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
14
A R I Z O N AGALLERYPop78.3
15
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
T24
Sylvan EssoWhat NowIndie Electronic77.8
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
HalseyHopeless Fountain KingdomDark Pop74.2
T34
Nothing But ThievesBroken MachineAlternative Pop/Rock74.2
T34
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
106
Lyrica AndersonAdiaUrban63.5
107
THEY.Nü Religion: HyenaAlternative Hip-Hop63.1
T108
Amber RunFor A Moment, I Was LostRock62.8
T108
Natalia LafourcadeMusas, Vol. 1Mexican Pop62.8
T110
Vancouver Sleep ClinicRevivalIndie Electronic62.6
T110
Fleet FoxesCrack-UpChamber Folk62.6
T110
Slow MagicFloatGlitch Pop62.6
T113
Shy GirlsSaltElectro-R&B62.5
T113
DariusUtopiaFilter House62.5
T113
Sam SmithThe Thrill Of It AllPop-Soul62.5
T113
Marc BroussardEasy To LovePop/Rock62.5
117
Mura MasaMura MasaGlitch62.3
118
KhalidAmerican TeenPop62.1
T119
BleachersGone NowIndie Pop/Rock62.0
T119
Jaymes YoungFeel SomethingDark Pop62.0
T119
BROCKHAMPTONSATURATIONAlternative Rap62.0
T119
Jason Isbell And The 400 UnitThe Nashville SoundAlt-Country62.0
T119
Sufjan StevensThe Greatest GiftAmbient Folk62.0
124
Electric YouthBreathing |Original Motion Picture Soundtrack From A Lost Film|Original Score61.9
125
dvsnMorning AfterAlternative R&B61.7
126
NiiaIPop-Soul61.5
T127
Incubus8Alt-Rock61.3
T127
PondThe WeatherNeo-Psychedelia61.3
T129
MisterwivesConnect The DotsIndie Pop61.2
T129
Jordan KlassenBig IntruderFolk-Rock61.2
131
Loyle CarnerYesterday's GoneAlternative Rap60.7
132
LemaitreChapter OneFilter House60.5
T133
Strand Of OaksHard LoveIndie Rock60.2
T133
Katy PerryWitnessPop60.2
T133
Broken Social SceneHug Of ThunderArt Rock60.2
T133
Iron & WineBeast EpicIndie Folk60.2
137
Gloom BalloonDrying The Eyes Of The Goddess Of Gloom, Underneath The Stars And The MoonIndie Pop59.6
T138
Zara LarssonSo GoodPop59.4
T138
Japanese BreakfastSoft Sounds From Another PlanetProgressive Indie59.4
140
PhoenixTi AmoIndie Pop58.9
141
San FerminBelongChamber Pop58.7
142
SamphaProcessElectro-R&B58.4
143
KehlaniSweetSexySavagePop57.9
T144
The xxI See YouIndie Electronic57.4
T144
CrywolfSkeletonsGauze Pop57.4
T144
White SeaTropical OddsPoptron57.4
T144
The Lone BellowWalk Into A StormFolk-Pop57.4
T148
Hurray For The Riff RaffThe NavigatorFolk Singer57.2
T148
Queens Of The Stone AgeVillainsHard Rock57.2
150
Colony HouseOnly The LonelyRock56.8
T151
Said The WhaleAs Long As Your Eyes Are WideIndie Pop56.7
T151
PassengerThe Boy Who Cried WolfFolk Singer56.7
153
RELAXERArt Rock56.5
154
EisleyI'm Only DreamingRock55.8
T155
Ed Sheeran÷Pop/Rock55.2
T155
Snoh AalegraFeelsNeo-Soul55.2
157
CoastsThis Life, Vol. 1Indie Pop/Rock55.1
158
Lana Del ReyLust For LifeDark Pop55.0
T159
Tiny DeathsElegiesIndie Electronic54.6
T159
WidowspeakExpect The BestDream Pop54.6
161
Dirty ProjectorsDirty ProjectorsProgressive Indie54.2
162
Hey VioletFrom The OutsidePop54.0
163
Maroon 5Red Pill BluesPop53.8
164
JamiroquaiAutomatonSynth Funk53.7
165
Noga ErezOff The RadarNew Rave52.6
166
LCD Soundsystemamerican dreamAlternative Dance51.7
167
FyfeThe Space BetweenShimmer Pop51.4
168
