Looking Back 2013

Margaret Thatcher’s death sparked much debate — not least over her £1.2 million funeral cost.

Written by New York Times | Published: December 29, 2013 4:47:05 am

To round up this eventful year,Google has published its Zetigeist list,which highlights the most searched-for people,questions,events,songs,and more of the past 12 months.

The most searched item was actor Paul Walker,who was killed in a car crash in November. Miley Cyrus,Nelson Mandela,the British royal baby and iPhone 5S followed.

Here’s a roundup of the year:

Top 10 most searched-for TV shows on Google

EastEnders,Breaking Bad,Coronation Street,Big Brother,The Blacklist,Under the Dome,Masters of Sex,Homeland,Top Gear,The Voice

Top 10 most searched-for films on Google:

Man of Steel,Iron Man 3,World War Z,Django Unchained,Despicable Me 2,Gravity,Chennai Express,Les Miserables,The Conjuring,Argo

Top 10 songs downloaded (Apple)

Timber (featuring Ke$ha) by Pitbull,Counting Stars by One Republic,Say Something by a Great Big World and Christina Aguilera,Story of My Life by One Direction,Demons by Imagine Dragons,Let Her Go by Passenger,Royals by Lorde ,Hey Brother by Avicii,Roar by Katy Perry,Wrecking Ball by Miley Cyrus

Top new words

Selfie: A self-portrait typically taken with a camera phone.

Twerk: To dance with thrusting hips from a low,squatting stance.

Schmeat: Lab-grown meat.

Binge-watch: Watching TV for a long period,particularly just one show in a DVD box set or online

Showrooming: Seeing product in store,buying cheaper online.

(Source: Oxford Dictionaries)

Most talked about on Twitter

Justin Bieber as the once squeaky-clean star faced allegations of drug-taking,bad behaviour.

Luis Suarez remained controversial but also topped the Premier League goal charts.

Angelina Jolie after she had a double mastectomy to reduce the chances of breast cancer.

Pope FRANCIS was named Time Magazine’s person of the year for 2013 for the changes he has brought in the Catholic church.

Margaret Thatcher’s death sparked much debate — not least over her £1.2 million funeral cost. Also,the outrage that ensued when the song Ding-Dong! The Witch is Dead catapulted into the UK Singles Chart top spot.

Jennifer Lawrence was talked about for how ‘real,perfect,beautiful’ she was because she eats food.

Iain Banks: The Scottish sci-fi author’s passing was more tweeted about than Thatcher’s death.

Kim Kardashian was the most popular celebrity,ahead of boy band One Direction.

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