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Do You Know What Music Was Actually Popular In 2014?

You might be surprised by what music most people really bought and streamed last year. Don't be shocked if you flunk this quiz.

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  1. Beyoncé, <i>Beyoncé</i>
    Beyoncé, Beyoncé
    Ariana Grande, <i>My Everything</i>
    Ariana Grande, My Everything
    Ed Sheeran, <i>X</i>
    Ed Sheeran, X
    Sam Smith, <i>In the Lonely Hour</i>
    Sam Smith, In the Lonely Hour
    Lorde, <i>Pure Heroine</i>
    Lorde, Pure Heroine
    One Direction, <i>Four</i>
    One Direction, Four
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Sam Smith's debut sold 1,207,000 in the United States in 2014. This is a distant third place after 1989, which sold 3,661,000 copies, and Frozen, which sold 3,527,000

  2. Taylor Swift,
    Taylor Swift, "Shake It Off"
    Katy Perry,
    Katy Perry, "Dark Horse"
    Pharrell Williams,
    Pharrell Williams, "Happy"
    Sam Smith,
    Sam Smith, "Stay with Me"
    Iggy Azalea,
    Iggy Azalea, "Fancy"
    John Legend,
    John Legend, "All of Me"
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    These are the top 10 most played songs on U.S. radio in 2014.

    1. John Legend "All of Me" 2. Pharrell Williams "Happy" 3. Katy Perry "Dark Horse" 4. Sam Smith "Stay with Me" 5. Nico & Vinz "Am I Wrong" 6. One Republic "Counting Stars" 7. Bastille "Pompeii" 8. MAGIC! "Rude" 9. Lorde "Team" 10. Jason Derulo "Talk Dirty"

  3. John Legend,
    John Legend, "All of Me"
    Meghan Trainor,
    Meghan Trainor, "All About That Bass"
    Idina Menzel,
    Idina Menzel, "Let It Go"
    Iggy Azalea,
    Iggy Azalea, "Fancy"
    Katy Perry,
    Katy Perry, "Dark Horse"
    Ariana Grande,
    Ariana Grande, "Problem"
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    These are the top 10 most streamed songs in both audio and video in the U.S. in 2014.

    1. Katy Perry "Dark Horse" 2. Iggy Azalea "Fancy" 3. Meghan Trainor "All About That Bass" 4. John Legend 5. Idina Menzel "Let It Go" 6. Pharrell Williams "Happy" 7. Ariana Grande "Problem" 8. Taylor Swift "Shake It Off" 9. Jason Derulo "Talk Dirty" 10. MAGIC! "Rude"

  4. Meghan Trainor,
    Meghan Trainor, "All About That Bass"
    Psy,
    Psy, "Gangnam Style"
    Taylor Swift,
    Taylor Swift, "Shake It Off"
    Beyoncé,
    Beyoncé, "Drunk In Love"
    Katy Perry,
    Katy Perry, "Dark Horse"
    Idina Menzel,
    Idina Menzel, "Let It Go"
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    These are the top 10 most streamed videos of 2014.

    1. Meghan Trainor "All About That Bass" 2. Idina Menzel "Let It Go" 3. Katy Perry "Dark Horse" 4. Iggy Azalea "Fancy" 5. Taylor Swift "Shake It Off" 6. Psy "Gangnam Style" 7. Pharrell Williams "Happy" 8. Nicki Minaj "Anaconda" 9. John Legend "All of Me" 10. Ariana Grande "Problem"

  5. Lana Del Rey, <i>Ultraviolence</i>
    Lana Del Rey, Ultraviolence
    Lana Del Rey, <i>Born to Die</i>
    Lana Del Rey, Born to Die
    St. Vincent, <i>St. Vincent</i>
    St. Vincent, St. Vincent
    Jack White, <i>Lazaretto</i>
    Jack White, Lazaretto
    The Black Keys, <i>Turn Blue</i>
    The Black Keys, Turn Blue
    Bob Marley and The Wailers, <i>Legend</i>
    Bob Marley and The Wailers, Legend
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    These are the Top 10 best selling vinyl records for 2014.

    1. Jack White, Lazaretto 2. Arctic Monkeys, AM 3. Lana Del Rey, Born to Die 4. The Beatles, Abbey Road 5. Bob Marley, Legend 6. Black Keys, Turn Blue 7. The Beatles, Sgt Pepper's... 8. Lana Del Rey, Ultraviolence 9. Miles Davis, Kind of Blue 10. Amy Winehouse, Back to Black

  6. Jason Aldean, <i>Old Boots, New Dirt</i>
    Jason Aldean, Old Boots, New Dirt
    Pentatonix, <i>That's Christmas to Me</i>
    Pentatonix, That's Christmas to Me
    Various Artists, <i>Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1</i>
    Various Artists, Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1
    Barbra Streisand, <i>Partners</i>
    Barbra Streisand, Partners
    Garth Brooks, <i>Man Against Machine</i>
    Garth Brooks, Man Against Machine
    Brantley Gilbert, <i>Just As I Am</i>
    Brantley Gilbert, Just As I Am
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    These are the top 10 best selling compact discs in the U.S. in 2014.

    1. Various Artists, Frozen 2. Taylor Swift, 1989 3. Pentatonix, That's Christmas to Me 4. Barbra Streisand, Partners 5. Sam Smith, In the Lonely Hour 6. Various Artists, Now 50 7. Garth Brooks, Man Against Machine 8. Luke Bryan, Crash My Party 9. Jason Aldean, Old Boots New Dirt 10. Brantley Gilbert, Just As I Am

  7. Beyoncé, Beyoncé
    Beyoncé, Beyoncé
    J. Cole, <i>2014 Forest Hills Drive</i>
    J. Cole, 2014 Forest Hills Drive
    Iggy Azalea, <i>The New Classic</i>
    Iggy Azalea, The New Classic
    Ed Sheeran, <i>X</i>
    Ed Sheeran, X
    Lorde, <i>Pure Heroine</i>
    Lorde, Pure Heroine
    Coldplay, <i>Ghost Stories</i>
    Coldplay, Ghost Stories
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    These are the top 10 best selling digital albums in the U.S. in 2014.

    1. Taylor Swift, 1989 2. Various Artists, Frozen 3. Sam Smith, In the Lonely Hour 4. Various Artists, Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol 1 5. Ed Sheeran, X 6. Lorde, Pure Heroine 7. Coldplay, Ghost Stories 8. Beyoncé, Beyoncé 9. Pentatonix, That's Christmas to Me 10. J. Cole, 2014 Forest Hills Drive

  8. Correct!
    Wrong!

    This is Nielsen's breakdown of genre market share in the U.S. in 2014.

    1. Rock (29%) 2. R&B/Hip-Hop (17.2%) 3. Pop (14.9%) 4. Country (11.2%) 5. Dance/EDM (3.4%) 6. Christian/Gospel (3.1%) 7/8. Holiday/Seasonal (2.6%) Latin (2.6%) 9/10 Classical (1.4%) Jazz (1.4%)

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