2018 Power Rankings

Albums
The top albums of 2018 so far, as ranked by the committee of one.      Updated:  June 15, 2019
RANK ARTISTALBUMGENREPOWER
INDEX
TREND
1
Wye OakThe Louder I Call, The Faster It RunsArt Rock82.2
2
Maribou StateKingdoms In ColourElectropop81.7
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3
LauvI met you when I was 18. (the playlist)Pop80.2
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4
Tom MischGeographyAlternative R&B78.5
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5
LANYMalibu NightsIndie Poptimism78.3
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ENTRY
6
The Rare OccasionsInto The ShallowsIndie Rock78.1
NEW
ENTRY
T7
Lord HuronVide NoirFolk-Rock78.0
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T7
Mimicking BirdsLayers Of UsIndie Folk78.0
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T7
SALESForever & EverShimmer Pop78.0
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10
Boy BjornMistaken AnimalsAmbient Folk77.9
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11
Ray LaMontagnePart Of The LightNeo-Psychedelia77.8
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12
JungleFor EverSynth Funk76.0
NEW
ENTRY
13
VacationerMindsetIndie Pop75.0
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14
ISLANDFeels Like AirIndie Rock74.5
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T15
J. ColeKODRap74.2
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T15
Until The Ribbon BreaksUntil The Ribbon BreaksDark Pop74.2
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T15
Hippo CampusBambiIndie Pop74.2
NEW
ENTRY
18
6LACKEast Atlanta Love LetterAlternative R&B73.9
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19
Snail MailLushIndie Rock73.3
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20
HONNELove Me / Love Me NotElectro-R&B72.8
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21
Novo AmorBirthplaceAmbient Folk72.5
NEW
ENTRY
22
BazziCOSMICPop72.4
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23
Janelle Mon‡áeDirty ComputerAlternative R&B72.3
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T24
Now, NowSavedIndie Poptimism72.1
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T24
RooseveltYoung RomanceElectropop72.1
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ENTRY
T26
Justin TimberlakeMan Of The WoodsPop72.0
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T26
PhosphorescentC'est La VieAlt-Country72.0
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28
Beach House7Dream Pop71.7
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29
Gia MargaretThere's Always A GlimmerAmbient Folk71.5
NEW
ENTRY
T30
RhyeBloodIndie R&B71.3
T30
MuseSimulation TheoryPost-Rock71.3
NEW
ENTRY
32
The BethsFuture Me Hates MeIndie Rock70.8
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T33
Moon TaxiLet The Record PlayIndie Rock70.6
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T33
Unknown Mortal OrchestraSex & FoodNeo-Psychedelia70.6
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T33
The InternetHive MindAlternative R&B70.6
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T33
Lykke Liso sad so sexyDark Pop70.6
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T33
Still CornersSlow AirElectroclash70.6
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T33
Wild NothingIndigoMetropop70.6
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39
Big Red MachineBig Red MachineAmbient Folk70.4
NEW
ENTRY
T40
THE CARTERSEVERYTHING IS LOVERap70.1
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T40
City And ColourGuide Me Back Home [Live]Mellow Alternative70.1
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42
Jon HopkinsSingularityIDM69.7
NEW
ENTRY
43
TyphoonOfferingsIndie Rock69.4
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T44
Travis ScottASTROWORLDTrap Rap69.3
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T44
Hello JuneHello JuneIndie Rock69.3
NEW
ENTRY
46
Hayley KiyokoExpectationsPop69.2
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47
GladesTo Love YouShimmer Pop68.6
NEW
ENTRY
48
Nils FrahmAll MelodyIDM68.5
NEW
ENTRY
T49
Megan BonnellSeparate RoomsFolk Singer67.8
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T49
Damien JuradoThe Horizon Just LaughedChamber Folk67.8
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T49
PassengerRunawayFolk Singer67.8
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T49
The Paper KitesOn The Corner Where You LiveFolk-Rock67.8
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T49
Haley HeynderickxI Need To Start A GardenIndie Folk67.8
NEW
ENTRY
T49
LowDouble NegativeExperimental67.8
NEW
ENTRY
