What are the 5 most searched for things on Google in 2014?

Google every year release a list of most popular searches in the particular year and the trends it reveals are pretty incredible. It looks like last year we’ve searched more for “hope” than “fear,” which is encouraging in and of itself.

Want to know more? Scroll down to see the top five most popular searches globally in 2014.

1. Robin Williams

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The world-renowned actor and comedian always made us smile, and his death had a significant impact, reminding us all to take mental health more seriously. According to Google, searches for the word “depression” increased by three times in the aftermath of his death. The word was often paired up with “tests” and “symptoms.”

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2. World Cup

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Brazil vs. Germany was the first semifinal match of the World Cup in 2014. Halfway into the game, Germany was winning, five to nothing. That’s when Google says searches of “highest world cup victory” peaked in Germany. Looks like advancing in the Cup wasn’t enough — the Germans also wanted their names in the record books!

3. Ebola


Searches for “Ebola” in 2014 were defined in a major way by our concerns about infection as the disease’s outbreak continued to spread in West Africa.

Ebola deaths:

Figures up to 5th May 2015

11,022 Deaths – probable, confirmed and suspected (Source WHO)

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(Includes one in the US and six in Mali)

  • 4,716 Liberia
  • 3,904 Sierra Leone
  • 2,387 Guinea
  • 8 Nigeria

4. Malaysian Airlines


Google reports that we made over 200 million searches for information about “mh370,” the still missing malaysian airline flight that disappeared in March, seemingly without a trace.

The search giant also noted that the world doesn’t seem willing to give up on the flight: we searched 14 times more for “mh370 found” than “mh370 lost.”

5. ALS Ice Bucket Challenge


The landscape of online fundraising forever changed when the ALS ice bucket challenge took the Internet by storm. According to Google, we logged more searches for “ALS” in 2014 than in the past 10 years combined.We also donated over $ 100 million for the ALS association and other related organizations.

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Harsh is a curious writer who loves to explore his surroundings. There are many websites who provide answer to people queries but no single website alone resolves the curiosity of people. Curious Mind Box is an initiative to resolve the curiosities and answer every What, How and Why question that comes into your mind.

3 thoughts on “What are the 5 most searched for things on Google in 2014?

  • May 14, 2015 at 10:49 am

    That’s is a good collection of curious questions!!!

    • July 2, 2015 at 5:34 am

      very interesting.why can’t we use gogloe search volumes or “hit counts” on certain sites to gage optimism or despair re the market? does gogloe make any information like that available, and is it real time? what other firms would have these stats?”hits” on amazon might be an early indication of confidence, even before the purchase is made and so on.

      • July 9, 2015 at 1:18 am

        haha Fery,, prbably ur comment about Amazon was true. But I would try to answer here on your this query about guaging the no. of hits of a website. No as of now this information is not available on google or on any other website that provides you the way to count the no. of hits on a website.
        This information is not openly available because it is confidential and important to the particular business. Revealing such kinda figures on regular basis may bring on lot of threats from cyber security purposes as well as from market perspective.
        May be later on in future we have it when we come to market with totally open competitive strategy I believe 🙂
        Hope could answer your query, otherwise you can post back your doubts if any!!


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