‘Tis the season for lists: Two days after Facebook and Google unit YouTube released their 2014 Top 10s, the Google Play online store has come out with its best-selling movies, TV shows, books, apps, music and more. And what’s at the top: AMC’s ratings monster The Walking Dead, Disney’s animated blockbuster Frozen and … the soundtrack for Frozen.
In fact, the store’s biggest music trend this year was movie soundtracks, and not just for Frozen, whose soundtrack perched at the top of everyone’s sales charts for more than three months. The soundtracks for Guardians of the Galaxy, Despicable Me 2, The Lego Movie and even 2013’s The Great Gatsby also were big sellers on Google Play.
One poignant note: the most searched-for actor on the site for the year was Robin Williams, the beloved comedian and Oscar-winning actor who killed himself this summer. No doubt plenty of people subsequently went to the Web to watch his TV and film projects, especially films such as Good Will Hunting, The Fisher King, Dead Poets Society and Good Morning, Vietnam, which all earned him Oscar nominations or a statue.
Even the year’s biggest book had a Hollywood tie-in. That was The Fault In Our Stars, the John Green novel that became one of the year’s most profitable films, grossing $304 million worldwide on a reported $12 million production budget.
In fact, the book list’s entire top 5 is either already a movie, or about to be one: including what became this year’s Best Picture Oscar winner, the 161-year-old memoir 12 Years a Slave. The top five books also includes 50 Shades of Grey, Divergent and its sequel, Insurgent.
On the app side, Netflix and Facebook topped their respective categories, while Candy Crush Saga continued its march to cultural omnipresence on the mobile game side. If a government official or public figure was getting in trouble this year for playing a game on their mobile phone, it was probably Candy Crush.
Google Play is the company’s online store for its Android mobile operating system, which powers about five of every six smartphones and tablets worldwide. The store has been around for a couple of years, but this year, Google also reinvested in the operation and began aggressively marketing it as a serious alternative to Apple’s iTunes Store, even making it available as an app on iPhones and iPads.
Movies And TV
Movie of the year
TV show of the year
The Walking Dead
Album of the Year
Frozen: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Song of the Year
Dark Horse by Katy Perry
Song of the Summer
Fancy by Iggy Azalea
Books of the Year
The Fault in Our Stars
Fifty Shades of Grey
Twelve Years a Slave
Most Downloaded Apps by Category in 2014
Health and Fitness
Top Downloaded Games in 2014
Candy Crush Saga
Don’t Tap The White Tile
Farm Heroes Saga
Clash of Clans
Google also put together a humongous infographic about all this, which is below. Happy holiday browsing.