55
Folly & The HunterRemainsIndie Rock67.6
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T56
First Aid KitRuinsChamber Folk67.5
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T56
Jorja SmithLost & FoundPop-Soul67.5
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T56
Lucy DacusHistorianIndie Rock67.5
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T56
Years & YearsPalo SantoIndie Poptimism67.5
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T60
BearcubsUltravioletElectro-R&B67.4
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T60
MitskiBe The CowboyProgressive Indie67.4
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T60
SweepsCivilizationDowntempo67.4
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63
Pale WavesMy Mind Makes NoisesIndie Pop/Rock66.7
NEW
ENTRY
64
San Holoalbum1Future Bass66.6
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ENTRY
65
Soccer MommyCleanIndie Rock66.4
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66
Jonathan WilsonRare BirdsChamber Pop66.1
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ENTRY
67
BØRNSBlue MadonnaIndie Poptimism65.9
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T68
Post Malonebeerbongs & bentleysAlternative R&B65.5
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T68
The Kite String TangleThe Kite String Tangle Presents: In A Desperate MomentAmbient Folk65.5
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70
Adrianne LenkerabysskissIndie Rock65.4
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71
SAINt JHNCollection OneTrap Rap65.3
NEW
ENTRY
72
Ariana GrandeSweetenerPop65.2
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T73
S. CareyHundred AcresAmbient Folk65.0
T73
ExtravisionWaking UpNeo-Psychedelia65.0
T73
Austin BashamYou And Me For NowFolk Singer65.0
T73
The Marcus King BandCarolina ConfessionsBlues-Rock65.0
NEW
ENTRY
77
Man Without CountryInfinity MirrorGauze Pop64.6
NEW
ENTRY
78
AquiloiiAmbient Folk64.5
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79
NAOSaturnAlternative R&B64.2
NEW
ENTRY
80
tUnE-yArDsI can feel you creep into my private lifeProgressive Indie63.9
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81
Thomas AzierStrayArt Pop63.8
NEW
ENTRY
T82
Courtney BarnettTell Me How You Really FeelIndie Rock63.6
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T82
Ben HowardNoonday DreamIndie Folk63.6
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T82
RobynHoneyIndie Poptimism63.6
NEW
ENTRY
85
ZHURINGOS DESERTDeep House63.3
NEW
ENTRY
86
LogicBobby Tarantino IIRap63.1
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87
FoxingNearer My GodPost-Rock62.8
NEW
ENTRY
88
Thirty Seconds To MarsAMERICADark Pop62.6
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89
HAERTSNew CompassionChamber Pop62.5
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90
MigosCulture IITrap Rap62.4
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T91
Black PantherBlack Panther |The Album Music From And Inspired By|Alternative Rap62.0
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T91
Kacey MusgravesGolden HourCountry62.0
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T91
Milo GreeneAdult ContemporaryIndie Pop62.0
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T91
Father John MistyGod's Favorite CustomerChamber Pop62.0
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T91
GenerationalsState Dogs: Singles (2017-18)Indie Pop62.0
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T96
The Paper KitesOn The Train Ride HomeFolk Singer61.9
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T96
XXXTENTACION?Alternative R&B61.9
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T98
Cardi BInvasion Of PrivacyRap61.4
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T98
The 1975A Brief Inquiry Into Online RelationshipsIndie Pop61.4
NEW
ENTRY
T100
SabaCARE FOR MEAlternative Rap61.3
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T100
Tiny DeathsMagicPoptron61.3
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T100
Mumford & SonsDeltaFolk-Pop61.3
NEW
ENTRY
103
GloriettaGloriettaAlt-Country61.0
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T104
Lake Street DiveFree Yourself UpRock-Soul60.9
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T104
MilagresZigguratIndie Pop/Rock60.9
NEW
ENTRY
T106
Son LuxBrighter WoundsArt Pop60.7
T106
MastersystemDance MusicIndie Rock60.7
T108
DrakeScorpionRap60.4
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T108
LogicYSIVRap60.4
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110
I'm With HerSee You AroundIndie Folk60.2
NEW
ENTRY
111
James BayElectric LightSinger/Songwriter59.8
