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Barbie, Wednesday, Mathew Perry, Shakira, more among Google's most searched terms of 2023

Barbie led this year's Google search movie trends, followed by Oppenheimer, and Jawan in the sphere of entertainment

By Web Desk
December 11, 2023
Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling for Barbie. Jenna Ortega for Netflixs Wednesday. — Screengrab/Barbie/Wednesday
Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling for Barbie. Jenna Ortega for Netflix's Wednesday. — Screengrab/Barbie/Wednesday

The ongoing Israel-Hamas war dominated the global news trends in 2023 with many other public interest events that took place, as per Google's Year in Search report.

Damar Hamlin's near-death encounter on the field during a January NFL game - and his acclaimed resurrection - sent the talent to the top of searches for persons overall, while Jeremy Renner's sad snowplough accident earlier in the year boosted searches for the Hawkeye standout throughout 2023.

In the sphere of entertainment, Barbie led this year's Google search movie trends, followed by Oppenheimer and Indian movie Jawan. In television, The Last of Us and Wednesday rose as searches for actors Pedro Pascal and Jenna Ortega skyrocketed.

Shakira, who is mired in a tax dispute, has also been crowned the year's most searched singer, following her Gerard Pique diss track in January and ensuing tax problems.

Then, after signing Lionel Messi from Paris Saint-Germain, Inter Miami became the most searched sports team, and - sure - the Korean rice meal bibimbap dominated searches for recipes.

The year has been plagued by sorrow, with global attention and outpourings of sadness following the untimely deaths of Matthew Perry and Tina Turner. Jerry Springer, Steve Harwell of Smash Mouth, and Sinead O'Connor were all mourned fondly by admirers throughout the world when word of their deaths spread.

Google's top searches in 2023

Following are the Google's top searches for the year 2023.


1. War in Israel and Gaza

2. Titanic Submarine

3. Turkey and Syria Earthquake

4. Hurricane Hilary

5. Hurricane Idalia

6. Hurricane Lee

7. Maine shooting

8. Nashville shooting

9. Chandrayaan-3

10. War in Sudan


1. Damar Hamlin

2. Jeremy Renner

3. Andrew Tate

4. Kylian Mbappe

5. Travis Kelce

6. Jenna Ortega

7. Lil Tay

8. Danny Masterson

9. David Beckham

10. Pedro Pascal


1. Matthew Perry

2. Tina Turner

3. Sinead O'Connor

4. Ken Block

5. Jerry Springer

6. Angus Cloud

7. Nicola Bulley

8. Jane Birkin

9. Jimmy Buffett

10. Lance Reddick


1. Jeremy Renner

2. Jenna Ortega

3. Ichikawa Ennosuke IV

4. Danny Masterson

5. Pedro Pascal

6. Jamie Foxx

7. Brendan Fraser

8. Russell Brand

9. Kiara Advani

10. Matt Rife


1. Barbie

2. Oppenheimer

3. Jawan

4. Sound of Freedom

5. John Wick: Chapter 4

6. Avatar: The Way of Water

7. Everything Everywhere All at Once

8. Gadar 2

9. Creed III

10. Pathaan


1. Shakira

2. Jason Aldean

3. Joe Jonas

4. Smash Mouth

5. Peppino di Capri

6. Gino Paoli

7. Tom Kaulitz

8. Kellie Pickler

9. José Luis Perales

10. Anna Oxa