December 12, 2012


Whitney Houston and "Gangnam Style" Top Google's 2012 Searches

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Zeitgeist 2012, Google's report breaking down the 1.2 trillion searches it served this year, has arrived. Leading the list of worldwide searches are Whitney Houston in the top spot and "Gangnam Style" as runner-up. Those are the only two musical entries in the top 10, although Google's image searches lead with One Direction and Selena Gomez.

Topping America's most-Googled songs were Justin Bieber's "Boyfriend," PSY's "Gangnam Style" and Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe." "Gangnam Style"'s lyrics were America's most-sought, followed by Kanye and co.'s "Mercy." See the full breakdown over at Google.

While we're on the topic of popular searches: Google's rundown doesn't seem to jibe with last week's report of newbie Lana Del Rey being 2012's most-searched woman worldwide. The research, conducted by CoEd Media, based its findings on the most results found for each woman Googled, not necessarily the amount of actual searches conducted, so that could account for the discrepancy. Because LDR is very much not present on Google's definitive list. Sorry, Lana.