Google handles about 65 percent of the search requests, which puts it in an excellent place to know what people around the world are thinking about. Yesterday, Google released its 2015 Year In Search, a set of lists of the top trending Google searches in categories like “Top Trending Gifs,” “Top Trending Dog Questions” and “Top Trending Oscar Red Carpet Dresses.” You can check out their beautifully made video and all of the trending search lists by location.
Need help remembering some of the top stories of 2015? Here's our refresher course on Google’s Top Trending General Searches in the U.S.:
10. Straight Outta Compton
Straight Outta Compton is a biographical film detailing the hip hop group N.W.A’s rise and eventual fall; the title is an homage to their first album. Straight Outta Compton came to theaters in August this year, making $60.2 million its first weekend, and was followed by controversy over its omission of Dr. Dre’s alleged assault of women during the era the film portrayed.
9. Fallout 4
Fallout 4 ($59.99 for PC, Xbox One and PS4 on Amazon) is the newest addition to the classic video game series. It was released last month and gives lovers of post-apocalyptic worlds the chance to get out of the underground bunker known as the Vault and explore Boston in the year 2287. Twelve million copies of the game were sold in the first 24 hours.
8. Chris Kyle
Chris Kyle has the title of the most lethal sniper in all of the U.S.’s military history and was the subject of this year’s Clint Eastwood-directed film American Sniper. After serving four tours as a Navy SEAL the Iraq War, Kyle published an autobiography in 2012. Unfortunately, while trying to help a fellow Marine veteran suffering from PTSD by taking him to a gun range, Kyle was shot and killed in 2013.
Agar.io is one of the most addicting games of the year (free on Google Play, Apple App Store and online), so it’s no surprise that it made it on the list of 2015’s top Google searches. You play as a blob that roams around eating tiny shapes to get bigger. Your task is to become the biggest blob you can be, but you have to avoid giant blobs along the way. You’re going to want to get the agar.io bug out of your system this holiday break before you head back to work.
Paris was the target of two terrorist attacks this year, the first at the office of the magazine Charlie Hebdo in January and the other at numerous locations including concert venue The Bataclan last month. Charlie Hebdo caused controversy after its negative depictions of the Prophet Muhammad, which are thought to have inspired the attack. Je suis Charlie, or I am Charlie, was a slogan used to show solidarity with the people of France in the aftermath and became one of the biggest news hashtags in Twitter’s history.
5. Ronda Rousey
Ronda Rousey became a household name this year after obtaining the best record in the history of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Though she was undefeated for 12 straight matches, Rousey, who has been called “The Greatest Fighter in the World,” was KO’ed by Holly Holm in November.
4. Caitlyn Jenner
Coming in at number four is Caitlyn Jenner, who came out as a transgender woman this year. Jenner won the decathlon gold medal in the 1976 Montreal Summer Olympics, but more recently was one of the stars of the reality TV show Keeping Up with the Kardashians. Jenner has been called one of the most famous transgender women in history.
3. American Sniper
As detailed above in the eighth most searched term, American Sniper is a movie released this year about the life of Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle. The movie looks at Kyle's life from childhood to his untimely death. Bradley Cooper was nominated for the Best Actor award for his role as Kyle.
2. Jurassic World
The dinosaurs were back with a vengeance in Jurassic World, sweeping in to capture this year’s number two spot. The fourth installment of the Jurassic Park series, World became the highest grossing film of 2015 and the third highest of all time. Chris Pratt also cemented his place in Hollywood as Jurassic World’s leading man alongside actress Bryce Dallas Howard.
1. Lamar Odom
Former LA Laker and estranged husband of Khloé Kardashian, Lamar Odom made headlines this October after being discovered unconscious at a brothel outside Las Vegas. Odom, who is known for his passing skills and cheerful demeanor, has been in the hospital recovering since the incident.
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