No real surprises here. 'Happy' by Pharrell is the best-selling song on iTunes. The Frozen soundtrack is the best selling album of the year. Artist of the year (is this their opinion or more stuff based on best-selling?) is Beyoncé. Best new artist is Sam Smith. Taylor Swift appears thrice. It's all quite pedestrian and predictable really. I'm guessing iTunes calculate the value of an artist based on how many units they shift, like some glorified packhorses. What does that epithet even mean? To use an alien, antiquated term: search me.

Here's what the money said.

  • SONGS
  • 1. Pharrell - Happy
  • 2. John Legend - All of Me
  • 3. Katy Perry - Dark Horse
  • 4. Jason Derulo - Talk Dirty
  • 5. Iggy Azalea - Fancy
  • 6. Ariana Grande - Problem
  • 7. Meghan Trainor - All About That Bass
  • 8. Idina Menzel - Let It Go
  • 9. DJ Snake & Lil Jon - Turn Down for What
  • 10. Magic! - Rude

  • ALBUMS
  • 1. Diverse - Frozen (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
  • 2. Taylor Swift - 1989
  • 3. Coldplay - Ghost Stories
  • 4. Sam Smith - In The Lonely Hour
  • 5. Diverse - Guardians of the Galaxy (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
  • 6. Beyoncé - BEYONCE
  • 7. Lorde - Pure Heroine
  • 8. Ed Sheeran - X
  • 9. Eric Church - The Outsiders
  • 10. 5 Seconds of Summer - 5 Seconds of Summer

  • APPLE'S BEST OF
  • Best Artist: Beyoncé
  • Best Album: 1989, Taylor Swift
  • Best Song: “Fancy” (feat. Charli XCX), Iggy Azalea
  • Best New Artist: Sam Smith
  • Best Pop: 1989, Taylor Swift
  • Best Rock: Lazaretto, Jack White
  • Best Alternative: Lost in the Dream, The War on Drugs
  • Best Hip-Hop/Rap: Under Pressure, Logic
  • Best Country: Pain Killer, Little Big Town
  • Best R&B/Soul: JHUD, Jennifer Hudson
  • Best Dance: New Eyes, Clean Bandit
  • Best Singer/Songwriter: Utah, Jamestown Revival
  • Best Latin: MultiViral, Calle 13
  • Best Electronic: Our Love, Caribou
  • Best Jazz: Time and Time Again, The Cookers
  • Best Classical: John Luther Adams: Become Ocean, Ludovic Morlot & Seattle Symphony Orchestra