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From Pokemon GO to Deadpool, here's Google Play's 'Best of 2016'

Google Play's most popular apps, games, music, movies, TV shows of 2016.

As 2016 wraps up, Google is already reminiscing about this year's hottest trends.

On Thursday, Google Play released lists of its most popular apps, games, music, movies, TV shows and books globally in 2016.

Let's take a look:

Google Plays top five trending apps consist of three photo editors, a podcast/music app and an emoji keyboard.

In the number one spot is Face Changer 2 – an app that lets you swap faces, or stretch out facial features to create ridiculous photos.

  1. Face Changer 2
  2. Lumyer - Photo & Selfie Editor
  3. Castbox - Podcast Radio Music
  4. Emoji Keyboard Pro
  5. MSQRD

The number one game shouldn't come as much of a surprise. Pokemon GO came out in the U.S. in July. It was so popular, places even held Pokemon GO-themed events. There were bar crawls in Minneapolis, and Mall of America even advertised its mass array of Pokestops.

  1. Pokémon GO
  2. Clash Royale
  3. Traffic Rider
  4. slither.io
  5. Dream League Soccer

Top streamed songs

The top song goes to the alternative group, Twenty One Pilots. According to Billboard, their hit "Stressed Out" has spent 52 weeks on the charts.

  1. "Stressed Out" by Twenty One Pilots
  2. "Sorry" by Justin Bieber
  3. "One Dance (feat. WizKid & Kyla)" by Drake
  4. "Don't Let Me Down (feat. Daya)" by The Chainsmokers
  5. "Me, Myself & I" by G-Eazy

Top movies

Google Play's top movies include three superhero films, the most recently released Star Wars and a cartoon. Back in March, Forbes called Deadpool "the biggest R-rated movie ever."

  1. Deadpool
  2. Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  3. Zootopia
  4. Captain America: Civil War
  5. Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice

Top TV shows

HBO's Game of Thrones has a near perfect rating on Google Play.

  1. Game of Thrones
  2. The Walking Dead
  3. The Big Bang Theory
  4. Mr. Robot
  5. The Flash

Top books

And Deadpool made the list again, this time as a book. That's followed by the two-part Harry Potter stage play.

  1. Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe by Cullen Bunn
  2. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Parts One and Two by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, Jack Thorne
  3. The Girl on the Train: A Novel by Paula Hawkins
  4. The Art of War by Tzu Sun
  5. Me Before You: A Novel by Jojo Moyes

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