Apple’s best of 2017: The top songs, movies, apps and more

We love our movies, on screen and the soundtracks in our ears

It’s that time of year – when all the big tech companies look at their data sets for all the consumption across the year and today it’s Apple’s turn.

Apple sees the popularity of a huge range of content each year through their iTunes and App Stores as we download, watch, listen to and read things every single day.

Ed Sheeran makes appearances in Apple’s lists as he did in YouTube’s look back on 2017 but the really interesting thing is that a quarter of the top 20 albums were movie soundtracks – with Movies like Trolls and Moana featuring heavily in our playlists in 2017.

And the big winner – Taylor Swift. Her new album “reputation” jumped right into the #3 Album spot despite having only been released just weeks ago – this is likely due to her strategy of putting Apple first – meaning people have to buy not stream it and that clearly matters.

Here’s your top lists for 2017:

Top Songs:

  1. Shape of You, Ed Sheeran
  2. Castle on the Hill, Ed Sheeran
  3. Despacito (Remix) [feat. Justin Bieber], Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee
  4. Rockabye (feat. Sean Paul & Anne-Marie), Clean Bandit
  5. Something Just Like This, The Chainsmokers & Coldplay
  6. I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker), ZAYN & Taylor Swift
  7. Galway Girl, Ed Sheeran
  8. Say You Won’t Let Go, James Arthur
  9. Starboy (feat. Daft Punk), The Weeknd
  10. 24K Magic, Bruno Mars
  11. Slow Hands, Niall Horan
  12. Fresh Eyes, Andy Grammer
  13. Thunder, Imagine Dragons
  14. Green Light, Lorde
  15. Closer (feat. Halsey), The Chainsmokers
  16. I Feel It Coming (feat. Daft Punk), The Weeknd
  17. CAN’T STOP THE FEELING! (Original Song From DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls), Justin Timberlake
  18. There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back, Shawn Mendes
  19. Stranger (feat. Elliphant), Peking Duk
  20. Issues, Julia Michaels

Top Albums:

  1. ÷, Ed Sheeran
  2. Trolls (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), Various Artists
  3. reputation, Taylor Swift
  4. Starboy, The Weeknd
  5. 25, Adele
  6. 24K Magic, Bruno Mars
  7. DAMN., Kendrick Lamar
  8. Moana, Various Artists
  9. More Life, Drake
  10. x, Ed Sheeran
  11. Melodrama, Lorde
  12. Christmas (Deluxe Special Edition), Michael Bublé
  13. Harry Styles, Harry Styles
  14. Illuminate, Shawn Mendes
  15. Memories…Do Not Open, The Chainsmokers
  16. Sing, Various Artists
  17. So Fresh: The Hits of Winter 2017, Various Artists
  18. 21, Adele
  19. Glory Days, Little Mix
  20. +, Ed Sheeran

MOVIE Top sellers:

  1. Moana (2016)
  2. Trolls
  3. Wonder Woman (2017)
  4. Sing
  5. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  6. The Boss Baby
  7. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  8. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
  9. Despicable Me 3
  10. The Accountant (2016)
  11. The Girl on the Train
  12. Arrival (2016)
  13. Fifty Shades Darker
  14. Beauty and the Beast (2017)
  15. Doctor Strange (2016)
  16. Hacksaw Ridge
  17. Logan
  18. Hidden Figures
  19. Spider-Man: Homecoming
  20. Ballerina

TV SHOW Top sellers:

  1. Game of Thrones
  2. Suits
  3. Big Little Lies
  4. Outlander
  5. The Walking Dead
  6. Keeping Up With the Kardashians
  7. Grey’s Anatomy
  8. Homeland
  9. The Handmaid’s Tale
  10. Vikings
  11. Nashville
  12. Brooklyn Nine-Nine
  13. PAW Patrol
  14. Westworld
  15. Girls
  16. The Big Bang Theory
  17. Pretty Little Liars
  18. Scandal
  19. Modern Family
  20. Veep


iPhone App of the Year
– Calm
iPhone Game of the Year
– Splitter Critters

iPad App of the Year
– Affinity Photo
iPad Game of the Year
– Hidden Folks

Watch App of the Year
– iTranslate Converse
Watch Game of the Year
– Micropolis

Apple TV App of the Year
– Tastemade
Apple TV Game of the Year
– Framed 2 (Aussie game)

Mac App of the Year
– Aurora HDR 2018
Mac Game of the Year
– The Witness

Top Free iPhone Apps:

  1. Messenger
  2. Instagram
  3. Snapchat
  4. Bitmoji
  5. Spotify Music
  6. Facebook
  7. YouTube
  8. Uber
  9. Google Maps
  10. WhatsApp Messenger

