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Jan 8, 2015

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.

  1. 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. 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. 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. 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. Correct! 
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    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. 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. 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%)