iTunes Reveals Best Of 2012

Yesterday (12/13), iTunes released its 2012 Best Of lists for Music, Movies, TV Shows, Apps, Books and Podcasts. Recognitions included Editors Choice and top-selling 200 songs and albums for the store.

Adele’s 21 stands atop the top selling albums, right in front of Taylor Swift’s Red. Top selling singles were led by Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe.” (Top 100 Album and Single sales are listed below for Nashville notables.)

Editor’s Choice for Country music went to Little Big Town’s “Pontoon;” Swift earned a mention for her latest album Red, as did Lee Brice’s Hard 2 Love for Breakthrough Album.

Christian and Gospel categories noted tobyMac’s Eye On It for Best Album, for KING & COUNTRY’s Crave as Breakthrough Album. Jack White’s “Sixteen Saltines” earned Best Song for the Alternative Genre.

For the digital toolbox, Free iPhone App downloads saw Pandora at No. 6, Spotify at No. 18, and iHeartRadio at No. 20.

Albums in the top 100 from Nashville notables include:
2. Taylor Swift–Red
10. Jason Aldean– Night Train
12. Carrie Underwood– Blown Away
17. The Black Keys­– El Camino
19. Luke Bryan– Tailgates & Tanlines
21. Zac Brown Band­­– Uncaged
23. Lionel Richie– Tuskegee
35. Eric Church– Chief
37. Jason Aldean– My Kinda Party
38. Kelly Clarkson– Stronger
41. Jack White–Blunderbuss
42. The Civil Wars–Barton Hollow
46. Hunter Hayes–Hunter Hayes
50. Kenny Chesney– Welcome To The Fishbowl
53. The Black Keys– Brothers
60. Lady Antebellum– Own The Night
67. Zac Brown Band– You Get What You Give
75. Taylor Swift– Speak Now
76. Miranda Lambert– Four The Record
84. The Band Perry– The Band Perry
87. Rascal Flatts– Changed
93. Lee Brice– Hard 2 Love
96. Brantley Gilbert– Halfway To Heaven

Singles in the top 100 from Nashville notables include:
7. Kelly Clarkson– “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)”
16. Taylor Swift ­– “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”
30. Luke Bryan – “Drunk On You”
34. Hunter Hayes – “Wanted”
35. Eric Church – “Springsteen”
48. Little Big Town – “Pontoon”
58. Carrie Underwood – “Good Girl”
60. Carrie Underwood – “Blown Away”
67. Luke Bryan – “I Don’t Want This Night To End”
68. Kip Moore– “Somethin’ ‘bout A Truck”
71. Taylor Swift– “Eyes Open”
75. Lee Brice – “Woman Like You”
77. Kenny Chesney– “Come Over”
81. Lee Brice– “Hard To Love”
82. Florida Georgia Line– “Cruise”
83. Miranda Lambert– “Over You”
87. Taylor Swift – “I Knew You Were Trouble”
89. Jason Aldean– “Fly Over States”
92. Eli Young Band– “Even If it Breaks Your Heart”


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