How We Charted the Year 2014

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Beyonce and Jay-Z perform during the "On The Run Tour: Beyonce And Jay-Z" at Minute Maid Park on July 18, 2014 in Houston, Texas.

Welcome to Billboard's year-end roundup of the top artists and titles of 2014. 

See All the Year End Charts Here!

Once again, it's been an interesting and engaging year of music. From surprise albums (Beyonce) to surprise No. 1s ("Weird Al" Yankovic) and surprise iTunes library additions (U2), there's been something for everyone to enjoy (or scorn on social networks).

Billboard Hot 100

The charts in Billboard's Year in Music recap are formed by you, the music fan. The albums and tracks you purchase, the songs you stream, the concerts you attend, the radio stations you listen to and the artists and releases you discuss and share on Twitter all contribute to the many rankings in our always highly anticipated annual spotlight.

Each of the year-end music tallies represents aggregated numbers for each artist and/or title. Most of those figures are based on data from Nielsen Music, including physical and digital sales, radio airplay and streams.

Billboard 200

The data for the Social 50 is provided by aggregator Next Big Sound, which tracks social activity on such sites as YouTube, Vevo, Facebook, Twitter, SoundCloud, Wikipedia, Myspace and Instagram.

All rankings reflect aggregated data during the 2014 chart year, which encompasses weekly surveys dated Dec. 7, 2013 through Nov. 29, 2014.

2014: The Year In Music

Data registered before or after a title's chart run are not considered in these standings. That methodology detail, and the December-November time period, account for some of the differences between these lists and the calendar-year recaps that are compiled independently by Nielsen Music.

Overall artist rankings (Top) as well as those for Country, R&B/Hip-Hop, Rock, Dance/Electronic, Latin, Christian and Gospel, are compiled by using a weighted formula incorporating album sales, track sales, radio airplay, streaming, Billboard Boxscore touring data and social metrics.


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