2018 Power Rankings

Albums


Ranked albums of 2018 as rated by the committee of one.
RANK ARTISTALBUMGENREPOWER
INDEX
RATING
1
Denzel CurryTA13OOTrap Rap83. 9
2
Wye OakThe Louder I Call, The Faster It RunsArt Rock82. 2
3
Maribou StateKingdoms In ColourElectropop81. 7
4
LauvI met you when I was 18. (the playlist)Pop80. 2
5
Tom MischGeographyAlternative R&B78. 5
6
LANYMalibu NightsIndie Poptimism78. 3
7
The Rare OccasionsInto The ShallowsIndie Rock78. 1
T8
Lord HuronVide NoirFolk-Rock78. 0
T8
Mimicking BirdsLayers Of UsIndie Folk78. 0
T8
SALESForever & EverShimmer Pop78. 0
11
Boy BjornMistaken AnimalsAmbient Folk77. 9
12
Ray LaMontagnePart Of The LightNeo-Psychedelia77. 8
13
JungleFor EverSynth Funk76. 0
14
VacationerMindsetIndie Pop75. 0
15
ISLANDFeels Like AirIndie Rock74. 5
T16
J. ColeKODRap74. 2
T16
Until The Ribbon BreaksUntil The Ribbon BreaksDark Pop74. 2
T16
Hippo CampusBambiIndie Pop74. 2
19
6LACKEast Atlanta Love LetterAlternative R&B73. 9
20
Snail MailLushIndie Rock73. 3
21
HONNELove Me / Love Me NotElectro-R&B72. 8
22
Novo AmorBirthplaceAmbient Folk72. 5
23
BazziCOSMICPop72. 4
24
Janelle MonáeDirty ComputerAlternative R&B72. 3
T25
Now, NowSavedIndie Poptimism72. 1
T25
RooseveltYoung RomanceElectropop72. 1
T27
Justin TimberlakeMan Of The WoodsPop72. 0
T27
PhosphorescentC'est La VieAlt-Country72. 0
29
Beach House7Dream Pop71. 7
30
Gia MargaretThere's Always A GlimmerAmbient Folk71. 5
T31
RhyeBloodIndie R&B71. 3
T31
MuseSimulation TheoryPost-Rock71. 3
33
The BethsFuture Me Hates MeIndie Rock70. 8
T34
Moon TaxiLet The Record PlayIndie Rock70. 6
T34
Unknown Mortal OrchestraSex & FoodNeo-Psychedelia70. 6
T34
The InternetHive MindAlternative R&B70. 6
T34
Lykke Liso sad so sexyDark Pop70. 6
T34
Still CornersSlow AirElectroclash70. 6
T34
Wild NothingIndigoMetropop70. 6
T34
AKBranchesDowntempo70. 6
T34
AKSleepless In BerlinDowntempo70. 6
42
Big Red MachineBig Red MachineAmbient Folk70. 4
T43
THE CARTERSEVERYTHING IS LOVERap70. 1
T43
City And ColourGuide Me Back HomeMellow Alternative70. 1
45
Jon HopkinsSingularityIDM69. 7
46
Arin RayPlatinum FireUrban69. 5
47
TyphoonOfferingsIndie Rock69. 4
T48
Travis ScottASTROWORLDTrap Rap69. 3
T48
Hello JuneHello JuneIndie Rock69. 3
50
Hayley KiyokoExpectationsPop69. 2
51
GladesTo Love YouShimmer Pop68. 6
T52
Nils FrahmAll MelodyIDM68. 5
T52
Christine And The QueensChrisIndie Poptimism68. 5
T54
Megan BonnellSeparate RoomsFolk Singer67. 8
T54
Damien JuradoThe Horizon Just LaughedChamber Folk67. 8
T54
PassengerRunawayFolk Singer67. 8
T54
The Paper KitesOn The Corner Where You LiveFolk-Rock67. 8
T54
Haley HeynderickxI Need To Start A GardenIndie Folk67. 8
T54
LowDouble NegativeExperimental67. 8
60
Folly & The HunterRemainsIndie Rock67. 6
T61
First Aid KitRuinsChamber Folk67. 5
T61
Jorja SmithLost & FoundPop-Soul67. 5
T61
Lucy DacusHistorianIndie Rock67. 5
T61
Years & YearsPalo SantoIndie Poptimism67. 5
T65
