Google has unveiled their annual Year in Search results, and Iggy Azalea has beaten out Beyoncé and even Taylor Swift as the most-trending artist for 2014. She also ended up being the fourth most-searched person in the United States, and her hit single, “Fancy,” was one of the top five searches for song lyrics this year.
After Azalea, the top ten trending musicians for 2014 include, in order, Lorde, Sam Smith, Meghan Trainor, Solange Knowles, Nicki Minaj, “Weird Al” Yankovic, Sia, and Daft Punk. Finishing last is Taylor Swift, which comes as a shock to many. However, Swift’s “Blank Space” did land a top five spot for most-trending lyrics.
Many were also surprised to see Beyoncé absent from the list and topped by her little sister, but Solange’s wedding was quite the event back in November. Even so, Kanye West and Kim Kardashian had the most-Googled wedding in 2014. Breaking the internet is so romantic.
As music fans wrestled for festival tickets and raced to see lineups, they unwittingly contributed to another Google list for 2014: the top ten most-searched music festivals. Coachella took the throne this year, followed by Mysteryland, Boston Calling, Hard Summer, Electric Forest, Firefly Music Festival, Austin City Limits, South by Southwest, Outside Lands, and Fun Fun Fun Fest.
The most popular lyric search was “Say Something” by A Great Big World and Christina Aguilera. Trailing behind were “Anaconda” by Nicki Minaj, “Fancy” by Iggy Azalea, “Happy” by Pharrell Williams, “Blank Space” by Taylor Swift, “Royals” by Lorde, “Dark Horse” by Katy Perry, “Bang Bang” by Jessie J feat. Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj, “Counting Stars” by OneRepublic, and “Wrecking Ball” by Miley Cyrus.
Interestingly enough, most of the top-trending songs of 2014 were actually released in 2013, including “Say Something,” “Happy,” “Royals,” “Dark Horse,” “Counting Stars,” and “Wrecking Ball.” Apparently, it takes a year of jamming before you wonder what the heck you’re singing along to.