Google’s top 2016 searches reveal our obsessions

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(WFLA) — Google released its annual list of the year’s most popular searches – showing what we are all mutually obsessed with.

The top searches were money, music and natural disasters in terms including: “Powerball,” “Prince,” and “Hurricane Matthew.”

The Powerball jackpot in January went for $1.56 billion, which was the biggest in the world. Prince, who was an iconic figure in the music industry, died at the age of 57 in April. Hurricane Matthew rocked the Western Atlantic in late September and early October, causing numerous deaths and damages.

Here are the top searches for generic, news topics and people (excluding deaths):


  1. Powerball
  2. Prince
  3. Hurricane Matthew
  4. Pokémon Go
  6. Olympics
  7. David Bowie
  8. Trump
  9. Election
  10. Hillary Clinton


  1. Olympics
  2. Elections
  3. Orlando shooting
  4. Brexit
  5. Zika virus
  6. El Chapo
  7. Brussels
  8. Nice, France
  9. Panama Papers
  10. Aleppo


  1. Donald Trump
  2. Hillary Clinton
  3. Michael Phelps
  4. Bernie Sanders
  5. Steven Avery
  6. Ryan Lochte
  7. Simone Biles
  8. Cam Newton
  9. Usain Bolt
  10. Kevin Durant

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