Apple’s Top Charts for 2016

December 28, 2016 •


Each year, Apple publishes a “best of” list, covering the various markets in which the company offers content. From best app to best song, iTunes and the App Store highlight pop culture shifts from year to year. These curated lists are great ways to ensure you don’t miss anything from the previous year.

Step inside to find Apple’s top item in each category. Additionally, find a link to the full list for your viewing, shopping, and downloading pleasure.

Best of 2016

Starting off the top charts, the Cupertino based company highlights the best apps of 2016. In years past, there have been many different category toppers, but this year the popular photo-filtering app, Prisma, took top honors.

Best App: Prisma (Free)


Prisma transforms your photos into works of art, using filters mimicking Munk and Picasso. The app touts modern art filters, photo effects, fast social sharing, and a geo-location based sharing feed. Allowing for easy discovery and sharing to other social networks, Prisma images popped up on many social feeds throughout the year, making it the best app of 2016, according to Apple.

For a full list of top apps, visit the Best of 2016 Apps, in the App Store.

Best Game: Clash Royale (Free)


From the creators of Clash of Clans, Clash Royale is a real-time multiplayer game in which you collect, then upgrade cards. Collect trophies, crowns, and chests by defeating real opponents. Teaming up with other players forms a Clan, in which cards are shared with allies to build a battling community. On January 13, an update will unlock the new Jungle Arena.

For a full list of top games, check out the Best of 2016 Top 10, via the App Store.

Best Apple Music Album: Views by Drake ($7.99)


Switching services to iTunes, the top album is Views, by Drake. According to The Verge, Apple Music boasts 20 million paying subscribers, as of December 6, 2016. Aggregating data from that many subscribers helps Apple determine the most popular music for the year, and this year that’s the fourth studio album by Drake, released April 29, 2016. The album was on the US Billboard 200 for 13 non-consecutive weeks. Views was the first album to earn 1 billion Apple Music streams, per Spin.

For a full list of top 2016 music, check out the charts in Apple Music.

Best Apple Music Song: One Dance by Drake featuring Wizkid & Kyla ($1.29)


“One Dance,” from the Drake album, Views, was the artist’s first number-one single to hit top charts in 10 countries, with 10 weeks at the number one spot on the US Billboard Hot 100. The song was the second single from Views, releasing on April 5.

“Best Blockbuster” Movie: Deadpool ($14.99)


Marvel comics superhero Deadpool pulled in the most box office dollars of any in the X-Men series, at $783.1M, of which $264.9M came in the opening weekend across 62 markets.

For a full list of top 2016 movie categories, visit the Best of 2016 section in iTunes.

Best in TV, “This Years Obsession:” American Crime Story ($24.99)


The first season of an FX true crime series, The People vs O.J. Simpson received 22 Primetime Emmy Award nominations, winning nine.

For a full list of top 2016 tv categories, visit the Best of 2016 TV section in iTunes.

Best Podcast: Revisionist History (via iTunes)



Malcolm Gladwell, author of five NYT bestsellers, he is one of the 100 most influential people by TIME magazine. Revisionist History goes back in time, hoping to reinterpret occurrences from the past, be it an event; person; idea; etc.

For a full list of top 2016 podcasts, visit the Best of 2016 podcasts in iTunes.