2018 Power Rankings

Albums
The top albums of 2018 so far, as ranked by the committee of one.
RANK ARTISTALBUMGENREPOWER
INDEX
1
Wye OakThe Louder I Call, The Faster It RunsArt Rock82.2
2
Maribou StateKingdoms In ColourElectropop81.7
3
LauvI met you when I was 18. (the playlist)Pop80.2
4
Tom MischGeographyAlternative R&B78.5
5
LANYMalibu NightsIndie Poptimism78.3
6
The Rare OccasionsInto The ShallowsIndie Rock78.1
T7
Lord HuronVide NoirFolk-Rock78.0
T7
Mimicking BirdsLayers Of UsIndie Folk78.0
T7
SALESForever & EverShimmer Pop78.0
10
Boy BjornMistaken AnimalsAmbient Folk77.9
11
Ray LaMontagnePart Of The LightNeo-Psychedelia77.8
12
JungleFor EverSynth Funk76.0
13
VacationerMindsetIndie Pop75.0
14
ISLANDFeels Like AirIndie Rock74.5
T15
J. ColeKODRap74.2
T15
Until The Ribbon BreaksUntil The Ribbon BreaksDark Pop74.2
T15
Hippo CampusBambiIndie Pop74.2
18
6LACKEast Atlanta Love LetterAlternative R&B73.9
19
Snail MailLushIndie Rock73.3
20
HONNELove Me / Love Me NotElectro-R&B72.8
21
Novo AmorBirthplaceAmbient Folk72.5
22
BazziCOSMICPop72.4
23
Janelle Mon‡áeDirty ComputerAlternative R&B72.3
T24
Now, NowSavedIndie Poptimism72.1
T24
RooseveltYoung RomanceElectropop72.1
T26
Justin TimberlakeMan Of The WoodsPop72.0
T26
PhosphorescentC'est La VieAlt-Country72.0
28
Beach House7Dream Pop71.7
29
Gia MargaretThere's Always A GlimmerAmbient Folk71.5
T30
RhyeBloodIndie R&B71.3
T30
MuseSimulation TheoryPost-Rock71.3
32
The BethsFuture Me Hates MeIndie Rock70.8
T33
Moon TaxiLet The Record PlayIndie Rock70.6
T33
Unknown Mortal OrchestraSex & FoodNeo-Psychedelia70.6
T33
The InternetHive MindAlternative R&B70.6
T33
Lykke Liso sad so sexyDark Pop70.6
T33
Still CornersSlow AirElectroclash70.6
T33
Wild NothingIndigoMetropop70.6
39
Big Red MachineBig Red MachineAmbient Folk70.4
T40
THE CARTERSEVERYTHING IS LOVERap70.1
T40
City And ColourGuide Me Back Home [Live]Mellow Alternative70.1
42
Jon HopkinsSingularityIDM69.7
43
TyphoonOfferingsIndie Rock69.4
T44
Travis ScottASTROWORLDTrap Rap69.3
T44
Hello JuneHello JuneIndie Rock69.3
46
Hayley KiyokoExpectationsPop69.2
47
GladesTo Love YouShimmer Pop68.6
48
Nils FrahmAll MelodyIDM68.5
T49
Megan BonnellSeparate RoomsFolk Singer67.8
T49
Damien JuradoThe Horizon Just LaughedChamber Folk67.8
T49
PassengerRunawayFolk Singer67.8
T49
The Paper KitesOn The Corner Where You LiveFolk-Rock67.8
T49
Haley HeynderickxI Need To Start A GardenIndie Folk67.8
T49
LowDouble NegativeExperimental67.8
55
Folly & The HunterRemainsIndie Rock67.6
T56
First Aid KitRuinsChamber Folk67.5
T56
Jorja SmithLost & FoundPop-Soul67.5
T56
Lucy DacusHistorianIndie Rock67.5
T56
