Search in 2020 summarizes Google Trends for turbulent times

2020 is a year we’ve never experienced, and as it comes to an end, Google’s Year in Search video was introduced, allowing a look back at an uncertain roller coaster of the year.

In this year’s summary video, Google is changing the style a bit. We see the same transparent search bar and phrase as in recent years, but this time accompanied by a poem by Kofi Dadzie, a poet and musician living in Boston. The video also features an original song by Peter Cottontale, Cynthia Erivo and Chance the Rapper, “Together” before its official release on Friday.

Year in Search 2020 video and poem showcases the world’s most popular search trends, with the “why” question as the centerpiece of this year. The main trends include the biggest events of the year, apparently driven by the ongoing COVID-19 epidemic. Other big trends included the raging fire in California and Australia, the Black Lives Matter movement, and notable deaths such as Kobe Bryant, Chadwick Boseman, and Ruth Bader Ginsberg.

Google didn’t just detail the biggest trends of the year on Google Trends in a heartwarming video. It will be very interesting to see how the 2020 elections, COVID-19 and the Black Lives Matter movement affected the top trends of the whole year.

Breaking down by category, these key trends are:

Tricky searches

  • Election results
  • Coronavirus
  • Kobe Bryant
  • Coronavirus latest news
  • Symptoms of coronavirus
  • Zoom
  • Who wins the election
  • Naya Rivera
  • Chadwick Boseman
  • PlayStation 5


  • Election results
  • Coronavirus
  • Stimulus checks
  • Unemployment
  • Iran
  • Hurricane Laura
  • super tuesday
  • Stock exchange
  • Murder horn
  • Australia is on fire


  • Parasitic
  • 1917
  • Black Panther
  • Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey
  • Little women
  • Only Mercy
  • Bad boys 3
  • Sonic the hedgehog
  • Infection
  • Fantasy island

Near to me

  • Covid is testing near me
  • Early vote near me
  • Fire near me
  • Vote near me
  • Demonstrations near me
  • Toilet paper near me
  • Nail salons open nearby
  • Ballot paper nearby
  • There were black-owned restaurants nearby
  • Drive to a nearby cinema


  • Virtual tours
  • Virtual museum tours
  • Virtual Kentucky Derby
  • Virtual learning
  • Virtual NBA fans
  • Virtual EDC rave
  • Virtual classroom
  • Virtual tours
  • Virtual marriage
  • Virtual baby shower


  • why chainsaws were invented
  • why there is a shortage of coins
  • why George Floyd was arrested
  • why does nevada take so long
  • why bans are banned
  • why Kobe had 2 numbers
  • why everyone buys toilet paper
  • why is it called covid 19
  • why is it called the eleventh
  • why burn sky australia

For the first time this year, the Google Search Year will receive a physical edition as part of the partnership Pop-Up Magazine. The 52-page magazine will soon be available as a “time capsule” for the craze that has been going on since 2020.

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