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Year in Search 2019: Of massive moonshots and mega movies

Recapping the many trends that stoked our users’ imagination in 2019, here are the standout moments in Search across news, sporting events, personalities, movies, songs and more -- presenting our 2019 Year in Search recap.


The top 10 overall list of trending search terms this year reflected the country's excitement around events like the Cricket World Cup, the Lok Sabha elections, and the buzzing interest that surrounded the launch of Chandrayaan 2. Movies like Kabir Singh, Joker, and a double entry of Marvel’s blockbusters -- Avengers: Endgame and Captain Marvel -- also featured in the overall list.


In movies, the ones that spiked this year included a mix of musicals and action flicks. The Indian movies here included Gully Boy, Mission Mangal, and War. On the international front the list included the critically-acclaimed Joker and the two Marvel movies, which also turned out to be among the most searched queries overall.


Personalities that stood out this year included Abhinandan Varthaman, Lata Mangeshkar, and Yuvraj Singh, and we even saw a unique entry with the singing sensation that is Ranu Mondal. Sporting searches were dominated by the Cricket World Cup followed by the Pro Kabaddi League. Other international sporting spectacles like the Wimbledon, Copa América, and the tennis tournaments (including the Australian, French and US Open) were also highly searched.


In general news queries, searches were understandably dominated by the Lok Sabha Elections, Chandrayaan 2, and Article 370. The Maharashtra and Haryana state assembly elections were also highly searched. Rounding up the list were a mix of both local and global news moments such as the Pulwama attack, Cyclone Fani, the Ayodhya verdict, and the Amazon forest fire.


Among our ‘How to…’ searches, we saw a wide variety of queries ranging from “How to vote“ to “How to get Fastag” and even “How to select channels as per TRAI”. When it came to users looking to learn more and asking ‘What is…’, the top query was “What is Article 370?’. Other trending searches also included “What is howdy Modi?”, “What is DLS method in cricket?”, and “What is Article 15?”. And on local searches around ‘Near me…’, the top query was “Dance classes near me” followed by “Salons near me”. Interestingly, a pertinent entry in this particular list in 2019 was “Air quality Index near me”.  

View the complete 2019 India-specific lists and global trends in detail; and check out over a thousand global top-ten lists across pop culture, sports, music, politics, news, and more, from more than 75 countries.

Year in Search 2017: From Bahubali to Bitcoin

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As we bid farewell to the year and anticipate the onset of 2018, it’s that time to dwell on the year’s biggest interests, sporting events, and the flurry of questions that reflected the aspirations, thoughts and imagination of India’s online millions -- presenting our 2017 Year in Search recap.


This year, Bollywood and Cricket continued to remain the top two themes that ruled the charts. After breaking several records at box offices, India’s most expensive movie also broke language boundaries, attracting huge search interest from movie buffs across the nation: It’s no surprise that the blockbuster movie ‘Baahubali 2: The Conclusion’ topped Google’s trending searches charts this year.  This was followed by searches around the Indian Premier League and ‘Live Cricket Score’, highlighting India’s never-failing love for Cricket and making these phrases the second- and third-most trending search queries respectively. Also making it to the Top 10 list were Bollywood blockbusters Dangal and Badrinath Ki Dulhania.


From firing up emotions to getting a groove on, Bollywood songs kept the tempo high on Search. Among the top trending songs this year, Hawa Hawa from the Arjun Kapoor starrer Mubarakan crowned the charts, followed by sufi track Mere Rashke Qamar originally sung by legendary Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and recreated by vocalist Rahat Fateh Ali Khan. The prevalent interest in Western music was well established with the latin hit Despacito and Ed Sheeran’s Shape of You featuring among the top trending tracks.


Sunny Leone once again featured among the top entertainers this year followed by Big Boss entrant Arshi Khan, Sapna Choudhary and YouTube singing sensation Vidya Vox. The glamor of B-town dominated the rest of the list with names like Disha Patani, Sunil Grover, and Rana Daggubati.


Google’s Year in Search 2017 also reflected the year’s top news moments that captured India’s attention: CBSE results, UP elections, Goods and Services Tax (GST) and Budget featured among the trending news events. Indians were also on point with the rest of the world when it came to knowing more about Bitcoin prices or expressing interest about ransomware. Then, of course, there was India’s historic win at the Miss World ceremony, which catapulted Manushi Chhillar to international fame.


Among the top ‘What is’ queries this year, GST, Bitcoin, Jallikattu and BS3 vehicle remained the most trending themes.  And mirroring millions of real-world needs and concerns, the how-to set of queries saw users seeking answers to a range of subjects from  ‘How to link aadhaar with PAN card’ to How to buy a Jio phone to even How to remove Holi color from the face!


View the complete 2017 India-specific  lists and global trends in detail; and dive into over a thousand global top-ten lists across pop culture, sports, music, politics, news, and more, from more than 75 countries.


Meanwhile, search on!