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  • NBA, DMX, Gabby Petito stand out on Google’s 2021 Year in Search trends

  • Global Wissen

    December 10, 2021 at 11:37 am

    Over the past year, Americans turned to Google for updates in the Gabby Petito case, news in the death of rapper DMX and highlights from the NBA.

    That’s according to Google’s annual Year in Search trends recap, released Wednesday morning, which looks back at trillions of searches in the United States over the past 12 months to suss out what topics saw a sustained increase in interest compared to the year before.

    Last year, “coronavirus” predictably topped the trending search list globally and dominated much of the US list. This year, the top trending global searches were more sports-focused: “Australia vs India,” “India vs England,” “IPL,” “NBA” and “Euro 2021” ranked as top five.

    In the U.S., news and politics caught more attention: “NBA,” “DMX,” “Gabby Petito,” “Kyle Rittenhouse” and “Brian Laundrie” were the top five searched terms domestically.

    Americans’ minds were also on the money: Mega Millions, AMC stock and stimulus check ranked sixth, seventh and eighth respectively in overall search. Googlers wanted to know “how to be eligible for a stimulus check,” and searched spiked for “dogecoin” when amateur investors worked to send the cryptocurrency “to the moon.”


    1) NBA

    2) DMX

    3) Gabby Petito

    4) Kyle Rittenhouse

    5) Brian Laundrie

    6) Mega Millions

    7) AMC Stock

    8) Stimulus Check

    9) Georgia Senate Race

    10) Squid Game


    1) Mega Millions

    2) AMC Stock

    3) Stimulus Check

    4) Georgia Senate Race

    5) GME

    6) Dogecoin

    7) Hurricane Ida

    8) Kyle Rittenhouse Verdict

    9) Afghanistan

    10) Ethereum Price


    1) Kyle Rittenhouse

    2) Tiger Woods

    3) Alec Baldwin

    4) Travis Scott

    5) Simone Biles

    6) Derek Chauvin

    7) Morgan Wallen

    8) Henry Ruggs III

    9) Pete Davidson

    10) Shailene Woodley

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