2017 Power Rankings

Albums


The top Albums of 2017, as ranked by the committee of one.
RANK ARTISTALBUMGENREPOWER
INDEX
RATING
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
T10
florcome out. you're hidingIndie Pop/Rock81. 1
13
Vince StaplesBig Fish TheoryAlternative Rap78. 7
14
ÁsgeirAfterglowArt Pop78. 5
T15
A R I Z O N AGALLERYPop78. 3
T15
Noah GundersenWHITE NOISEIndie Rock78. 3
T17
Close TalkerLensIndie Rock78. 1
T17
Dua LipaDua LipaPop78. 1
T19
Andrew BelleDive DeepNeo Mellow78. 0
T19
Hippo CampusLandmarkIndie Rock78. 0
T19
Big ThiefCapacityIndie Rock78. 0
T19
David RamirezWe're Not Going AnywhereFolk Singer78. 0
T19
London GrammarTruth Is A Beautiful ThingDream Pop78. 0
24
Grizzly BearPainted RuinsNeo-Psychedelia77. 9
T25
Cigarettes After SexCigarettes After SexDream Pop77. 8
T25
Sir SlyDon't You Worry, HoneyDark Pop77. 8
27
ODESZAA Moment ApartGlitch Pop76. 3
28
Fenech-SolerZillaElectropop75. 2
T29
MUNAAbout UElectropop75. 0
T29
BonoboMigrationIDM75. 0
T31
SOHNRennenElectro-R&B74. 5
T31
Novo Amor & Ed TullettHeiressAmbient Folk74. 5
T31
Slum SociableSlum SociableElectropop74. 5
T34
Sylvan EssoWhat NowIndie Electronic74. 2
T34
HalseyHopeless Fountain KingdomDark Pop74. 2
T34
Nothing But ThievesBroken MachineAlternative Pop/Rock74. 2
T34
Calvin HarrisFunk Wav Bounces, Vol. 1Pop74. 2
38
Marika HackmanI'm Not Your ManIndie Rock74. 0
T39
Laura MarlingSemper FeminaChamber Folk73. 8
T39
Dan CrollEmerging AdulthoodIndie Pop73. 8
T39
WyOkayDream Pop73. 8
42
WALK THE MOONWhat If NothingIndie Pop/Rock73. 7
T43
Kendrick LamarDAMN.Alternative Rap73. 3
T43
Tall ShipsImpressionsPost-Rock73. 3
45
SlowdiveSlowdiveDream Pop72. 9
46
LightsSkin&EarthPop72. 7
47
The NationalSleep Well BeastIndie Rock72. 3
T48
ParamoreAfter LaughterEmo-Pop72. 2
T48
DaleyThe SpectrumPop-Soul72. 2
50
John MayerThe Search For EverythingPop/Rock71. 9
T51
J.I.DThe Never StoryAlternative Rap71. 5
T51
Joan ShelleyJoan ShelleyFolk Singer71. 5
T53
AlvvaysAntisocialitesLo-Fi Indie71. 3
T53
Hundred WatersCommunicatingMetropop71. 3
T53
KelelaTake Me ApartAlternative R&B71. 3
56
ElbowLittle FictionsRock70. 8
T57
Francis And The LightsJust For UsArt Pop70. 6
T57
WaxahatcheeOut In The StormIndie Rock70. 6
59
Ryan AdamsPrisonerAlt-Country69. 7
60
Tove LoBLUE LIPS (Lady Wood Phase II)Pop69. 6
61
TemplesVolcanoNeo-Psychedelia69. 5
62
Henry JamisonThe WildsFolk Singer69. 4
63
Julie ByrneNot Even HappinessIndie Folk68. 9
64
BROCKHAMPTONSATURATION IIAlternative Rap68. 2
T65
Perfume GeniusNo ShapeArt Pop68. 0
T65
Elijah BlakeAudiologyPop68. 0
T67
Jay-Z4:44Rap67. 8
T67
Horse ThiefTrials & TruthIndie Rock67. 8
T69
TalosWild AleeAmbient Folk67. 7
T69
Father John MistyPure ComedyBaroque Pop67. 7
T69
CannonsNight DriveIndie Electronic67. 7
72
Majid JordanThe Space BetweenAlternative R&B67. 4
73
MiguelWar & LeisureAlternative R&B66. 9
T74
Oh WonderUltralifeShimmer Pop66. 8
T74
St. VincentMASSEDUCTIONProgressive Indie66. 8
T76
Big SeanI Decided.Rap66. 7
T76
Courtney Barnett & Kurt VileLotta Sea LiceAlt-Country66. 7
T78
Arcade FireEverything NowIndie Rock66. 4
T78
GiraffageToo RealGlitch Pop66. 4
T80
