2019 Rewind

What Did You Google the Most This Year?

From Area 51 to VSCO girl, here’s what you wanted to know about.

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Google has released its annual Year in Search report with all the data about what people in the U.S. were searching for, and now that 2019’s has been released, we can relive the year in lingering questions. From “Baby Yoda” to “What is a VSCO girl,” here we go:
 

General Search Terms: 

These were some of the most popular terms of the year, they dominated headlines and had us constantly wanting to know more. At the top of the list at #1 was the Disney Plus, Disney’s long-awaited streaming platform that was released in November. #2 was Disney Channel star Cameron Boyce, who died after having a seizure in July. Late rapper Nipsey Hussle, who was fatally shot in South Los Angeles in March, was #3. #4 was Hurricane Dorian, which was the most intense tropical cyclone on record. NFL star Antonio Brown was #5. 

News:

#1 was Hurricane Dorian, whose aforementioned intensity ravaged the Bahamas. #2 was the historic Notre Dame Cathedral, which caught fire in April, prompting an outpouring for support and donations. #3 was the Women’s World Cup, which was held in France this year and triumphantly won by the U.S. team. #4 was the Area 51 Raid — which wasn’t so much a raid as a crazy call-to-action on Reddit. #5 was another soccer event — Copa America, which was held in and won by Brazil. 

Movies: 

#1 was “Avengers Endgame,” which was released in April — the sequel to “Avengers: Infinity War” that provided some much-needed levity and revenge. “Captain Marvel”  made the list at #2 and was the first female-led superhero film to gross over a $1 billion. #3 on the list was “Joker,” which was released in October and gave the infamous Batman villain a psychologically twisted backstory. #4 was “Toy Story 4,” the latest installment in the beloved Pixar series. #5 was “The Lion King,” the live-action version of the Disney film that came out in July. 

Songs: 

#1 was Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road,” the unexpectedly catchy county/hip-hop mashup that took over the charts. #2 was Ariana Grande’s indulgent hit “7 Rings.” #3 was “Shallow” by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper from “A Star Is Born,” the film that cemented Lady Gaga as a bonafide movie star.. #4 was “Sunflower” by Post Malone and Swae Lee, which was featured in another wildly popular superhero film, “Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse.” #5 was “Truth Hurts,” Lizzo’s sleeper hit that had us all taking DNA tests. 

Actors:

These celebrities had us all talking this year — mostly for the wrong reasons. #1 was “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett, who alleged he was involved in a racist assault that he was later accused of staging. #2 as comedian Kevin Hart, whose insensitive LGBTQ+ comments prevented him from hosting the Academy Awards. #3 was “Fuller House” actor Lori Loughlin, who was embroiled in a college admissions scandal that could end up in jail time. Felicity Huffman, who is #4, was involved in the same scandal but has already pleaded guilty and served her short jail sentence. #5 was Keanu Reeves, who made one of the best comebacks this year.   

Babies:

The lovable and mega-memed Baby Yoda clocked in at #1. The “Mandalorian” character seemingly became a meme superstar overnight. Baby Shark, a children’s song that is impossible not to get stuck in your head, ranked #2. . “Royal Baby” was #3 — this time for  Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s son, Archie. “Kim Kardashian Kanye West Baby” was #4 — the couple welcomed their fourth child Psalm this year. #5 was “Cardi B Baby” — for Culture, who was not born in 2019, but has so much star power around her that people couldn’t stop searching. 

Other interesting queries include the “What is…?” category, of which the top three questions were, “What is Area 51,” What is a VSCO girl,” and “What is momo.” The top three queries for “Where is…?” were, “Where is Sri Lanka,” “Where is the Super Bowl this year,” and “Where is Area 51.” (Fun fact: Despite all its Google appearances, the Area 51 raid that was supposed to be a massive takeover of the site fizzled into a costumed gathering of only a few dozen people).

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