Every major search engine has released an annual round-up of the year and the topmost searches for this year. Search engine Yahoo has joined in the excitement and is sharing its 2014 Year in Review.
The 2014 review also encapsulated the leading searches from nations around the world including categories such as news and tech with a rehash of the previous years too.
Yahoo’s Top Searches for 2014
Given below is the list for the overall top searches on Yahoo for 2014. Some of these may come as a surprise when compared to other search engine results but others are right on target:
- Ariana Grande
- Jennifer Lawrence
- Kaley Cuoco
- Kim Kardashian
- Miley Cyrus
- iPhone 6
- Jennifer Anniston
2014: Top Obsessions for the Year
Understanding what drove the US obsession regarding particular topics
was quite complicated. Yahoo has listed the top obsessions based on search volume and the brief explanation regarding topic importance for each of the items covered:
- ALS Ice Bucket Challenge: ALS donations have observed a massive boom this year as people all over the US nation challenged their friends. The aim was to either complete the challenge or donate to an important cause.
- Flappy Bird: This simple yet effective gaming app took charge of the scene upon its arrival and it was leading all iOS downloads at one time. What came as a surprise is that the creator removed the fame for download on account of its addictive nature.
- Frozen: This Walt Disney movie has topped every top 2014 list so far. While it attained seventh place in overall searches, the addition of searches for the songs and characters of this epic movie took it to number three in the Top Obsessions category.
- Fifty Shades of Grey movie: Regardless of whether a movie was about to be made or not, readers went online to search for the possibility of a screen adaptation. Of course, a movie is now in the works about this famous book series.
- American Ninja Warrior: An obstacle ridden course of this game has defeated men and women for many years. The first ever women to complete the course this year was Kacy Katanzaro at 5 feet tall and 100 pounds only.
- The Duggars: The family from 19 Kids and Counting celebrated the marriage of their first two daughters in the summer and fall respectively of this year.
- All About That Bass: Meghan Trainor’s doo-wop single inspired girls all over the world to hum along and work through their body image issues in the meantime.
- Katniss Everdeen: Jennifer Lawrence’s portrayal of Katniss Everdeen from epic movieThe Hunger Games series has created waves in international cinema. Katniss’s name surpassed the movie title in search results, in fact.
- Cleanses: Cleanses to make you look good and feel better have been on each year. This year too, detox drinks made it to chains, local shops and supermarkets.
- Polar Vortex: Massively low temperatures in Wisconsin and Florida setting a record low at the start of the year spurred conspiracy theories and comedic responses. Later during the year, the Wall Street Journal pointed out that "Polar Vortex" is a phrase that has been used leading back to Victorian England.
Top News Searches of 2014
Katie Couric, the Global News Anchor for Yahoo recaps the year in a top 10 video for 2014’s leading stories. The list of the top news searches is included below:
- Ebola Epidemic
- Death of Robin Williams
- Midterm Elections
- Leaked Celebrity Photos
- Malaysia Airlines Tragedies
- Michael Brown Shooting: Ferguson, MI
- Jodi Arias Sentencing
- ISIS Uprising
- Ray Rice: Domestic Violence Scandal
Top Most-Wanted Tech Gadgets
Tech obsessed loved ones for holidays can receive these amazing gadgets from you:
- Apple iPhone 6
- Samsung Galaxy S5
- Samsung Galaxy Note 4
- GoPro HERO
- Apple iPad mini
- Microsoft Xbox One
- Amazon Kindle Fire
- Sony PlayStation 4
- Apple iPad Air
- Microsoft Surface Pro 3