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Top Google searches of 2015

The historic Supreme Court ruling recognizing gay marriage at both the state and federal level was among the most searched news events on Google this year, with over 180 million searches. 


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The historic Supreme Court ruling recognizing gay marriage at both the state and federal level was among the most searched news events on Google this year, with over 180 million searches. REUTERS/Gary Cameron

The historic Supreme Court ruling recognizing gay marriage at both the state and federal level was among the most searched news events on Google this year, with over 180 million searches. REUTERS/Gary Cameron
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Searches on the Paris attacks spread quickly around the world as news spread of the incidents with over 897 million searches. The day ended with the highest search interest in Paris in the history of Google. 


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Searches on the Paris attacks spread quickly around the world as news spread of the incidents with over 897 million searches. The day ended with the highest search interest in Paris in the history of Google. REUTERS/Philippe Wojaze

Searches on the Paris attacks spread quickly around the world as news spread of the incidents with over 897 million searches. The day ended with the highest search interest in Paris in the history of Google. REUTERS/Philippe Wojaze
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The Kansas City Royals winning the World Series garnered 144 million searches. Among the top questions during the series were 'When was the last time the Mets won the World Series?' and 'Who won the World Series in 2014?' 

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The Kansas City Royals winning the World Series garnered 144 million searches. Among the top questions during the series were 'When was the last time the Mets won the World Series?' and 'Who won the World Series in 2014?' Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY...more

The Kansas City Royals winning the World Series garnered 144 million searches. Among the top questions during the series were 'When was the last time the Mets won the World Series?' and 'Who won the World Series in 2014?' Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports
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Caitlyn Jenner, formerly known as Bruce Jenner, re-introduced herself to the world on the cover of Vanity Fair, leading to 366 million searches. "Who is Caitlyn Jenner?" the world asked. Jenner's announcement sparked more interest than ever before about the transgender community, with search terms such as "What is transgender?" and "Am I transgender?"

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Caitlyn Jenner, formerly known as Bruce Jenner, re-introduced herself to the world on the cover of Vanity Fair, leading to 366 million searches. "Who is Caitlyn Jenner?" the world asked. Jenner's announcement sparked more interest than ever before...more

Caitlyn Jenner, formerly known as Bruce Jenner, re-introduced herself to the world on the cover of Vanity Fair, leading to 366 million searches. "Who is Caitlyn Jenner?" the world asked. Jenner's announcement sparked more interest than ever before about the transgender community, with search terms such as "What is transgender?" and "Am I transgender?" REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
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Black Lives Matter was a social justice movement everyone was talking about in 2015, as evidenced by 189 million queries. A year after Michael Brown was killed in Ferguson, other names became popular search topics: Walter Scott, Freddie Gray, Laquan McDonald. Two slogans central to the protest movement became part of the national conversation, and popular search terms as well: "Hands up don't shoot" and "I can't breathe".

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Black Lives Matter was a social justice movement everyone was talking about in 2015, as evidenced by 189 million queries. A year after Michael Brown was killed in Ferguson, other names became popular search topics: Walter Scott, Freddie Gray, Laquan...more

Black Lives Matter was a social justice movement everyone was talking about in 2015, as evidenced by 189 million queries. A year after Michael Brown was killed in Ferguson, other names became popular search topics: Walter Scott, Freddie Gray, Laquan McDonald. Two slogans central to the protest movement became part of the national conversation, and popular search terms as well: "Hands up don't shoot" and "I can't breathe". REUTERS/Craig Lassig
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The plight of the migrants and Europe's refugee crisis resulted in over 23 million searches on Google. The top searched question on the crisis in the U.S. was 'What is a refugee?', while in Britain it was 'Why do immigrants come to Europe?'. In Hungary the top question was 'How should Christians respond to the migrant crisis?' 

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The plight of the migrants and Europe's refugee crisis resulted in over 23 million searches on Google. The top searched question on the crisis in the U.S. was 'What is a refugee?', while in Britain it was 'Why do immigrants come to Europe?'. In...more

The plight of the migrants and Europe's refugee crisis resulted in over 23 million searches on Google. The top searched question on the crisis in the U.S. was 'What is a refugee?', while in Britain it was 'Why do immigrants come to Europe?'. In Hungary the top question was 'How should Christians respond to the migrant crisis?' REUTERS/Giorgos Moutafis
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The first visit by Pope Francis to the United States resulted in 14 million searches. Among the top questions during the Pope's visit were 'Where is the Pope staying in New York?' and 'What roads will be closed for the Pope?'

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The first visit by Pope Francis to the United States resulted in 14 million searches. Among the top questions during the Pope's visit were 'Where is the Pope staying in New York?' and 'What roads will be closed for the Pope?' REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

The first visit by Pope Francis to the United States resulted in 14 million searches. Among the top questions during the Pope's visit were 'Where is the Pope staying in New York?' and 'What roads will be closed for the Pope?' REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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Mass shootings in Charleston, Chattanooga, Oregon, Colorado Springs, San Bernardino and elsewhere resulted in over 160 million Google searches this year. Following the shootings in San Bernardino, searches for gun control outpaced searches for gun shops, which normally lead across the U.S. 