BearcubsUltravioletElectro-R&B67. 4
T65
MitskiBe The CowboyProgressive Indie67. 4
T65
SweepsCivilizationDowntempo67. 4
T68
Pale WavesMy Mind Makes NoisesIndie Pop/Rock66. 7
T68
DEGADegaElectropop66. 7
70
San Holoalbum1Future Bass66. 6
71
Soccer MommyCleanIndie Rock66. 4
72
Jonathan WilsonRare BirdsChamber Pop66. 1
73
BØRNSBlue MadonnaIndie Poptimism65. 9
T74
Post Malonebeerbongs & bentleysAlternative R&B65. 5
T74
The Kite String TangleThe Kite String Tangle Presents: In A Desperate MomentAmbient Folk65. 5
76
Adrianne LenkerabysskissIndie Rock65. 4
77
SAINt JHNCollection OneTrap Rap65. 3
78
Ariana GrandeSweetenerPop65. 2
T79
S. CareyHundred AcresAmbient Folk65. 0
T79
ExtravisionWaking UpNeo-Psychedelia65. 0
T79
Austin BashamYou And Me For NowFolk Singer65. 0
T79
The Marcus King BandCarolina ConfessionsBlues-Rock65. 0
83
BasMilky WayAlternative Rap64. 9
84
Man Without CountryInfinity MirrorGauze Pop64. 6
85
AquiloiiAmbient Folk64. 5
86
NAOSaturnAlternative R&B64. 2
87
tUnE-yArDsI can feel you creep into my private lifeProgressive Indie63. 9
88
Thomas AzierStrayArt Pop63. 8
T89
Courtney BarnettTell Me How You Really FeelIndie Rock63. 6
T89
Ben HowardNoonday DreamIndie Folk63. 6
T89
RobynHoneyIndie Poptimism63. 6
92
ZHURINGOS DESERTDeep House63. 3
93
LogicBobby Tarantino IIRap63. 1
94
FoxingNearer My GodPost-Rock62. 8
95
Thirty Seconds To MarsAMERICADark Pop62. 6
96
HAERTSNew CompassionChamber Pop62. 5
97
MigosCulture IITrap Rap62. 4
T98
Black PantherBlack Panther |The Album Music From And Inspired By|Alternative Rap62. 0
T98
Kacey MusgravesGolden HourCountry62. 0
T98
Milo GreeneAdult ContemporaryIndie Pop62. 0
T98
Father John MistyGod's Favorite CustomerChamber Pop62. 0
T98
GenerationalsState Dogs: Singles (2017-18)Indie Pop62. 0
T103
The Paper KitesOn The Train Ride HomeFolk Singer61. 9
T103
XXXTENTACION?Alternative R&B61. 9
T103
courtship.Denial In ParadiseIndie Pop/Rock61. 9
T106
Cardi BInvasion Of PrivacyRap61. 4
T106
The 1975A Brief Inquiry Into Online RelationshipsIndie Pop61. 4
T108
SabaCARE FOR MEAlternative Rap61. 3
T108
Tiny DeathsMagicPoptron61. 3
T108
Mumford & SonsDeltaFolk-Pop61. 3
111
GloriettaGloriettaAlt-Country61. 0
T112
Lake Street DiveFree Yourself UpRock-Soul60. 9
T112
MilagresZigguratIndie Pop/Rock60. 9
T114
Son LuxBrighter WoundsArt Pop60. 7
T114
MastersystemDance MusicIndie Rock60. 7
T116
DrakeScorpionRap60. 4
T116
LogicYSIVRap60. 4
118
I'm With HerSee You AroundIndie Folk60. 2
119
The KnocksNew York NarcoticPop60. 1
120
James BayElectric LightSinger/Songwriter59. 8
T121
Jim JamesUniform DistortionIndie Rock59. 4
T121
Bad Bad HatsLightning RoundPop/Rock59. 4
123
Astronauts, Etc.Living In SymbolNeo-Psychedelia58. 9
124
Forever NeverlandPop58. 5
125
ZAYNIcarus FallsPop58. 1
T126
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night SweatsTearing At The SeamsRock-Soul57. 4
T126
Wild ChildExpectationsIndie Pop57. 4
128
PorchesThe HouseMetropop56. 7
