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This list was published on r-statistics.com, and it is a bit old (2013). Yet still very valuable. Below are the top 25 in the list, with the number of downloads on the right-hand side.

Time series package (time)

Title Description Downloads
plyr Tools for splitting, applying and combining data 84049
digest Create cryptographic hash digests of R objects 83192
ggplot2 An implementation of the Grammar of Graphics 82768
colorspace Color Space Manipulation 81901
stringr Make it easier to work with strings 77658
RColorBrewer ColorBrewer palettes 66783
reshape2 Flexibly reshape data: a reboot of the reshape package 64911
zoo S3 Infrastructure for Regular and Irregular Time Series (Z’s
ordered observations)
60844
proto Prototype object-based programming 59043
scales Scale functions for graphics 58369
car Companion to Applied Regression 57453
dichromat Color Schemes for Dichromats 56624
gtable Arrange grobs in tables 54431
munsell Munsell colour system 53183
labeling Axis Labeling 51877
Hmisc Harrell Miscellaneous 47836
rJava Low-level R to Java interface 47731
mvtnorm Multivariate Normal and t Distributions 46884
bitops Bitwise Operations 45689
rgl 3D visualization device system (OpenGL) 41001
foreign Read Data Stored by Minitab, S, SAS, SPSS, Stata, Systat, dBase,
..
37849
XML Tools for parsing and generating XML within R and S-Plus 37153
lattice Lattice Graphics 36597
e1071 Misc Functions of the Department of Statistics (e1071), TU Wien 35180
gtools Various R programming tools 35028

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Comment by Jagannath Rajagopal on April 2, 2015 at 9:34am

Great list! Thanks for posting.

One addition - dplyr is the next iteration to plyr. I have used it - its simpler and more flexible.

Comment by Murari on March 23, 2015 at 1:56pm

Thanks for sharing. This is really useful.

Comment by John Joseph Ryan on March 19, 2015 at 3:34pm

excellent thanks for sharing the list

Comment by David Jurist on March 19, 2015 at 7:11am

Thank you. This reference is going to be very useful.

Comment by Vincent Granville on March 18, 2015 at 7:35am

Jaehyeon Kim replied:

The up-to-date download figures can be checked here.  Or one may directly download actual data and make fun using it: click here for details.  

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