(Image source: Google)

 

BY NATHAN GIANNINI
ANCHOR CHRISTINA HARTMAN

 

It’s our favorite time of year... No, not the holidays. Year-end lists!

 

Google unveiled its annual zeitgeist on Wednesday. The search giant sifted through 1.2 TRILLION searches in 146 languages to compile more than 800 lists that quote “reflect the spirit of 2012.”

 

The top search of the year? Whitney Houston, whose unexpected death in February shocked fans across the globe. The singer’s passing had such an impact, she also topped the ‘People’ and ‘Performing Artists’ lists.

 

Korean singer Psy’s global hit “Gangnam Style” took second spot. The quirky music video became the most viewed video on YouTube with more than 900 MILLION views.

 

Hurricane Sandy, which took more than 250 lives in seven countries, rounded out the top three. 

 

TIME Magazine took a closer look at the “United States Trending Searches list” and said -- the results are not entirely what you’d expect.

 

“They reflect the country’s widespread heartache when celebrities die too soon, our routine fascination with both the election and the Olympic games, our growing obsession with viral videos and our evolving concerns with the fallout of bullying.”

 

Google will also release YouTube’s Rewind before the end of the year -- but we’re pretty sure Psy’s got that one wrapped up already.

Google's Zeitgeist 2012 Reveals Year's Top Searches

by Nathan Giannini
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Dec 12, 2012

Google's Zeitgeist 2012 Reveals Year's Top Searches

(Image source: Google)

 

BY NATHAN GIANNINI
ANCHOR CHRISTINA HARTMAN

 

It’s our favorite time of year... No, not the holidays. Year-end lists!

 

Google unveiled its annual zeitgeist on Wednesday. The search giant sifted through 1.2 TRILLION searches in 146 languages to compile more than 800 lists that quote “reflect the spirit of 2012.”

 

The top search of the year? Whitney Houston, whose unexpected death in February shocked fans across the globe. The singer’s passing had such an impact, she also topped the ‘People’ and ‘Performing Artists’ lists.

 

Korean singer Psy’s global hit “Gangnam Style” took second spot. The quirky music video became the most viewed video on YouTube with more than 900 MILLION views.

 

Hurricane Sandy, which took more than 250 lives in seven countries, rounded out the top three. 

 

TIME Magazine took a closer look at the “United States Trending Searches list” and said -- the results are not entirely what you’d expect.

 

“They reflect the country’s widespread heartache when celebrities die too soon, our routine fascination with both the election and the Olympic games, our growing obsession with viral videos and our evolving concerns with the fallout of bullying.”

 

Google will also release YouTube’s Rewind before the end of the year -- but we’re pretty sure Psy’s got that one wrapped up already.

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