Google reveals the top searches of 2020

The annual list of Google’s top trending search terms shows what became of the world Google in one of the most historic years of the record.

“2020 is the year we asked” why? “- Google mentioned in the introduction of its report.

People asked “Why?” They have searched Google for answers to many more types of questions than ever before, which you will find in the following sections.

Users ask “Which day is this?” Was searched within a year. Searching for recipes also reached a record high.

After all, the coronavirus is at the top of everyone’s mind. Many of the top searches reflect how people are adapting to the new norms of everyday life.

Google reports show trends across search, news, people, how-tos, virtual activity, and more. Data can be viewed worldwide or filtered by 70 different countries.

Here you will find highlights from the list of top trending searches in the United States and worldwide.

The top trending Google search in the United States

First look at the overall top searches in the United States. Not surprisingly, coronavirus 3 in the top 5 spots.

Overall top searches

  1. Election results
  2. Coronavirus
  3. Kobe Bryant
  4. Coronavirus update
  5. Coronavirus symptoms

Then look at the kind of information that people are looking for. Google is becoming more grainy this year by splitting its ‘how-to’ search data into different categories.


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There is now a section on how to do it, how to donate, how to do it, how to help and how to style it.

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Take a look at the “How to” section to see how people are looking for ways to stay safe by making materials at home.

Top “How to” searches

  1. How to make a hand sanitizer
  2. How to do a face mask with fabric
  3. How to make whipped coffee
  4. How to make a mask with bandana
  5. How to make a mask without sewing

How to do it The beauty of the top also refers to how people adapt to do more at home. And there is not a trifle to find out how people wash their hands.


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Top Beauty How To Search

  1. How to cut men’s hair at home
  2. How to run hair
  3. How to dye your hair at home
  4. How to wash your hands
  5. How to style screen bangs

Teaching them how to do things at home, especially for the things they used to go out for before, seems like a powerful section for creating content around the moment.

Google launched another new category of top searches for “virtual” terms this year. With all the personal-activities becoming virtual, people are looking for the most.

Top “virtual” searches

  1. Virtual field trips
  2. Virtual Museum Tour
  3. Virtual Kentucky Derby
  4. Virtual learning
  5. Virtual NBA fans


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One look at the top searches in the “During that coronavirus” section shows that people were looking for ways to financially benefit from the epidemic. Others were looking for new ways to do simple things and others were just looking to get a job.

Top “… during coronavirus” searches

  1. The best stock to buy during coronavirus
  2. Coronavirus time dating
  3. Teeth open during coronavirus
  4. Unemployment during coronavirus
  5. Recruitment work during coronavirus
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Finally, let’s take a look at the “why” section described above, which saw a record number of searches this year.

Top “Why?” Search

  1. Why were chains invented?
  2. Why currency shortage?
  3. Why George Floyd was arrested
  4. Why is Nevada taking so long
  5. Why is Tiktok being banned?


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Top Trending Google Search Worldwide

There are many categories of data available for global search. Check out some more interesting things here.

Top overall searches

  1. Coronavirus
  2. Election results
  3. Kobe Bryant
  4. Zoom
  5. IPL

Top concert searches

  1. At home concert together
  2. Fire Fight Australia Concert
  3. Garth Brooks is driving to the concert
  4. Travis Scott Fortnight Concert
  5. BTS Online Concert

Top recipe search

  1. Dalgona coffee
  2. Bread
  3. Sour bread
  4. Pizza
  5. Lahamakun

Top Movie Searches


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  1. Parasites
  2. 1917
  3. Black leopard
  4. 365 days
  5. Infection

See full set of data here.

What’s more 2020 than presenting data in a story format? Because Google is gone and so is it.

More exploration highlights of 2020 can also be seen in the video below.

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