Google on Tuesday December 17th 2013 released its list of the top-trending searches of 2013, which showed that two year-end deaths resonated most in a year packed with news events, product releases and well-traveled memes.
“Nelson Mandela” and “Paul Walker” were the top two trending search terms on Google’s global list, which this year surveyed the results of 72 countries — the largest sample Google has ever taken.
Searches for Apple’s iPhone 5s took the No. 3 spot, followed by a third late celebrity: “Glee” star Cory Monteith, who died of an accidental drug overdose in July.
Searches for the Harlem Shake – a song that inspired a precession of amusing dance videos – which Google revealed last week generated 1.7 million videos, came in fifth. Queries for the Boston Marathon, “Royal Baby” Prince George, Samsung Galaxy S4, PlayStation 4, and North Korea rounded out the top 10 list for all of Google.
See the list arranged from top to bottom:
1. Nelson Mandela
2. Paul Walker
3. iPhone 5s
4. Cory Monteith
5. Harlem Shake
6. Boston Marathon
7. Royal Baby
8. Samsung Galaxy S4
9. PlayStation 4
10. North Korea