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Google search trends 2020: election, coronavirus, Kobe Bryant and toilet paper



Election results, coronavirus, Kobe Bryant.

These were just three of the top trending Google searches in the U.S., among the trillions of queries in 2020. People also searched in big numbers for Zoom, Naya Rivera, Chadwick Boseman and PlayStation 5.


A quick explainer: The Google data doesn’t represent the “most searches” or the “top searches” in 2020, but rather reflects those searches that had a high spike in traffic over a sustained period during the year, as compared to 2019. As you see below, it's all broken out by category.


In the News category, for example, you find the aforementioned election and coronavirus search queries, but also queries around stimulus checks, unemployment and Iran.


Top names found among the People search grouping include Joe Biden, Kim Jong Un, Kamala Harris, Jacob Blake and Ryan Newman. Donald Trump’s name was notably absent.

The President also failed to show up on the top trending Politicians search list: his successor Biden appeared, as did soon-to-be-veep Harris. They were joined by the likes of Boris Johnson, Pete Buttigieg, Mike Bloomberg and Andrew Cuomo.


Meanwhile, the “Near me” category, which as the name suggests is all about local searches, reveals a lot about what a difficult year 2020 has been for so many. Thus, people searched for Covid testing places near them, or nearby places to vote early. They also searched for fires nearby, (presumably to steer clear if possible), protests (either to join or avoid them) and toilet paper, which became a scarce resource.


Google sums it all up in this 2020 Year in Search video. And have a look at the lists that follow.


Google Year in Search 2020 Trends Lists/Data:

  • Searches

  • Election results

  • Coronavirus

  • Kobe Bryant

  • Coronavirus update

  • Coronavirus symptoms

  • Zoom

  • Who is winning the election

  • Naya Rivera

  • Chadwick Boseman

  • PlayStation 5

  • News

  • Election results

  • Coronavirus

  • Stimulus checks

  • Unemployment

  • Iran

  • Hurricane Laura

  • Super Tuesday

  • Stock market

  • Murder hornet

  • Australia fires

  • People:

  • Joe Biden

  • Kim Jong Un

  • Kamala Harris

  • Jacob Blake

  • Ryan Newman

  • Tom Hanks

  • Shakira

  • Tom Brady

  • Kanye West

  • Vanessa Bryant

  • Actors

  • Tom Hanks

  • Chris D'Elia

  • Jada Pinkett Smith

  • Timothée Chalamet

  • Ricky Gervais

  • Amber Heard

  • Joaquin Phoenix

  • Danny Masterson

  • Ryan Dorsey

  • Lea Michele

  • Athletes

  • Ryan Newman

  • Tom Brady

  • Bubba Wallace

  • Mike Tyson

  • Rudy Gobert

  • Drew Brees

  • Tyson Fury

  • Derrick Henry

  • Nate Robinson

  • Delonte West

  • Politicians

  • Joe Biden

  • Kamala Harris

  • Boris Johnson

  • Pete Buttigieg

  • Mike Bloomberg

  • Andrew Cuomo

  • Chris Christie

  • Mike Pence

  • Andrew Yang

  • Mitt Romney

  • Loss:

  • Kobe Bryant

  • Naya Rivera

  • Chadwick Boseman

  • George Floyd

  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg

  • Eddie Van Halen

  • King Von

  • Kelly Preston

  • Pop Smoke

  • Ahmaud Arbery

  • Movies

  • Parasite

  • 1917

  • Black Panther

  • Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey

  • Little Women

  • Just Mercy

  • Bad Boys 3

  • Sonic the Hedgehog

  • Contagion

  • Fantasy Island

  • Musicians and Bands

  • Shakira

  • August Alsina

  • Adele

  • Doja Cat

  • Grimes

  • Van Halen

  • Lizzo

  • Tamar Braxton

  • Quando Rondo

  • Tory Lanez

  • TV Shows

  • Tiger King

  • Cobra Kai

  • Ozark

  • The Umbrella Academy

  • The Queen's Gambit

  • Little Fires Everywhere

  • Outer Banks

  • Ratched

  • All American

  • The Last Dance

  • Sports Teams

  • Boston Celtics

  • Miami Heat

  • Kansas City Chiefs

  • Los Angeles Clippers

  • Dallas Stars

  • Washington Football Team

  • Philadelphia Flyers

  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  • Boston Bruins

  • San Francisco 49ers

  • Songs/Lyrics

  • WAP

  • The Box

  • Godzilla

  • GOOBA

  • Break My Stride

  • This Is For Rachel

  • Say So

  • Yummy

  • Heather

  • Roxanne

  • How to help…

  • How to help Australia fires

  • How to help Black Lives Matter

  • How to help during coronavirus

  • How to help Yemen

  • How to help acid reflux

  • How to help Beirut

  • How to help someone having a panic attack

  • How to help period cramps

  • How to help heartburn

  • How to help nausea

  • Games

  • Among Us

  • Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout

  • Valorant

  • Genshin Impact

  • Ghost of Tsushima

  • Animal Crossing

  • Assassin's Creed Valhalla

  • The Last of Us 2

  • Madden NFL 21

  • Jackbox

  • How to donate…

  • How to donate to black lives matter

  • How to donate to Australian bushfires

  • How to donate blood

  • How to donate to Georgia senate runoff

  • How to donate to Goodwill

  • How to donate plasma

  • How to donate eggs

  • How to donate bone marrow

  • How to donate to yemen

  • How to donate n95 masks

  • Near me

  • Covid testing near me

  • Early voting near me

  • Fires near me

  • Voting near me

  • Protests near me

  • Toilet paper near me

  • Nail salons open near me

  • Ballot drop box near me

  • Black owned restaurants near me

  • Drive in movie theater near me

  • Definitions

  • WAP

  • Entanglement

  • Antebellum

  • Pandemic

  • Asymptomatic

  • Juneteenth

  • BIPOC


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