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Google Zeitgeist 2013 Is Out, Mandela Tops Search Trends

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It’s that time of year. Google has released the 2013 Zeitgeist.

Google says it’s the “most global Zeitgeist to date,” as it features over 1,000 top 10 lists and top trending searches from 72 countries.

“It’s perhaps unsurprising that the #1 trending search of 2013 was an international symbol of strength and peace: Nelson Mandela,” says Google’s Amit Singhal. “Global search interest in the former President of South Africa was already high this year, and after his passing, people from around the world turned to Google to learn more about Madiba and his legacy.”

“Tragedies like the Boston Marathon, the 6th trending term globally, and Typhoon Haiyan, #2 on our global events list, also captured the world’s attention,” he adds. “And our human desire to help came through, with [donate to the Philippines] ranking highly around the world.”

We’re not going to include all 1,000+ lists here, but let’s look at a few of them.

Here’s the top 10 global trending searches of the year:

1. Nelson Mandela
2. Paul Walker
3. iPhone 5s
4. Cory Monteith
5. Harlem Shake
6. Boston Marathon
7. Royal Baby
8. Samsung Galaxy s4
9. PlayStation 4
10. North Korea

Top Global People:

1. Nelson Mandela
2. Paul Walker
3. Malala Yousafzai
4. James Gandolfini
5. Miley Cyrus
6. Oscar Pistorius
7. Jennifer Lawrence
8. Aaron Hernandez
9. Charlie Hunnam
10. Adrian Peterson

Top Global Consumer Electronics:

1. iPhone 5s
2. Samsung Galaxy S4
3. Playstation 4
4. Xbox One
5. Nexus 5
6. HTC One
7. iPad Air
8. Blackberry 10
9. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
10. Nokia Lumia 1020

Top Global Events:

1. Boston Marathon
2. Typhoon Haiyan
3. Government Shutdown
4. 2014 FIFA World Cup
5. Chinese New Year
6. Australian Open
7. Eurovision Song Contest
8. Wimbledon
9. Syria Conflict
10. EuroBasket

Top Global Movies:

1. Man of Steel
2. Iron Man 3
3. World War Z
4. Django Unchained
5. Despicable Me 2
6. Gravity
7. Chennai Express
8. Les Misérables
9. The Conjuring
10. Argo

Top Global TV Shows:

1. Under The Dome
2. Defiance
3. Big Brother 15
4. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
5. Here Comes Honey Boo Boo
6. Sleepy Hollow
7. Masters of Sex
8. Homeland
9. The Blacklist
10. Survivor

Top Global Videos:

1. Ylvis – The Fox (What Does the Fox Say?)
2. Harlem Shake (Original Army Edition)
3. How Animals Eat Their Food | MisterEpicMann
4. Baby&Me / The New Evian Film
5. Miley Cyrus – Wrecking Ball (Chatroulette Version)
6. Volvo Trucks – The Epic Split feat. Van Damme
7. YOLO (feat. Adam Levine & Kendrick Lamar)
8. Telekinetic Coffee Shop Surprise
9. The NFL: A Bad Lip Reading
10. Mozart vs. Skrillex. Epic Rap Battles of History Season 2

Now, for some U.S. trends…

Authors

1. Tom Clancy
2. John Green
3. Ree Drummond
4. Vince Flynn
5. Orson Scott Card
6. Sylvia Day
7. Stephen King
8. Neil Gaiman
9. Veronica Roth
10. Maya Banks

Blogs

1. Engadget
2. Gizmodo
3. Perez Hilton
4. Reality Steve
5. Lifehacker
6. Cupcakes and Cashmere
7. I Can Has Cheezburger
8. The Sartorialist
9. The Daily Beast
10. Atlantic-Pacific

Books

1. Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead
2. The Great Gatsby
3. Divergent
4. Soul Healing Miracles: Ancient and New Sacred Wisdom, Knowledge, and the Practical Techniques for Healing the Spiritual, Mental, Emotional and Physical Bodies
5. The Fault in Our Stars
6. Wonder
7. Happy, Happy, Happy: My Life and Legacy as the Duck Commander
8. The Book Thief
9. Strengths Based Leadership: Great Leaders, Teams, and Why People Follow
10. The House of Hades (Heroes of Olympus, Book 4)

Famous Internet Animals

1. Grumpy Cat
2. Lil Bub
3. Tuna the Dog
4. Colonel Meow
5. Princess Monster Truck
6. Menswear Dog
7. Sir Stuffington
8. Yogurt the Dog
9. Bully the Bulldog
10. Maddie the Coonhound

Memes

1. Zerg Rush
2. Cinnamon Challenge
3. Slender Man
4. QWOP
5. Forever Alone
6. LOLCats
7. Me Gusta
8. Derp
9. Philosoraptor
10. Grumpy Cat

Mobile/Tablet Apps

1. Bitstrips
2. Vine
3. Candy Crush
4. MeetMe
5. Snapchat
6. Ruzzle
7. Instagram
8. Feedly
9. Tinder
10. InstaFriends

Movies

1. Man of Steel
2. Iron Man 3
3. World War Z
4. Jobs
5. The Conjuring
6. The Great Gatsby
7. Despicable Me 2
8. The Purge
9. Pacific Rim
10. Mama

Social Media Sites

1. Tumblr
2. Facebook
3. LinkedIn
4. SoundCloud
5. Google+
6. Goodreads
7. Wattpad
8. Yelp
9. MocoSpace
10. deviantART

Note: No Twitter? Even with the IPO?

Songs

1. Harlem Shake
2. Wrecking Ball
3. Thrift Shop
4. Royals (note: Google links to a page for the Kansas City Royals here…oops).
5. Skyfall
6. Tom Ford
7. Holy Grail
8. Blurred Lines
9. Roar
10. Radioactive

TV Series Finales

1. Breaking Bad (obviously)
2. Buckwild
3. Ready for Love
4. Zero Hour
5. Deception
6. Dexter
7. Red Widow
8. Smash
9. All My Children
10. Golden Boy

TV Shows, Most Searched

1. Breaking Bad (obviously)
2. Duck Dynasty
3. Big Bang Theory
4. Good Morning America
5. South Park
6. True Blood
7. Big Brother 15
8. New Girl
9. Castle
10. Scandal

TV Shows, Trending

1. Breaking Bad (obviously)
2. Game of Thrones
3. Orange is the New Black
4. Scandal
5. House of Cards
6. Downton Abbey
7. Suits
8. NCIS
9. Dexter
10. New Girl

Video Games

1. Grand Theft Auto V
2. Cookie Clicker
3. Atari Breakout
4. Candy Crush
5. BioShock Infinite
6. Cube World
7. Battlefield 4
8. Neverwinter
9. SimCity
10. Skylanders SWAP Force

That’s really just a small sampling. You can head over to the Zeitgeist homepage and spend a good part of your day reliving the past year if you like.

Check out some of the other year-end roundups here.

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    Wao… RIP Nelson Mandela…