Google recently announced the results for its Year in Search 2021, revealing what people searched for the most throughout the year across categories such as news, sports, entertainment, etc.
In India, Cricket dominated the overall list. ‘Indian Premier League’ and ‘ICC T20 World Cup’ were the most searched on Google in India this year.
2021 has been… a lot, and a lot of these searches are what kept us going through the year.
Take a look at India’s trending searches this year: from ways to heal, to the celebrations that united us ➡️ https://t.co/pWTbd8WQT4.
— Google India (@GoogleIndia) December 9, 2021
Here’s a break-up of the top 10 searches by Indians across all categories.
Overall trending Google Search topics in 2021
In India, ‘Indian Premier League’, ‘CoWIN’, ‘ICC T20 World Cup’, ‘Euro Cup’, and ‘Tokyo Olympics’ were the top-five trending search topics on Google in India in 2021.
‘How to’ and ‘what is’ trending queries on Google
The ‘how to’ and ‘what is’ search categories on Google were largely dominated by COVID-related queries in India this year.
People actively searched for queries such as how to register for ‘COVID vaccine’, ‘how to download vaccine certification’, and ‘how to increase oxygen level’.
In ‘what is’ searches, queries such as ‘what is Black Fungus’, ‘what is remdesivir’, ‘what is Taliban’ were the top queries.
Trending movies of the year on Google
Tamil drama ‘Jai Bhim’ outpassed others on the movies list, ‘Shershaah’, ‘Radhe’, and ‘Bell Bottom’ were other Bollywood movies on the list.
Trending personalities of the year on Google
Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra became the most trending personality on Google in India this year, thanks to his record-breaking performance at the Tokyo Olympics, 2020. He was followed by Aryan Khan — the son of Bollywood superstar Shahrukh Khan — who came in the news for an alleged drug case.
Tesla founder Elon Musk as well as celebrities including Shehnaaz Gill, Raj Kundra were among the top trending personalities on Google in 2021.
Trending news events on Google
Tokyo Olympics was also the dominating trend in the ‘news events’ category on Google in India this year. It was followed by ‘Black Fungus’, ‘Afghanistan news’, ‘West Bengal elections’, and ‘tropical cyclone Tauktae’.
Trending sports events on Google
Similar to the overall top trends, Google said that ‘Indian Premier League’, ‘ICC T20 World Cup’, ‘Euro Cup’, ‘Tokyo Olympics’ and ‘Copa America’ were five leading sports events searched on its site in India.
Trending recipes on Google
As people mostly stayed at their homes in the initial months of the year, many of them seem to have used Google for searching new recipes.
The top trending recipes on Google in India this year was ‘Enoki Mushrooms’, ‘Modak’, ‘Methi Matar Malai’. ‘Palak’ and ‘Chicken soup’ were also among the leading recipes searched online.
Google also revealed the leading search trends around the globe. These are coming from over 70 countries and include ‘Australia vs India’ as the top search trend, followed by ‘India vs England’, ‘IPL’, ‘NBA’, and ‘Euro 2021’.