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112
Jim JamesUniform DistortionIndie Rock59.4
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113
Astronauts, Etc.Living In SymbolNeo-Psychedelia58.9
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114
Forever NeverlandPop58.5
NEW
ENTRY
T115
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night SweatsTearing At The SeamsRock-Soul57.4
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T115
Wild ChildExpectationsIndie Pop57.4
NEW
ENTRY
117
PorchesThe HouseMetropop56.7
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118
Field ReportSummertime SongsFolk-Rock56.1
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119
ChromeoHead Over HeelsAlternative Dance55.6
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120
MathbonusWhelmerIDM55.5
NEW
ENTRY
121
Ne-YoGOOD MANUrban55.3
122
Alessia CaraThe Pains Of GrowingPop54.5
NEW
ENTRY
123
SweepsDepartureDowntempo54.4
T124
Half WaifLavenderMetropop53.7
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T124
Kamasi WashingtonHeaven And EarthJazz53.7
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T124
BROCKHAMPTONiridescenceAlternative Rap53.7
NEW
ENTRY
127
TinasheJoyrideUrban53.3
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128
LuciusNudesChamber Folk52.7
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129
Anderson .PaakOxnardAlternative Hip-Hop52.5
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130
U.S. GirlsIn A Poem UnlimitedArt Pop52.2
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131
Alison WonderlandAwakeFuture Bass52.0
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132
Coheed And CambriaThe Unheavenly CreaturesNew Prog51.8
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133
J.I.DDiCaprio 2Alternative Rap51.4
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134
Tall HeightsPretty Colors For Your ActionsIndie Pop51.0
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135
Let's Eat GrandmaI'm All EarsArt Pop50.4
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136
BrownoutFear Of A Brown PlanetFunk50.3
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137
St. LuciaHyperionElectropop49.3
NEW
ENTRY
138
Dirty ProjectorsLamp Lit ProseProgressive Indie49.1
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139
Sun GlittersLo-Fi-Lo-VeChillwave48.6
NEW
ENTRY
T140
Arctic MonkeysTranquility Base Hotel & CasinoIndie Rock46.4
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T140
Kali UchisIsolationNeo-Soul46.4
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142
CHVRCHESLove Is DeadPoptron44.4
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143
WetStill RunShimmer Pop44.2
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144
DawesPasswordsAlt-Country42.0
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145
Doja CatAmalaUrban41.4
NEW
ENTRY
146
Car Seat HeadrestTwin Fantasy (Face To Face)Indie Rock40.7
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147
The DecemberistsI'll Be Your GirlAlt-Country39.7
NEW
ENTRY
148
CavetownLemon BoyIndie Pop39.3
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149
Fall Out BoyM A N I AEmo-Pop38.6
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150
St. VincentMassEducationProgressive Indie35.5
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151
Strand Of OaksHarder LoveIndie Rock34.2
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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:  June 15, 2019
RANK ARTISTEPGENREPOWER
INDEX
TREND
1
Amber MarkConexãoAlternative R&B89.7
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2
Pusha TDAYTONARap84.2
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3
DNCEPeople To PeoplePop81.3
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T4
Lucas NordEgoElectro-R&B79.9
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T4
SG LewisDarkElectro-R&B79.9
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T4
Lennon StellaLove, MePop79.9
NEW
ENTRY
T7
ShallouSoulsGlitch Pop78.1
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T7
H.E.R.I Used To Know Her: Part 2Alternative R&B78.1
NEW
ENTRY
9
Cautious ClayBlood TypeElectro-R&B73.1
NEW
ENTRY
10
SnakehipsStay Home Tapes (= --__-- =)Pop70.8
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11
UtahFiveChillbeat70.2
NEW
ENTRY
T12
Penguin PrisonTurn It UpIndie Pop69.6
T12
HozierNina Cried PowerFolk Singer69.6
T12
Lucky DayeIAlternative R&B69.6
T12
The Mowgli'sI Was Starting To WonderIndie Pop69.6
NEW
ENTRY
T12
Cautious ClayRESONANCEElectro-R&B69.6
NEW
ENTRY
T12
King PrincessMake My BedIndie Poptimism69.6
NEW
ENTRY
18
ColouringBnNeo Mellow69.0
