2021 in Review: Google Reveals This Year's Top Searches


| LAST UPDATE 12/09/2021

By Sharon Renee
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As the year comes to an end, we've got lots to look back and reflect on. But we need not look further than Google's latest announcement: Their "Year in Search 2021." From Squid Game to stimulus checks, here's what they revealed to be their most searched keywords of this past year.

For those who forgot, Google's annual recap was recently released, where users like us could revisit the most popular searches of 2021. "See what was trending in 2021," the online platform initially teased. Well, what was it? Keep scrolling while we recap the top 10 overall searches this year - and what we can make of the information.

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In ranking order, here's what Google revealed to be their most overall searched items of 2021: NBA, DMX, Gabby Petito, Kyle Rittenhouse, Brian Laundrie, Mega Millions, AMC Stock, Stimulus Check, Georgia Senate Race, and, of course, Squid Game. But for those looking for an even more detailed look back? In ranking order, Google's most searched people of 2021 are as follows: Kyle Rittenhouse, Tiger Woods, Alec Baldwin, Travis Scott, Simone Biles, Derek Chauvin, Morgan Wallen, Henry Ruggs III, Pete Davidson, and Shailene Woodley.

While the list might not mean much at first glance, Google's roundup actually offers lots. Not only does it give insight into the public's general curiosity, but it touches base upon several historical events and headlines from the past 12 months. From heartbreaking tragedies - including Travis Scott's Astroworld music festival - to Netflix's breakout series, Squid Game, 2021 has been proven to be quite eventful. But what about everything building up to it? Let's take an even deeper dive back...

Last year, Google's "most searched" reveal looked very different. Any guess what keywords made it into their former roundup? In ranking order, 2020's overall top searches included: Election results, Coronavirus, Kobe Bryant, Coronavirus update, Coronavirus symptoms, Zoom, Who is winning the election, Naya Rivera, Chadwick Boseman, and PlayStation 5.

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Clearly, times are constantly changing. And with a few weeks to go before we welcome yet another new year, who knows what else awaits. Be sure to check out Google's full roundup for yourself here. And, of course, stay tuned for more stories from around the world.