Ed Sheeran has topped the iTunes end of year chart.

The 'Don't' singer has placed at the top of the annual chart after it was announced that his second album 'x' - which was released in June - had been the most downloaded record in the UK for 2014.

Speaking of the news, Ed said: ''Absolutely buzzing to hear I've got the best selling album on iTunes this year.''

It's been a good year for the ginger singer, as this revelation comes just days after his album was named as the most-streamed album in the world for 2014 on Spotify, with more than 430 million plays since it was released.

'Stay With Me' crooner Sam Smith placed second on the iTunes chart with his debut album 'In The Lonely Hour' , while the soundtrack to the animated Disney film 'Frozen' came third.

The iTunes chart revealed the best-selling singles from the past year, including Pharrell Williams' catchy hit 'Happy' as well as the Grammy Award-nominated track 'Rather Be' by Clean Bandit and Jess Glynne, which was also labelled as iTunes UK's pick for best song.

Upon hearing the news, the trio said: ''Amazing to find out that 'Rather Be' has been chosen as Song of the Year by iTunes. Thank you so much to everyone who bought it and supported us. 2014 has been an incredible year. Happy Christmas to one and all.''