Top Google Searches of 2016: Beyonce, Trump, Prince, ‘Pokemon Go’

Netflix breakout “Stranger Things” and “Suicide Squad” also make the cut

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2016 was a rough year for everyone except Beyonce as it turns out.

According to data released by Google on Wednesday, Beyonce was the most-searched music artist of the year. She beat out Kesha, Kanye West, and Guns n Roses to claim the top spot in the category.

On the film side, the divisive DC movie “Suicide Squad” was the most searched, ahead of “Batman v Superman,” “Doctor Strange,” and “Finding Dory.” The all-female reboot of “Ghostbusters” came in at number nine in the top 10.

For TV, Netflix reigned supreme, taking four of the top 10 spots in the category thanks to “Stranger Things,” “Making a Murderer,” “Fuller House,” and “Luke Cage.” The first three shows were also the top three most-searched, with “Cage” coming in at number 7. HBO claimed two spots with “Game of Thrones” and “Westworld.” FX also got two with “People v OJ Simpson” and “American Horror Story.”

And of course, a number of beloved celebrities were lost this year, and people turned to Google to look up more information.

Prince topped the list, with his April overdose death shocking the world, and also came in No. 2 in top searches, overall. Right behind him on the list of those we lost was iconic singer-songwriter David Bowie. Others in the top 10 include Alan Rickman, Muhammad Ali, and Gene Wilder.

Donald Trump was the most searched person (not including deaths) followed by his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton. Hit mobile game “Pokemon Go” also made a splash in several categories: It was the fourth-most searched term, overall, and was top term for those searching “What is” and “How to”

See the various top 10 lists of Google searches below:


  1. Powerball
  2. Prince
  3. Hurricane Matthew
  4. Pokémon Go
  6. Olympics
  7. David Bowie
  8. Trump
  9. Election
  10. Hillary Clinton

People (FYI: Not Including Deaths)

  1. Donald Trump
  2. Hillary Clinton
  3. Michael Phelps
  4. Bernie Sanders
  5. Steven Avery
  6. Ryan Lochte
  7. Simone Biles
  8. Cam Newton
  9. Usain Bolt
  10. Kevin Durant


  1. Olympics
  2. Elections
  3. Orlando shooting
  4. Brexit
  5. Zika virus
  6. El Chapo
  7. Brussels
  8. Nice, France
  9. Panama Papers
  10. Aleppo

How to…

  1. How to play Pokémon Go?
  2. How to register to vote?
  3. How to play Powerball?
  4. How to make slime?
  5. How to move to Canada?
  6. How to battle in Pokémon Go?
  7. How to appear funny?
  8. How to catch Pokémon Go?
  9. How to vote early?
  10. How to use Snapchat filters?

What is…

  1. What is Pokémon Go?
  2. What is a Caucus?
  3. What is Brexit?
  4. What are electoral votes?
  5. What is the Electoral College?
  6. What is Aleppo?
  7. What is the mannequin challenge?
  8. What is the European Union?
  9. What is Citizens United?
  10. What is a Superdelegate?


  1. Brad Pitt
  2. Tom Hiddleston
  3. Adam Driver
  4. Jesse Williams
  5. Tom Holland
  6. Jeffrey Dean Morgan
  7. Thomas Gibson
  8. Sebastian Stan
  9. Taylor Lautner
  10. Lin-Manuel Miranda


  1. Meghan Markle
  2. Marion Cotillard
  3. Jodie Sweetin
  4. Daisy Ridley
  5. Brie Larson
  6. Jenna Dewan Tatum
  7. Leslie Jones
  8. Kate McKinnon
  9. Alicia Vikander
  10. Millie Bobby Brown

Oscar Red Carpet Dresses

  1. Jennifer Garner
  2. Jennifer Lawrence
  3. Charlize Theron
  4. Rachel McAdams
  5. Brie Larson
  6. Alicia Vikander
  7. Priyanka Chopra
  8. Cate Blanchett
  9. Kate Winslet
  10. Olivia Wilde


  1. Suicide Squad
  2. Batman v Superman
  3. Finding Dory
  4. The Revenant
  5. Zootopia
  6. Hacksaw Ridge
  7. Doctor Strange
  8. 10 Cloverfield Lane
  9. Ghostbusters
  10. Me Before You

Music Artists

  1. Beyoncé
  2. Céline Dion
  3. Kesha
  4. Kehlani
  5. Coldplay
  6. Teyana Taylor
  7. Grace Vanderwaal
  8. Kanye West
  9. Jacob Sartorius
  10. Guns n Roses


  1. Formation
  2. Purple Rain
  3. Black Beatles
  4. Panda
  5. One Dance
  6. Cake by the Ocean
  7. Hello
  8. Lost Boy
  9. Disturbed Sound of Silence
  10. I Took a Pill in Ibiza

Losses 2016

  1. Prince
  2. David Bowie
  3. Christina Grimmie
  4. Muhammad Ali
  5. Alan Rickman
  6. José Fernández
  7. Gene Wilder
  8. Kimbo Slice
  9. Big Ang
  10. Anton Yelchin

TV Shows

  1. Stranger Things
  2. Making a Murderer
  3. Fuller House
  4. Westworld
  5. The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
  6. Game of Thrones
  7. Luke Cage
  8. American Horror Story
  9. Lip Sync Battle
  10. Dancing with the Stars