Apple(s aapl) on Monday unveiled its iTunes Best of 2013 list. The list is a showcase of this year’s most downloaded apps, music, TV shows, movies, books and podcasts on the iTunes Store. Some of the chart toppers here are exactly what you’d expect. But some are rather surprising.
Candy Crush Saga, for instance, tops both the free iPhone and iPad app charts, as well as paid iPad apps – no surprise there. And Breaking Bad, Downton Abbey and The Walking Dead are the top three TV shows, which sounds a lot like a rundown of my Facebook(s fb) and Twitter(s twtr) feeds on a Sunday night.
But I’m pretty surprised that Beyonce’s new self titled “visual album” has landed at number two on the albums chart, given that it came out unannounced less than a week ago. Credit for that likely goes to the fact that the album debuted as an iTunes exclusive, catapulting it to over 800,000 sales within the first three days.
You can check the full set of lists out over on iTunes. But here’s a quick rundown of this year’s top albums and free iPhone apps:
- The 20/20 Experience, Justin Timberlake
- Beyoncé, Beyoncé
- Night Visions, Imagine Dragons
- Magna Carta… Holy Grail, JAY Z
- Nothing Was the Same, Drake
- The Heist, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
- Pitch Perfect, Various Artists
- Babel, Mumford & Sons
- The Marshall Mathers LP2, Eminem
- Random Access Memories, Daft Punk
Top Free iPhone Apps:
- Candy Crush Saga, King.com Limited
- YouTube, Google, Inc.
- Temple Run 2, Imangi Studios, LLC
- Vine, Vine Labs, Inc.
- Google Maps, Google, Inc.
- Snapchat, Snapchat, Inc.
- Instagram, Instagram, Inc.
- Facebook, Facebook, Inc.
- Pandora Radio, Pandora Media, Inc.
- Despicable Me: Minion Rush, Gameloft
According to Apple, the App Store is currently home to more than one million apps, with over 800 apps downloaded every second.