iTunes Unveils Top Music, Movies and TV Shows of 2012

iTunes Unveils Top Music, Movies and TV Shows of 2012

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iTunes just revealed the year's top-selling albums, songs, movies, TV shows and episodes.

Here's a look at what caught your attention most in 2012:

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Adele's 21, which came out in early 2011 (yes, 2011), experienced a post-Grammys album sales boost and became the first artist on iTunes to go double platinum.

  • 1. 21 from Adele
  • 2. Red from Taylor Swift
  • 3. Babel from Mumford & Sons
  • 4. Up All Night from One Direction
  • 5. Some Nights from Fun.


Viral hit "Call Me Maybe," which landed Carly Rae Jepsen a record deal and earned her a Song of the Year Grammy nomination, raked in the most downloads.

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  • 1. "Call Me Maybe" from Carly Rae Jepsen
  • 2. "Somebody That I Used to Know" from Gotye
  • 3. "We Are Young" from Fun. featuring Janelle Monáe
  • 4. "Payphone" from Maroon 5 featuring Wiz Khalifa
  • 5. "Starships" from Nicki Minaj


TV drama Downton Abbey's second season garnered heavy downloads (season three begins Jan. 6), beating out social TV heavyweight The Walking Dead.

  • 1. Downton Abbey, season 2
  • 2. The Walking Dead, season 3
  • 3. Breaking Bad, season 5
  • 4. Mad Men, season 5
  • 5. Homeland, season 1


The top episodes, for the most part, mirror the top seasons except for the inclusion of iCarly.

  • 1. "Seed" from The Walking Dead
  • 2. "Live Free or Die" from Breaking Bad
  • 3. "Episode 1" from Downton Abbey
  • 4. "Tea Leaves" from Mad Men
  • 5. "iGo One Direction" from iCarly

Movies (sales and rentals)

The odds were in The Hunger Games favor as Katniss and company slayed the competition.

  • 1. The Hunger Games
  • 2. 21 Jump Street
  • 3. Moneyball
  • 4. The Avengers
  • 5. Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol

All New Library

Your music library is going to see a redesign in iTunes 11. Browsing is much more intuitive, and can be sorted more carefully based on what you’re looking for in your collection.

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This story originally published on Mashable here.

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