129
Field ReportSummertime SongsFolk-Rock56. 1
130
ChromeoHead Over HeelsAlternative Dance55. 6
T131
MathbonusWhelmerIDM55. 5
T131
The NeighbourhoodHard To Imagine The Neighbourhood Ever ChangingDark Pop55. 5
133
Ne-YoGOOD MANUrban55. 3
134
Alessia CaraThe Pains Of GrowingPop54. 5
T135
SweepsDepartureDowntempo54. 4
T135
Lupe FiascoDROGAS WAVERap54. 4
137
NonameRoom 25Jazz Rap54. 0
T138
Half WaifLavenderMetropop53. 7
T138
Kamasi WashingtonHeaven And EarthJazz53. 7
T138
BROCKHAMPTONiridescenceAlternative Rap53. 7
T138
DaniLeighThe PlanUrban53. 7
142
TinasheJoyrideUrban53. 3
143
LuciusNudesChamber Folk52. 7
144
Anderson .PaakOxnardAlternative Hip-Hop52. 5
145
U.S. GirlsIn A Poem UnlimitedArt Pop52. 2
146
Alison WonderlandAwakeFuture Bass52. 0
147
Coheed And CambriaThe Unheavenly CreaturesNew Prog51. 8
148
J.I.DDiCaprio 2Alternative Rap51. 4
149
Tall HeightsPretty Colors For Your ActionsIndie Pop51. 0
150
Let's Eat GrandmaI'm All EarsArt Pop50. 4
151
BrownoutFear Of A Brown PlanetFunk50. 3
152
ShoffyLensesPop50. 1
153
St. LuciaHyperionElectropop49. 3
154
Dirty ProjectorsLamp Lit ProseProgressive Indie49. 1
155
Sun GlittersLo-Fi-Lo-VeChillwave48. 6
T156
Arctic MonkeysTranquility Base Hotel & CasinoIndie Rock46. 4
T156
Kali UchisIsolationNeo-Soul46. 4
158
OursNew Age Heroine IIAlt-Rock46. 0
159
CHVRCHESLove Is DeadPoptron44. 4
160
WetStill RunShimmer Pop44. 2
161
DawesPasswordsAlt-Country42. 0
162
Doja CatAmalaUrban41. 4
163
Car Seat HeadrestTwin Fantasy (Face To Face)Indie Rock40. 7
164
The DecemberistsI'll Be Your GirlAlt-Country39. 7
165
CavetownLemon BoyIndie Pop39. 3
166
Fall Out BoyM A N I AEmo-Pop38. 6
167
St. VincentMassEducationProgressive Indie35. 5
168
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. 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 2018 as rated by the committee of one.
RANK ARTISTEPGENREPOWER
INDEX
RATING
1
Amber MarkConexãoAlternative R&B89. 7
2
Sasha SloanLoserPop85. 4
3
Pusha TDAYTONARap84. 2
T4
DNCEPeople To PeoplePop81. 3
T4
HozierNina Cried PowerFolk Singer81. 3
T4
ASLBeach HouseElectropop81. 3
7
Art School GirlfriendInto The Blue HourElectro-R&B80. 3
T8
Lucas NordEgoElectro-R&B79. 9
T8
SG LewisDarkElectro-R&B79. 9
T8
Lennon StellaLove, MePop79. 9
11
Patrick DroneyPatrick DroneySinger/Songwriter79. 3
12
Bay LedgesIn WavesIndie Pop/Rock79. 0
T13
ShallouSoulsGlitch Pop78. 1
T13
H.E.R.I Used To Know Her: Part 2Alternative R&B78. 1
15
Cautious ClayBlood TypeElectro-R&B73. 1
16
Betty WhoBetty, Pt. 1Pop72. 4
17
SnakehipsStay Home Tapes (= --__-- =)Pop70. 8
T18
UtahFiveChillbeat70. 2
T18
AKNew AgeDowntempo70. 2
20
Aeris RovesMoon By Island GardensNeo-Soul69. 8
T21
Penguin PrisonTurn It UpIndie Pop69. 6
T21
Lucky DayeIAlternative R&B69. 6
T21
The Mowgli'sI Was Starting To WonderIndie Pop69. 6
T21
Cautious ClayRESONANCEElectro-R&B69. 6
T21
King PrincessMake My BedIndie Poptimism69. 6
26
ColouringBnNeo Mellow69. 0
27
