- The Israel-Hamas war was the main news trend, followed by the Titanic submersible incident and the earthquakes in Turkey and Syria.
- “Barbie” led film trends, followed by “Oppenheimer”, while on TV “The Last of Us”, “Wed Wednesday” and “Ginny and Georgia” were the main trends.
- In the US, people asked about expensive items like eggs, Taylor Swift tickets and bottles of sriracha, while bibimbap was the most popular recipe.
Your Google search history for 2023 is here.
Well, actually, the world's. On Monday, the California-based tech giant released its “Year in Search,” a roundup of 2023's top global queries, ranging from unforgettable pop culture moments (hello, Barbenheimer), to losing figures. loved ones and tragic news with worldwide repercussions.
The war between Israel and Hamas topped the news in 2023, according to Google's global data, followed by queries related to the Titanic submersible that imploded in June, as well as February's devastating earthquakes in Turkey and Syria.
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Damar Hamlin was the most popular person in Google searches this year. A safety for the NFL's Buffalo Bills, Hamlin suffered a near-deadly cardiac arrest on the field during a game in January but has since completed a celebrated recovery. Actor Jeremy Renner, who survived a serious snowplow accident in early 2023, came next. Meanwhile, the late Matthew Perry and Tina Turner topped search trends among notable individuals who have passed away.
In the world of entertainment, “Barbie” dominated Google search movie trends this year — followed by Barbenheimer co-pilot “Oppenheimer” and Indian thriller “Jawan.” On TV, “The Last of Us”, “Wed Wednesday” and “Ginny and Georgia” were the three most popular shows in 2023.
“アイドル (Idol)” by Yoasobi was the most popular song on Google searches. Jason Aldean's “Try That In A Small Town” — which rocketed up the charts following controversy this summer — and Shakira and Bizarrap's “Bzrp Music Sessions, Vol. 53” followed.
And that's just the tip of the iceberg of global Google search trends for 2023. Bibimbap was the most popular recipe. Inter Miami CF, the new home of Argentine soccer star Lionel Messi, topped Google's sports team trends. And specifically in the US, many consumers spent 2023 asking why eggs, Taylor Swift tickets and bottles of sriracha were so expensive – while “rizz” (recently named Oxford word of the year) led the way in definition research of slang.
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You can find more data, including country-specific lists and trends from previous years, in Google’s “Year in Search” archive. The company says it collected the 2023 survey results from January 1 to November 27 of this year.
Google isn't the only one publishing annual data as 2023 comes to a close — and from dictionary searches to music streams, you've likely seen other lists recapping online activity this year. Last week, for example, Wikipedia released its year-end list of most viewed entries – with its article on ChatGPT leading the pack.
To mark the search engine’s 25th anniversary, Google also released “all-time” top search data across several specific categories. Since 2004 (when the company's trending data was first made available globally), the most Googled Grammy winner of all time has been Beyoncé, for example, while Portuguese soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo is the most-googled athlete and the most searched movie or movie. The TV cast is “Harry Potter”.