1.2 Trillion Searches. 146 Languages. What did the World Search for in 2012? Google Zeitgeist

Google's 12th annual Zeitgeist --a list of top global trending searches for the year 2012-- includes the tops search term "Whitney Houston", followed by the Korean pop star Psy's hit song 'Gangnam', "Hurricane Sandy" in third, and "iPad 3", which came in fourth.Google also debuts several new features in this year's Zeitgeist lists, including an […]

Google's 12th annual Zeitgeist --a list of top global trending searches for the year 2012-- includes the tops search term "Whitney Houston", followed by the Korean pop star Psy's hit song 'Gangnam', "Hurricane Sandy" in third, and "iPad 3", which came in fourth.

2012 Year in Review: Google Zeitgeist 2012 of Top Searches

Google also debuts several new features in this year's Zeitgeist lists, including an interactive map that shows global spikes in search terms, and a brand new Android app, and will later appear as an iOS version.

"1.2 trillion searches, across 146 languages." What did the world search for in 2012? This year, Google has divided the data set into two categories:

  • Trending Searches of 2012 queries are the searches that had the highest amount of traffic over a sustained period in 2012 as compared to 2011.
  • Most Searched of 2012 queries are simply the most popular terms for 2012, ranked in order by volume of searches.

US Trending & Most Searched Terms

Trending Searches in 2012

  1. Whitney Houston
  2. Hurricane Sandy
  3. Election 2012
  4. Hunger Games
  5. Jeremy Lin
  6. Olympics 2012
  7. Amanda Todd
  8. Gangnam Style
  9. Michael Clarke Duncan
  10. Kony 2012

Trending People in 2012

  1. Whitney Houston
  2. Jeremy Lin
  3. Amanda Todd
  4. Michael Clark Duncan
  5. Kate Middleton
  6. One Direction
  7. Morgan Freeman
  8. Peyton Manning
  9. Joe Paterno
  10. Paul Ryan

Most Searched People in 2012

  1. Whitney Houston
  2. Justin Bieber
  3. Kim Kardashian
  4. Nicki Minaj
  5. Mitt Romney
  6. Kate Upton
  7. Miley Cyrus
  8. Kristen Stewart
  9. Selena Gomez
  10. Taylor Swift

Trending Events in 2012

  1. Hurricane Sandy
  2. Presidential Election
  3. Super Bowl
  4. Olympics
  5. UEFA Euro 2012
  6. Kony Movement
  7. SOPA Protest
  8. Aurora Shooting
  9. Trayvon Martin Case
  10. Hurricane Isaac

Trending Phones

  1. iPhone 5
  2. iPhone 4s
  3. Samsung Galaxy S3
  4. Galaxy Note
  5. Galaxy Note 2
  6. Blackberry Bold
  7. Blackberry Curve
  8. Nokia Lumia 900
  9. Windows Phone 8
  10. Motorola Droid Razr

Trending Political Gaffes in 2012

  1. Big Bird
  2. 47 percent
  3. Binders full of women
  4. Airplane Windows
  5. Legitimate Rape
  6. Private sector is doing fine
  7. More flexibility mic slip
  8. President's Stick
  9. Three Presidents intimately
  10. Y'all back in chains

Global Trending Searches

Trending Searches in 2012

  1. Whitney Houston
  2. Gangnam Style
  3. Hurricane Sandy
  4. iPad 3
  5. Diablo 3
  6. Kate Middleton
  7. Olympics 2012
  8. Amanda Todd
  9. Michael Clarke Duncan
  10. BBB12

Trending Events in 2012

  1. Hurricane Sandy
  2. Kate Middleton Pictures Released
  3. Olympics 2012
  4. SOPA Debate
  5. Costa Concordia crash
  6. Presidential Debate
  7. Stratosphere Jump
  8. Penn State Scandal
  9. Trayvon Martin shooting
  10. Pussy Riots

Trending People in 2012

  1. Whitney Houston
  2. Kate Middleton
  3. Amanda Todd
  4. Michael Clarke Duncan
  5. One Direction
  6. Felix Baumgartner
  7. Jeremy Lin
  8. Morgan Freeman
  9. Joseph Kony
  10. Donna Summer

Check the 2012 Google Zeitgeist here.