Jesca HoopMemories Are NowIndie Folk66. 3
T80
AquiloSilhouettesShimmer Pop66. 3
T80
Little CometsWorheadIndie Pop/Rock66. 3
T80
Vic MensaThe AutobiographyRap66. 3
84
Quinn XCIIThe Story Of UsPop65. 8
85
SydFinAlternative R&B65. 7
86
LogicEverybodyRap65. 5
87
Taylor SwiftreputationPop65. 1
T88
SACRED PAWSStrike A MatchIndie Pop65. 0
T88
Thomas AzierRougeArt Pop65. 0
T88
Sun GlittersIt Will Be ForeverChillwave65. 0
T91
H.E.R.H.E.R.Alternative R&B64. 9
T91
Mighty OaksDreamersFolk-Pop64. 9
T91
RationaleRationaleShimmer Pop64. 9
T91
StarsThere Is No Love In Fluorescent LightIndie Pop64. 9
95
DrakeMore LifeRap64. 8
T96
JoywaveContentIndietronica64. 5
T96
MUTEMATHPlay DeadPost-Rock64. 5
T98
Son LittleNew MagicRock-Soul64. 2
T98
Chris BrownHeartbreak On A Full MoonUrban64. 2
T98
Daniel CaesarFreudianAlternative R&B64. 2
101
Washed OutMister MellowChillwave64. 0
102
DaughterMusic From Before The StormVideo Game Music63. 8
T103
Circa WavesDifferent CreaturesIndie Pop/Rock63. 6
T103
Theme ParkIs This How It Starts?Indie Pop63. 6
T103
HAIMSomething To Tell YouPop/Rock63. 6
T103
Aldous HardingPartyChamber Pop63. 6
T103
Foreign FieldsTake Cover [Dark Versions]Ambient63. 6
T108
Lyrica AndersonAdiaUrban63. 5
T108
Jamila WoodsHEAVNAlternative R&B63. 5
110
THEY.Nü Religion: HyenaAlternative Hip-Hop63. 1
T111
Amber RunFor A Moment, I Was LostRock62. 8
T111
Natalia LafourcadeMusas, Vol. 1Mexican Pop62. 8
T113
Vancouver Sleep ClinicRevivalIndie Electronic62. 6
T113
Fleet FoxesCrack-UpChamber Folk62. 6
T113
Slow MagicFloatGlitch Pop62. 6
T116
Shy GirlsSaltElectro-R&B62. 5
T116
DariusUtopiaFilter House62. 5
T116
Sam SmithThe Thrill Of It AllPop-Soul62. 5
T116
Marc BroussardEasy To LovePop/Rock62. 5
120
Mura MasaMura MasaGlitch62. 3
121
KhalidAmerican TeenPop62. 1
T122
BleachersGone NowIndie Pop/Rock62. 0
T122
Jaymes YoungFeel SomethingDark Pop62. 0
T122
BROCKHAMPTONSATURATIONAlternative Rap62. 0
T122
Jason Isbell And The 400 UnitThe Nashville SoundAlt-Country62. 0
T122
Sufjan StevensThe Greatest GiftAmbient Folk62. 0
127
Electric YouthBreathing |Original Motion Picture Soundtrack From A Lost Film|Original Score61. 9
128
dvsnMorning AfterAlternative R&B61. 7
129
NiiaIPop-Soul61. 5
T130
Incubus8Alt-Rock61. 3
T130
PondThe WeatherNeo-Psychedelia61. 3
T132
MisterwivesConnect The DotsIndie Pop61. 2
T132
Jordan KlassenBig IntruderFolk-Rock61. 2
134
Loyle CarnerYesterday's GoneAlternative Rap60. 7
135
LemaitreChapter OneFilter House60. 5
T136
Strand Of OaksHard LoveIndie Rock60. 2
T136
Katy PerryWitnessPop60. 2
T136
Broken Social SceneHug Of ThunderArt Rock60. 2
T136
Iron & WineBeast EpicIndie Folk60. 2
140
COINHow Will You Know If You Never TryIndie Pop/Rock59. 9
T141
Gloom BalloonDrying The Eyes Of The Goddess Of Gloom, Underneath The Stars And The MoonIndie Pop59. 6
T141
Bruno MajorA Song For Every MoonSinger/Songwriter59. 6
T143
Zara LarssonSo GoodPop59. 4
T143
Japanese BreakfastSoft Sounds From Another PlanetProgressive Indie59. 4
145
PhoenixTi AmoIndie Pop58. 9
146
San FerminBelongChamber Pop58. 7
147
SamphaProcessElectro-R&B58. 4
148
KehlaniSweetSexySavagePop57. 9
T149
The xxI See YouIndie Electronic57. 4
