2021 Power Rankings

Albums


Ranked albums of 2021 as rated by the committee of one.
RANK ARTISTALBUMGENREPOWER
INDEX
RATINGTREND
1
Remi WolfJunoIndie Poptimism85. 2
NEW
ENTRY
T2
Andrew BelleNightshadeNeo Mellow81. 7
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T2
ColouringWakeNeo Mellow81. 7
NEW
ENTRY
4
Charli AdamsBullseyeBedroom Pop81. 4
NEW
ENTRY
5
Arlo ParksCollapsed In SunbeamsNeo-Soul79. 5
NEW
ENTRY
6
Billie EilishHappier Than EverDark Pop79. 0
NEW
ENTRY
7
Little SimzSometimes I Might Be IntrovertAlternative Rap77. 1
NEW
ENTRY
8
GladesPlanetariumIndie Poptimism76. 6
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T9
Saint RaymondWe Forgot We Were DreamingIndie Pop/Rock75. 0
T9
ClaudSuper MonsterBedroom Pop75. 0
NEW
ENTRY
T9
ISLANDYesterday ParkIndie Rock75. 0
NEW
ENTRY
12
TyphoonSympathetic MagicIndie Rock74. 8
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T13
Alice Phoebe LouGlowChamber Pop74. 2
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T13
Flock Of DimesHead Of RosesMetropop74. 2
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15
Chloe FoyWhere Shall We BeginChamber Folk73. 1
NEW
ENTRY
16
Moon TaxiSilver DreamIndie Rock72. 2
T17
COINRainbow MixtapeIndie Poptimism72. 0
NEW
ENTRY
T17
Jane WeaverFlockMetropop72. 0
NEW
ENTRY
19
LANYgg bb xxIndie Poptimism71. 3
NEW
ENTRY
20
Tinashe333Urban71. 0
NEW
ENTRY
T21
CHVRCHESScreen ViolencePoptron70. 6
T21
The AntlersGreen To GoldDream Pop70. 6
T21
The Weather StationIgnoranceIndie Pop70. 6
T21
JungleLoving In StereoSynth Funk70. 6
NEW
ENTRY
25
Self EsteemPrioritise PleasureArt Pop70. 3
NEW
ENTRY
26
Patrick DroneyState Of The HeartPop69. 9
NEW
ENTRY
T27
Cleo SolMotherNeo-Soul69. 8
NEW
ENTRY
T27
James BlakeFriends That Break Your HeartElectro-R&B69. 8
NEW
ENTRY
29
CelesteNot Your MuseNeo-Soul69. 5
NEW
ENTRY
30
Curtis HardingIf Words Were FlowersSoul68. 8
NEW
ENTRY
31
Pale WavesWho Am I?Indie Pop/Rock68. 6
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32
Django DjangoGlowing In The DarkIndie Pop68. 4
NEW
ENTRY
T33
A Winged Victory For The SullenInvisible CitiesClassical68. 0
T33
Baby KeemThe Melodic BlueAlternative Rap68. 0
NEW
ENTRY
T33
Sir SlyThe Rise & Fall Of LoverboyDark Pop68. 0
NEW
ENTRY
36
Kota The Friend & Statik SelektahTo Kill A SunriseRap67. 8
NEW
ENTRY
37
Helado NegroFar InNeo-Psychedelia67. 7
NEW
ENTRY
T38
The Paper KitesRosesFolk Singer67. 5
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T38
Courtney BarnettThings Take Time, Take TimeIndie Rock67. 5
NEW
ENTRY
40
Mighty OaksMexicoFolk-Pop67. 4
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41
Zara LarssonPoster GirlPop67. 1
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T42
Julien BakerLittle OblivionsIndie Rock66. 9
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T42
London GrammarCalifornian SoilIndie Poptimism66. 9
NEW
ENTRY
44
OneRepublicHumanPop66. 8
NEW
ENTRY
T45
W. H. LungVanitiesAlternative Dance66. 7
NEW
ENTRY
T45
Wolf AliceBlue WeekendAlt-Rock66. 7
NEW
ENTRY
47
Tep NoChasing HighsTropical House66. 5
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48
J. ColeThe Off-SeasonRap66. 3
49
Justin BieberJusticePop65. 7
50
The StavesGood WomanFolk-Rock65. 4
51
Jazmine SullivanHeaux TalesContemporary R&B65. 1
NEW
ENTRY
52
Ben HowardCollections From The WhiteoutIndie Rock64. 8
53
Nils FrahmGrazClassical63. 6
T54
ColdplayMusic Of The SpheresNeo Mellow63. 0
NEW
ENTRY
T54
slowthaiTYRONAlternative Rap63. 0
NEW
ENTRY
56
D SmokeWar & WondersRap62. 3
NEW
ENTRY
57
Elijah BlakeTHE NEON EONUrban62. 0
NEW
ENTRY
58
Joy Oladokunin defense of my own happiness (complete)Pop61. 3
59
LogicBobby Tarantino IIIRap60. 2
NEW
ENTRY
60
LUMPAnimalExperimental59. 5
NEW
ENTRY
61
Aloa InputDevil's Diamond Memory CollectionNeo-Psychedelia59. 4
NEW
ENTRY
62
The Band CAMINOThe Band CAMINOIndie Pop/Rock59. 1
63
Alice Phoebe LouChild's PlayChamber Pop58. 9
64
MogwaiAs The Love ContinuesAtmospheric Rock58. 3
NEW
ENTRY
65
H.E.R.Back Of My MindAlternative R&B57. 6
NEW
ENTRY
T66
DARKSIDESpiralArt Rock57. 2
NEW
ENTRY
T66
For Those I LoveFor Those I LoveExperimental57. 2
NEW
ENTRY
T68
John MayerSob RockPop56. 1
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T68
Japanese BreakfastJubileeProgressive Indie56. 1
NEW
ENTRY
70
DJ KhaledKHALED KHALEDRap54. 9
NEW
ENTRY
71
DrakeCertified Lover BoyRap54. 2
NEW
ENTRY
72
LowHey WhatExperimental53. 6
NEW
ENTRY
73
Tai VerdesTVPop51. 5
NEW
ENTRY
74
Lake Street DiveObviouslyPop51. 0
75
Son LuxTomorrows IIIArt Pop50. 4
NEW
ENTRY
76
Jon ForemanDeparturesAlternative Pop/Rock43. 6
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77
SAULTNinePsychedelic Soul42. 5
NEW
ENTRY
78
BleachersTake The Sadness Out Of Saturday NightIndie Pop42. 0
NEW
ENTRY
79
Dame D.O.L.L.A.Different On Levels The Lord AllowedRap38. 9
NEW
ENTRY
80
PoolsideHigh SeasonAlternative Dance37. 4
NEW
ENTRY
81
Keaton HensonFragmentsDream Pop36. 8
NEW
ENTRY
82
Nick Cave & Warren EllisCARNAGEExperimental36. 3
NEW
ENTRY
83
The BugFireExperimental Hip-Hop31. 2
NEW
ENTRY
84
Son LuxTomorrows ReworksArt Pop28. 5
NEW
ENTRY
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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


