Pokémon Go, weight loss and Yorkshire puddings: The top Google searches for 2016

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  • Google have revealed their Year in Search for 2016.

    The search engine has highlighted the top 10 topics that were trending across the UK throughout the last year, as well as the most popular searches in areas such as celebrity, beauty and recipes.

    The overall top 10 topics were a mixture of sport, politics, and celebrities we lost in 2016, including David Bowie and Alan Rickman.

    The top 10 trending Google searches of 2016

    1. Euro2016
    2. Pokémon Go

    3. David Bowie
    4. Donald Trump
    5. Prince
    6. EU referendum
    7. Alan Rickman
    8. Olympics
    9. US election
    10. Deadpool

    Unsurprisingly, the top question searches included ‘what is Pokémon Go?’ and ‘how to play Pokémon Go’, as well as ‘what is the EU’ and ‘what is Brexit’.

    Pokémon Go was the subject of several top searches for 2016

    The most searched for celebrity man was UFC fighter Conor McGregor, whilst Prince Harry’s girlfriend Meghan Markle topped the list of most searched women.

    Strictly Come Dancing was the most searched for TV show, closely followed by Celebrity Big Brother and Making a Murderer.

    In the world of beauty, people were asking Google ‘how to braid hair’, ‘how to make your hair grow faster’, ‘how to do a smokey eye‘ and ‘how to do nail art’.

    And in more general ‘how to’ terms, we wanted to know ‘how to lose weight well’, ‘how to go live on Facebook’ and ‘how to appear funny’.

    Food was clearly influenced by TV shows in some areas, as a memorable episode of The Great British Bake Off lead to a huge spike in people wanting to find a recipe to make their own Jaffa Cakes – the third most searched recipe of the year.

    Homemade Jaffa cakes were also a big hit

    The top 10 recipe Google searches of 2016

    1. Blueberry wine
    2. Greek salad

    3. Jaffa cake

    4. Profiteroles

    5. Toad in the hole

    6. Leek and potato soup

    7. Cheese fondue

    8. Smoked salmon

    9. Hot dip
    10. Dog birthday cake 

    However, when it came to ‘how to’ recipes, people were mastering the basics, including Yorkshire puddings, mashed potatoes and rice.

    Lots of us were in pursuit of perfect, fluffy Yorkshire puddings

    The top 10 how to recipe Google searches of 2016

    1. How to make batter for fish

    2. How to make Yorkshire puddings

    3. How to make mashed potatoes

    4. How to make meatballs

    5. How to make churros

    6. How to make fried rice

    7. How to make waffles

    8. How to make popcorn

    9. How to make jacket potatoes

    10. How to make naan bread

    Matt Cooke, Head of Google’s News Lab in London said of the findings: ‘As ever, our annual Year In Search survey has shown a snapshot of what Britain cared about in 2016 and the results are fascinating.’

    ‘The diversity in the top 10 most trending topics of the year show which political events have dominated the zeitgeist, how celebrities have touched our hearts and how sport continues to unite us.’

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