Adele’s ’21’ Is iTunes’ Best-Selling Album of 2012: What Other Artists Made the Top 10?

Cory Lopez | December 14, 2012 - 7:00 pm

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2012 was yet another year ruled by Adele.

No only was she crowned Billboard’s top artist of the year, the British pop powerhouse’s Grammy-winning album, 21, ranked as iTunes’ top-selling record of 2012.

Almost two years after it was released, Adele’s sophomore effort nabbed another accolade last month, as it passed the 10 million in American sales. Ever fittingly, that established 21 as the 21st album to achieve that milestone in the history of Nielsen SoundScan.

Adele — who became the first artist to earn iTunes’ top-selling album, single and artist in a single year in 2011 — beat out country-pop crooner Taylor Swift’s Red, which earned the second-highest debut sale week for a female artist after selling 1.2 million copies in its first week in U.S.

Mumford & Sons nabbed two spots on the top 10. The British indie folk band hit high sales with their second studio album, Babel, which landed at No. 3 after premiering at No. 1 on U.K. and U.S. charts in September. But their 2009 record, Sigh No More, continued to bring in big bucks in 2012, coming in as iTunes’ sixth-highest selling album for the year.

Find out what other artists ranked in the top 10 best-selling albums for 2012.

Did Adele deserve the top spot? Who do you think should have made the list? Chime in below.

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