In early 2015, KickassTorrentstook the top spot in terms of traffic, followed by Torrentz. "Icon" file-sharing site The Pirate Bayis not yet up and running, but its total clones, copies and followers participate in the rankings together.
The rest of the items on the list are occupied by already known sites. Since last year there was only one replacement: Bitsnoop.com was replaced by Limetorrents.cc. One of the oldest sites, Demonoid, returned online after a long absence, though not in the ranking, but steadily climbing up. We may yet see it on the chart.
So, the chart itself (based on data from Alexa and U.S. Compete, and some other metrics):
1. KickassTorrents (last year #2)
Founded in 2009, and this year took the place of The Pirate Bay even before the latter closed down. Fighting with copyright holders, the site has already changed several domains, and currently exists at the (symbolic) Somali address Kickass.so
2. Torrentz (last year #3)
Has been leading the list of metasearch sites for years. Unlike other ranking sites, it does not host torrents, but simply redirects users to external links.
3. ExtraTorrent (last year #4)
Continues to gain traffic and move up in the rankings. MPAA recently called it one of the biggest torrent sites. Was forced to change its domain from .com to .cc. The site is used by popular release groups ETTV and ETRG.
4. The Pirate Bay (copies and clones; last year #1)
The site is down at the time of this ranking – however, there are several copies and clones of the site that have (temporarily) taken its place. The most popular of these is OldPiratebay.org, which, judging by traffic, claims at least 4th place on this list.
5. YTS (last year #4)
The website of the release band YIFY. Three years ago no one knew about them, but today their releases are some of the most recognizable (and quality). This reputation has led to the site being blocked in the UK, but despite this, it continues to gain momentum.
6. EZTV (last year #6)
A niche site, specializing in TV content. Traffic varies along with TV series activity. Just a few dozen torrents a week attract millions of users.
7. RARBG (last year #10)
Started out as a Bulgarian tracker a few years ago, and made its first appearance on this chart in 2014. Its growing popularity led to the site being blocked in the UK.
8. isoHunt.to. (last year’s #8)
Was launched in October 2013, two weeks after isoHunt.com closed. In no way related to the old isoHunt, although the design is completely copied from the closed resource. In the meantime, it still achieved something, in particular, gathered a million page views per day. Interestingly, the authors of this site are behind the reincarnation of the Pirate Bay Oldpiratebay.org.
9. 1337x (last year #7)
Works more on the public aspect than other sites. The owners say they launched it "to fill an obvious void in the lack of quality, ad-free torrent sites with public trackers." Parted ways with the .org domain and is now running at 1337x.to
The site has been around for several years, and first made our list. It was in the news the summer after LionsGate sued it for posting a link to the leaked film The Expendables 3 (a good quality copy leaked weeks before release – which is what Stallone believes led to the film’s poor box office performance). The case is still pending.