Google Play turned 5 today! On March 6, 2012, Google introduced a one-stop shop for all entertainment offering apps, games, movies, TV shows, music, and books. Previously, Android users had to get apps, games, movies and TV shows from the Android Market, music from Google Music and e-books from the Google eBookstore. Google merged them all into one portal for the convenience of the users and named it Google Play. In order to mark the occasion, Google has revealed the most popular apps, games, books, movies, songs, and albums of all time on Google Play.

The Google blog reads, “In five years, we’ve grown to more than 1 billion active users in 190 countries. And with millions of apps, 40 million songs, 5 million books, and more movies than ever, there’s so much to explore. Google Play has also become an important distribution platform for developers to build their global audience.”

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Mentioned below are the top five of Google Play across a number of categories. The lists take into account only those apps and games which were downloaded from the Google play store, and any that come pre-installed on Android devices are excluded. Hence, no Google app makes the cut.

The Most Popular Apps

  1. Facebook
  2. Facebook Messenger
  3. Pandora Radio
  4. Instagram
  5. Snapchat

The Most Popular Games

  1. Candy Crush Saga
  2. Subway Surfers
  3. Temple Run 2
  4. Despicable Me
  5. Clash of Clans

The Most Popular Books

  1. Fifty Shades of Grey by EL James
  2. The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins
  3. A Game of Thrones by George RR Martin
  4. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  5. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

The Most Popular Movies

  1. The Interview
  2. Frozen
  3. Deadpool
  4. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  5. Guardians of the Galaxy

The Most Popular Songs

  1. Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran
  2. Royals by Lorde
  3. Blank Space by Taylor Swift
  4. Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson Feat. Bruno Mars
  5. Happy by Pharrell Williams

The Most Popular Albums

  1. 25 by Adele
  2. The Marshall Mathers LP2 by Eminem
  3. 1989 by Taylor Swift
  4. If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late by Drake
  5. To Pimp a Butterfly by Kendrick Lamar

The top apps, games and even songs and albums come as no surprise – Facebook, Candy Crush, Ed Sheeran, Adele – they always top the charts. The Interview being the most bought movie surprised me a little. And, quite frankly, seeing Fifty Shades Of Grey at number 1 spot and A Game Of Thrones at number 3 spot in the same list is something I never expected.

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