Google, Yahoo, Bing reveal Canadian top search results for 2012

Google, Yahoo, Bing reveal Canadian top search results for 2012

Who would think of arguing that Justin Bieber had an off year in 2012?

Well, according to Google’s annual exploration of web search data, the Canadian pop star was taken down a peg this past year.

“Justin Bieber’s kind of taking some licks, at least in terms of how he ranks in Google searches this year,” says Google Canada spokesman Aaron Brindle.

He wasn’t eligible for the year’s Top 10 list of Canadian “trending” searches — representing newer queries that have broken out for the first time — but surprisingly, he wasn’t named Google’s biggest music-related search of the year.

English-Irish boy band One Direction had more searches than Bieber, who did finish second in the category.

“He still has tons and tons of searches, but it’s interesting, this is kind of a hard year for Justin Bieber because he was outpaced by One Direction and then we also saw … ‘Gangnam Style’ (by PSY) passed Justin Bieber’s (‘Baby’) as the most watched video of all time last month.”

“Gangnam Style” was No. 5 on Google Canada’s list of top trending searches of 2012, behind the social media site Pinterest, hurricane Sandy, the Olympics and the video game “Diablo 3.” “Gangnam Style” outranked the book-turned-film “Hunger Games,” SOPA (an acronym for the Stop Online Piracy Act), the Quebec reality show “Star Academie,” head of the Lord’s Resistance Army Joseph Kony, and Zerg Rush, a search term that launches a secret video game at

Bieber was also shut out at Yahoo! Canada, which said its top searches of the year were Kate Middleton, iPhone 5, Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, “Fifty Shades of Grey,” Higgs boson, hurricane Sandy, Jessica Simpson, Jessica Pare, Scientology and Miss Universe Canada Jenna Talackova.

But Bieber did top the charts, followed by Miley Cyrus, Kim Kardashian, Selena Gomez, Kate Middleton, Jennifer Aniston, Taylor Swift, Kristen Stewart, Katy Perry and Lady Gaga.

A new category Google Canada tracked this year was “how to” searches and Canadians most wanted to learn “how to rock.” Second was how to shuffle, followed by kiss, YouTube, twerk, wakeboard, snorkel, live and embroider.

Google also ranked searches that started with “what is.” The top result was “what is love,” followed by SOPA, gluten, yolo (which stands for you only live once), Instagram, Scientology, Tumblr, Pinterest, dubstep and autism.

And what is Canada’s favourite sports team, according to Google searches? Baseball’s Toronto Blue Jays.

Blame the ongoing NHL lockout, combined with the Jays’ recent flurry of acquisitions, for hockey’s unexpected fall out of the top spot. The Toronto Maple Leafs were second on the list, followed by the Vancouver Canucks, Montreal Canadiens, Winnipeg Jets, Edmonton Oilers, Calgary Flames, Ottawa Senators, Toronto Raptors and Montreal Impact.

“Sometimes this can be distilled down to a popularity contest, but sometimes it’s also just where there’s actual news and I think the Blue Jays’ bunch of really interesting trades (helped),” said Brindle.

“The NHL in general has taken a huge hit on Google in terms of hockey-related

Google Zeitgeist Canada 2012


  1. Pinterest
  2. Hurricane Sandy
  3. Olympics
  4. Diablo 3
  5. Gangnam Style


  1. Whitney Houston
  2. Jeremy Lin
  3. Michael Clarke Duncan
  4. Morgan Freeman
  5. Felix Baumgartner

Canadian Politicians

  1. Stephen Harper
  2. Justin Trudeau
  3. Vic Toews
  4. Thomas Mulcair
  5. Peter MacKay


  1. One Direction
  2. Justin Bieber
  3. Drake
  4. Whitney Houston
  5. Rihanna

Canadian Musicians

  1. Justin Bieber
  2. Drake
  3. Carly Rae Jepsen
  4. Hedley
  5. deadmau5


  1. eBay
  2. craigslist
  3. Canadian Tire
  4. Walmart
  5. Future Shop


  1. Tiger Woods
  2. Steve Nash
  3. Michael Phelps
  4. LeBron James
  5. Usain Bolt

Canadian Sports Teams

  1. Toronto Blue Jays
  2. Toronto Maple Leafs
  3. Vancouver Canucks
  4. Montreal Canadiens
  5. Winnipeg Jets

Canadian Olympians

  1. Milos Raonic
  2. Alexandre Despatie
  3. Christine Sinclair
  4. Clara Hughes
  5. Ryder Hesjedal

How to… ?

  1. How To Rock
  2. How To Love
  3. How To Shuffle
  4. How To Kiss
  5. How To YouTube

What is…?

  1. What Is Love
  2. What Is SOPA
  3. What Is Gluten
  4. What Is Yolo
  5. What Is Instagram

Cities in Google Maps

  1. Toronto
  2. Montreal
  3. Calgary
  4. Vancouver
  5. Ottawa

Canadian Food

  1. Bacon
  2. Poutine
  3. Maple Syrup
  4. Yorkshire Pudding
  5. Bannock


  1. Molson
  2. Guinness
  3. Budweiser
  4. Coors
  5. Labatt

Craft Beer

  1. Granville Island
  2. Amsterdam
  3. Big Rock
  4. Muskoka
  5. Creemore


  1. Teacher
  2. Nurse
  3. Designer
  4. Accountant
  5. Mechanic


  1. Civil Engineer
  2. Pharmacist
  3. Truck Driver
  4. Veterinarian
  5. Paralegal

Destinations in Google Maps

  1. Hotel
  2. Restaurant
  3. Camping
  4. Walmart
  5. Parking

Yahoo Canada

Top 10 searches of 2012:

1. Kate Middleton

2. iPhone5

3. Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattison

4. Fifty Shades of Grey

5. Higgs Boson

6. Hurricane Sandy

7. Jessica Simpson

8. Jessica Pare

9. Scientology

10. Jenna Talackova

Top Holiday Icons:

1. Santa

2. Elf

3. Snowman

4. Grinch

5. Reindeer

6. Rudolph

7. Gingerbread Men

8. Jack Frost

9. Cindy Lou Who

10. Little Drummer Boy

Source, Photo: Canadian Press, CBC

James Chung

Vancouver Lifestyle, Cool Tech & Travel Adventure. Email: [email protected]

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