Google releases its 2019 “year in search” results

Google released this week their annual “year in search” results for 2019. As usual, here’s my thoughts on the search results.

Top 10 global search terms

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  1. India vs South Africa
  2. Cameron Boyce
  3. Copa America
  4. Bangladesh vs India
  5. iPhone 11
  6. Game of Thrones
  7. Avengers: Endgame
  8. Joker
  9. Notre Dame
  10. ICC Cricket World Cup

What the world is interested in often differs from what’s popular here stateside. The most searched term is related to a cricket match between South Africa and India, as does “Bangladesh vs. India.” All four countries were in this year’s cricket World Cup championship (coming in at #10).

Elsewhere in sports, Copa America is a soccer tournament among mainly Latin American countries.

Cameron Boyce was the Disney Channel star who unexpectedly passed away this year. (He played Cruella de Vil’s son in the “Descendants” movies.)

Notre Dame refers to the famous French cathedral and its fire this year.

“Game of Thrones,” “Endgame,” and “Joker” apparently made a big enough global media splash to make it into the top 10.

Tech-wise, it’s just the iPhone 11 in the top 10.

Top 10 US search terms

  1. Disney Plus
  2. Cameron Boyce
  3. Nipsey Hussle
  4. Hurricane Dorian
  5. Antonio Brown
  6. Luke Perry
  7. Avengers: Endgame
  8. Game of Thrones
  9. iPhone 11
  10. Jussie Smollett

Stateside, a lot of celebrities made the top 10 (Luke Perry, Boyce, etc.), but at #1 is Disney’s new Disney+ streaming service.

Nipsey Hussle was a rapper that was murdered this year.

Antonio Brown‘s a football player that made the news (between trade deals and assault allegations).

Luke Perry of “90210” and “Riverdale” fame passed away this year. I was reminded how long ago the former show was, given Perry played Archie’s father in the latter.

Jussie Smollett is a Black gay actor who starred on TV’s “Empire.” He made the news this year after reporting he was the victim of a hate crime attack in Chicago, which turned out to be fake.

Top 10 movies (US)

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  1. Avengers: Endgame
  2. Captain Marvel
  3. Joker
  4. Toy Story 4
  5. The Lion King
  6. IT Chapter Two
  7. Frozen 2
  8. Once Upon a Time In Hollywood
  9. Midsommar
  10. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

Not surprised the top movie this year is “Endgame.” Interestingly, #2 is “Captain Marvel,” while the Clown Prince of Crime comes in at #3.

Disney movies make up four of the top five, and five of the top 10.

Top 10 TV shows (US)

  1. Game of Thrones
  2. Stranger Things
  3. When They See Us
  4. Chernobyl
  5. The Mandalorian
  6. The Umbrella Academy
  7. Euphoria
  8. Dead to Me
  9. Surviving R. Kelly
  10. The Boys

“Game of Thrones” finally came to an end this year, so maybe no surprise it’s also the most-searched TV show in the US.

The Mandalorian” is probably the most discussed Disney+ original so far, though mostly for “Baby Yoda” (a baby that’s presumably a member of Yoda’s race) versus the show’s actual star. Baby Yoda (official name: “The Child”) has a Wikipedia page, by the way.

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