Ranked EPs of 2021 as rated by the committee of one.
RANK ARTISTEPGENREPOWER
INDEX
RATINGTREND
1
EMBRZTogether Till It EndsProgressive House93. 6
NEW
ENTRY
2
Ólafur ArnaldsThe Invisible EPClassical82. 6
NEW
ENTRY
3
MustafaWhen Smoke RisesNeo-Soul72. 0
NEW
ENTRY
4
BrothertigerFundamentals, Vol. IIIChillwave71. 4
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5
MysieUndertonesNeo-R&B70. 2
NEW
ENTRY
6
SamiaScoutBedroom Pop69. 6
NEW
ENTRY
7
TWO LANESReflectionsChillbeat67. 9
NEW
ENTRY
8
Andy ShaufWildsChamber Pop66. 7
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9
Kevin GarrettKeep SleepingPop65. 3
NEW
ENTRY
T10
Katy KirbyCool Dry PlaceIndie Pop/Rock65. 0
NEW
ENTRY
T10
PinkPantheressto hell with itIndie Electronic65. 0
NEW
ENTRY
12
Jorja SmithBe Right BackPop64. 0
NEW
ENTRY
T13
ÁsgeirThe Sky Is Painted Gray TodayAmbient Folk63. 4
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T13
beabadoobeeOur Extended PlayBedroom Pop63. 4
NEW
ENTRY
T15
Another SkyMusic For Winter, Vol. IArt Rock62. 2
T15
Austin MillzMidasPop62. 2
NEW
ENTRY
T15
Tornado ClubResetShimmer Pop62. 2
NEW
ENTRY
18
GallantNeptuneUrban61. 9
NEW
ENTRY
19
Daði FreyrWelcomeAlternative Dance57. 4
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20
Damien JuradoThe Monster Who Hated PennsylvaniaChamber Folk57. 2
NEW
ENTRY
21
The Chain Gang Of 1974BesidesPoptron56. 6
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22
Yot ClubSantolinaLo-Fi Indie55. 8
NEW
ENTRY
23
Kota The FriendLyrics To GO, Vol. 2Alternative Rap55. 6
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24
Du BlondeHomecomingGarage Rock Revival54. 1
NEW
ENTRY
25
Cassandra JenkinsAn Overview On Phenomenal NatureIndie Rock51. 4
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T26
DrakeScary Hours 2Rap51. 3
NEW
ENTRY
T26
DuranteMeldProgressive House51. 3
NEW
ENTRY
28
CreeperAmerican NoirPost-Emo47. 9
NEW
ENTRY
T29
Jon BryantBack To LoveAmbient Folk47. 0
NEW
ENTRY
T29
VIC MENSAI TAPERap47. 0
NEW
ENTRY
31
L’RainFatigueExperimental41. 8
NEW
ENTRY
32
dvsnAmusing Her FeelingsAlternative R&B31. 6
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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.