Top 10 Google Trend Searches for 2018

January 2019 - With Google's release of their Top 10 Google Trend Searches for 2018, people across the world begin to remember the year that was 2018.

From the Royal Wedding and Jacob Zuma stepping down before his term was over, to The Russian World Cup and The Global Citizen Festival held at the FNB Stadium in Soweto, 2018 is definitely a year worth thinking back on.

Here are some of the 2018 Top 10 Trending Google Searches per topic:

Top Searches

1. World Cup Fixtures

2. Load Shedding

3. Global Citizen

4. Zuma

5. Winnie Mandela

6. HHP

7. Listeriosis

8. Black Panther

9. Meghan Markle

10. Mac Miller


HHP, a South African Motswako rapper, passed away on 25 October 2018

South African Personalities

1. Zuma

2. Cyril Ramaphosa

3. Sbahle Mpisane

4. Kevin Anderson

5. Malusi Gigaba

6. Ashwin Willemse

7. Patrice Motsepe

8. Cheryl Zondi

9. Shamila Batohi

10. Mlindo the Vocalist

Cyril Ramaphosa

Cyril Ramaphosa, who was sworn in as president in February 2018, was the second most popular 'South African Personalities' Google search in 2018.

Google Questions

1. How did Avicii die?

2. How old is Pharrell Williams?

3. What is listeriosis?

4. What is black data?

5. How old is Prince Harry?

6. How much are global citizen tickets?

7. How to get pregnant?

8. What time is the royal wedding?

9. What happened to HHP?

10. How old is Meghan Markle?

Meghan Markle

In the 'Top Google Questions' category, 10th place went to 'How old is Meghan Markle?''

Near Me Searches

1. Jobs near me

2. Nandos near me

3. Dischem near me

4. McDonalds near me

5. Guest house near me

6. Postnet near me

7. Steers near me

8. Spar near me

9. Debonairs near me

10. Spur near me

Job Search

Jobs near me was the top 'Near me' Google Search in 2018.


1. Oxtail

2. Cake

3. Cocktail

4. Butternut

5. Salad

6. Stir fry

7. Biscuit

8. Easy dessert

9. Sweet potato

10. Chicken breast

Oxtail Stew

The most searched recipe by South Africans was for oxtail.


1. World Cup fixtures

2. PSL Log

3. Kevin Anderson

4. Ashwin Willemse

5. SA vs Australia

6. Sundowns vs Barcelona

7. SA vs India

8. Alexis Sanchez

9. Commonwealth Games

10. Winter Olympics

FIFA WOrld Cup 2018

The most searched item in the 'Sports' category was for The 2018 FIFA World Cup fixtures.

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