Years & YearsPalo SantoIndie Poptimism67.5
T60
BearcubsUltravioletElectro-R&B67.4
T60
MitskiBe The CowboyProgressive Indie67.4
T60
SweepsCivilizationDowntempo67.4
63
Pale WavesMy Mind Makes NoisesIndie Pop/Rock66.7
64
San Holoalbum1Future Bass66.6
65
Soccer MommyCleanIndie Rock66.4
66
Jonathan WilsonRare BirdsChamber Pop66.1
67
BØRNSBlue MadonnaIndie Poptimism65.9
T68
Post Malonebeerbongs & bentleysAlternative R&B65.5
T68
The Kite String TangleThe Kite String Tangle Presents: In A Desperate MomentAmbient Folk65.5
70
Adrianne LenkerabysskissIndie Rock65.4
71
SAINt JHNCollection OneTrap Rap65.3
72
Ariana GrandeSweetenerPop65.2
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
77
Man Without CountryInfinity MirrorGauze Pop64.6
78
AquiloiiAmbient Folk64.5
79
NAOSaturnAlternative R&B64.2
80
tUnE-yArDsI can feel you creep into my private lifeProgressive Indie63.9
81
Thomas AzierStrayArt Pop63.8
T82
Courtney BarnettTell Me How You Really FeelIndie Rock63.6
T82
Ben HowardNoonday DreamIndie Folk63.6
T82
RobynHoneyIndie Poptimism63.6
85
ZHURINGOS DESERTDeep House63.3
86
LogicBobby Tarantino IIRap63.1
87
FoxingNearer My GodPost-Rock62.8
88
Thirty Seconds To MarsAMERICADark Pop62.6
89
HAERTSNew CompassionChamber Pop62.5
90
MigosCulture IITrap Rap62.4
T91
Black PantherBlack Panther |The Album Music From And Inspired By|Alternative Rap62.0
T91
Kacey MusgravesGolden HourCountry62.0
T91
Milo GreeneAdult ContemporaryIndie Pop62.0
T91
Father John MistyGod's Favorite CustomerChamber Pop62.0
T91
GenerationalsState Dogs: Singles (2017-18)Indie Pop62.0
T96
The Paper KitesOn The Train Ride HomeFolk Singer61.9
T96
XXXTENTACION?Alternative R&B61.9
T96
courtship.Denial In ParadiseIndie Pop/Rock61.9
T99
Cardi BInvasion Of PrivacyRap61.4
T99
The 1975A Brief Inquiry Into Online RelationshipsIndie Pop61.4
T101
SabaCARE FOR MEAlternative Rap61.3
T101
Tiny DeathsMagicPoptron61.3
T101
Mumford & SonsDeltaFolk-Pop61.3
104
GloriettaGloriettaAlt-Country61.0
T105
Lake Street DiveFree Yourself UpRock-Soul60.9
T105
MilagresZigguratIndie Pop/Rock60.9
T107
Son LuxBrighter WoundsArt Pop60.7
T107
MastersystemDance MusicIndie Rock60.7
T109
DrakeScorpionRap60.4
T109
LogicYSIVRap60.4
111
I'm With HerSee You AroundIndie Folk60.2
112
The KnocksNew York NarcoticPop60.1
113
James BayElectric LightSinger/Songwriter59.8
T114
Jim JamesUniform DistortionIndie Rock59.4
T114
Bad Bad HatsLightning RoundPop/Rock59.4
116
Astronauts, Etc.Living In SymbolNeo-Psychedelia58.9
117
Forever NeverlandPop58.5
118
ZAYNIcarus FallsPop58.1
T119
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night SweatsTearing At The SeamsRock-Soul57.4
T119
