iTunes Lists Best-Sellers, Names Justin Timberlake Artist of the Year, Lorde Best Song

Apple Inc. this week released its annual lists of best-sellers, as well as a handful of awards for songs, albums and podcasts that its editors handpicked. The lists are particularly interesting because of Apple's market dominance, owning 63% of digital music downloads in the U.S.

This year's big winner is Justin Timberlake, who waltzes away with the award for Artist of the Year, as well as the No. 1 top-selling album with "The 20/20 Experience" and No. 10 best-selling track with "Mirrors." Macklemore and Ryan Lewis also are whistling their way to the bank with the No. 1 track, "Thrift Shop," and the No. 6 best-selling album, "The Heist." 

One caveat: Though the list includes Beyonce's surprise Dec. 13 release of her self-titled album, the list is based on downloads up to Dec. 16, capturing just a few days of her album's sales, which has already broken iTunes' records for first-week album sales. The strong performance all but ensures that Beyonce's album will be No. 1 on this week's Billboard 200 list.

Other music-related chart-toppers for iTunes include Pandora, which was the No. 9 most-downloaded free app of the year, and Free Music Download Pro, a $1.99 app that was the No. 7 most downloaded paid iPhone app. The app lets users scour the Web for free MP3 files they can download, irrespective of the files' legal status

Find iTunes' music-related lists below.


Artist of the Year: "The 20/20 Experience," Justin Timberlake

Album of the Year: "The Heist," Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Song of the Year: "Royals," Lorde

Breakthrough Album: "Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City," Kendrick Lamar

Top Albums:

  1. "The 20/20 Experience," Justin Timberlake
  2. "Beyoncé," Beyoncé
  3. "Night Visions," Imagine Dragons
  4. "Magna Carta... Holy Grail," JAY Z
  5. "Nothing Was the Same," Drake
  6. "The Heist," Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
  7. "Pitch Perfect," Various Artists
  8. "Babel," Mumford & Sons
  9. "The Marshall Mathers LP2", Eminem
  10. "Random Access Memories," Daft Punk

Top Tracks:

  1. "Thrift Shop (feat. Wanz)," Ryan Lewis & Macklemore
  2. "Blurred Lines (feat. T.I. & Pharrell)," Robin Thicke
  3. "Radioactive," Imagine Dragons
  4. "Just Give Me a Reason (feat. Nate Ruess)," P!nk
  5. "Can't Hold Us (feat. Ray Dalton)," Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
  6. "When I Was Your Man," Bruno Mars
  7. "Stay (feat. Mikky Ekko)," Rihanna
  8. "Roar," Katy Perry
  9. "Royals," Lorde
  10. "Mirrors," Justin Timberlake

Best News & Politics Podcast: MSNBC Rachel Maddow (video)

Best Comedy Podcast: The Adam and Dr. Drew Show

Best Social Sciences Podcast: AsapScience Best Society & Culture: Stuff You Should Know

Top Podcasts:

  1. "Happy Tree Friends"
  2. "Real Time with Bill Maher"
  3. NPR Programs: "Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!"
  4. Grammar Girl: "Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing"
  5. Coffee Break: "Spanish"
  6. NBC Nightly News (video)
  7. SModcast: "SModcast"
  8. APM: "A Prairie Home Companion's News from Lake Wobegon"
  9. The Moth Podcast: "10 TEDTalks" (in HD)