Top 100 Paid app icons

On any given day in Apple’s iOS App Store there are 100 apps that rise above all others — where the owners of iPhones, iPod touches and iPads decide with their hard-earned dollars which cream rises to the top. Because we’re curious types, we decided to pick a random day, grab all Top 100 paid app icons and break them down into our own unscientific categories to see if there’s any science behind what’s popular and what’s not. The results may surprise you!

Animals

If you think that apps featuring all sorts of animals (cuddly or otherwise) are popular, you’d be right. There were 15 such popular apps that include animals on their icon, two of which variations of Angry Birds and a full three of which include that famous hedgehog named Sonic. But only two of them come from the dangerous variety of animal — the Mortal Kombat 3 dragon at number 79, and Talking Rex the Dinosaur at number 82.

Animals

Cameras

Despite the fact that all three iOS device categories now feature dual cameras, apps whose icons feature snapshot creators only made up five of the Top 100 Paid Apps, and one of those — 8mm Vintage Camera — only does video, doing a slick real-time conversion of your 720p HD video footage to the classic, grainy look of Super-8mm film as it’s being shot. Groovy, man!

Cameras

Characters

Whacky cartoon-style characters must make for good app icons, with nearly a full third of the Top 100 featured them (32 to be exact). They range from timeless classics such as the Monopoly banker and Waldo (of Where’s Waldo? fame) to modern faves like Sonic the Hedgehog and Angry Birds, but surprise — only one of them has anything to do with farting. Now let’s see what we can do to get that number down to zero, shall we?

Characters

Circles

We’re not sure why, but circles are quite popular shapes on App Store icons, with 36 of them prominently featuring such endless loops. In a few cases you have to look closely to see them — such as the sun on the Tiny Wings app icon, or the spinning wheel at the center of The Game of Life. They’re there, believe us!

Circles

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