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Mass shootings in Charleston, Chattanooga, Oregon, Colorado Springs, San Bernardino and elsewhere resulted in over 160 million Google searches this year. Following the shootings in San Bernardino, searches for gun control outpaced searches for gun...more

Mass shootings in Charleston, Chattanooga, Oregon, Colorado Springs, San Bernardino and elsewhere resulted in over 160 million Google searches this year. Following the shootings in San Bernardino, searches for gun control outpaced searches for gun shops, which normally lead across the U.S. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
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In just a few short days, Adele's song "Hello" became one of the most popular music videos of the year. Adele also became the fastest-trending musician on search with the release of her new album "25", with over 439 million searches on Google.  



REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

In just a few short days, Adele's song "Hello" became one of the most popular music videos of the year. Adele also became the fastest-trending musician on search with the release of her new album "25", with over 439 million searches on Google. ...more

In just a few short days, Adele's song "Hello" became one of the most popular music videos of the year. Adele also became the fastest-trending musician on search with the release of her new album "25", with over 439 million searches on Google. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
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Anticipation for the release of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens", the latest instalment of the rebooted franchise, resulted in over 155 million Google searches.  The first official trailer, released in October, is one of the most-viewed movie trailers of all time. 

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Anticipation for the release of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens", the latest instalment of the rebooted franchise, resulted in over 155 million Google searches. The first official trailer, released in October, is one of the most-viewed movie trailers...more

Anticipation for the release of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens", the latest instalment of the rebooted franchise, resulted in over 155 million Google searches. The first official trailer, released in October, is one of the most-viewed movie trailers of all time. REUTERS/Paul Hackett
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The passing of well-known personalities, such as actor Leonard Nimoy, author Oliver Sacks, civil rights leader Julian Bond and Yankees great Yogi Berra combined to garner for over 123 million searches on Google this year. 



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The passing of well-known personalities, such as actor Leonard Nimoy, author Oliver Sacks, civil rights leader Julian Bond and Yankees great Yogi Berra combined to garner for over 123 million searches on Google this year. REUTERS/Phil McCarten

The passing of well-known personalities, such as actor Leonard Nimoy, author Oliver Sacks, civil rights leader Julian Bond and Yankees great Yogi Berra combined to garner for over 123 million searches on Google this year. REUTERS/Phil McCarten
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The "fight of the century" between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao resulted in 216 million Google searches. Among the top questions on the fight 'What time does the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight start?' and What channel is Mayweather vs. Pacquiao on?'



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The "fight of the century" between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao resulted in 216 million Google searches. Among the top questions on the fight 'What time does the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight start?' and What channel is Mayweather vs. Pacquiao...more

The "fight of the century" between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao resulted in 216 million Google searches. Among the top questions on the fight 'What time does the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight start?' and What channel is Mayweather vs. Pacquiao on?' Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
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The primary race towards the 2016 presidential election has garnered over 338 million searches on Google, with Ben Carson and Donald Trump leading searches on the Republican side, while Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders lead on the Democratic end. 


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The primary race towards the 2016 presidential election has garnered over 338 million searches on Google, with Ben Carson and Donald Trump leading searches on the Republican side, while Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders lead on the Democratic end....more

The primary race towards the 2016 presidential election has garnered over 338 million searches on Google, with Ben Carson and Donald Trump leading searches on the Republican side, while Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders lead on the Democratic end. REUTERS/David Becker
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The killing of Cecil the Lion by Minnesota dentist Walter James Palmer resulted in over 32 million searches. 



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The killing of Cecil the Lion by Minnesota dentist Walter James Palmer resulted in over 32 million searches. REUTERS/Eric Miller

The killing of Cecil the Lion by Minnesota dentist Walter James Palmer resulted in over 32 million searches. REUTERS/Eric Miller
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The historic Iran nuclear deal announced in July resulted in over 20 million searches. "Why is the Iran deal bad?" and "Why is the Iran deal good?" were among the most popular search questions. 

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The historic Iran nuclear deal announced in July resulted in over 20 million searches. "Why is the Iran deal bad?" and "Why is the Iran deal good?" were among the most popular search questions. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

The historic Iran nuclear deal announced in July resulted in over 20 million searches. "Why is the Iran deal bad?" and "Why is the Iran deal good?" were among the most popular search questions. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
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NASA announced it had discovered briny water flowing on Mars, prompting over 10 million searches. Among popular questions about the Red Planet, which was previously considered to be arid and incapable of supporting life: "How long does it take to get to Mars?" and "What is the temperature on Mars?"

