Here Are the UK's Top Search Terms According to Google

As the year 2012 draws to a close, it's time to look back on the last 12 months and see what we've been looking for while surfing the web. Google has released its annual Zeitgeist showing the most common UK search terms for 2012. Rather surprisingly, it's not all as obvious as you think.

The Olympics, for example. was not the most searched term in 2012. Instead, Google reports that the games were overtaken by Euro 2012. However, the 2012 Summer Games were well represented. London was the most searched city in Google Maps, while Stella McCartney was the top trending designer, and and Muse's 'Survival' was among the top trending songs.

Other topics of interest over the year included YouTube hit Gangnam Style, iPad 3 and Netflix. Check the list below for the top 10 trending searches, people, songs, cities, TV shows and movies below:

Trending Searches 2012

1. Euro 2012
2. Olympic tickets
3. Whitney Houston
4. Kate Middleton
5. April Jones
6. Netflix
7. Natwest online
8. ipad 3
9. Gary Barlow
10. Gangnam Style

Trending People

1. Whitney Houston
2. Kate Middleton
3. Gary Barlow
4. Tulisa
5. Jessica Ennis
6. Fabrice Muamba
7. Michael Clarke Duncan
8. Morgan Freeman
9. Prince Harry
10. Usain Bolt

Trending Songs

1. Gangnam Style
2. Call Me Maybe
3. Blow Me One Last Kiss
4. Beneath Your Beautiful
5. The Official Olympic Song (Survival by Muse)
6. Skyfall
7. Somebody That I Used To Know
8. We Are Young
9. Too Close
10. 212

Most searched Cities in Google Maps (UK)

1. London
2. Bristol
3. Manchester
4. Edinburgh
5. Brighton
6. Surrey
7. Leeds
8. Oxford
9. Cambridge
10. Birmingham

Trending TV Shows

1. Mike the Knight
2. Homeland
4. The Jonathan Ross Show
5. Celebrity Big Brother
6. Sherlock
7. The Great British Bake Off
8. Game of Thrones
9. Big Bang Theory
10. How I Met Your Mother

Trending Movies

1. Skyfall
2. Prometheus
3. The Hunger Games
4. Magic Mike
5. Taken 2
6. The Avengers
7. The Woman in Black
8. The Dictator
9. Sinister
10. The Devil Inside

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  • Thunderfox
    The popularity of Whitney Houston has to be some sort of 4chan prank. There is no way that many people worldwide give a crap about some one hit wonder cokehead finishing herself off.
  • wow, I never searched for a single one on that list top to bottom.
  • JeanLuc
    Trending TV Shows3. TOWIE
    4. The Jonathan Ross Show
    5. Celebrity Big Brother

    My country really is going downhill.
  • f-14
    Trending TV Shows

    1. Mike the Knight

    gotta love that it's a little kids cartoon designed for 7 and under.

    i am really surprised xfactor was not in the top 10 but homeland was, yes i like homeland but i do not find it as entertaining as simon despite my very high opinion of damien lewis.

    game of thrones would be higher up if martin would finish his books so HBO could get on the gun in filming the rest of the series. season 2 is out on dvd just now in the u.k and the states won't get the dvd box set until after season 3 starts showing.
    thank god for pirating!
    (it's not pirating if you can't buy it and will own the official copy as soon as you can purchase it so wank off hosers)
  • f-14
    JeanLucTrending TV Shows3. TOWIE4. The Jonathan Ross Show5. Celebrity Big BrotherMy country really is going downhill. pssst... it's that close proximity to france!
  • hfitch
    Whitney Houston was not a one hit wonder she was one of the most popular coke heads in the music industry from early 80's to middle 90's. Just the last 12 years was she not as popular. Yet when someone dies you sort of want to know more about that singer.
  • techcurious
    I'm glad to see people have stopped using the search box on Google's homepage to navigate to (by inputting and essentially search for) pages like Facebook or Youtube, etc..
    I remember about a year ago, something silly like that was the most searched for (it was probably not a UK only data pool though).