With a ton of new app releases coming out this year, for iOS owners, there could only be one app that claimed the crown of most downloaded.  Though we named our Top Apps of 2013, with Vine being named the App of the Year, in terms of downloads, ghe app didn't come out on top, but did beat another important rival. 

Apple named the addictive game Candy Crush its most downloaded free app of the year, with YouTube and Temple Run 2 rounding out the top three. What helped spur the sales of both of those games (and YouTube) is that they are free to play, which is one of trends to come out of 2013, as companies made a push to get money from advertising instead. Vine came in at fourth in terms of downloads, beating out both Instagram and Snapchat—however, since 2013 was its launch year, it had more of a chance to grow a faster user base than Instagram, which has been out for a few years now. 

Here are the apps to come out on top this year, listed from the most downloaded to the least:

Top Free Apps for iPhone

Candy Crush Saga


Temple Run 2


Google Maps




Pandora Radio

Despicable Me: Minion Rush


Top Paid Apps for iPhone


Heads Up!

Temple Run: Oz

Angry Birds Star Wars

Plague Inc.


Free Music Download Pro - Mp3 Downloader

Bloons TD 5

Sleep Cycle alarm clock

Plants vs. Zombies

Top Free Apps for the iPad

Candy Crush Saga


Temple Run 2

Calculator for iPad Free

Skype for iPad


Despicable Me: Minion Rush



The Weather Channel for iPad


Top Paid Apps for the iPad

Minecraft – Pocket Edition


Temple Run: Oz

Plants vs. Zombies HD

Angry Birds Star Wars HD


Angry Birds Star Wars II


The Room

Bad Piggies HD


Outside of apps, Apple also named the top downloads in music and film:
  • Song of the Year — Royals by Lorde
  • Music Album of the Year — The Heist by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
  • Movie of the Year – Gravity
  • Show of the Year — Breaking Bad

[via USA Today]