It's been five years since Google opened its digital doors to the Play Store

It may be hard to believe, but Google is celebrating its five-year anniversary of its Play Store. First making its debut as "Google Play" in 2012, the now one stop shop offers a massive catalog of games, TV shows, movies, music, and books - and also boasts more than one billion active users in 190 countries.

In light of the five year anniversary, Google has published a list of its top five US downloads in various categories from the Play Store which can be found below.


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


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

*Download only. Does not include pre-installed apps on Android devices.


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


  1. Adele - 25
  2. Eminem - The Marshall Mathers LP2 (Deluxe)
  3. Taylor Swift - 1989
  4. Drake - If You're Reading This It's Too Late
  5. Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp A Butterfly


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


  1. Fifty Shades of Grey, by E L 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

While they may not be celebrating with a bang, Google is offering a $5 credit that can be used when purchasing a book over $5. Just be sure to log in to your Google account and hit the link to opt in for the credit. Upon purchasing a book, the $5 credit will be applied at the time of check out. The Play Store states that the offer is valid until the March 24 but must be redeemed by March 9.

Source: Google

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