After a year that was anything but ordinary, Google's "Year in Search" is looking back at what people searched for online as they managed a global pandemic, took to the streets in protest, learned how to Zoom their everyday life and mourned the loss of so much normalcy and so many lives.
Google released their annual "Year in Search" roundup on Wednesday, taking a look back at some of the top trending searches throughout 2020, accompanied by a video that highlighted the year's ups and downs, from the devastating effects of the coronavirus pandemic to the inspiring protests by the Black Lives Matter movement, to the (sometimes) joyful chaos of life at home.
"The most human trait is to want to know why," says the video's narration, by poet and musician Kofi Lost. "And in a year that tested everyone around the world, 'why' was searched more than ever."
"Why is it that this year showed us its worst, and we still found ways to triumph?" Lost asks, as the video spotlights high points from the year, including Naomi Osaka's U.S. Open win, Leslie Jordan's silly quarantine videos, LeBron James and the Lakers triumphing in the NBA bubble, and sweet at-home moments like weddings and reunions.
The video also dives into "the questions that made us cry," including footage of 2020's wildfires, memorials to injustice, the coronavirus death toll and the loss of public figures like Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna, Chadwick Boseman, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Congressman John Lewis, Eddie Van Halen and more.
"While we didn't find all the answers, we kept asking," Lost concludes. "Until we get to every answer, we're still searching."
Along with the moving video, Google also released the data on its top trending data for the year, highlighting people, questions and terms that saw a sustained spike in search traffic in 2020. See the complete roundup here, and read on for some select lists.