Of UsPop65.8
84
SydFinAlternative R&B65.7
85
LogicEverybodyRap65.5
86
Taylor SwiftreputationPop65.1
T87
SACRED PAWSStrike A MatchIndie Pop65.0
T87
Thomas AzierRougeArt Pop65.0
T87
Sun GlittersIt Will Be ForeverChillwave65.0
T90
Mighty OaksDreamersFolk-Pop64.9
T90
RationaleRationaleShimmer Pop64.9
T90
StarsThere Is No Love In Fluorescent LightIndie Pop64.9
93
DrakeMore LifeRap64.8
T94
JoywaveContentIndietronica64.5
T94
MUTEMATHPlay DeadPost-Rock64.5
T96
Son LittleNew MagicRock-Soul64.2
T96
Chris BrownHeartbreak On A Full MoonUrban64.2
T96
Daniel CaesarFreudianAlternative R&B64.2
99
Washed OutMister MellowChillwave64.0
100
DaughterMusic From Before The StormVideo Game Music63.8
T101
Circa WavesDifferent CreaturesIndie Pop/Rock63.6
T101
Theme ParkIs This How It Starts?Indie Pop63.6
T101
HAIMSomething To Tell YouPop/Rock63.6
T101
Aldous HardingPartyChamber Pop63.6
T101
Foreign FieldsTake Cover [Dark Versions]Ambient63.6
T106
Lyrica AndersonAdiaUrban63.5
T106
Jamila WoodsHEAVNAlternative R&B63.5
108
THEY.Nü Religion: HyenaAlternative Hip-Hop63.1
T109
Amber RunFor A Moment, I Was LostRock62.8
T109
Natalia LafourcadeMusas, Vol. 1Mexican Pop62.8
T111
Vancouver Sleep ClinicRevivalIndie Electronic62.6
T111
Fleet FoxesCrack-UpChamber Folk62.6
T111
Slow MagicFloatGlitch Pop62.6
T114
Shy GirlsSaltElectro-R&B62.5
T114
DariusUtopiaFilter House62.5
T114
Sam SmithThe Thrill Of It AllPop-Soul62.5
T114
Marc BroussardEasy To LovePop/Rock62.5
118
Mura MasaMura MasaGlitch62.3
119
KhalidAmerican TeenPop62.1
T120
BleachersGone NowIndie Pop/Rock62.0
T120
Jaymes YoungFeel SomethingDark Pop62.0
T120
BROCKHAMPTONSATURATIONAlternative Rap62.0
T120
Jason Isbell And The 400 UnitThe Nashville SoundAlt-Country62.0
T120
Sufjan StevensThe Greatest GiftAmbient Folk62.0
125
Electric YouthBreathing |Original Motion Picture Soundtrack From A Lost Film|Original Score61.9
126
dvsnMorning AfterAlternative R&B61.7
127
NiiaIPop-Soul61.5
T128
Incubus8Alt-Rock61.3
T128
PondThe WeatherNeo-Psychedelia61.3
T130
MisterwivesConnect The DotsIndie Pop61.2
T130
Jordan KlassenBig IntruderFolk-Rock61.2
132
Loyle CarnerYesterday's GoneAlternative Rap60.7
133
LemaitreChapter OneFilter House60.5
T134
Strand Of OaksHard LoveIndie Rock60.2
T134
Katy PerryWitnessPop60.2
T134
Broken Social SceneHug Of ThunderArt Rock60.2
T134
Iron & WineBeast EpicIndie Folk60.2
T138
Gloom BalloonDrying The Eyes Of The Goddess Of Gloom, Underneath The Stars And The MoonIndie Pop59.6
T138
Bruno MajorA Song For Every MoonSinger/Songwriter59.6
T140
Zara LarssonSo GoodPop59.4
T140
Japanese BreakfastSoft Sounds From Another PlanetProgressive Indie59.4
142
PhoenixTi AmoIndie Pop58.9
143
San FerminBelongChamber Pop58.7
144
SamphaProcessElectro-R&B58.4
145
KehlaniSweetSexySavagePop57.9
T146
The xxI See YouIndie Electronic57.4
T146
CrywolfSkeletonsGauze Pop57.4
T146
White SeaTropical OddsPoptron57.4
T146
The Lone BellowWalk Into A StormFolk-Pop57.4
T150
Hurray For The Riff RaffThe NavigatorFolk Singer57.2
T150
Queens Of The Stone AgeVillainsHard Rock57.2
152
Colony HouseOnly The LonelyRock56.8
T153
Said The WhaleAs Long As Your Eyes Are WideIndie Pop56.7
T153
PassengerThe Boy Who Cried WolfFolk Singer56.7
155
RELAXERArt Rock56.5
156
EisleyI'm Only DreamingRock55.8
T157
Ed Sheeran÷Pop/Rock55.2
T157
Snoh AalegraFeelsNeo-Soul55.2
159
CoastsThis Life, Vol. 1Indie Pop/Rock55.1
160
Lana Del ReyLust For LifeDark Pop55.0
T161
Tiny DeathsElegiesIndie Electronic54.6
T161
WidowspeakExpect The BestDream Pop54.6
163
Dirty ProjectorsDirty ProjectorsProgressive Indie54.2
164
Hey VioletFrom The OutsidePop54.0
165
Maroon 5Red Pill BluesPop53.8
166
JamiroquaiAutomatonSynth Funk53.7
167
Noga ErezOff The RadarNew Rave52.6
168
LCD Soundsystemamerican dreamAlternative Dance51.7
169
FyfeThe Space BetweenShimmer Pop51.4
170
Julien BakerTurn Out The LightsDream Pop51.0
171
Little HurricaneSame Sun Same MoonGarage Rock Revival49.9
172
SpoonHot ThoughtsIndie Rock49.8
T173
Susanne SundførMusic For People In TroubleIndie Folk49.7
T173
PhaelehLost TimeAmbient49.7
175
Wolf AliceVisions Of A LifeIndie Rock48.9
176
WavvesYou're WelcomePower Pop48.6
177
Beach HouseB-Sides And RaritiesDream Pop48.2
178
FutureHNDRXXTrap Rap48.0
T179
U2Songs Of ExperienceAlternative Pop/Rock47.8
T179
Zander HawleyWhen I Get BlueFolk Singer47.8
181
Surfer BloodSnowdoniaPower Pop46.6
182
MogwaiEvery Country's SunAtmospheric Rock46.4
183
Future IslandsThe Far FieldAlternative Dance46.3
184
RapsodyLaila's WisdomRap43.7
185
BROCKHAMPTONSATURATION IIIAlternative Rap42.8
186
Passion PitTremendous Sea Of LoveIndie Pop41.9
187
BjöšrkUtopiaArt Pop40.3
188
Dame D.O.L.L.A.CONFIRMEDRap34.0
189
FutureFUTURETrap Rap30.6
190
Jim JamesTribute To 2Lo-Fi Indie29.7
191
N*E*R*DNO ONE EVER REALLY DIESAlternative Hip-Hop25.5
192
BibioPhantom BrickworksAmbient14.7
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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, as ranked by the committee of one.
