2022 Power Rankings

Albums


Ranked albums of 2022 as rated by the committee of one.
RANKARTISTALBUMGENREPOWER
INDEX
RATING
1
Beach HouseOnce Twice MelodyDream Pop90. 6
T2
Gang Of Youthsangel in realtime.Indie Rock84. 7
T2
florFuture ShineIndie Pop/Rock84. 7
4
Tomberlini don’t know who needs to hear this...Alternative82. 2
5
Bear's DenBlue HoursFolk-Rock81. 6
T6
OWELThe Salt Water WellPost-Rock78. 2
T6
King PrincessHold On BabyIndie Poptimism78. 2
T8
Hippo CampusLP3Indie Pop78. 1
T8
UtahThis Sounds Like UTAHChillbeat78. 1
T10
ÁsgeirTime On My HandsAmbient Folk77. 8
T10
Loyle CarnerhugoRap77. 8
T12
Lane 8ReviverProgressive House75. 4
T12
LaufeyEverything I Know About LoveAlternative75. 4
T12
The SmileA Light For Attracting AttentionArt Rock75. 4
15
Natalia LafourcadeDe Todas Las FloresMexican Pop75. 0
16
SOHNTrustIndie R&B74. 5
17
HighasakiteMotherIndie Poptimism74. 2
18
Sharon Van EttenWe've Been Going About This All WrongAlternative73. 4
19
Day WavePastlifeLo-Fi Indie73. 1
T20
Cavetownworm foodIndie Pop72. 9
T20
ODESZAThe Last GoodbyeChillbeat72. 9
22
CubicolorSometime Not NowPost-Rock72. 6
23
SZASOSAlternative R&B72. 1
24
Novo AmorAntarctican Dream MachineAmbient71. 4
T25
Denzel CurryMelt My Eyez See Your FutureAlternative Rap71. 3
T25
Jessie ReyezYESSIEAlternative R&B71. 3
T25
MansionairHappiness, GuaranteedPost-Rock71. 3
T25
ShearwaterThe Great AwakeningIndie Rock71. 3
T25
TalosDear ChaosAmbient Folk71. 3
30
Ólafur Arnaldssome kind of peace — piano reworksClassical70. 8
T31
CordaeFrom A Bird's Eye ViewAlternative Rap70. 6
T31
S. CareyBreak Me OpenAmbient Folk70. 6
T31
BarrieBarbaraBedroom Pop70. 6
T31
FoalsLife Is YoursPost-Rock70. 6
T31
ShygirlNymphAlternative R&B70. 6
36
LightsPEPPop70. 3
T37
LissomEclipsesAmbient69. 8
T37
Nilüfer YanyaPAINLESSAlternative69. 8
39
The BethsExpert In A Dying FieldBedroom Pop69. 5
40
BazziInfinite DreamPop69. 0
T41
beabadoobeeBeatopiaBedroom Pop68. 9
T41
Pale WavesUnwantedIndie Pop/Rock68. 9
T43
The DreamArt Rock68. 8
T43
Bay LedgesRitualIndie Pop/Rock68. 8
T43
Let's Eat GrandmaTwo RibbonsAlternative68. 8
T43
The Big MoonHere Is EverythingAlternative68. 8
47
BonoboFragmentsIDM68. 5
T48
Bad SunsApocalypse WheneverIndie Pop/Rock68. 4
T48
DariusOASISFilter House68. 4
T48
John LegendLEGENDPop68. 4
51
Harry StylesHarry's HousePop68. 2
T52
Angel OlsenBig TimeAlternative67. 8
T52
Henry JamisonThe YearsFolk Singer67. 8
T52
WidowspeakThe JacketDream Pop67. 8
T55
Lucky DayeCandydripAlternative R&B67. 7
T55
The FAIMTalk TalkEmo-Pop67. 7
57
Little SimzNO THANK YOUAlternative Rap67. 6
58
TouristInside OutChillbeat67. 5
59
HatchieGiving The World AwayBedroom Pop67. 4
T60
Jake Xerxes FussellGood And Green AgainChamber Folk66. 7
T60
Big ThiefDragon New Warm Mountain I Believe In YouAlternative66. 7
T60
BROCKHAMPTONThe FamilyAlternative Rap66. 7
63
Team MeSomething In The MakingIndie Pop66. 6
64
Years & YearsNight CallPop66. 3
65
Lizzy McAlpinefive seconds flatAlternative66. 1
66
Tove LoDirt FemmePop65. 7
67
Aoife Nessa FrancesProtectorAlternative65. 5
T68
BAYNKADOLESCENCEElectronic65. 0
T68
BlossomsRibbon Around The BombAlternative65. 0
T68
BROODSSpace IslandShimmer Pop65. 0
T68
Sylvan EssoNo Rules SandyAlternative65. 0
T72
DehdBlue SkiesAlternative64. 0
T72
MitskiLaurel HellAlternative64. 0
74
Taylor SwiftMidnightsPop63. 7
75
Soccer MommySometimes, ForeverBedroom Pop63. 6
T76
CannonsFever DreamShimmer Pop63. 2
T76
The RangeMercuryElectronic63. 2
T78
BrotherkenzieNATHANAlternative62. 5
T78
Fontaines D.C.Skinty FiaPost-Hardcore62. 5
T78
SOAKif I never know you like this againIndie Rock62. 5
T78
The Mars VoltaThe Mars VoltaNew Prog62. 5
82
CalexicoEl MiradorAlternative62. 3
T83
Damien JuradoReggae Film StarChamber Folk62. 0
T83
XYLØunamerican beautyDark Pop62. 0
85
Vieux Farka Touré & KhruangbinAliNeo-Psychedelia61. 9
T86
Red Hot Chili PeppersReturn Of The Dream CanteenAlternative Pop/Rock61. 8
T86
Stand Atlanticf.e.a.r.Emo-Pop61. 8
88
The WeekndDawn FMPop61. 5
89
C. DuncanAlluviumArt Pop60. 9
90
DreamvilleD-Day: A Gangsta Grillz MixtapeRap60. 7
91
Bear's DenTrying: Season 3 |Apple TV Original Series Soundtrack|Folk-Rock60. 2
92
SpiritualizedEverything Was BeautifulAlternative59. 9
T93
MidlakeFor The Sake Of Bethel WoodsArt Rock59. 4
T93
WallowsTell Me That It’s OverIndie Pop59. 4
95
Post MaloneTwelve Carat ToothacheMelodic Rap59. 3
96
Kid CudiEntergalacticMelodic Rap59. 1
T97
Coyle GirelliFunlandAlternative58. 9
T97
Peach PitFrom 2 To 3Alternative58. 9
T97
The Weather StationHow Is It That I Should Look At The StarsAlternative58. 9
T100
BROCKHAMPTONAlternative Rap58. 3
T100
Daniel AveryUltra TruthArt Pop58. 3
102
James Blake & EndelWind DownAmbient57. 8
103
Charlotte Adigéry & Bolis PupulTopical DancerExperimental57. 4
T104
BANKSSerpentinaDark Pop57. 2
T104
Red Hot Chili PeppersUnlimited LoveAlternative Pop/Rock57. 2
106
Sudan ArchivesNatural Brown Prom QueenAlternative R&B56. 6
107
Delta SpiritOne Is OneIndie Rock56. 1
108
Yot ClubOff The GridLo-Fi Indie55. 6
T109
Sasha Alex SloanI Blame The WorldPop55. 2
T109
Weyes BloodAnd In The Darkness, Hearts AglowAlternative55. 2
111
Melt Yourself DownPray For Me I Don’t Fit InExperimental54. 8
T112
PalaceShoalsIndie Rock54. 4
T112
Arin RayHello PoisonUrban54. 4
114
Noah CyrusThe Hardest PartPop54. 3
115
ElderInnate PassageMetal54. 0
116
LauvAll 4 NothingPop51. 5
117
Walt DiscoUnlearningAlternative51. 4
118
Leyla McCallaBreaking The ThermometerAlternative50. 8
119
JockstrapI Love You Jennifer BExperimental50. 4
T120
MuseWill Of The PeopleRock49. 7
T120
Strand Of OaksIn HeavenFolk Singer49. 7
122
Andrew BirdInside ProblemsChamber Pop49. 3
123
BrothertigerBrothertigerChillwave49. 1
124
Tep NoFinding SoundsTropical House47. 1
125
The Tallest Man On EarthToo Late For EdelweissFolk Singer46. 7
126
Brandon BoydEchoes & CocoonsAlt-Rock46. 0
127
Kelly Lee OwensLP.8Experimental45. 6
128
FKA twigsCAPRISONGSArt Pop45. 4
129
Mura Masademon timeElectronic42. 8
130
SorryAnywhere But HereAlternative40. 3
131
Christine And The QueensRedcar Les Adorables Étoiles (Prologue)Indie Poptimism39. 5
132
yeuleGlitch PrincessExperimental34. 9
133
i_o & LightsWarehouse SummerDance34. 7
134
Whatever The WeatherWhatever The WeatherDowntempo33. 4
135
PhosphorescentThe Full Moon ProjectAlt-Country15. 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.

