What was everyone thinking about or talking about in 2013? This year was full of good moments, questionable moments, and sad moments, most of which was captured on the internet as a search term. Just this last month we lost two key figures in our culture: South African politician/philanthropist Nelson Mandela and action movie star Paul Walker. Both names lead Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG)’s most searched-for terms this year. Mandela leads most-searched global term and Walker leads most-searched in United States.

Google Most Searched

Celebs rule 2013 Google most searched list

Celebrities and pop culture remained prevalent throughout the year. Controversial pop stars have stirred interest in the public which is why Miley Cyrus leads the most searched-for people list at number 1 and Justin Bieber sits at number 4. Drake, Kim Kardashian, and Beyonce fill in the gap respectively with numbers 2, 3, and 5.

Apple, Facebook and Google lead

The most searched for Fortune 500 company? Not surprisingly, Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) tops the list while Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) and Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) take 2nd and 3rd places respectively. These three companies have been in the news all year. With many news reports about mobile technology, social media trends, Apple iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C, it’s really no wonder these companies are on Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG)’s most searched for list for 2013. Yahoo takes the fourth spot on the list.

The most searched-for mobile and tablet applications include Bitstrips (number 1), Vine (number 2), Candy Crush (number 3), Meet Me (number 4), and Snapchat (number 5). The popularity of these applications prove that social media isn’t going anywhere. This year’s most searched-for social media websites included Tumblr (number 1) and Facebook (number 2). Twitter wasn’t even mentioned on the list.

What were people reading on the internet in 2013? A look at this year’s lost of most searched for blogs shows tech blogs Engadget and Gizmodo still remain relevant at number 1 and 2 spots respectively. You can check out the full list here.

The following is a list of Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG)’s top trending searches on a global level:

1. Nelson Mandela

2. Paul Walker

3. iPhone 5s

4. Cory Monteith

5. Harlem Shake

6. Boston Marathon

7. Royal Baby

8. Samsung Galaxy S4

9. PlayStation 4

10. North Korea