Google reveals the UK’s biggest search terms of 2012

Google has revealed its yearly statistics for the UK, which show the year’s biggest Google trending topics.

In a year that has seen the UK at the forefront of global media with the Royal Diamond Jubilee and a certain small sporting event, it would seem that us Brits have been as interested in our own country as the rest of the world has.

In the overall top trending searches you get the usual football (Euro 2012), Royals and Apple products in the mix, but this year has also seen a huge surge for streaming service Netflix, while NatWest has garnered what has to be a lot of unwanted attention due to its outage. Finally, there is the case of a Korean sensation called PSY.

Yes, unsurprisingly PSY and his Gangnam Style (the most watched video on the internet) song has burst into the top 10 and the rapper has left his mark in history.

Additionally, more specific lists reveal that the top trending TV show isCBEEBies TV show Mike the Knight, closely followed by Homeland and then TOWIE.

Skyfall, Prometheus and The Hunger Games top the most popular movies in the UK and apparently the top trending music artists are Lucy Spraggan (of X Factor fame), The Military Wives and the pop’s latest torch carrying tweeting-mad pixie Will.i.am.

Top Trending Searches UK 2012

  1. Euro 2012
  2. Olympic tickets
  3. Whitney Houston
  4. Kate Middleton
  5. April Jones
  6. Netflix
  7. Natwest online
  8. ipad 3
  9. Gary Barlow
  10. Gangnam Style

Full Lists:

Trending People

  1. Whitney Houston
  2. Kate Middleton
  3. Gary Barlow
  4. Tulisa
  5. Jessica Ennis
  6. Fabrice Muamba
  7. Michael Clarke Duncan
  8. Morgan Freeman
  9. Prince Harry
  10. Usain Bolt

British Olympians most searched

  1. Andy Murray
  2. Tom Daley
  3. Jessica Ennis
  4. Mo Farah
  5. Victoria Pendleton
  6. Bradley Wiggins
  7. Chris Hoy
  8. Rebecca Adlington
  9. Laura Trott
  10. Louis Smith

Global Olympians most searched

  1. Usain Bolt
  2. Michael Phelps
  3. Roger Federer
  4. Yohan Blake
  5. Ryan Lochte
  6. Venus Williams
  7. Rafael Nadal
  8. Novak Djokovic
  9. Tyson Gay
  10. Missy Franklin

Trending TV Shows

  1. Mike the Knight
  2. Homeland
  3. TOWIE
  4. The Jonathan Ross Show
  5. Celebrity Big Brother
  6. Sherlock
  7. The Great British Bake Off
  8. Game of Thrones
  9. Big Bang Theory
  10. How I Met Your Mother

Trending Movies

  1. Skyfall
  2. Prometheus
  3. The Hunger Games
  4. Magic Mike
  5. Taken 2
  6. The Avengers
  7. The Woman in Black
  8. The Dictator
  9. Sinister
  10. The Devil Inside

Trending Fashion Labels

  1. Stella McCartney
  2. Karl Lagerfeld
  3. Victoria’s Secret
  4. Alice Temperley
  5. Versace
  6. Mulberry
  7. Marks and Spencer
  8. Ossie Clark
  9. Burberry
  10. LK Bennett

Trending Music Artists

  1. Lucy Spraggan
  2. The Military Wives
  3. Will.i.am
  4. Emeli Sande
  5. Psy
  6. One Direction
  7. The Spice Girls
  8. Muse
  9. Girls Aloud
  10. Dizzee Rascal

Trending Politicians

  1. Jeremy Hunt
  2. Boris Johnson
  3. Justine Greening
  4. Alex Salmond
  5. Michael Gove
  6. George Osborne
  7. Louise Mensch
  8. Nadine Dorries
  9. Keith Vaz
  10. Ed Vaizey

Trending Songs

  1. Gangnam Style
  2. Call Me Maybe
  3. Blow Me One Last Kiss
  4. Beneath Your Beautiful
  5. The Official Olympic Song (Survival by Muse)
  6. Skyfall
  7. Somebody That I Used To Know
  8. We Are Young
  9. Too Close
  10. 212

Trending Sports

  1. Synchronized Swimming
  2. Murderball
  3. Wheelchair Basketball
  4. Volleyball
  5. Archery
  6. 100 metre sprint
  7. Taekwondo
  8. Gymnastics
  9. Cycling
  10. Athletics

Trending Travel Destinations

  1. Rio de Janeiro
  2. Greece
  3. Brazil
  4. Dubai
  5. Paris
  6. London
  7. Bruges
  8. Cornwall
  9. Edinburgh
  10. Barcelona

Most searched Cities in Google Maps (UK)

  1. London
  2. Bristol
  3. Manchester
  4. Edinburgh
  5. Brighton
  6. Surrey
  7. Leeds
  8. Oxford
  9. Cambridge
  10. Birmingham

Most searched Local Places in Google Maps (UK)

  1. Hotel
  2. Restaurant
  3. Pubs
  4. Camping
  5. Tesco
  6. Parking
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