Top Annual Download Ranking

December 22, 2006

Daniel Powter - Bad Day


The most-downloaded songs this year came from Daniel Powter, Gnarls Barkley, Sean Paul, The Fray and Natasha Bedingfield, according to an annual ranking by Nielsen Media Research.

The year-end tally counted paid downloads from outlets like the iTunes Store, and did not factor free, P2P-based downloads.

Daniel Powter pulled the most purchases with the album version of “Bad Day,” which grabbed 1,888,000 downloads. Meanwhile, Gnarls Barkley pulled 1,525,000 downloads of the smash sensation “Crazy,” while Sean Paul achieved 1,460,000 downloads of “Temperature.”

Other digital chart-toppers included Natasha Bedingfield, Shakira, Red Hot Chili Peppers, All-American Rejects, Justin Timberlake, and Hinder.

On the master ringtone side, the chart leaned heavily towards hip-hop. Akon claimed the top slot with “Smack That,” which earned 1,220,000 purchases, while Justin Timberlake grabbed 1,130,000 mobile downloads of “Sexy Back”.

Other ringtone overachievers included Ludacris, Jibbs, Lil’ Scrappy, Beyonce, Unk, and Bow Wow. Hinder stood out as a lone rocker representative.

Interestingly, volumes on chart-topping paid download artists were only slightly higher than their master ringtone counterparts, though paid downloads command much lower per-unit revenues.


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