Google released their top searches for 2019 and I’m thanking my lucky stars and it isn’t a one-person sample size; best to keep this kind of thing anonymous. Think about how much you Google each year – and that’s just you. Google had to weed through a whole heck of a lot of data to culminate the following list.
Google put together a mini-site where the entirety of the listings exist. The listings can be sorted by region and are based on the increase between the term in 2018 to 2019.
Looking at the United States, the top five searches overall were: Disney Plus. Cameron Boyce, Nispey Hussle, Hurricane Dorian, and Antonio Brown. In the subject of news, the top five were: Hurricane Dorian, Notre Dame Cathedral, Women’s World Cup, Area 51 raid, and Copa America. In the ‘people’ category, the top five were: Antonio Brown, Jussie Smollett, James Charles, Kevin Hart, and R. Kelly.
Globally, the top five searches were: India vs South Africa, Cameron Boyce, Copa America, Bangladesh vs India, and iPhone 11. For news’s top five: Copa America, Notre Dame, ICC Cricket World Cup, Hurricane Dorian, and Rugby World Cup. The top five people globally searched were: Antonio Brown, Neymar, James Charles, Jussie Smollett, and Kevin Hart.
The lists are further broken down by actors, athletes, passings, movies, songs, and TV shows. Additionally, there is a “what is…” category, with the top 10 being:
1. What is Area 51 (seriously?)
2. What is a VSCO girl (I admittedly was one of these Googlers)
3. What is momo (if you don’t know, do yourself a favor and don’t look)
4. What is a boomer (OK, Google – we have thoughts on that)
5. What is quid pro quo (Actually Googled this one, too, as I was second-guessing myself)
6. What is camp fashion (just watch Friday the 13th, hello!)
7. What is Disney Plus (Netflix’s worst nightmare)
8. What is Bird Box about (spoiler alert: not a bird in a box)
9. What is a Mandalorian (when I first heard this word spoken, I was hoping it was a documentary about John DeLorean)
10. What is Brexit (something that’s apparently an annual search)
What did you learn from Google in 2019?