As the year comes to an end Top 10 lists give us an opportunity to remember and reflect on the year that was. Canada's top 10 Google searches shows our interest in celebrities and our desire to understand world events. Curious to learn more? Check out these reading and viewing lists based on the trends that captured our attention this year.
Spurred by the ”Slapgate” incident at the Oscars Will Smith was the 10th most popular search term this year. Read Smith’s autobiography, Will, and catch up on movies featuring Will Smith or Chris Rock
At #9 was Johnny Depp. The televised defamation trial between Depp and ex-wife Amber Heard garnered much media attention. Heard is best known for her role in the box-office hit Aquaman while Depp is known for his eclectic choice in films.
Celebrity deaths were common searches including that of Anne Heche, who died following a car crash. Heche was an actor known for her award winning roles on stage, television and film. Enjoy these movies starring Heche.
At #6, comedian and actor Bob Saget was best known for the TV series Full House and as host of America's Funniest Home Videos. He also received a Grammy nomination for his adult-oriented stand up comedy album That's What I'm Talking About. Saget died in his sleep after experiencing blunt head trauma as a result of an accidental fall.
Continuing the theme of celebrity deaths and coming in at #5 was actor and comedian Betty White. With a television career spanning almost 70 years she was a pioneer in the field as the first woman to win a Daytime Emmy Award and first woman to produce a sitcom. White was also well known as an advocate for animal welfare and was the author of several books.
Queen Elizabeth II, the United Kingdom’s longest living monarch, died at 96 after 70 years on the throne. Explore these books about the life and reign of Queen Elizabeth.
The Canadian men's soccer team took to the pitch at the 2022 FIFA World Cup for the first time in 36 years spreading a soccer fever that made the World Cup the 3rd most popular Google search. Check out this selection of books about the world's most popular sport.
The war in Ukraine has been on our minds all year as reflected by its #2 ranking in search. Add these Ukranian authors to your reading list to gain a sense of the country's history and culture.
And at #1, the most searched term in Canada and globally was Wordle! Our obsession with the word game resulted in several related games such as octordle, quordle, canuckle and the word game's math counterpart nerdle. If you like puzzles try these brain teasers from Hoopla.