Google is the go-to tool for understanding what is happening in the world, and each day 3.5 billion searches are made (1.2 trillion each year). It is the first port of call for information on news, celebrity, film, sport, music, video games and just about anything that people have an interest in. Each year Google releases a list of the most popular searches, which always gives a great overview of the year just gone. These are the top “trending” searches, which refers to searches that held the highest spike in traffic over a sustained period of time in 2015.
10. American Sniper
Somewhat of a surprise entrance, the 10th most common search this year was for Clint Eastwood’s biographical war film American Sniper. The film was released at the end of 2014 with a wide release on the 16th of January, 2015, and went on to become an enormous success with worldwide gross earnings of over $547 million. Unsurprisingly, almost all of the searches were conducted in January and mainly came from the United States. The film was so popular and searched for because it follows the life of Chris Kyle, who is the deadliest marksman in U.S. military history with 255 kills in the Iraq war. Although he was celebrated for this, it also took a toll on his life and family. In the film, Kyle is brilliantly portrayed by Bradley Cooper (who picked up an Academy Award nomination), and for the direction of the movie Eastwood received critical acclaim.