Each year, Google rounds up the year in search trends and reveals the fastest-rising search terms people Googled that year. This year’s list is topped by searches for , followed by late Disney star Cameron Boyce, late rapper Nipsey Hussle, Hurricane Dorian, and the former NFL player Antonio Brown. Here’s a look at the top search terms on Google for every year of the past decade — some of them may surprise you.
As the streaming wars raged on this year, Google users were most curious about . After months of speculation, in November, giving subscribers access to old Disney Channel shows, classic animated movies, newly-acquired properties like Marvel and Star Wars, original content and more.
The highest-rising news event search in the U.S. in 2019 was Hurricane Dorian, which battered the Bahamas as a Category 5 in September. The most-searched person was , the most-searched actor was Jussie Smollett and the most-searched baby was, of course, .
2018: World Cup
With soccer being one of the most popular sports in the world, it’s no wonder “World Cup” is often on Google’s most-searched list during tournament years. Last year,in the World Cup final.
The World Cup was also Google’s top news event in the U.S. last year, followed by Hurricane Florence.
2017: Hurricane Irma
Several islands in the Caribbean were reduced to rubble when Hurricane Irma tore through the region in September 2017. also caused widespread damage across Florida.
That year saw several unusually destructive hurricanes, including Hurricane Harvey, which hit Houston, and , which devastated Puerto Rico.
The year in search got a bit of a curveball in 2016 — actually, it was a Powerball. The term skyrocketed in U.S. Google searches that year after.
Prince was the second highest trending search term of 2016, after the singer inside his Minnesota compound, Paisley Park.
2016 was also an Olympic year, and the Summer Games in Rio were the top news event searched in the United States.
2015: Lamar Odom
In 2015, the fastest-rising search term was a person, . The NBA player joined a reality TV dynasty when he married Khloe Kardashian in 2009. By 2015, Odom and Kardashian were going through a divorce. That year, he was found unconscious in a Nevada brothel, suffering an apparent drug overdose. Kardashian and her family were by Odom’s side during his recovery and she dismissed the divorce filing until he recovered.
Another Kardashian-Jenner family member made headlines that year. Also on the list of top Google search terms was Vanity Fair. Jenner had come out as transgender earlier that year and began to publicly transition from man to woman.formerly Bruce Jenner, who introduced herself to the world as Caitlyn for the first time on the cover of
2014: Robin Williams
2014 saw was the fastest rising search term in the U.S. that year., who died by suicide in August. The actor
Williams first rose to fame from the stand-up comedy circuit in the 1970s, with a manic improvisational style all his own. He went on to become an Academy Award winner and three-time Golden Globe winner.
This was also a World Cup year, and that term was second on Google’s list, followed by Ebola, as an outbreak of the deadly virus sickened thousands; Malaysia Airlines, after Flight 370 mysteriously vanished somewhere over the Pacific; and the viral video game .
2013: Paul Walker
The former anti-Apartheid leader and president of South Africa, Nelson Mandela, who also died in 2013, topped Google’s global list.
2012: Whitney Houston
Singer Whitney Houston passed away at the age of 48 in 2012, and topped Google’s list for searches that year. until her majestic voice and regal image were ravaged by drug use, erratic behavior and a tumultuous marriage to singer Bobby Brown.
The singer’s Bobbi Kristina Brown, who died just a few years later in 2016.was determined to be drowning along with “effects of atherosclerotic heart disease and cocaine use.” She left behind one daughter,
2011: Rebecca Black
In the early part of the decade,13-year-old “Friday” on YouTube and it took the world by storm. The repetitive tune went viral and became an ear worm stuck in the heads of millions of people.became a music sensation in what was then a whole new way. The teen released a music video for her song
Now, the song has 138 million views on YouTube, so it’s not wonder that at the peak of her popularity, Black became Google’s
Also in 2011, Americans were engrossed in the trial of, a Florida mother charged in the 2008 death of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee. After deliberating for more than 10 hours, a jury found Anthony not guilty of first-degree murder, a verdict that . The whole drama made Anthony one of the most-searched people on Google that year.
The iPad, which was released by Apple in 2010, was Google’s fasted rising search query that year. Also new on the scene was Justin Bieber, who released his first studio album in 2010 and was the highest-trending person on Google’s list.