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List: Top Ten Polyphonic Ringtones in the USA

Date: 2005

Source: Nielsen Broadcast

Base: By number of downloads. No data on volumes - sorry.

Notes: Rap and hip-hop dominated this top ten list of cell phone ringtone sales and that pattern is repeated in general sales. According to NDP (market research group) Rap / Hip-Hop ringtones account for 23 percent of ringtone downloads, followed by Rock (17%), R&B (11%), Pop (10%), and Alternative (8%). Females download more than men (56-44, according to a survey by Digital Trends). The worldwide market for mobile phone music downloads was estimated at US$251 million in 2005 (ABI Research) comprising music tracks, ring tones and ring-back tones.

Ringtone music title


Candy Shop

50 Cent

Lovers and Friends

Lil Jon & East Side Boyz

Super Mario Brothers (video game theme)


Just a Lil' Bit

50 Cent

Drop It Like It's Hot

Snoop Dogg

Wait (The Whisper Song)

Ying Yang Twins

1, 2 Step


Halloween (movie theme tune)

John Carpenter

Gold Digger

Kanye West

We Belong Together

Mariah Carey

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