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Wait, iTunes is 10 years old already? Really?

  • iTunes celebrates its 10th birthday on April 28
  • 40 billion items have been downloaded from iTunes as of 2013
  • Check out the most popular downloads of all time
Wait, iTunes is 10 years old already? Really?

It's hard to imagine that there was a time when discovering new music meant fastidiously recording shows on MTV and going to the record store with a list of your favorite new artists. Tower Records once had "Listening Stations" and we once had to buy furniture that had small shelves to house our CDs, proudly showing off our music collections to whoever happened to lean down to eyeball them.

The game changed when Apple's iTunes store made its debut in 2003, offering 200,000 songs for 99 cents each. Apple also introduced its third-generation iPod at the same time, which held 7,500 songs. The experiment went well: One week later, a million songs had been sold, marking the beginning of iTunes' meteoric ascent to success.

Ten years later, the iTunes store boasts the world's largest music catalog. In 2008, it beat out Wal-Mart for the honor, and by 2010, it had sold a whopping 10 billion songs. It crossed the 40 billion download mark just in time for the service's 10th birthday. Bye bye, listening stations!

So what songs did people download the most? Two Black Eyed Peas songs made the list, along with Lady Gaga, Jason Mraz, Coldplay, Ke$ha, P!nk and more. Of the top 20 tracks, only one classic made the list. You can take a guess, or you could just scroll to the bottom and prepare to rock out.

Black Eyed Peas knocked all the other competitors out of the park with "I Gotta Feeling," which is, admittedly, a pretty jamming song.

No top pop music list would be quite complete without the mistress of odd costumes, Lady Gaga. "Poker Face" has apparently graced a lot of playlists since its release in 2008.

It's official: everyone loves the Black Eyed Peas. "Boom Boom Pow" clocked in at No. 3 in the most downloaded iTunes tracks of all time.

Folky songwriter Jason Mraz scored the No. 4 slot with "I'm Yours."

Coldplay has many a hit song, but the euphoric opening strains of "Viva La Vida" made people click that download button enough to score it in the top five.

And what classic song did people go back for again and again? It seems that Journey's perennial karaoke favorite won the war.

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