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Google's Top Trends for 2013

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Google released its annual list of the year’s top global search trends, polled from Google's Zeitgeist 2013 and the recent deaths of two well-loved figures topped the Top 10.

Nelson Mandela, the anti-apartheid activist who became South Africa’s first black president and passed away December 5 at the age of 95, was the world’s top trend, followed by actor Paul Walker, the star of the popular "Fast and Furious" movie franchise, who tragically died in a car accident in late November. Cory Monteith, the Canadian actor from the television series Glee who unexpectedly died from a drug overdose in July, was the fourth most searched trend of 2013.

Other search trends to make the Top 10, were Apple’s iPhone 5S, with a successful launch in September, the Boston Marathon tragedy in April, Kate Middleton and Prince William’s Royal Baby and the year's ubiquitous dance craze, Harlem Shake.

Google's Top Search Trends for 2013

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


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