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19
Sabrina ClaudioNo Rain, No FlowersAlternative R&B68.8
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20
AUGUST 08FATHERAlternative R&B67.9
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21
The WeekndMy Dear Melancholy,Alternative R&B66.7
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22
Slow MagicAWAYGlitch Pop65.7
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T23
Betty WhoBetty, Pt. 1Pop65.3
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T23
Vancouver Sleep ClinicTherapy Phase 01Gauze Pop65.3
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T23
The Tallest Man On EarthWhen The Bird Sees The Solid GroundFolk Singer65.3
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26
Vic MensaHOOLIGANSRap65.1
NEW
ENTRY
27
Kanye WestyeAlternative Rap64.4
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28
TransvioletValleyPop64.0
NEW
ENTRY
T29
Vince StaplesFM!Alternative Rap63.5
T29
Nathaniel MarcNathaniel MarcFolk Singer63.5
NEW
ENTRY
T31
Pale WavesALL THE THINGS I NEVER SAIDIndie Pop/Rock63.4
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T31
WaleSelf PromotionRap63.4
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T31
MUTEMATHVoice In The SilencePost-Rock63.4
NEW
ENTRY
34
SG LewisDuskElectro-R&B63.3
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T35
Nothing But ThievesWhat Did You Think When You Made Me This Way?Alternative Pop/Rock63.1
T35
Another SkyForget YourselfArt Rock63.1
NEW
ENTRY
37
GryffinGravity, Pt. 1Pop62.2
NEW
ENTRY
38
CannonsIn A HeartbeatShimmer Pop60.1
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T39
ZHURingos Desert, Pt. 1Deep House59.9
T39
Dustin TebbuttChasing GoldAmbient Folk59.9
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T41
KhalidSuncityPop59.8
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T41
Leo KalyanThe EdgeDark Pop59.8
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T41
HatchieSugar & SpiceIndie Poptimism59.8
NEW
ENTRY
44
POLIÇA &
s t a r g a z e
Music For The Long EmergencyArt Pop58.8
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45
Lootesingle.Pop58.7
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ENTRY
46
Still ParadeSoon EnoughNeo-Psychedelia58.1
47
Iron & WineWeed GardenIndie Folk57.8
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48
AlunaGeorgeChampagne EyesAlternative R&B57.4
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49
The Wild WildLove Is GodIndie Pop/Rock57.1
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T50
First Aid KitTender OfferingsChamber Folk56.6
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T50
HaywyrePanorama: FormFilter House56.6
NEW
ENTRY
52
boygeniusboygeniusIndie Rock55.8
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T53
[SEBELL]Songs For Flight DelaysPop55.5
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T53
Say Lou LouImmortelleArt Pop55.5
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55
THEY.FiresideAlternative Hip-Hop54.8
NEW
ENTRY
T56
KIDS SEE GHOSTSKIDS SEE GHOSTSExperimental Hip-Hop54.3
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T56
The DecemberistsTraveling OnAlt-Country54.3
NEW
ENTRY
T56
H.E.R.I Used To Know Her: The PreludeAlternative R&B54.3
NEW
ENTRY
T59
Vancouver Sleep ClinicTherapy Phase 02Gauze Pop54.0
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T59
Lake Street DiveFreak Yourself OutRock-Soul54.0
NEW
ENTRY
61
MathbonusHoly ParkIDM52.6
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62
Fall Out BoyLake Effect KidEmo-Pop51.3
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63
CavetownDear.Indie Pop49.2
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64
Son LuxYesterday's WakeArt Pop49.0
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T65
WaleFree LunchRap47.9
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T65
SmallpoolsSo SocialIndie Pop/Rock47.9
NEW
ENTRY
T67
GeographerAlone TimeIndie Pop47.6
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T67
Haley Heynderickx & Max García ConoverAmong Horses IIIIndie Folk47.6
NEW
ENTRY
T67
HaywyrePanorama: DiscoverFilter House47.6
NEW
ENTRY
70
Negative GeminiBad BabyExperimental40.9
NEW
ENTRY
71
NasNASIRRap36.2
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72
Amber RunThe AssemblyNeo Mellow28.3
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73
KarajishiRealmUrban26.3
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74
Unknown Mortal OrchestraIC-01 HanoiAvante-Garde Jazz24.6
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75
WaleIt's ComplicatedRap21.7
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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.