These are the most popular searches on Google in 2016


It’s likely the world can agree 2016 has been a wild year. We’ve had highs, lows, and everything in-between. Whenever something happened, Google Search became the go-to place for it all. Search results on Google have evolved so much over the years, and they’re more useful than ever with rich information that goes beyond just providing links.

As usual, Google is ending the year by showing everyone what trended throughout the world and in individual countries.

These were the most searched terms on Google in 2016:

  1. Pokémon Go
  2. iPhone 7
  3. Donald Trump
  4. Prince
  5. Powerball
  6. David Bowie
  7. Deadpool
  8. Olympics
  10. Suicide Squad

It’s impressive to see Pokémon Go ahead of topics like Donald Trump and the Olympics because Niantic’s mobile game launched over the summer, seeming to have lost steam near the end of the year. Donald Trump, on the other hand, was in headlines everywhere for what seemed like an eternity while the Olympics captured the attention of the world for the entire month of August. But somehow Pokémon Go stayed on top. The iPhone 7, to our surprise, came in second. We had no idea a large number of people would care about an Apple product.

Other categories covered by Google include Global News, People, Oscar Red Carpet Dresses, Losses, and Travel Questions. It’s actually a pretty interesting list to go through because the results are both expected and surprising at times. Who knew Céline Dion would be the most searched musician of the year? Not me. Meanwhile, it’s not surprising to see Harambe listed as the most searched meme in the United States. There was no escaping that meme in 2016.

So, you see, the lists on global and national levels have fascinating pieces of information to learn of.

Follow the link below if you’d like to see what was trending throughout the world and in different countries in 2016.

Source: Google Trends

About the Author: Justin Herrick

Born and raised in New Jersey, Justin is a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University where he studied marketing with a focus on digital marketing. He's very talkative and enjoys discussing anything from technology and sports to video games and television. As for Justin's current device rotation, he carries around the Google Pixel and Nexus 9. In the rare case that his phone or tablet is not in his hand, he is either flicking through cards on his Moto 360 (2015) or typing away on the Microsoft Surface Book. Justin is patiently waiting for the day that Google replicates the Galaxy Nexus with modern day specifications.