Lycos Kicks off the “Top Search Terms of the Year” Season

Well, it’s that time of the year when the top search term lists begin appearing. It’s a holiday of sorts for pop culture fanatics and search junkies. Today, we begin the journey with the release of the Lycos list from the Lycos 50 of the most popular Internet search terms of 2005.

Here’s the complete list of the Top 100 Terms. Now, some higlights (if you want to call them that).

Top 10 Search Terms (in parentheses is last year’s rank)
1. Paris Hilton (2)
2. Pamela Anderson (8)
3. Britney Spears (4)
4. Poker (10)
5. Dragonball (13)
6. Jennifer Lopez (28)
7. WWE (17)
8. Pokemon (33)
9. Playstation (24)
10. Hurricane Katrina (-)

Well, Paris stays hot (isn’t that great? Not!) while Pam makes a big jump up the list. New mom Britney stays at about the same plunge Taking the plunge is Janet Jackson who drops to 55 after being number one in 2004. It looks like the lack of any wardrobe malfunctions might have played a role. (-: Finally, we really love searching for poker, Pokemon, DragonBall, and Playstation.

Lycos also takes a look at the Top 50 Women on the Web in 2005 in this article. Mariah Carey gets the Rookie of the Year Award. Mariah? Rookie? Interesting, Mariah’s comeback makes her a rookie as far as to what Lycos searcher’s have to say.

Other Categories
+ Most Searched Man: Enimen
From the news release, some interesting comparitive numbers between Mr. Mathers and 50 Cent. “{Eminem generated] 25 percent more searches than his protégé 50 Cent and 36 percent more popular than Usher.”

+ Top TV Show Search: The Simpsons
Homer and family dethrone American Idol after search interest in Simon, Paula, and Randy’s program dropped 63% in 2005. No sign of William Huang on any list.

+ Top News Search
As expected it was Hurrican Katrina at #1 and the the term Tsunami at #2.

+ Top Fads
Most make sense as 2005 goes but I must say I was surprised by “free credit report” (that’s a fad?) and
crochet. Well, I’m more of a knitting man myself. (-:

Predictions: People and Trends to Watch in 2006
Lycos reports that, Based on growing search
queries, The Lycos 50 predicts these are the ones to watch in 2006:
+ Bird flu or Avian flu (let’s hope not)
+ Reggae rapper Daddy Yankee
+ Reggaeton music fad
+ Singer Ciara
+ Singers Pharrell Williams and Natasha Bedingfield?Rap
+ Group Threesix Mafia
+ Rrapper Young Jeezy
+ Golf phenomenon Natalie Gulbis
+ Teen TV drama, Degrassi, The Next Generation
+ Video Games: Freecycle

Here are other breakout lists from Lycos:

Top 10 Women of 2005:
1) Paris Hilton
2) Pamela Anderson
3) Britney Spears
4) Jennifer Lopez
5) Brooke Burke
6) Tara Reid
7) Angelina Jolie
8) Lindsay Lohan
9) Carmen Electra
10) Hilary Duff

Top 10 Men of 2005:
1) Eminem
2) 50 Cent
3) Tupac Shakur
4) Usher
5) Clay Aiken
6) Andy Milonakis
7) Howard Stern
8) Michael Jackson
9) Bow Wow
10) Brad Pitt

Top 10 Bands of 2005:
1) Green Day
2) Slipknot
3) Metallica
4) Linkin Park
5) The Beatles
6) U2
7) Good Charlotte
8) My Chemical Romance
9) Fall Out Boy
10) Pretty Ricky

Top 10 Films of 2005:
1) Harry Potter & Goblet of Fire
2) Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith
3) Batman Begins
4) Dukes of Hazzard
5) Charlie & the Chocolate Factor
6) Fantastic Four
7) Exorcism of Emily Rose
8) Sin City
9) Constantine
10) Hitch

Top News Stories of 2005:
1) Hurricane Katrina
2) Tsunami
3) War in Iraq
4) Petra Nemcova
5) Hurricane Rita
6) September 11th
7) Pope John Paul II
8) Peter Jennings
9) Rosa Parks
10) Gas Prices

Top Fads of 2005:
1) Poker
2) iPod
3) RuneScape
4) Blackjack
5) Free Credit Report
6) Yoga
7) Rate Your Professor
8) Texas Hold ‘Em
9) Freecycle
10) Crochet

Top Television Shows of 2005:
1) The Simpsons
2) Teen Titans
3) American Idol
4) Smallville
5) Big Brother
6) South Park
7) Lost
8) Family Guy
9) Survivor
10) Charmed

Top 10 Sports Stars of 2005:
1) Anna Kournikova
2) Serena Williams
3) Maria Sharapova
4) Candice Michell
5) John Cena
6) Danica Patrick
7) Michael Jordan
8) Martina Hingis
9) David Beckham
10) Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Dean Tsouvalas has much more onn The Lycos 50 home page including links to rankings back to 2002.

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