What were top sellers on iTunes in 2014? Singer Pharrell Williams performs his hit song "Happy" at the Walmart annual shareholders meeting in Fayetteville, Arkansas (Reuters)
What were top sellers on iTunes in 2014?
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The soundtrack for "Frozen" and Pharrell's viral "Happy" are the year's top-selling album and song on iTunes.

Apple announced that Taylor Swift's "1989," just released in October, is behind "Frozen." Rounding out the top 5 albums are Coldplay's "Ghost Stories," Sam Smith's "In the Lonely Hour" and the "Guardians of the Galaxy" soundtrack.

"Frozen" is the year's best-selling movie. Season three of "Game of Thrones" is the top TV show.

The top paid and free apps for the iPhone are Heads Up! and Facebook Messenger. The top paid and free apps for the iPad are Minecraft Pocket Edition and YouTube.

John Green's 2012 novel, "The Fault in Our Stars," which had a film adaption this year, is the top fiction book. "Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt" and "Private" are No. 1 for non-fiction and free books, respectively.

Apple also released an editorial list, naming Swift's "1989" best album of the year. Beyonce earned top overall artist and Azalea's "Fancy" best song.

Critical thinking challenge: Why did the author write These awards are in Apple's opinion?

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COMMENTS (275)
  • JosephW-Mau
    12/18/2014 - 11:24 a.m.

    All of those songs are the best selling in stores because there are a lot of songs that are the best songs so they sould just pick one and if they do that is the best selling one

  • ct2000green
    12/18/2014 - 01:02 p.m.

    All of these songs are awesome and I'm a fan of each and every one of them. My favorite would have to be "The awesome mix vol 1", from guardians of the galaxy.

  • ma2000dragonball
    12/18/2014 - 01:03 p.m.

    It is really cool to see frozen and pharelll because those songs have been listened to so much that it only makes sense to have them.

  • TE2001lego
    12/18/2014 - 01:04 p.m.

    I agree that the top song are bastille Pompeii, Pharrell Happy and more but let me tell you I bet the 2013 song can't hold us is going to win again this year for favorite iTunes song.

  • ce2001sparkle
    12/18/2014 - 01:06 p.m.

    They put it in "Apples opinion" because not all the other companies may agree with genre or songs, TV shows, apps, and movies Apple gives. Some companies think different and other wise.

  • AustinN-3
    12/18/2014 - 01:49 p.m.

    You would think that wordly famous popstar, Taylor Swift, would have the most sold out album. But she doesn't. In fact, the top animated children's movie, Frozen, takes the cake for the most sold out album. Along with Pharrell's song "Happy". This article just was a list of top apps and albums in the country, including albums by Coldplay, Sam Smith, and numerous apps.

    I didn't enjoy this article. It was boring and was just a list of best selling apps and music. There was no real content, and it was extremely hard to summarize.

  • AlexJGreen0
    12/18/2014 - 02:28 p.m.

    I did not think that people would by ghost stories, Also I knew that Frozen sold but Guardians of the Galaxy I was not expecting that.

  • DunhamS-4
    12/18/2014 - 02:52 p.m.

    This article was about the itunes charts best selling songs. Iggy Azalea's Fancy was rewarded best song of the year, Beyonce was best artist, and Taylor Swift's 1989 was rewarded best album of the year. The charts best selling album's this year were (in order), the Frozen soundtrack, Coldplay's Ghost Stories, Taylor Swift's 1989, Sam Smith's 'In the Lonely Hour' and The Guardians of The Galaxy soundtrack. Also, the year's best selling iBook was John Green's 'The Fault in Our Stars'. I do not think that the Frozen soundtrack was good enough to reach number one, but I do understand parents and younger kids buying it as it appeals to a much wider variety of ages than some of the other albums.

  • RachelD-4
    12/18/2014 - 03:15 p.m.

    This article is about the top selling songs and apps for 2014. Idina Menzel representing the frozen soundtrack is in the top with Pharrell's "happy" for the top songs on Itunes. Many other artists are in the 2014 top including, Taylor Swift's 1989 album which Apple nominated as the best album of the year. Some of the other artists in this top 5 category include Coldplay, Sam Smith, and the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack. The bestselling movie is Frozen and the best selling T.V. show is season three of Game of Thrones. The Fault in Our Stars Was the top fiction book and Beyonce earned overall best artists.

    I believe many of these artists/creators worked really hard to create these song and apps and to earn something for all of there hard work must feel very good.

  • AvaP-4
    12/18/2014 - 03:16 p.m.

    It's coming close to the end of 2014, so entertainment and apple have figured out their best sellers and most popular downloads. "Frozen" was one of the top albums and the best selling movie of the year. Taylor Swift's new album "1989". The best selling book was "The Fault in Our Stars" when the movie was soon to come out. I thoroughly enjoyed all of these best sellers. Obviously, many other people did too.

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