In 2023, the most searched films were "Barbie" and "Oppenheimer," particularly when people were not looking for information about those who had died. Footballers Kylian Mbappe and Harry Kane attracted a lot of search traffic, while Shakira topped the music charts.
The terms with the greatest increase in searches in 2023 compared to prior years decide the results. Audiences established records by watching "Barbie," about the doll's feminist awakening, and "Oppenheimer," about the creation of the atomic weapon, in quick succession.
The films grossed £30 million in their first weekend, marking the industry's highest result since 2019.
Shakira, on the other hand, made the news twice in 2023. She first gained popularity in January for a song about her ex-partner Gerard Pique, which broke Latin American YouTube records.
Later in the year, Shakira stayed in the spotlight in the second half of the year after being accused of tax evasion in Spain. She settled the matter out of court for €7.5 million (£6.5 million), despite maintaining her innocence.
Predictably, many searches in 2023 were for information on those who had died. The global searches in this category were led by Matthew Perry, the "Friends" star who died in October at the age of 54.
Because of his role as Benny in "Fallout: New Vegas," gamers adored Perry.
Tina Turner, Sinead O'Connor, and Paul O'Grady were all popular searches in the UK, as was S Club 7 star Paul Cattermole, who died just weeks after the band planned a return tour.
Kylian Mbappe, a French footballer widely recognized as one of the finest in the world, was among the most-searched athletes in 2023. In addition, Englishman Harry Kane made the list after his high-profile £86.4 million move to Bayern Munich in August.
The athlete who drew the most online searches, however, may be unfamiliar to many in the UK: Damar Hamlin, an American football player for the Buffalo Bills. In January, he collapsed during a National Football League game and had to be revived on the field.