Sabrina ClaudioNo Rain, No FlowersAlternative R&B68. 8
28
AUGUST 08FATHERAlternative R&B67. 9
T29
The WeekndMy Dear Melancholy,Alternative R&B66. 7
T29
YunoMoodieNeo-Psychedelia66. 7
31
Slow MagicAWAYGlitch Pop65. 7
T32
Vancouver Sleep ClinicTherapy Phase 01Gauze Pop65. 3
T32
The Tallest Man On EarthWhen The Bird Sees The Solid GroundFolk Singer65. 3
34
Vic MensaHOOLIGANSRap65. 1
35
Kanye WestyeAlternative Rap64. 4
36
TransvioletValleyPop64. 0
T37
Vince StaplesFM!Alternative Rap63. 5
T37
Nathaniel MarcNathaniel MarcFolk Singer63. 5
T39
Pale WavesALL THE THINGS I NEVER SAIDIndie Pop/Rock63. 4
T39
WaleSelf PromotionRap63. 4
T39
MUTEMATHVoice In The SilencePost-Rock63. 4
42
SG LewisDuskElectro-R&B63. 3
T43
Nothing But ThievesWhat Did You Think When You Made Me This Way?Alternative Pop/Rock63. 1
T43
Another SkyForget YourselfArt Rock63. 1
T45
PhangsHappy SeasonElectropop62. 2
T45
GryffinGravity, Pt. 1Pop62. 2
47
CannonsIn A HeartbeatShimmer Pop60. 1
T48
ZHURingos Desert, Pt. 1Deep House59. 9
T48
Dustin TebbuttChasing GoldAmbient Folk59. 9
T50
KhalidSuncityPop59. 8
T50
Leo KalyanThe EdgeDark Pop59. 8
T50
HatchieSugar & SpiceIndie Poptimism59. 8
53
POLIÇA &
s t a r g a z e
Music For The Long EmergencyArt Pop58. 8
54
Lootesingle.Pop58. 7
55
Still ParadeSoon EnoughNeo-Psychedelia58. 1
56
Iron & WineWeed GardenIndie Folk57. 8
57
AlunaGeorgeChampagne EyesAlternative R&B57. 4
58
The Wild WildLove Is GodIndie Pop/Rock57. 1
T59
First Aid KitTender OfferingsChamber Folk56. 6
T59
HaywyrePanorama: FormFilter House56. 6
T59
girl in redChapter 1Lo-Fi Indie56. 6
T59
Kim CesarionBleedPop56. 6
63
boygeniusboygeniusIndie Rock55. 8
T64
[SEBELL]Songs For Flight DelaysPop55. 5
T64
Say Lou LouImmortelleArt Pop55. 5
66
THEY.FiresideAlternative Hip-Hop54. 8
67
Elijah BlakeBijoux 23Urban54. 6
T68
KIDS SEE GHOSTSKIDS SEE GHOSTSExperimental Hip-Hop54. 3
T68
The DecemberistsTraveling OnAlt-Country54. 3
T68
H.E.R.I Used To Know Her: The PreludeAlternative R&B54. 3
T71
Vancouver Sleep ClinicTherapy Phase 02Gauze Pop54. 0
T71
Lake Street DiveFreak Yourself OutRock-Soul54. 0
T71
WESLEE9FNeo-R&B54. 0
74
MathbonusHoly ParkIDM52. 6
75
Fall Out BoyLake Effect KidEmo-Pop51. 3
76
CavetownDear.Indie Pop49. 2
77
Son LuxYesterday's WakeArt Pop49. 0
T78
WaleFree LunchRap47. 9
T78
SmallpoolsSo SocialIndie Pop/Rock47. 9
T78
Pink Sweat$Volume 2Pop47. 9
T81
GeographerAlone TimeIndie Pop47. 6
T81
Haley Heynderickx & Max García ConoverAmong Horses IIIIndie Folk47. 6
T81
HaywyrePanorama: DiscoverFilter House47. 6
84
Prinze GeorgeAirborneShimmer Pop47. 0
85
ASLCabinElectropop46. 7
86
Negative GeminiBad BabyExperimental40. 9
87
Usher x ZaytovenAUrban37. 6
88
NasNASIRRap36. 2
89
Amber RunThe AssemblyNeo Mellow28. 3
90
KarajishiRealmUrban26. 3
91
Unknown Mortal OrchestraIC-01 HanoiAvante-Garde Jazz24. 6
92
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. 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.