Julien BakerTurn Out The LightsDream Pop51.0
169
Little HurricaneSame Sun Same MoonGarage Rock Revival49.9
170
SpoonHot ThoughtsIndie Rock49.8
T171
Susanne SundførMusic For People In TroubleIndie Folk49.7
T171
PhaelehLost TimeAmbient49.7
173
Wolf AliceVisions Of A LifeIndie Rock48.9
174
WavvesYou're WelcomePower Pop48.6
175
Beach HouseB-Sides And RaritiesDream Pop48.2
176
FutureHNDRXXTrap Rap48.0
177
U2Songs Of ExperienceAlternative Pop/Rock47.8
178
Surfer BloodSnowdoniaPower Pop46.6
179
MogwaiEvery Country's SunAtmospheric Rock46.4
180
Future IslandsThe Far FieldAlternative Dance46.3
181
RapsodyLaila's WisdomRap43.7
182
BROCKHAMPTONSATURATION IIIAlternative Rap42.8
183
Passion PitTremendous Sea Of LoveIndie Pop41.9
184
BjöšrkUtopiaArt Pop40.3
185
Dame D.O.L.L.A.CONFIRMEDRap34.0
186
FutureFUTURETrap Rap30.6
187
Jim JamesTribute To 2Lo-Fi Indie29.7
188
N*E*R*DNO ONE EVER REALLY DIESAlternative Hip-Hop25.5
189
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
Sabrina ClaudioConfidently LostNeo-Soul72.7
11
Mars TodayBits & PiecesAlternative R&B72.1
T12
Peter SilbermanImpermanenceDream Pop71.7
T12
ShallouAll Becomes OkayShimmer Pop71.7
T12
Kevin GarrettFalse HopeDark Pop71.7
T12
The Lighthouse And The WhalerPathsIndie Pop/Rock71.7
16
Great Good Fine OKIIIElectropop71.4
17
The Japanese HouseSaw You In A DreamArt Pop71.2
T18
AstronomyyRest In ParadiseElectro-R&B70.2
T18
PanamaHope For SomethingElectropop70.2
T18
Dafina ZeqiriKingPop70.2
T21
Novo AmorBathing BeachAmbient Folk69.6
T21
TouristWashGlitch Pop69.6
T21
Mighty OaksStormFolk-Pop69.6
24
TreasureseasonXYShimmer Pop69.0
T25
JMRBoyishShimmer Pop67.9
T25
EchosmithInside A DreamPop67.9
T27
Apollo WildNo Love LostAlt-Rock66.7
T27
DavieBlack Gospel, Vol. 1Urban66.7
29
Tom Misch5 Day MischonIndie Electronic65.3
30
EARTHGANGRagsAlternative Rap64.3
T31
Snow In MexicoBreathElectroclash63.4
T31
ColouringHeathenNeo Mellow63.4
33
Nick MurphyMissing LinkArt Rock63.1
34
Elliot MossBoomerangElectro-R&B61.5
35
Frightened RabbitRecorded SongsIndie Rock60.7
T36
ParcelsHideoutAlternative Dance59.8
T36
Miami HorrorThe ShapesAlternative Dance59.8
38
Wild BeastsPunk Drunk & TremblingArt Rock59.2
39
Born CagesExit Signs In A Burning BuildingIndie Pop/Rock59.0
T40
Hundred WatersCurrencyIndie Electronic58.9
T40
SmallpoolsTHE SCIENCE OF LETTING GOIndie Pop/Rock58.9
42
KaskadeRedux EP 002Electro House58.8
43
The KnocksTESTIFYPop57.4
44
Vic MensaThe ManuscriptRap56.8
T45
AmtracTrue ValueProgressive House56.6
T45
Amtrac1987Progressive House56.6
T45
MTNSLike A StoneShimmer Pop56.6
48
Ravyn LenaeMidnight MoonlightAlternative R&B54.3
T49
Milo GreeneNever EnderIndie Rock54.0
T49
The NeighbourhoodHardDark Pop54.0
51
TransvioletKaleidoscopesElectropop52.6
52
Lyrica AndersonNasha PearlUrban50.3
53
DJ ShadowThe Mountain Has FallenPlunderphonics49.2
T54
RationaleVesselsShimmer Pop49.0
T54
Son LuxRemedyArt Pop49.0
T54
FlumeSkin Companion EP IIFuture Bass49.0
T57
Run River NorthSuperstitionFolk-Pop47.6
T57
EARTHGANGRobotsAlternative Rap47.6
T57
When I Was YoungPop47.6
60
PellgirasoulAlternative Rap47.0
61
San HoloThe TripFuture Bass40.7
62
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.