Wild ChildExpectationsIndie Pop57.4
121
PorchesThe HouseMetropop56.7
122
Field ReportSummertime SongsFolk-Rock56.1
123
ChromeoHead Over HeelsAlternative Dance55.6
124
MathbonusWhelmerIDM55.5
125
Ne-YoGOOD MANUrban55.3
126
Alessia CaraThe Pains Of GrowingPop54.5
T127
SweepsDepartureDowntempo54.4
T127
Lupe FiascoDROGAS WAVERap54.4
T129
Half WaifLavenderMetropop53.7
T129
Kamasi WashingtonHeaven And EarthJazz53.7
T129
BROCKHAMPTONiridescenceAlternative Rap53.7
132
TinasheJoyrideUrban53.3
133
LuciusNudesChamber Folk52.7
134
DaniLeighThe PlanUrban52.6
135
Anderson .PaakOxnardAlternative Hip-Hop52.5
136
U.S. GirlsIn A Poem UnlimitedArt Pop52.2
137
Alison WonderlandAwakeFuture Bass52.0
138
Coheed And CambriaThe Unheavenly CreaturesNew Prog51.8
139
J.I.DDiCaprio 2Alternative Rap51.4
140
Tall HeightsPretty Colors For Your ActionsIndie Pop51.0
141
Let's Eat GrandmaI'm All EarsArt Pop50.4
142
BrownoutFear Of A Brown PlanetFunk50.3
143
St. LuciaHyperionElectropop49.3
144
Dirty ProjectorsLamp Lit ProseProgressive Indie49.1
145
Sun GlittersLo-Fi-Lo-VeChillwave48.6
T146
Arctic MonkeysTranquility Base Hotel & CasinoIndie Rock46.4
T146
Kali UchisIsolationNeo-Soul46.4
148
OursNew Age Heroine IIAlt-Rock46.0
149
CHVRCHESLove Is DeadPoptron44.4
150
WetStill RunShimmer Pop44.2
151
DawesPasswordsAlt-Country42.0
152
Doja CatAmalaUrban41.4
153
Car Seat HeadrestTwin Fantasy (Face To Face)Indie Rock40.7
154
The DecemberistsI'll Be Your GirlAlt-Country39.7
155
CavetownLemon BoyIndie Pop39.3
156
Fall Out BoyM A N I AEmo-Pop38.6
157
St. VincentMassEducationProgressive Indie35.5
158
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.
RANK ARTISTEPGENREPOWER
INDEX
1
Amber MarkConexãoAlternative R&B89.7
2
Pusha TDAYTONARap84.2
T3
DNCEPeople To PeoplePop81.3
T3
HozierNina Cried PowerFolk Singer81.3
T3
ASLBeach HouseElectropop81.3
6
Art School GirlfriendInto The Blue HourElectro-R&B80.3
T7
Lucas NordEgoElectro-R&B79.9
T7
SG LewisDarkElectro-R&B79.9
T7
Lennon StellaLove, MePop79.9
10
Patrick DroneyPatrick DroneySinger/Songwriter79.3
11
Bay LedgesIn WavesIndie Pop/Rock79.0
T12
ShallouSoulsGlitch Pop78.1
T12
H.E.R.I Used To Know Her: Part 2Alternative R&B78.1
14
Cautious ClayBlood TypeElectro-R&B73.1
15
Betty WhoBetty, Pt. 1Pop72.4
16
SnakehipsStay Home Tapes (= --__-- =)Pop70.8
17
UtahFiveChillbeat70.2
T18
Penguin PrisonTurn It UpIndie Pop69.6
T18
Lucky DayeIAlternative R&B69.6
T18
The Mowgli'sI Was Starting To WonderIndie Pop69.6
T18
Cautious ClayRESONANCEElectro-R&B69.6
T18
King PrincessMake My BedIndie Poptimism69.6
23
ColouringBnNeo Mellow69.0
24
Sabrina ClaudioNo Rain, No FlowersAlternative R&B68.8
25
