The 10 Biggest-Selling Singles And Albums Of 2014: Taylor Swift, Pharrell & ‘Frozen’

Mike Wass | December 31, 2014 12:12 pm
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As 2014 draws to a close, it’s only fitting that we look back on the year’s best-selling singles and albums. Grammy nominations and mentions in critics’ year-end countdowns are well and good, but I’m guessing most artists would prefer a platinum-selling record. And they becoming increasingly hard to get. In fact, only four LPs sold more than one million copies in the last 12 months — down from 13 in 2013.

Taylor Swift‘s 1989 just edged out Disney’s Frozen Soundtrack as the highest-selling album of 2014. They sold 3.66 million and 3.53 million copies respectively. Joining those blockbusters in the million+ selling club were Sam Smith‘s In The Lonely Hour and Pentatonix‘s festive EP That’s Christmas To Me. The rest of the top 10 contains a couple of holdovers from last year (Beyonce‘s visual album and Lorde‘s Pure Heroine) and LPs from superstars Barbra Streisand and One Direction.

As for singles? Pharrell‘s irritatingly catchy “Happy” sold a whopping 6.45 million downloads (it’s the 21th best-selling download of all time), while John Legend‘s “All Of Me” and Katy Perry‘s “Dark Horse” rounded out the top three with sales tallies of 4.67 and 4.43 million respectively. They were followed by two mega-selling newcomers — Meghan Trainor‘s “All About That Bass” and Iggy Azalea‘s “Fancy.” See the full countdowns after the jump.

The Top-Selling Singles Of 2014

1. “Happy” — Pharrell
2. “All Of Me” — John Legend
3. “Dark Horse” — Katy Perry feat. Juicy J
4. “All About That Bass” — Meghan Trainor
5. “Fancy” — Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX
6. “Talk Dirty” — Jason Derulo feat. Juicy J
7. “Turn Down For What” — DJ Snake & Lil Jon
8. “Shake It Off” — Taylor Swift
9. “Let It Go” — Idina Menzel
10. “Stay With Me” — Sam Smith

The Top-Selling Albums Of 2014

1. 1989 — Taylor Swift
2. Frozen Soundtrack — Various
3. In The Lonely Hour — Sam Smith
4. That’s Christmas To Me — Pentatonix
5. Guardians Of The Galaxy Soundtrack — Various
6. Beyonce — Beyonce
7. Partners — Barbra Streisand
8. Pure Heroine — Lorde
9. Four — One Direction
10. The Outsiders — Eric Church

How many of these singles and albums did you buy? Let us know in the comments below.

[Via Billboard].

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