An Overview of 2016 in Google Searches


Google is widely recognized as the top search engine in the world, followed by Bing and Yahoo. Each month, Google ranks in over 1 BILLION unique visitors. Last year, you may have seen our blog outlining some of the top Google trends and searches for 2015; we decided to include a follow-up to see how things have changed in 2016.

Here’s what some of the world Googled in 2016.

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Pokemon Go
The popular smartphone app made huge strides when it first launched on July 6, 2016. While its bubble has since burst, it was certainly a huge hit with over 34 million downloads in the United States alone.

The top 5 countries with the most interest in the app include:

  • Norway
  • Brazil
  • Bolivia
  • Tunisia
  • Costa Rica

Additional Top General Searches

  • iPhone 7
  • Prince
  • Powerball
  • David Bowie
  • Deadpool


The 2016 Summer Olympics
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil hosted the 2016 Summer Olympics from August 5th – 21st. The ceremony included over 11,000 athletes from over 200 countries and featured over 300 events.

The most Google searches came from the following countries:

  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Jamaica
  • New Zealand
  • Australia
  • Canada

Additional Top Global News Searches

  • Brexit
  • US Election
  • Zika Virus
  • Panama Papers
  • Nice



Premiering in Paris on February 8, 2016 and on February 12 in the US, Deadpool was one of the most popularly recognized films that aired in 2016. The film grossed over $783 million worldwide, broke a number of box-office records and is ranked at the 7th highest-grossing film of 2016.

Here are the top regions that showed interest on Google:

  • Mexico
  • Philippines
  • El Salvador
  • Honduras
  • United States

Additional Top Searched Movies

  • Suicide Squad
  • The Revenant
  • Captain America Civil War
  • Batman v Superman
  • Doctor Strange


Stranger Things
Launched through Netflix on July 15, 2016, this science-fiction horror series sparked interest across the globe. According to Rotten Tomatoes, the series generated an overall score of 95%, averaging an 8.1/10 rating.

The top interests came from the following regions:

  • United States
  • Ireland
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • Australia

Additional Top Searched TV Shows

  • Westworld
  • Luke Cage
  • Game of Thrones
  • Black Mirror
  • Fuller House

Click here to check out our post from last year to compare some of the top Google searches from 2015 and 2016.