Yahoo Shares Its Top Searches for 2014

Not one to be left out of the annual roundups of the year in search, Yahoo has joined in the fun and is sharing its 2014 Year in Review. The 2014 review includes top searches from countries around the world, categories such as news and tech, along with recaps of previous years.

What Were the Top 10 Searches of 2014?


Below is the list of overall top searches on Yahoo for this year. Some of the items may surprise you when compared to other search engine results, but some are par for the course.

  1. Ebola
  2. Minecraft
  3. Ariana Grande
  4. Jennifer Lawrence
  5. Kaley Cuoco
  6. Kim Kardashian
  7. Frozen
  8. Miley Cyrus
  9. iPhone 6
  10. Jennifer Anniston

2014’s Top Obsessions

Understanding why Americans are obsessed with any particular topic is not always easy. The following is a list of Yahoo’s top obsessions (based on search volume) and a brief explanation as to the importance of the topic.

  1. ALS Ice Bucket Challenge: ALS donations saw a significant boost this year as people all over the nation began challenging their friends to either complete the challenge or donate to the cause.
  2. Flappy Bird: The simple gaming app quickly took hold and was at one point leading all iOS downloads. Surprisingly, the creator ended up removing the game for download because of the addictive nature of it.
  3. Frozen: This children’s movie has topped every top 2014 list thus far. While it comes in seventh place in overall searches, the addition of searches for the songs and characters of Frozen catapults it to number three in the Top Obsessions category.
  4. Fifty Shades of Grey movie: Even before it was announced that a movie would be made about the popular book series, obsessed readers went to the Web in search for information on the likelihood of a screen adaptation.
  5. American Ninja Warrior: The obstacle-ridden course of American Ninja Warrior has defeated many men and women alike. This year, Kacy Katanzaro was the first woman ever to complete the course. She stands at an even 5 feet tall and weighs only 100 pounds.
  6. The Duggars: The family from 19 Kids and Counting saw the marriage of their first two daughters in the summer and fall of this year.
  7. All About That Bass: Meghan Trainor’s doo-wop single has girls all over the world singing along and improving body-image issues in the process.
  8. Katniss Everdeen: Jennifer Lawrence’s portrayal of Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games series has proven to be a strong heroine for global cinema. In fact, the name of the main character even surpassed the movie title in search results.
  9. Cleanses: It seems like each year there is a new “healthy” cleanse that is guaranteed to leave you feeling better and dropping weight. Detox beverages are now available at many chains, local shops, and supermarkets.
  10. Polar Vortex: Record low temperatures in Wisconsin and Florida at the beginning of the year led to conspiracy theories and comedic responses. Later in the year, the Wall Street Journal pointed out that “Polar Vortex” is a phrase that has been used as far back as Victorian England. 

Top News Searches of 2014

Katie Couric acts as the Global News Anchor for Yahoo and she recaps the year in a top 10 video for 2014’s top stories. The list of the top news searches is included below.

  1. Ebola Epidemic
  2. Death of Robin Williams
  3. Midterm Elections
  4. Leaked Celebrity Photos
  5. Malaysia Airlines Tragedies
  6. Michael Brown Shooting: Ferguson, MI
  7. Jodi Arias Sentencing
  8. ISIS Uprising
  9. Ray Rice: Domestic Violence Scandal
  10. Obamacare

Top Most-Wanted Tech Gadgets

If you’re still not quite sure what to get your tech-obsessed loved ones for the holidays, this list of the most-wanted tech gadgets might be just what you need.

  1. Apple iPhone 6
  2. Samsung Galaxy S5
  3. Samsung Galaxy Note 4
  4. GoPro HERO
  5. Apple iPad mini
  6. Microsoft Xbox One
  7. Amazon Kindle Fire
  8. Sony PlayStation 4
  9. Apple iPad Air
  10. Microsoft Surface Pro 3

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