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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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    Beyonc&eacute;, <i>Beyonc&eacute;</i>
    Beyoncé, Beyoncé
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    Ariana Grande, <i>My Everything</i>
    Ariana Grande, My Everything
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    Ed Sheeran, <i>X</i>
    Ed Sheeran, X
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    Sam Smith, <i>In the Lonely Hour</i>
    Sam Smith, In the Lonely Hour
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    Lorde, <i>Pure Heroine</i>
    Lorde, Pure Heroine
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    One Direction, <i>Four</i>
    One Direction, Four
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    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

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

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

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    Meghan Trainor, "All About That Bass"
    Meghan Trainor, "All About That Bass"
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    Psy, "Gangnam Style"
    Psy, "Gangnam Style"
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    Taylor Swift, "Shake It Off"
    Taylor Swift, "Shake It Off"
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    Beyonc&eacute;, "Drunk In Love"
    Beyoncé, "Drunk In Love"
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    Katy Perry, "Dark Horse"
    Katy Perry, "Dark Horse"
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    Idina Menzel, "Let It Go"
    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"

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    Lana Del Rey, <i>Ultraviolence</i>
    Lana Del Rey, Ultraviolence
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    Lana Del Rey, <i>Born to Die</i>
    Lana Del Rey, Born to Die
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    St. Vincent, <i>St. Vincent</i>
    St. Vincent, St. Vincent
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    Jack White, <i>Lazaretto</i>
    Jack White, Lazaretto
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    The Black Keys, <i>Turn Blue</i>
    The Black Keys, Turn Blue
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    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

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    Jason Aldean, <i>Old Boots, New Dirt</i>
    Jason Aldean, Old Boots, New Dirt
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    Pentatonix, <i>That&#39;s Christmas to Me</i>
    Pentatonix, That's Christmas to Me
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    Various Artists, <i>Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1</i>
    Various Artists, Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1
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    Barbra Streisand, <i>Partners</i>
    Barbra Streisand, Partners
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    Garth Brooks, <i>Man Against Machine</i>
    Garth Brooks, Man Against Machine
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    Brantley Gilbert, <i>Just As I Am</i>
    Brantley Gilbert, Just As I Am
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    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

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    Beyonc&eacute;, Beyonc&eacute;
    Beyoncé, Beyoncé
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    J. Cole, <i>2014 Forest Hills Drive</i>
    J. Cole, 2014 Forest Hills Drive
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    Iggy Azalea, <i>The New Classic</i>
    Iggy Azalea, The New Classic
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    Ed Sheeran, <i>X</i>
    Ed Sheeran, X
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    Incorrect
    Lorde, <i>Pure Heroine</i>
    Lorde, Pure Heroine
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    Incorrect
    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

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    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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