T149
CrywolfSkeletonsGauze Pop57. 4
T149
White SeaTropical OddsPoptron57. 4
T149
The Lone BellowWalk Into A StormFolk-Pop57. 4
T153
Hurray For The Riff RaffThe NavigatorFolk Singer57. 2
T153
Queens Of The Stone AgeVillainsHard Rock57. 2
155
Colony HouseOnly The LonelyRock56. 8
T156
Said The WhaleAs Long As Your Eyes Are WideIndie Pop56. 7
T156
PassengerThe Boy Who Cried WolfFolk Singer56. 7
158
RELAXERArt Rock56. 5
159
EisleyI'm Only DreamingRock55. 8
T160
Ed Sheeran÷Pop/Rock55. 2
T160
Snoh AalegraFeelsNeo-Soul55. 2
162
CoastsThis Life, Vol. 1Indie Pop/Rock55. 1
163
Lana Del ReyLust For LifeDark Pop55. 0
T164
Tiny DeathsElegiesIndie Electronic54. 6
T164
WidowspeakExpect The BestDream Pop54. 6
166
Dirty ProjectorsDirty ProjectorsProgressive Indie54. 2
167
Hey VioletFrom The OutsidePop54. 0
168
Maroon 5Red Pill BluesPop53. 8
169
JamiroquaiAutomatonSynth Funk53. 7
170
Noga ErezOff The RadarNew Rave52. 6
171
LCD Soundsystemamerican dreamAlternative Dance51. 7
172
FyfeThe Space BetweenShimmer Pop51. 4
173
Julien BakerTurn Out The LightsDream Pop51. 0
174
Little HurricaneSame Sun Same MoonGarage Rock Revival49. 9
175
SpoonHot ThoughtsIndie Rock49. 8
T176
Susanne SundførMusic For People In TroubleIndie Folk49. 7
T176
PhaelehLost TimeAmbient49. 7
178
Wolf AliceVisions Of A LifeIndie Rock48. 9
179
WavvesYou're WelcomePower Pop48. 6
180
Beach HouseB-Sides And RaritiesDream Pop48. 2
181
FutureHNDRXXTrap Rap48. 0
T182
U2Songs Of ExperienceAlternative Pop/Rock47. 8
T182
Zander HawleyWhen I Get BlueFolk Singer47. 8
184
Surfer BloodSnowdoniaPower Pop46. 6
185
MogwaiEvery Country's SunAtmospheric Rock46. 4
186
Future IslandsThe Far FieldAlternative Dance46. 3
187
RapsodyLaila's WisdomRap43. 7
188
BROCKHAMPTONSATURATION IIIAlternative Rap42. 8
189
Passion PitTremendous Sea Of LoveIndie Pop41. 9
190
BjörkUtopiaArt Pop40. 3
191
Dame D.O.L.L.A.CONFIRMEDRap34. 0
192
FutureFUTURETrap Rap30. 6
193
Jim JamesTribute To 2Lo-Fi Indie29. 7
194
Noble OakCollapsing TogetherGauze Pop28. 1
195
N*E*R*DNO ONE EVER REALLY DIESAlternative Hip-Hop25. 5
196
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. Here, a release cannot be greater than the sum of its parts. For rankings that take that phenomenon into account, look to the aFIREintheattic Awards at the end of each year.
  • Note that EPs can tend toward higher scores than albums because sometimes an EP is a precursor to a full album and that album will contain the songs from the EP but with the addition of filler tracks that drag the Power Index score down.
  • 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
RATING
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. Here, a release cannot be greater than the sum of its parts. For rankings that take that phenomenon into account, look to the aFIREintheattic Awards at the end of each year.
  • Note that EPs can tend toward higher scores than albums because sometimes an EP is a precursor to a full album and that album will contain the songs from the EP but with the addition of filler tracks that drag the Power Index score down.
  • 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.