Yahoo Year in Review 2016 Presents this Year's Top Searches
Article by George Norman
On 07 Dec 2016
Yahoo’s annual Year in Review report is out and it offers a close look at "what intrigued the hearts and minds of millions of users worldwide throughout the year." Take a look below to uncover the year’s top 10 searches, top 10 celebrities, top 10 companies, and more.

Before I get started, let me quickly remind you about last year’s year in review. Click here to check out last year’s most searched celebrities, top searched questions, top searched gadgets, and other trending topics.

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Top Searches on Yahoo in 2016
  • 10 – Hillary Clinton
  • 9 – Kim Kardashian West
  • 8 – Jodie Sweetin
  • 7 – Megyn Kelly
  • 6 – Khloe Kardashian
  • 5 – 2016 Olympics
  • 4 – Gwen Stefani
  • 3 – Roblox
  • 2 – Donald Trump
  • 1 – 2016 Election


The top two searches last year were Bobbi Kristina Brown (the defunct daughter of Bobby Brown and Whitney Houston) at #1 and Apple’s iPhone at #2. But with 2016 being an election year, it’s no surprise to see that the top searches are for the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election and President-elect Donald Trump. It’s also no surprise to see that several of the year’s top news stories are related to the election.


Top 10 News Stories on Yahoo News in 2016
  • 10 – Presidential Debates
  • 9 – Clinton Emails
  • 8 – Trump Protests
  • 7 – EgyptAir Flight 804 Debris Located
  • 6 – Baton Rouge Police Shooting
  • 5 – Hurricane Matthew
  • 4 – Deadly Attack in Istanbul
  • 3 – Massacre at Pulse Nightclub
  • 2 – Prince’s Death
  • 1 – Election Day


Sadly though, Prince isn’t the only one who passed away this year. We also lost musician David Bowie and a lot of actors, as IMDb points out on this In Memoriam page. Speaking about celebrities and IMDb, the movie website recently unveiled its Top 10 Stars of 2016 list, presenting the celebrities that consistently ranked highest on the IMDb weekly STARmeter chart throughout 2016. The list is quite different from Yahoo’s top 10 celebrities list.


Top 10 Celebrities on Yahoo in 2016
  • 10 – Gigi Hadid
  • 9 – Selena Gomez
  • 8 – Miranda Lambert
  • 7 – Katy Perry
  • 6 – Taylor Swift
  • 5 – Justin Bieber
  • 4 – Kim Kardashian-West
  • 3 – Jodie Sweetin
  • 2 – Khloe Kardashian
  • 1 – Gwen Stefani


Last year, Yahoo had two separate top 10 lists, one for male and another for female celebrities. Scott Disick, Lamar Odom and Tiger Woods took the top 3 spots on the male celebrities list. Bobbi Kristina Brown, Caitlyn Jenner and Kendal Jenner took the top 3 spots on the female celebrities list. Kim Kardashian took the #5 spot on the list.


Top 10 Music Artists on Yahoo Music in 2016
  • 10 – Beyoncé
  • 9 – Trent Harmon
  • 8 – Randy Travis
  • 7 – Britney Spears
  • 6 – Lady Gaga
  • 5 – Tim McGraw
  • 4 – Kanye West
  • 3 – Prince
  • 2 – Taylor Swift
  • 1 – David Bowie


David Bowie passed away in his New York City apartment on January 10, 2016, just two days after his 69th birthday and the release of his twenty-fifth and final studio album, Blackstar. Bowie had been diagnosed with liver cancer 18 months earlier, but did not share this with the public. Since he did not want a funeral, Bowie was cremated on January 12.


Top 10 Movies on Yahoo Movies in 2016
  • 10 – The Magnificent Seven
  • 9 – Deadpool
  • 8 – Jason Bourne
  • 7 – Alice Through the Looking Glass
  • 6 – Captain America: Civil War
  • 5 – Suicide Squad
  • 4 – Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  • 3 – Ghostbusters
  • 2 – Batman v. Superman
  • 1 – X-Men: Apocalypse


X-Men Apocalypse, the latest installment in the series of movies that are based on the X-Men franchise, had a budget of $178 million. Although the movie scored a rather low 48% on Rotten Tomatoes, that didn’t stop people from going to see it. Consequently, the movie made close to $544 at the box office. It grossed $155.4 million in North America and $388.5 million worldwide.


Top 10 Companies on Yahoo Finance in 2016
  • 10 – Wells Fargo
  • 9 – Ford
  • 8 – Valeant Pharmaceuticals
  • 7 – Alibaba
  • 6 – Tesla
  • 5 – Amazon
  • 4 – Bank of America
  • 3 – Twitter
  • 2 – Facebook
  • 1 – Apple


The year’s top highlight on Yahoo Finance was Apple’s unveiling of the new iPhone 7. The smartphone comes with a new advanced camera, improved battery life, a better processor, water and dust resistance, and no headphone jack.




Tags: Yahoo, year in review, top searches, most popular searches, US Elections, Gwen Stefani, David Bowie, X-Men Apocalypse, Apple
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