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The Year in Search: A 2005 Review

  |  December 21, 2005   |  Comments

Search engines churned out results for celebrity queries, social networking sites and hurricane-related news among other trends of 2005.

The end of the year is a time to reflect on events over the past 12 months. A handful of search engines did just that, releasing the top searches for the year. Recaps from the Google Zeitgeist; America Online; Yahoo Search; Ask.com; Lycos Top 50; and Dogpile highlight the trends that came and went throughout 2005.

Most Popular Internet Dogpile Search Terms, 2005
Top 10 Top Celebrities
1 Music lyrics 1 Paris Hilton
2 Paris Hilton 2 Carmen Electra
3 Google 3 Pamela Anderson
4 eBay 4 Jessica Simpson
5 Yahoo 5 Britney Spears
6 MapQuest 6 50 Cent
7 Games cheat 7 Lindsey Lohan
8 Games 8 Jennifer Lopez
9 Dogs 9 Green Day
10 Top 100 baby names 10 Eminem
Best of the Top 50 Top Offbeat
1 Poetry 1 Names and their meanings
2 Funny jokes 2 Inuyasha
3 Tattoos 3 Obituaries
4 1 4 Funny pictures
5 Radio stations 5 Interview questions
6 Weather 6 Wedding vows
7 Jennifer Aniston Sedu hairstyles 7 Catholic churches
8 Walmart 8 Dragons
9 Search engines 9 Napoleon Dynamite
10 MySpace 10 Real estate
Source: Dogpile, 2005
Top AOL Searches, 2005
Overall Video Searches
1 Lottery 1 50 Cent
2 Horoscopes 2 Paris Hilton
3 Tattoos 3 Tsunami
4 Lyrics 4 Madonna
5 Ringtones 5 Angelina Jolie
6 IRS 6 Jessica Simpson
7 Jokes 7 Ciara
8 American Idol 8 Pamela Anderson
9 Hairstyles 9 American Idol
10 NASCAR 10 Star Wars
Movies News Stories
1 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire 1 Natalee Holloway
2 Star Wars: Episode III 2 Tsunami
3 Napoleon Dynamite 3 Hurricanes
4 Dukes of Hazzard 4 Pope John Paul II
5 Fantastic Four 5 Gas prices
6 War of the Worlds 6 Live 8
7 Lord of the Rings 7 Terri Schiavo
8 Batman Begins 8 Earthquakes
9 White Noise 9 Rosa Parks
10 Constantine 10 Bird flu
Source: America Online, Inc., 2005

Top Yahoo Searches, 2005
Web Image
1 Britney Spears 1 Jessica Simpson
2 50 Cent 2 Paris Hilton
3 Cartoon Network 3 Britney Spears
4 Mariah Carey 4 Lindsay Lohan
5 Green Day 5 Angelina Jolie
6 Jessica Simpson 6 Pamela Anderson
7 Paris Hilton 7 Jennifer Lopez
8 Eminem 8 Hilary Duff
9 Ciara 9 Carmen Electra
10 Lindsay Lohan 10 Anime
Video News
1 Britney Spears 1 Tsunami
2 Anime 2 Iraq
3 Funny videos 3 Michael Jackson trial
4 Jessica Simpson 4 Natalee Holloway
5 50 Cent 5 Afghanistan
6 Jennifer Lopez 6 Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie
7 Shakira 7 Hurricane Katrina
8 Mariah Carey 8 Cindy Sheehan
9 Eminem 9 President Bush
10 Lindsay Lohan 10 Tom Cruise
Source: Yahoo Inc., 2005
Top Lycos Searches, 2005
Search Terms Fads
1 Paris Hilton 1 Poker
2 Pamela Anderson 2 iPod
3 Britney Spears 3 RuneScape
4 Poker 4 Blackjack
5 Dragonball 5 Free credit report
6 Jennifer Lopez 6 Yoga
7 WWE 7 Rate your professor
8 Pokémon 8 Texas Hold 'Em
9 PlayStation 9 Freecycle
10 Hurricane Katrina 10 Crochet
News Stories Television Shows
1 Hurricane Katrina 1 The Simpsons
2 Tsunami 2 Teen Titans
3 War in Iraq 3 American Idol
4 Petra Nemcova 4 Smallville
5 Hurricane Rita 5 Big Brother
6 September 11th 6 South Park
7 Pope John Paul II 7 Lost
8 Peter Jennings 8 Family Guy
9 Rosa Parks 9 Survivor
10 Gas prices 10 Charmed
Source: Lycos Inc., 2005

Google Zeitgeist: Most Popular Searches, 2005
Top Google.com Gainers, 2005
1 MySpace
2 Ares
3 Baidu
4 Wikipedia
5 orkut
6 iTunes
7 Sky News
8 World of Warcraft
9 Green Day
10 Leonardo da Vinci
Top Google News Searches, 2005
1 Janet Jackson
2 Hurricane Katrina
3 tsunami
4 Xbox 360
5 Brad Pitt
6 Michael Jackson
7 American Idol
8 Britney Spears
9 Angelina Jolie
10 Harry Potter
Top Froogle Searches, 2005
1 iPod
2 digital camera
3 MP3 player
4 iPod mini
5 PSP
6 laptop
7 Xbox
8 iPod shuffle
9 computer desk
10 iPod nano
Source: Google, 2005
Top Ask Jeeves Searches, 2005
News Celebrity
1 President Bush 1 Usher
2 Iraq 2 Hillary Duff
3 Hurricane Katrina 3 Lindsay Lohan
4 Tsunami 4 Eminem
5 Michael Jackson 5 Nelly
6 Britney Spears 6 Jesse McCartney
7 Natalee Holloway 7 Orlando Bloom
8 American Idol 8 50 Cent
9 Xbox 360 9 Beyoncé
10 Angelina Jolie 10 Paris Hilton
Sports
1 NFL 6 Soccer
2 NBA 7 NASCAR
3 Tour de France 8 Tiger Woods
4 Allen Iverson 9 MLB
5 Lance Armstrong 10 Tony Hawk
Entertainment
Music Movies
1 Usher 1 Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
2 Mariah Carey 2 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
3 50 Cent 3 The Pacifier
4 Hillary Duff 4 Batman Begins
5 Eminem 5 Madagascar
Source: Ask.com, 2005

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