Google Revealed The Most Popular Searches From The Horrid Science-Fiction Film That Was 2020

If ever there were a year where we relied on Google to answer the many questions to life’s many problems, it’s 2020. This awful, wretched year has seen us confined in our homes with nothing to do while all hell breaks loose outside.

To give us an insight into the way people were thinking (or rather, the way people were Googling) this year, Google has unveiled all the top searches from 2020, divided into various categories, to reveal what folks were searching for during what has arguably been one of the most batshit years in the history of civilisation.

Of the overall searches here in Australia, you’d think coronavirus would be #1, but it turns out folks were most concerned about the US election.

Hell, even NBA and Zoom beat out ‘coronavirus symptoms’ as a Google search, which definitely wasn’t the case for me, but different strokes and all that.

Overall Google Searches:

1. US election
2. Coronavirus
3. NBA
4. Zoom
5. Coronavirus symptoms
6. Kobe Bryant
7. Weather tomorrow
8. Fires near me
9. Coronavirus Victoria
10, Trump vs Biden

Because everyone became pseudo chefs this year (myself included), there’s an entire category dedicated to the recipes people were looking up on Google and funnily enough, numero uno is not digestible (or ingestible, despite what Donald Trump says).

Hand sanny is number one, followed by, ofc, sourdough bread. Shoutout to the iconic Anzac cookie which made it to number eight on the list. Bless.


1. Hand sanitiser
2. Sourdough bread
3. Beef Stroganoff
4. Spaghetti bolognese
5. Donut
6. Crumpet
7. Macaron
8. Anzac cookie
9. Banana bread
10. Dalgona coffee

How-tos and DIYs were pretty much dominated by hand sanny as well, along with bread, face mask, toilet paper, and weird ones like DIY scrunchy holders (Carrie Bradshaw would be APPALLED).

How to….?

1. How to make hand sanitiser
2. How to make a face mask
3. How to use Zoom
4. How to get tested for coronavirus
5. How to make bread
6. How to make self raising flour
7. How to apply for Centrelink
8. How to buy shares
9. How to apply for JobKeeper
10. How to make whipped coffee


1. DIY hand sanitiser
2. DIY face mask pattern
3. DIY neck hammock
4. DIY ventilator
4. DIY foot scrub
5. DIY fire pit area
6. DIY toilet paper
7. DIY pottery kit
8. DIY antibacterial wipes
9. DIY scrunchie holder

Please enjoy all the other Google lists below, you curious suckers:

News topics:

1. US election
2. Coronavirus
3. Fires near me
4. Coronavirus Victoria
5. Toilet paper
6. NSW fires
7. Qantas share price
8. Air quality Melbourne
9. Beirut explosion
10. NSW coronavirus

Australian public figures:

1. Dani Laidley
2. Celeste Barber
3. Gladys Berejiklian
4. George Pell
5.Quaden Bayles
6. Pete Evans
7. Nicola Gobbo
8. Peter Dutton
9. Richard Pusey
10. Ben Cousins

Global public figures:

1. Joe Biden
2. Kim Jong Un
3. Boris Johnson
4. Kamala Harris
5. Tom Hanks
6. Kanye West
7. Joe Exotic
8. Donald Trump
9. Prince Harry
10. Carole Baskin


1. Kobe Bryant
2. Naya Rivera
3. Chadwick Boseman
4. George Floyd
5. Sean Connery
6. Caroline Flack
7. Kelly Preston
8. Kenny Rogers
9. Sushant Singh Rajput
10. Shane Tuck


1. NBA
2. EPL
3. State of Origin 2020
4. Champions League
5. IPL
6. French Open
7. ATP Cup
8. Australia vs New Zealand
9. Tennis Australian Open
10. AFL scores


2. Pandemic
3. Branch stacking
4. Stimulus package
5. Stand down
6. Portmanteau
8. Barre
9. Lockdown
10. Karen

Goods and giving:

1. Where to buy face masks
2. Buy toilet paper online
3. Buy from the bush
4. Buy Ps5
5. Buy Aussie now
6. Where to buy hand sanitizer
7. Buy isopropyl alcohol
8. Buy a bale
9. Buy Xbox Series X
10. Buy dumbbells

‘Can I….?’

1. Where can I buy toilet paper
2. Where can I buy hand sanitiser
3. Where can I get tested for coronavirus
4. Can I access my super
5. How many people can I have in my house
6. When can I access my super
7. Can I go fishing in NSW
8. How much can I borrow home loan
9. How far can I travel in QLD
10. Can I leave Australia