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Top 10 UK Google searches in 2020

January 6, 2021 0 comments

Google recently revealed the top searches in the United Kingdom for the year 2020. Unsurprisingly, coronavirus topped the list. Other terms, related to coronavirus and safety precautions, also dominated searches in 2020.

In this article, we have compiled a list of the top 10 Google searches in 2020 for each major category.

Take a look.

Top 10 most searched terms

Following are the top 10 Google searches in 2020. Coronavirus and related terms were a common theme, while many people were also interested in the US elections, Premier League, and the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Boris Johnson.

  1. Coronavirus
  2. US Election
  3. Caroline Flack
  4. Coronavirus Symptoms
  5. Coronavirus Update
  6. Premier League
  7. Boris Johnson
  8. Eat Out to Help Out
  9. Kobe Bryant
  10. Kim Jong Un

Top 10 searched questions

Coronavirus and related search terms, including questions related to health safety and DIY products, appeared prominently in this list.

  1. Who won the election?
  2. Where does vanilla flavouring come from?
  3. How many cases of coronavirus in [the] UK?
  4. What is VE Day?
  5. How did coronavirus start?
  6. When will lockdown end?
  7. How to make a face mask?
  8. How to make hand sanitiser?
  9. How many people have died from coronavirus?
  10. What time is Boris Johnson’s speech today?

Top 10 celebrity searches

Philip Schofield topped the list of celebrity searches after coming out as gay earlier this year. 

Tom Hanks, who was tested positive for coronavirus, and Johnny Depp, who was in the limelight because of his legal battle with his ex-wife Amber Heard, also appeared in the list of the top 10 celebrity searches.

  1. Phillip Schofield
  2. Carole Baskin
  3. Joe Exotic
  4. Jordan North
  5. Elon Musk
  6. Prince Harry
  7. Kanye West
  8. Ruthie Henshall
  9. Johnny Depp
  10. Tom Hanks

Top 10 searched-for news stories

Multiple US-related issues dominated the search for news stories in the UK, including the US elections, Trump vs. Biden, and George Floyd.

  1. US Election
  2. George Floyd
  3. Madeleine McCann
  4. VE Day
  5. Captain Tom
  6. Iran
  7. Trump vs Biden
  8. Ghislaine Maxwell
  9. Storm Clar
  10. Kanye West

Top 10 DIY Searches

2020 provided a unique opportunity for people to learn and create new things. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the lockdown that followed, many people had extra time on their hands. While some binge-watched Netflix, others utilized their time more productively.

The top 10 DIY searches included queries, such as DIY garden ideas, DIY decking, and DIY diamond painting. The list also included searches that became important because of the pandemic and lockdown, e.g., DIY face mask and DIY haircut.

  1. DIY face mask
  2. DIY hand sanitizer
  3. DIY click and collect
  4. DIY shops
  5. DIY garden ideas
  6. Mud kitchen DIY
  7. Are DIY stores open during lockdown?
  8. DIY diamond painting
  9. DIY haircut
  10. DIY decking

Top 10 how-to searches

The top 10 how-to searches in the UK were dominated by DIY safety-related issues, such as making a face mask or hand sanitizer, and cutting hairs — which is understandable because of the lockdown situation in the United Kingdom. 

  1. How to make a face mask?
  2. How to make hand sanitizer?
  3. How to make bread?
  4. How to get tested for coronavirus?
  5. How to cut your own hair?
  6. How to cook eel?
  7. How to cut men’s hair?
  8. How to boost immune system?
  9. How to self isolate?
  10. How to treat coronavirus?

Top 10 searches for music lyrics

Despite the hardships, people still managed to enjoy good music throughout the year. Following is the list of top 10 searches for song lyrics. 

Cardi B’s WAP topped the list, while Vera Lynn’s We’ll Meet Again also resonated with a lot of people in a year that kept many of us apart from our loved ones.

  1. WAP lyrics
  2. We’ll Meet Again lyrics
  3. Godzilla lyrics
  4. The Box lyrics
  5. Rule Britannia lyrics
  6. Dance Monkey lyrics
  7. No Time to Die lyrics
  8. Break My Stride lyrics
  9. Land of Hope and Glory lyrics
  10. Save Love lyrics

Top 10 searches for celebrities we lost in 2020

As if 2020 wasn’t hard enough on everyone, we also lost a lot of beautiful celebrities this year. 

The list of celebrities that we list in 2020 included basketball veteran Kobe Bryant as well as Chadwick Boseman, who played the Black Panther in Marvel’s cinematic universe.

The list also included India’s Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput, who committed suicide at the age of 34.

  1. Caroline Flack
  2. Kobe Bryant
  3. Naya Rivera
  4. Chadwick Boseman
  5. Sean Connery
  6. Maradona
  7. Sushant Singh Rajput
  8. Kirk Douglas
  9. Kelly Preston
  10. Bobby Ball


A lot happened in 2020, and not all of it was good — to put it nicely. The top 10 UK Google searches give us a reasonably good snapshot of what happened.

People spent a lot of time in lockdown, struggled with safety issues, and witnessed historic events like the campaign for Black Lives Matter.

One thing is for sure: we won’t forget 2020 anytime soon. Here is hoping for a much better 2021.