Here Are the Most Popular Google Search Terms of 2016

Google Scrubbing Search ResultsPikachu had a really big year.

On 15/12, Google revealed the most popular searches in 2016, and the viral sensation Pokemon Go was the top search worldwide this year.

The game uses augmented reality to hunt down pocket monsters called Pokemon, leveraging a GPS map and the camera on your smartphone to simulate catching the creatures as if they exist in the real world.

Pokemon Go was a summer phenomenon, as players strolled across cities and landmarks in search of Pokemon. It set an Apple App Store record for the most downloads during its first week of availability.

Apple’s iPhone 7 was the second most popular global search in 2016, followed by President-elect Donald Trump, Prince — who died in April — and Powerball. In the U.S., Powerball was the most popular search, followed by Prince, Hurricane Matthew, Pokemon Go, and mobile game Slither.io.

Trump was the most-searched person globally on Google this year, followed by his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton, Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps, soon-to-be First Lady Melania Trump and gold medal winning gymnast Simone Biles.

See below to check out the full list of search queries that made it into Google’s top 10 trending list.

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

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