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Google Year in Search 2020: Coronavirus, election results and more top global trends

FILE PHOTO: After the company announced it would extend its coronavirus work-from-home order until summer 2021, a Google sign is shown at one of the company's office complexes in Irvine, California, U.S., July 27, 2020. REUTERS/Mike Blake/File Photo
FILE PHOTO: After the company announced it would extend its coronavirus work-from-home order until summer 2021, a Google sign is shown at one of the company's office complexes in Irvine, California, U.S., July 27, 2020. REUTERS/Mike Blake/File Photo (REUTERS)

Google has released its Year in Search report for 2020 highlighting the top trends of different categories. 

Google’s Year in Search is here, and it highlights the top trends among different categories globally. This year was spent mostly indoors due to the pandemic which also meant spending a lot of time online.

The top searched term this year was unsurprisingly coronavirus. This was also the top trending news this year. After coronavirus, people searched most for election results, Kobe Bryant who passed away earlier this year, Zoom, and IPL. In the news, election results were the second most popular topic followed by Iran, Beirut and Hantavirus.

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Among actors, Tom Hanks ranked first followed by Jaoquin Phoenix, Amitabh Bachchan, Ricky Gervais and Jada Pinkett Smith. Google’s Year in Search lists Ryan Newman, Michael Jordan, Tyson Fury, Tom Brady and Mike Tyson as the top trending athletes in 2020.

There were many things that adapted to the pandemic-driven changes, and one of this was online concerts. Global Citizen’s One World: Together at Home was the top trending concert this year. Travis Scott’s Fortnite concert and BTS’s online concert were also among the top five trending concerts.

Among Us was one game which saw its popularity suddenly rise this year, and it was also the top trending game. Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout, Valorant, Genshin Impact and The Last of Us 2 were also the most talked about games this year. WAP ranked first for the most searched lyrics, followed by TikTok favourite Savage Love. BTS’s Dynamite was another internet favourite this year.

Google has also listed the top trending movies, TV shows, recipes and people of 2020. You can check all the lists here.

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