AUGUST 08FATHERAlternative R&B67.9
T26
The WeekndMy Dear Melancholy,Alternative R&B66.7
T26
YunoMoodieNeo-Psychedelia66.7
28
Slow MagicAWAYGlitch Pop65.7
T29
Vancouver Sleep ClinicTherapy Phase 01Gauze Pop65.3
T29
The Tallest Man On EarthWhen The Bird Sees The Solid GroundFolk Singer65.3
31
Vic MensaHOOLIGANSRap65.1
32
Kanye WestyeAlternative Rap64.4
33
TransvioletValleyPop64.0
T34
Vince StaplesFM!Alternative Rap63.5
T34
Nathaniel MarcNathaniel MarcFolk Singer63.5
T36
Pale WavesALL THE THINGS I NEVER SAIDIndie Pop/Rock63.4
T36
WaleSelf PromotionRap63.4
T36
MUTEMATHVoice In The SilencePost-Rock63.4
39
SG LewisDuskElectro-R&B63.3
T40
Nothing But ThievesWhat Did You Think When You Made Me This Way?Alternative Pop/Rock63.1
T40
Another SkyForget YourselfArt Rock63.1
T42
GryffinGravity, Pt. 1Pop62.2
T42
PhangsHappy SeasonElectropop62.2
44
CannonsIn A HeartbeatShimmer Pop60.1
T45
ZHURingos Desert, Pt. 1Deep House59.9
T45
Dustin TebbuttChasing GoldAmbient Folk59.9
T47
KhalidSuncityPop59.8
T47
Leo KalyanThe EdgeDark Pop59.8
T47
HatchieSugar & SpiceIndie Poptimism59.8
50
POLIÇA &
s t a r g a z e
Music For The Long EmergencyArt Pop58.8
51
Lootesingle.Pop58.7
52
Still ParadeSoon EnoughNeo-Psychedelia58.1
53
Iron & WineWeed GardenIndie Folk57.8
54
AlunaGeorgeChampagne EyesAlternative R&B57.4
55
The Wild WildLove Is GodIndie Pop/Rock57.1
T56
First Aid KitTender OfferingsChamber Folk56.6
T56
HaywyrePanorama: FormFilter House56.6
T56
girl in redChapter 1Lo-Fi Indie56.6
T56
Kim CesarionBleedPop56.6
60
boygeniusboygeniusIndie Rock55.8
T61
[SEBELL]Songs For Flight DelaysPop55.5
T61
Say Lou LouImmortelleArt Pop55.5
63
THEY.FiresideAlternative Hip-Hop54.8
T64
KIDS SEE GHOSTSKIDS SEE GHOSTSExperimental Hip-Hop54.3
T64
The DecemberistsTraveling OnAlt-Country54.3
T64
H.E.R.I Used To Know Her: The PreludeAlternative R&B54.3
T67
Vancouver Sleep ClinicTherapy Phase 02Gauze Pop54.0
T67
Lake Street DiveFreak Yourself OutRock-Soul54.0
T67
WESLEE9FNeo-R&B54.0
70
MathbonusHoly ParkIDM52.6
71
Fall Out BoyLake Effect KidEmo-Pop51.3
72
CavetownDear.Indie Pop49.2
73
Son LuxYesterday's WakeArt Pop49.0
T74
WaleFree LunchRap47.9
T74
SmallpoolsSo SocialIndie Pop/Rock47.9
T74
Pink Sweat$Volume 2Pop47.9
T77
GeographerAlone TimeIndie Pop47.6
T77
Haley Heynderickx & Max García ConoverAmong Horses IIIIndie Folk47.6
T77
HaywyrePanorama: DiscoverFilter House47.6
80
ASLCabinElectropop46.7
81
Negative GeminiBad BabyExperimental40.9
82
NasNASIRRap36.2
83
Amber RunThe AssemblyNeo Mellow28.3
84
KarajishiRealmUrban26.3
85
Unknown Mortal OrchestraIC-01 HanoiAvante-Garde Jazz24.6
86
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.