Image Credit: Nathana Rebouças
Now that the finish line of 2020 is in sight, at Routenote we’re looking back over this endless year and pulling together some of the highlights from the music world. Google’s Year in Search is in, revealing the musicians the UK searched for the most this year.
Google Trends have published a Top 10 list of bands and musicians the United Kingdom Googled this year. Alongside repeated searching for ‘Sourdough starter recipe’ and ‘Who Is Carole Baskin?’, people in the UK were also curious about music artists. However, the list of most-searched musicians looks to be more about the personal lives of those included than the music they’ve produced in 2020.
Fuelled by his US Presidency campaign, and other headlines, Kanye West topped the list of most-searched-for music artists on Google this year. Girls Aloud singer Sarah Harding was at number two, no doubt because of concern for her health following a breast cancer diagnosis. Classical tenor Russell Watson’s I’m A Celebrity appearance won him the bronze. And grime artist Wiley’s hate speech got him banned from Facebook and Twitter and earned him the number 8 spot on the list.
Google Search UK Top 10 musicians:
- Kanye West
- Sarah Harding
- Russell Watson
- Bugzy Malone
- Meghan Trainor
- Nicola Roberts
Meanwhile, in the US, the Top 10 looked a little different:
Google Search US Top 10 musicians:
- August Alsina
- Doja Cat
- Van Halen
- Tamar Braxton
- Quando Rondo
- Tory Lanez
The Top 10 lists are based on search terms that had the highest spike this year when compared to the previous year. The UK most-searched Google entry in 2019 was ‘Rugby World Cup’ and in 2020 was – you guessed it – ‘Coronavirus’. Let’s all try and be optimistic that the Year in Search at the end of 2021 will read very differently.