Google handles about 73 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 2018 Year In Search, a set of lists of the top trending Google searches in categories like "GIFs," “Beauty Questions,” “Athletes” and “How to.”
You can check out their beautifully made video and all of the trending search lists by location (global or by country). And, if you want to go down memory lane, you can change to year, starting back in 2014.
Need help remembering some of the top stories of 2018? Here's our refresher course on Google’s Top Trending General Searches in the U.S.:
10. Election results
Midterm elections don't usually generate a lot of interest, but with so many high-profile hotly contested races this year, "election results" hit the top 10. Though the elections didn't dominate the way they did in 2016, with "Hillary Clinton" (#10), "Election" (#9) and "Trump" (#8), taking three of the top 10 spots.
9. Demi Lovato
Popular singer, songwriter and actress Demi Lovato made the top 10 list this year due to a spike in search traffic when she made headlines with a drug overdose and entering rehab.
8. Stan Lee
The creative leader of Marvel Comics for 20 years, Stan Lee co-created many of today's popular superheroes including Spider-Man, the X-Men, Black Panther, Doctor Strange and the Hulk. His passing on November 12, 2018, at age 95, drove many in search of his legacy.
7. Mega Millions Results
While many play Mega Millions every day, the jackpot of $1.537 billion on October 23 drove intense interest this year. It was the second largest jackpot in U.S. history, with the winners of a Powerball jackpot of $1.586 billion in January 2016 still holding the top spot.
6. Black Panther
The movie Black Panther premiered on January 29, 2018, receiving praise from critics and fans alike for its acting, screenplay and cultural significance. It became the ninth highest-grossing film in the U.S. and the second highest-grossing film worldwide.
5. Anthony Bourdain
Many mourned the passing of celebrity chef, author and TV host, Anthony Bourdain on June 8, 2018. He was considered one of the most influential chefs in the world and helped open our eyes to cultures and foods around the world through his show "Parts Unkown."
4. Kate Spade
For many, owning a Kate Spade bag was a right of passage. The sophisticated yet fun styles appealed to young women and they were affordable enough that they were in reach for many. With her suicide on June 5, 2018, people took to the web to share their stories and honor her memory.
3. Mac Miller
Fans mourned the death of rapper and producer Mac Miller, whose popular songs included "Best Day Ever," "Diablo," "Donald Trump." He received his first Grammy nomination for his album "Swimming" three months after his death on September 7, 2018.
2. Hurricane Florence
Hurricane Florence became the first major hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season and the eighth wettest hurricane in U.S. history. Florence dropped 35.9 inches of rain in Elizabethtown, North Carolina, and more than 30 inches in many other places.
1. World Cup
Considering that 3.4 billion people tuned in to watch the FIFA World Cup, it's no surprise to see it rank at the top globally. But somewhat surprising is to see it in the number one slot in the U.S., considering the American team didn't even qualify.
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