What You Were Searching For Most Online In 2016

Popular Google searches for 2016
James Graham


Dec 20, 2016

You may have thought you’d been diligently deleting your search history this year, but Google knows all!

The Internet giant has just released its ‘Year in Search’ lists to reveal what Australians laughed at, wondered about and cried over most this year.

It was the year we ‘caught ‘em all,’ grasped extraordinary political change, said goodbye to some greats – and made Harambe the gorilla a hero.

From breaking news, to breaking Olympic records, and the UK’s break-up with Europe – the events of this year affected all of us in different ways.

We turned to Search in the happy and hard moments to get the details, see the bigger picture and find our way forward.

Romance was in the air this year, with Prince Harry’s new flame Meghan Markle, one of our top searches.

You loved Harry and Meghan online in 2016

Not all romances enjoyed a happy ending in 2016 however, with the shock breakup of Hollywood golden couple, Brad and Ange, which left us all heartbroken.

Real or fake, we still can’t decide, but either way Tom Hiddleston’s ill-fated participation in the couple formerly known as Hiddleswift was also not so easily forgotten.

This year also spawned a cult of lounge-room investigators, as Steven Avery’s plight in Making a Murderer had us all searching for answers. The much-hyped OJ Simpson telemovie also had us hooked when it screened earlier this year.

Molly got the thumbs up online in 2016

It wasn’t all murder and chill (thanks Netflix), with homegrown telemovies Brock and Molly prompting many Aussies to revisit the legacies of Peter Brock and Molly Meldrum.

Here’s just a sample of the most popular categories and the most popular overall searches:

Overall Searches

1. US election

2. Olympics

3. Census

4. Euro 2016

5. Australian Open 2016

6. Pokemon Go

7. Donald Trump

8. iPhone 7

9. David Bowie

10. Prince


1. Mitchell Pearce

2. Molly Meldrum

3. Tara Brown

4. Pauline Hanson

5. Mel McLaughlin

6. Rebecca Wilson

7. Peter Brock

8. Sonia Kruger

9. Malcolm Turnbull

10. Michelle Jenneke


1. Pancake

2. Carbonara

3. Banana bread

4. Scones

5. Hummus

6. Cheesecake

7. Quiche

8. Chocolate mousse

9. Crepe

10. Brownie

How to…?

1. Tie a tie

2. Screenshot on mac

3. Make pancakes

4. Play Pokemon Go

5. Draw

6. Write a cover letter

7. Get rid of pimples

8. Download from YouTube

9.  Lose weight fast

10. Write a resume


By James Graham


With over 20 years as a journalist and TV producer, James Graham has a wealth of experience covering the full media spectrum. James has a formidable reputation as a talented media veteran and worked as a reporter, script writer and as the producer of the TV documentary The Road To Athens. He has worked across newspapers, radio and the biggest flagship magazine brands in Australia and New Zealand. Previously, James was the News Director at Woman's Day and New Idea. Whether filing celebrity exclusives, or some of the biggest real-life splashes of recent years, James’ career has always been at the frontline of mainstream media. When not writing, you’ll find him at Royal Randwick, his beloved Long Reef Golf Club on the Northern Beaches – or visiting his mum in his native New Zealand.


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