RANK ARTISTEPGENREPOWER
INDEX
1
Hippo Campuswarm glowIndie Rock93.6
2
MathbonusEvergreenIDM83.7
T3
BearcubsUnderwaterfallElectro-R&B81.3
T3
ZHUstardustexhalemarrakechdreamsElectro House81.3
T3
BibioBeyond SeriousProgressive House81.3
6
Vallis AlpsFableShimmer Pop80.3
T7
ColdplayKaleidoscopePop/Rock79.9
T7
MathbonusMopeworldIDM79.9
9
GladesThis Is What It's LikeShimmer Pop78.5
10
Amber Mark3:33amAlternative R&B78.4
11
Sabrina ClaudioConfidently LostNeo-Soul72.7
12
Mars TodayBits & PiecesAlternative R&B72.1
T13
Peter SilbermanImpermanenceDream Pop71.7
T13
ShallouAll Becomes OkayShimmer Pop71.7
T13
Kevin GarrettFalse HopeDark Pop71.7
T13
The Lighthouse And The WhalerPathsIndie Pop/Rock71.7
T13
CloZeeHarmonyFuture Bass71.7
18
Great Good Fine OKIIIElectropop71.4
19
The Japanese HouseSaw You In A DreamArt Pop71.2
T20
AstronomyyRest In ParadiseElectro-R&B70.2
T20
PanamaHope For SomethingElectropop70.2
T20
Dafina ZeqiriKingPop70.2
T23
Novo AmorBathing BeachAmbient Folk69.6
T23
TouristWashGlitch Pop69.6
T23
Mighty OaksStormFolk-Pop69.6
26
TreasureseasonXYShimmer Pop69.0
T27
JMRBoyishShimmer Pop67.9
T27
EchosmithInside A DreamPop67.9
T29
Apollo WildNo Love LostAlt-Rock66.7
T29
DavieBlack Gospel, Vol. 1Urban66.7
31
Tom Misch5 Day MischonIndie Electronic65.3
32
EARTHGANGRagsAlternative Rap64.3
T33
Snow In MexicoBreathElectroclash63.4
T33
ColouringHeathenNeo Mellow63.4
35
Nick MurphyMissing LinkArt Rock63.1
36
Elliot MossBoomerangElectro-R&B61.5
37
Frightened RabbitRecorded SongsIndie Rock60.7
T38
ParcelsHideoutAlternative Dance59.8
T38
Miami HorrorThe ShapesAlternative Dance59.8
40
Wild BeastsPunk Drunk & TremblingArt Rock59.2
41
Born CagesExit Signs In A Burning BuildingIndie Pop/Rock59.0
T42
Hundred WatersCurrencyIndie Electronic58.9
T42
SmallpoolsTHE SCIENCE OF LETTING GOIndie Pop/Rock58.9
44
KaskadeRedux EP 002Electro House58.8
45
The KnocksTESTIFYPop57.4
46
Vic MensaThe ManuscriptRap56.8
T47
AmtracTrue ValueProgressive House56.6
T47
Amtrac1987Progressive House56.6
T47
MTNSLike A StoneShimmer Pop56.6
50
DaniLeighSummer With FriendsUrban56.0
51
Ravyn LenaeMidnight MoonlightAlternative R&B54.3
T52
Milo GreeneNever EnderIndie Rock54.0
T52
The NeighbourhoodHardDark Pop54.0
54
TransvioletKaleidoscopesElectropop52.6
55
Lyrica AndersonNasha PearlUrban50.3
56
DJ ShadowThe Mountain Has FallenPlunderphonics49.2
T57
RationaleVesselsShimmer Pop49.0
T57
Son LuxRemedyArt Pop49.0
T57
FlumeSkin Companion EP IIFuture Bass49.0
T60
Run River NorthSuperstitionFolk-Pop47.6
T60
EARTHGANGRobotsAlternative Rap47.6
T60
When I Was YoungPop47.6
63
PellgirasoulAlternative Rap47.0
64
San HoloThe TripFuture Bass40.7
65
GrouploveLittle MessIndie Pop26.3
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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.