EPs


Ranked EPs of 2022 as rated by the committee of one.
RANKARTISTEPGENREPOWER
INDEX
RATING
1
BLÜ EYESHealing HurtsPop84. 5
2
Forest ClaudetteThe Year Of FebruaryAlternative R&B75. 2
3
Stephen SanchezEasy On My EyesFolk Singer72. 5
T4
Mosa WildZip Your Coat Up For English WeatherAlternative71. 7
T4
Wolf AliceBlue LullabyIndie Rock71. 7
6
Emotional OrangesThe Juice, Vol. IIIUrban68. 8
7
Private IslandValleyheartIndie Rock68. 3
8
BrothertigerFundamentals, Vol. IVChillwave67. 8
T9
TyphoonUnderground Complex No. 1Indie Rock66. 7
T9
MysieJoyrideNeo-R&B66. 7
11
McCall...To Be A Dream...Alternative65. 5
12
Squirrel FlowerPlanet EPLo-Fi Indie64. 0
T13
EMBRZDon't Look BackProgressive House63. 4
T13
Random ForestAscensionAtmospheric Rock63. 4
15
EMBRZBack Where We BelongProgressive House63. 1
16
RaffaellaLIVE, RAFF, LOVE (Act I)Alternative62. 2
17
TransvioletDrugs In CaliforniaPop60. 2
18
Empress OfSave MePop59. 8
19
YosteNever The SameShimmer Pop57. 4
20
KidswasteColors Of Your HeartElectronic57. 2
21
chloe moriondopuppy luvBedroom Pop54. 0
22
Cautious ClayThin Ice On The CakeNeo-R&B52. 6
23
Patrick WatsonBetter In The ShadeArt Pop52. 2
24
Xavier Omärb l u r rR&B47. 9
25
Pink Sweat$Pink MoonR&B46. 6
26
Gang Of YouthsGang Of Youths - Triple J Like A Version SessionsIndie Rock41. 6
27
Kelsey BulkinHear Me BelovedIndie Electronic33. 9
28
The Rare OccasionsAttaboyGarage Rock Revival28. 4
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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.