For the first time ever iTunes has released a chart of the Top 100 downloaded tracks and albums for the year - Daniel Powter and The Fray topped the lists, respectively, for 2006.
With over 1.5 billion songs downloaded, and more than 3.5 million tracks available, iTunes is the most popular music jukebox and online music store in the world and the iTunes Store Best of 2006 charts provide a strong indicator of trends for legal music downloads in the US and around the world.
Since The Fray's single "Over My Head" debuted sales for the band have climbed steadily driving "How To Save A Life" to its position as the most downloaded album of the year and pushing sales of "Over My Head" consistently up, to land the single at #7 on the iTunes Top 100 Tracks chart.
Daniel Powter's "Bad Day" was the top track of the year, Nelly Furtado's "Promiscuous" landed at # 2 and sales of James Blunt's "You're Beautful" were strong enough to secure the #3 download of the year. The album and the single were two of the strongest sellers on iTunes in 2006, with "Back to Bedlam" becoming iTunes fourth biggest album of the year.
The Dixie Chicks, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, John Mayer and Justin Timberlake all had strong first sales weeks on iTunes when their albums were released, driven by digital pre-order campaigns. With those strong starts behind them, all landed in the Top Albums chart. Here are the 10 most downloaded albums and tracks in the US, for 2006 on iTunes:
Top 10 Tracks
1. Daniel Powter - Bad Day
2. Nelly Furtado - Promiscuous
3. James Blunt - You're Beautiful
4. Gnarls Barkley - Crazy
5. Sean Paul - Temperature
6. Justin Timberlake - Sexyback
7. The Fray- Over My Head (Cable Car)
8. Shakira - Hips Don't Lie
9. Natasha Bedingfield - Unwritten
10. Chamillionaire - Ridin'
Top 10 Albums
1. Fray - How To Save A Life
2. John Mayer - Continuum
3. Jack Johnson & Friends - Curious George
4. James Blunt - Back To Bedlam
5. Justin Timberlake - Futuresex/Love Sounds
6. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Stadium Arcadium
7. Dixie Chicks - Taking The Long Way
8. High School Musical - Soundtrack
9. Panic! At The Disco - Fever You Can't Sweat Out
10. Gnarls Barkley - St. Elsewhere
For full list of Top 100 Singles and Albums or more information please visit www.itunes.com