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NASA announced it had discovered briny water flowing on Mars, prompting over 10 million searches. Among popular questions about the Red Planet, which was previously considered to be arid and incapable of supporting life: "How long does it take to get...more

NASA announced it had discovered briny water flowing on Mars, prompting over 10 million searches. Among popular questions about the Red Planet, which was previously considered to be arid and incapable of supporting life: "How long does it take to get to Mars?" and "What is the temperature on Mars?" REUTERS/NASA/JPL/University of Arizona/Handout
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The pregnancy of the Duchess of Cambridge, speculation of baby names, and the May 2 birth of Charlotte Elizabeth Diana resulted in 105 million searches. 



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The pregnancy of the Duchess of Cambridge, speculation of baby names, and the May 2 birth of Charlotte Elizabeth Diana resulted in 105 million searches. REUTERS/Matt Dunham/Pool

The pregnancy of the Duchess of Cambridge, speculation of baby names, and the May 2 birth of Charlotte Elizabeth Diana resulted in 105 million searches. REUTERS/Matt Dunham/Pool
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The earthquake in Nepal, which killed approximately 9,000 people, resulted in over 85 million searches. "How can I help Nepal?" was the most popular question on Google the day of the quake. 

 
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The earthquake in Nepal, which killed approximately 9,000 people, resulted in over 85 million searches. "How can I help Nepal?" was the most popular question on Google the day of the quake. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar

The earthquake in Nepal, which killed approximately 9,000 people, resulted in over 85 million searches. "How can I help Nepal?" was the most popular question on Google the day of the quake. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar
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The Women's World Cup in Canada scored big in 2015, with 113 million searches on Google. Search interest in the tournament was nearly double compared to the 2011 tourney. Team USA scored big in individual player searches - the top three were Hope Solo, Alex Morgan and Abby Wambach of the U.S., followed by Nahomi Kawasumi of Japan, and Laure Boulleau of France. But the series wasn't without controversy: one of the most searched topics was "Why is the Women's World Cup on turf?"


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The Women's World Cup in Canada scored big in 2015, with 113 million searches on Google. Search interest in the tournament was nearly double compared to the 2011 tourney. Team USA scored big in individual player searches - the top three were Hope...more

The Women's World Cup in Canada scored big in 2015, with 113 million searches on Google. Search interest in the tournament was nearly double compared to the 2011 tourney. Team USA scored big in individual player searches - the top three were Hope Solo, Alex Morgan and Abby Wambach of the U.S., followed by Nahomi Kawasumi of Japan, and Laure Boulleau of France. But the series wasn't without controversy: one of the most searched topics was "Why is the Women's World Cup on turf?" Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports
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The restoration of relations between Cuba and the United States amassed more than 27 million searches. The thawing of diplomatic relations meant searches for travel to the island spiked, with Googlers interested in Cuban destinations, "When can Americans begin flying to Cuba?" and "What museums or landmarks should you visit in Cuba?"

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The restoration of relations between Cuba and the United States amassed more than 27 million searches. The thawing of diplomatic relations meant searches for travel to the island spiked, with Googlers interested in Cuban destinations, "When can...more

The restoration of relations between Cuba and the United States amassed more than 27 million searches. The thawing of diplomatic relations meant searches for travel to the island spiked, with Googlers interested in Cuban destinations, "When can Americans begin flying to Cuba?" and "What museums or landmarks should you visit in Cuba?" REUTERS/Stringer
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Volkswagen, Europe's biggest carmaker, admitted to installing a software program in its diesel engines intended to defeat regulatory emissions tests, leading to 13 million searches on the topic. The world wanted to know if the resulting recall would affect them, with search terms such as "Is my VW recalled?" and "How does the VW defeat device work?"

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Volkswagen, Europe's biggest carmaker, admitted to installing a software program in its diesel engines intended to defeat regulatory emissions tests, leading to 13 million searches on the topic. The world wanted to know if the resulting recall would...more

Volkswagen, Europe's biggest carmaker, admitted to installing a software program in its diesel engines intended to defeat regulatory emissions tests, leading to 13 million searches on the topic. The world wanted to know if the resulting recall would affect them, with search terms such as "Is my VW recalled?" and "How does the VW defeat device work?" REUTERS/Ina Fassbender
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The changing of the late-night thrones, with both David Letterman and Jon Stewart leaving their respective shows, accounted for over 141 million searches. "Who will replace Jon Stewart?", "When is David Letterman's last night?" and "Who is Trevor Noah?" were among the most popular search terms on the subject. 



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The changing of the late-night thrones, with both David Letterman and Jon Stewart leaving their respective shows, accounted for over 141 million searches. "Who will replace Jon Stewart?", "When is David Letterman's last night?" and "Who is Trevor...more

The changing of the late-night thrones, with both David Letterman and Jon Stewart leaving their respective shows, accounted for over 141 million searches. "Who will replace Jon Stewart?", "When is David Letterman's last night?" and "Who is Trevor Noah?" were among the most popular search terms on the subject. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith
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