Top Paid iPhone Apps:

  1. TripView – Sydney & Melbourne
  2. The Wonder Weeks
  3. WikiCamps Australia
  4. 7 Minute Workout Challenge
  5. Facetune
  6. Enlight
  7. Scanner for Me + OCR
  8. Monash University FODMAP diet
  9. iScanner – PDF Scanner App.
  10. Full Fitness : Exercise Workout Trainer

Top Free iPhone Games:

  1. Super Mario Run
  2. Snake VS Block
  3. Word Cookies!
  4. 8 Ball Pool™
  5. Ballz
  6. Subway Surfers
  7. Episode – Choose Your Story
  9. Color Switch
  10. Candy Crush Saga

Top Paid iPhone Games:

  1. Heads Up!
  2. Plague Inc.
  3. Minecraft
  4. Bloons TD 5
  5. Hitman Sniper
  6. MONOPOLY Game
  7. Monument Valley 2
  8. True Skate
  9. Geometry Dash
  10. Agent A: A puzzle in disguise

Top Free iPad Apps:

  1. Netflix
  2. YouTube
  3. Messenger
  4. Spotify Music
  5. Facebook
  6. Google Chrome
  7. 9Now
  8. Gmail
  9. The Calculator
  10. Skype

Top Paid iPad Apps:

  1. Book Creator for iPad
  2. Procreate
  3. Toca Hair Salon 3
  4. Explain Everything™ Classic
  5. Toca Life: Hospital
  6. WikiCamps Australia
  7. Notability
  8. Toca Life: Stable
  9. GoodReader – PDF Reader Annotator and File Manager
  10. Green Screen by Do Ink

Top Free iPad Games:

  1. Super Mario Run
  3. Word Cookies!
  4. Snake VS Block
  5. Subway Surfers
  6. Roll the Ball® – slide puzzle
  8. Cooking Fever
  9. Rolling Sky
  10. Color Switch

Top Paid iPad Games:

  1. Minecraft
  2. Geometry Dash
  3. The Escapists
  4. Terraria
  5. Bloons TD 5 HD
  6. Plague Inc.
  7. Five Nights at Freddy’s: Sister Location
  8. Five Nights at Freddy’s
  9. True Skate
  10. Scribblenauts Unlimited


Top sellers – Fiction:

  1. Big Little Lies/Liane Moriarty
  2. The Handmaid’s Tale/Margaret Atwood
  3. Darker/EL James
  4. Sycamore Row/John Grisham
  5. The Dry/Jane Harper
  6. The Girl Before/J.P. Delaney
  7. Origin/Dan Brown
  8. The Husband’s Secret/Liane Moriarty
  9. The Girl on the Train/Paula Hawkins
  10. Into the Water/Paula Hawkins

Top sellers – Non-fiction:

  1. The Barefoot Investor/Scott Pape
  2. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck/Mark Manson
  3. Lion: A Long Way Home/Saroo Brierley
  4. When Breath Becomes Air/Paul Kalanithi
  5. The Clever Guts Diet/Michael Mosley
  6. Last King of the Cross/John Ibrahim
  7. In Order To Live/Yeonmi Park
  8. The CSIRO Low-Carb Diet/Grant Brinkworth, Dr. Pennie Taylor
  9. First, We Make the Beast Beautiful/Sarah Wilson
  10. Save Our Sleep/Tizzie Hall

Top sellers – Audiobooks:

  1. The Barefoot Investor: The Only Money Guide You’ll Ever Need (Unabridged)/Scott Pape
  2. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Book 1 (Unabridged)/J.K. Rowling
  3. The Power of Now (Unabridged)/Eckhart Tolle
  4. The Peter Rabbit Collection (Unabridged)/Beatrix Potter
  5. Awaken the Giant Within/Anthony Robbins
  6. Motivational vs Discipline: Real Talk by Ashy Bines, Book 2 (Unabridged)/Ashy Bines
  7. How to Win Friends and Influence People: A Condensation from the Book (Unabridged)/Dale Carnegie
  8. The Gruffalo (Unabridged)/Julia Donaldson
  9. Alice in Wonderland (Unabridged)/Lewis Carroll
  10. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Book 2 (Unabridged)/J.K. Rowling

Trev produces two of the most popular technology podcasts in Australia, Your Tech Life and Two Blokes Talking Tech. He hosts a nightly radio show on Talking Lifestyle, 8pm Monday to Friday in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, appears on over 50 radio stations across Australia weekly, and is the Tech Expert on Channel 9’s Today Show and A Current Affair. Father of three, he is often found down in his Man Cave.

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