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Apple reveals top iTunes content of 2010

Company divulges the top performers on the year in music, movies, apps, and more. Too bad Apple didn't list sales figures.

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Apple takes a look at the past year's top performers on iTunes Screenshot by Don Reisinger/CNET

Apple has divulged the top sellers this year across several iTunes categories in its annual "Rewind" feature.

In 2010, more people spent their hard-earned cash on "Hey, Soul Sister" by Train than on any other song. The track was followed by Katy Perry's "California Gurls" and Eminem's "Love the Way You Lie." "Airplanes" by B.O.B and "Dynamite" by Taio Cruz rounded out the iTunes top-five best-selling songs of 2010.

On the album side, it was Eminem's year as the artist's "Recovery" outsold all others. Kesha's "Animal" and Lady Gaga's "The Fame" captured the second and third spots.

Television episodes were also winnowed out. Apple reported that "Glee: The Power of Madonna" was the top-selling television episode of 2010. It bested the "Lost" finale and "iCarly: iSaved Your Life Special Extended Version," which took second and third place.

According to Apple, the fourth season of "Mad Men" was the most popular season on iTunes this year. It was followed by "Glee" (season 2) and "Doctor Who" (season 5). "Dexter" (season 4) and "Futurama" (season 7), rounded out the top five.

Games led the way for the top paid programs in Apple's iPhone App Store this year. On the iPhone side, Angry Birds was the most-downloaded paid app, followed by Doodle Jump, and Skee-Ball. Bejeweled 2 + Blitz and Fruit Ninja took the fourth and fifth spots.

When it came to iPad apps, though, Apple reigned supreme. The company's Pages app was the most-downloaded option this year. It was followed by GoodReader for iPad and Apple's Numbers app. Angry Birds came in fourth on the iPad, followed by Keynote.

Finally, Apple examined the top-selling movies this year. However, rather than breaking out rentals and sales, the company combined the two. In that list, "The Hurt Locker" led the way, followed by "The Twilight Saga: New Moon," "Hot Tub Time Machine," "Iron Man 2," and "Zombieland."

Like last year, when Apple revealed the top performers of 2009, the company did not provide sales figures. It's worth noting that the company's sales figures are not necessarily representative of overall sales, but rather those on iTunes. Regardless, given the importance of iTunes, especially as a music store, the data would be worth knowing.

For more details of the iTunes 2010 Rewind, click here.