Google's biggest news search terms of 2016: Olympics and Elections

The searches specifically about people, and not including deaths, the top two were Trump and Clinton.

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As per the year wise processing of google search terms, two biggest queries of the year 2016 on Google's search engine are "Powerball" and "Prince.

Many of the phrases reflect national events, news topics and other phenomena that rose to prominence throughout the year. The top trending search term is “Powerball,” which is in reference to the $1.56 billion jackpot that three ticket holders won in early 2016. “Prince,” “Hurricane Matthew,” “Pokémon Go” and “Slither.io” claimed the rest of the top five, while “Trump” and “Hillary Clinton” rounded out the end of the list.


The top two searches specifically on Google News were "Olympics" and "Elections." When it came to searches specifically about people -- and not including deaths -- the top two were Trump and Clinton. In fact, eight of the top 10 people searches were either presidential candidates or Olympic athletes. The exceptions were Steven Avery, the subject of  Netflix true crime documentary "Making a Murderer," and Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton.

The top two searches specifically on Google News were "Olympics" and "Elections." When it came to searches specifically about people, and not including deaths, the top two were Trump and Clinton. In fact, eight of the top 10 people searches were either presidential candidates or Olympic athletes. The exceptions were Steven Avery, subject of the Netflix true crime documentary "Making a Murderer," and Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton.

The full list of search queries that made it into Google’s top 10 trending list.

Searches

  1. Powerball

  2. Prince

  3. Hurricane Matthew

  4. Pokémon Go

  5. Slither.io

  6. Olympics

  7. David Bowie

  8. Trump

  9. Election

  10. Hillary Clinton


People (not including deaths)

  1. Donald Trump

  2. Hillary Clinton

  3. Michael Phelps

  4. Bernie Sanders

  5. Steven Avery

  6. Ryan Lochte

  7. Simone Biles

  8. Cam Newton

  9. Usain Bolt

  10. Kevin Durant


News

  1. Olympics

  2. Elections

  3. Orlando shooting

  4. Brexit

  5. Zika virus

  6. El Chapo

  7. Brussels

  8. Nice, France

  9. Panama Papers

  10. Aleppo

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