World Cup, Avicii, Stan Lee, Black Panter lead 2018 Google Year in Search


Every year around this time, Google releases their popular Year in Search charts. It was a pretty eventful year and the top five global searches for the 2018 Google Year in Search include World Cup, Avicii, Mac Miller, Stan Lee, and Black Panther.

Meghan Markle, Anthony Bourdain, XXXTentacion, Stephen Hawking, and Kate Spade round out the top ten globally. Unsurprisingly, and unfortunately, seven out of the top ten searches were the result of famous people and cultural icons passing away over the past year.

The Google Year in Search site lets you select global or country specific trends to see what was popular over the past year. Here are some of the top 10 search lists we found interesting.

U.S. Top 10 Searches

As is usually the case in a World Cup year, this was the dominant search in the U.S. this past year. Rounding out the top five were the deaths of three celebrities in a year that saw a few notable people move on.

  1. World Cup
  2. Hurricane Florence
  3. Mac Miller
  4. Kate Spade
  5. Anthony Bourdain
  6. Black Panther
  7. Mega Millions Results
  8. Stan Lee
  9. Demi Lovato
  10. Election Results

Canada Top 10 Searches

The top ten searches in Canada were led by the tragic Humboldt Broncos bus crash which claimed the lives of sixteen young hockey players and support staff, as well as injuring thirteen others. A rotating postal strike, which is still affecting holiday delivery, and the nationwide legalization of cannabis rounded out the top five.

  1. Humboldt Broncos
  2. Winnipeg Jets
  3. Ontario Election
  4. Canada Post Strike
  5. Cannabis
  6. Toronto Van Attack
  7. Danforth Shooting
  8. WestJet Strike
  9. Bruce McArthur
  10. NB Power Outages

Canada Top 10 Consumer Tech Searches

Interestingly enough, gaming related searches took seven out of the ten search spots in Canada for consumer technology related searches. Rounding out the top ten were searches for iPhone and Bitcoin.

  1. Fortnite
  2. Bitcoin
  3. Red Dead Redemption 2
  4. Fallout 76
  5. iPhone Xs
  6. iPhone Xr
  7. Tomb Raider
  8. Monster Hunter: World
  9. Far Cry 5
  10. God of War

U.K. Top 10 Searches

The U.K. top ten searches were unsurprisingly topped by the World Cup and the Royal Wedding and Meghan Markle — the U.K.’s newest royal —rounded out the top three.

  1. World Cup
  2. Meghan Markle
  3. Royal Wedding
  4. Black Panther
  5. Roxanne Pallett
  6. Fortnite
  7. Demi Lovato
  8. Ant McPartlin
  9. A Star Is Born
  10. Khloe Kardashian

Losses Top 10 Searches

As mentioned above, 2018 saw the departure of many notable names. After taking his own life at the age of 28, professional Swedish DJ Avicii topped this list. Other notables included Stan Lee, Burt Reynolds, Stephen Hawking, and Aretha Franklin. Of the top ten, four were musicians, while four were celebrity movie, TV, or entertainment figures.

  1. Avicii
  2. Mac Miller
  3. Stan Lee
  4. Anthony Bourdain
  5. XXXTentacion
  6. Stephen Hawking
  7. Kate Spade
  8. Aretha Franklin
  9. Sridevi
  10. Burt Reynolds

What do you think about some of the top ten lists around the globe? What do you think about some of the dominant searches for your country? Let us know in the comments below or on Google+, Twitter, or Facebook.

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Last Updated on February 3, 2021.


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