As we looked back on 2019 here at Angelcom, we thought to ourselves…
— “What better way to recap the year than by checking the top-10 Google searches of the last twelve months?”
After all, these days, Google offers the perfect insight into what the world has been talking about.
And with Google unveiling its Year In Search 2019, we can now see what Americans cared about the most.
Trust us… 2019’s trending topics knew no bounds.
They touch upon everything from the most common ‘What is…’ question before trawling the depths of celebrity scandal, freak weather, and entertainment news.
So, are you ready to find out what your compatriots have been Googling? We thought so.
Let’s dive in…
1. Disney Plus
The streaming wars were big business in 2019.
According to Google, it appears Disney Plus: given its #1 most-searched ranking.
With a strong millennial presence in streaming audiences (and Disney’s bottomless catalog of nostalgic titles — boosted by 2019’s The Lion King remake), it’s little surprise the crowds flocked to the blockbuster platform.
And lest we forget, Disney Plus also delivered this year’s most meme-able character… Baby Yoda.
2. Cameron Boyce
Sadly, 2019 was also the year when the hugely popular actor Cameron Boyce passed away.
You can see how many lives the young star touched (he was just 20 years old when he died) by the sheer volume of people who wanted to know more.
Cameron played a leading role in Disney show ‘Jessie’ from 2011-2015. Plus, he starred alongside Shia LeBeouf in ‘Eagle Eye’ as well as bouncing off Adam Sandler in ‘Grown Ups.’
Deeply upsetting for many — and a tribute to the great man knowing so many people cared.
3. Nipsey Hussle
The acting world wasn’t the only one to suffer a loss in 2019.
Rapper Nipsey Hussle passed away from a gunshot wound following an altercation outside his clothing store on May 31st.
The shock had a profound impact on the rap community: a testament to a rapper who touched the lives of many.
Nipsey founded record label All Money in 2010, and he worked alongside dozens of acclaimed artists, including Kendrick Lamar, Meek Mill, and Young Thug.
He was Google’s #3 most-searched this year, illustrating his reach.
4. Hurricane Dorian
Each year, severe weather batters the United States.
Yet, 2019 was a year worse than most. Hurricane Dorian smashed the Bahamas, killing swathes of people across local communities before arcing through America — and holding onto its destructive power as far as Canada.
States of emergency were commonplace throughout the continent as mass-evacuations were the only option for escaping the swirling winds.
Even if you weren’t in Dorian’s firing line, you likely searched for updates on Google.
5. Antonio Brown
In 2019, former NFL star Antonio Brown left New England Patriots following accusations of sexual misconduct by two separate women.
Brown denied the allegations, but just as quickly quit the NFL — via Twitter.
The wide receiver hit fame for his NFL prowess. Yet 2019’s Googlers clearly wanted to learn more about his off-field antics.
6. Luke Perry
Luke Perry rose to fame as the star of Beverly Hills 90210 (perhaps the most oft-quoted zip code there has ever been).
Perry enjoyed great success playing Dylan McKay, before again gracing teenage screens in “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Riverdale.”
But on 4th March 2019, Luke Perry sadly passed away.
He leaves behind an acting legacy that culminated in an appearance in Quentin Tarantino’s smash-hit ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ — which didn’t hit the big screen until after the actor’s death.
7. Avengers: Endgame
In many ways, it’s incredible this picture didn’t feature higher up the list.
The 181-minute epic, ‘Avenger’s: Endgame’ blasted past 2009’s ‘Avatar’ to become not only Disney and Marvel’s greatest success to date (and that’s saying something!), but also hit the heights of ‘highest-grossing film’... Ever.
The all-star cast included Robert Downey JR., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, and Scarlett Johansson, raking in more than $2.7bn within months of its release.
Why anyone needed to Google it is beyond the Angelcom team…
It seems everyone went out to watch it, anyways.
8. Game Of Thrones
If ‘Avengers: Endgame’ put an end to any competition at the box-office, HBO’s critically acclaimed ‘Game of Thrones’ certainly took the biscuit for TV hits.
As fans waved goodbye via a final fire-fueled installment, they were seemingly unprepared to bid their last farewells…
Google has been awash with search activity throughout the last twelve months.
9. iPhone 11
With streaming leading the way in broadcast, sadder news dominating entertainment, and blockbuster hits filling later trends — it’s little surprise technology languished in a less-than-prominent spot in 2019’s top Google searches.
Still, there was space for one tech titan to galvanize interest.
Apple chose 2019 as the year to update its cameras and colorways, giving iPhone enthusiasts a devilish choice around whether to stick with the static cams of old...
Or upgrade their model for a more dynamic motion-capture experience.
Given the iPhone 11 (as well as the iPhone 11 Pro) made this top-10, one can only guess that Apple aficionados were willing to splash out.
10. Jussie Smollett
In tenth spot sits a final controversy.
‘Empire’ actor Jussie Smollett toiled through a rough 2019 as he reported a hate crime at the start of the year, only for investigators to reveal the claim was no more than an attempt to boost his public profile.
The City of Chicago took particular offense, filing a lawsuit against the actor to recoup the $130,000 lost due to police overtime during the investigation.
However, Jussie Smollett has raised a counterclaim against the city (as police charges against him have since been dropped)...
So, it looks like they’re all ending the year with a bitter taste in the mouth.
And there you have it!
2019 in review, courtesy of America’s top Google searches. Now, that’s all from Angelcom for this decade.
We look forward to seeing you in 2020!
HAVE A HAPPY NEW YEAR!
….and once you’ve rung in the new decade, why not give Angelcom a call on (855) 352-2771, and let’s discuss your I.T. 2020 vision ;-P