The World According to Google: 2014’s Most Searched Topics

Google's annual end-of-the-year list of the most searched topics is a great way to take stalk of the year that was.


It can also be very depressing. Number one on this year's list is Robin Williams, not because he released Mrs. Doubtfire 2 and it was the greatest movie ever, but because, well, you know. Below Williams was the World Cup, which was admittedly one of the year's highlights and much needed breather amidst all the pain and suffering humans experience. Speaking of which, Ebola came in at number three, beleaguered Malaysia Airlines at number four, and then something called Flappy Bird at number five. Does anyone know what Flappy Bird is?

See the rest of the list below.

  1. Robin Williams
  2. World Cup
  3. Ebola
  4. Malaysia Airlines
  5. Flappy Bird
  6. ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
  7. ISIS
  8. Ferguson
  9. Frozen
  10. Ukraine

One name that feels absent is Jennifer Lawrence, given the intense interest surrounding her hacking disaster and its fallout. But look, there she is topping the list of the biggest trending names of the year, like Williams, for all the wrong reasons. In fact, all the names on the below list except for Jared Leto and Kim Kardashian, are on it because of scandal or tragedy, which tells you all you need to know about what the majority of people on the internet are drawn to.

1. Jennifer Lawrence2. Kim Kardashian3. Tracy Morgan4. Ray Rice5. Tony Stewart6. Iggy Azalea7. Donald Sterling8. Adrian Peterson9. Rene Zellweger10. Jared Leto

The rest of Google's list, which is remarkably detailed and covers everything from selfies to gifs, can be found here.