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Beyoncé shows dominance in Google top searches of 2016

Google has released the top 10 songs that were most searched for during the course of the year — while these weren’t the most searched for in terms of lyrics, according to the search engine, these are the tunes that have garnered the most attention on search for the longest periods of time over 2016.

Beyoncé takes home the top spot with her empowering anthem, “Formation,” which was a surprise drop this February, leading up to the release of her electrifying album Lemonade, and a world tour sharing the same name. She’s in good company as well — from throwback favorites like Prince’s “Purple Rain” to contemporary bangers like Desiigner’s frenetically catchy “Panda,” Adele’s “Hello,” a top search for 2015, remained on the list.

TOP SONGS SEARCHES OF 2016

    1. Formation (Beyoncé)
    2. Purple Rain (Prince)
    3. Black Beatles (Rae Sremmurd feat. Gucci Mane)
    4. Panda (Desiigner)
    5. One Dance (Drake)
    6. Cake by the Ocean (DNCE)
    7. Hello (Adele)
    8. Lost Boy (Ruth B)
    9. The Sound of Silence (Disturbed)
    10. I Took a Pill in Ibiza (Mike Posner)

TOP ARTISTS SEARCHES OF 2016

  1. Beyoncé
  2. Céline Dion
  3. Kesha
  4. Kehlani
  5. Coldplay
  6. Teyana Taylor
  7. Grace VanderWaal
  8. Kanye West
  9. Jacob Sartorius
  10. Guns N’ Roses

The annual list of the year’s most popular searches, offering another simple — but revealing — glimpse into the nation’s psyche. In 2016, money, music, and natural disasters took up the top three spots in the form of the searches “Powerball,” “Prince,” and “Hurricane Matthew.” They’re all deserving of attention: the Powerball jackpot in January was $1.56 billion — the biggest in the world; Prince, who died in April at the age of 57, was a titan of the music world; and Hurricane Matthew, which rocked the Western Atlantic in late September and early October, is estimated to have cause some 1,600 deaths and $10.5 billion in damage.

Surprisingly, the year’s political upheavals did not figure higher in the list. “Trump,” “Election,” and “Hillary Clinton” took the 8th, 9th, and 10th spots, respectively, but they were still outranked by Pokémon Go (4th), the Olympics (6th), David Bowie (7th), and — weirdly — “Slither.io” (5th).

TOP SEARCHES OF 2016

    1. Powerball
    2. Prince
    3. Hurricane Matthew
    4. Pokémon Go
    5. Slither.io
    6. Olympics
    7. David Bowie
    8. Trump
    9. Election
    10. Hillary Clinton

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