Australia’s Top Google Searches in 2018

As U2 so wisely said, I still haven’t found what I’m looking for. But obviously that song was written before Google, and if they were to write it today, it would be called, “I Googled It And Found It Instantly, That’s Quite A Relief”.

To prove the point, Google has released its annual Google Search Lists, which lay out exactly what Australians were looking for – and hopefully finding – in 2018. The results may surprise you, although probably not, as you were most likely one of the people searching for this stuff.

The overall winner in search this year was the World Cup, followed by the Commonwealth Games, proving once and for all that the Commonwealth Games truly is an event made to be number two. Given the Games were held in Australia and featured many Australian victories, and the World Cup was held in Russia and featured an Australian team without a snowball’s chance in hell, it shows just how pervasive this newfangled “soccer” thing is. At no. 3 on the overall search list was Meghan Markle, which makes sense because, I mean…who IS she, anyway?

The Royal Wedding was also no. 1 in searches for “news events” – for a given definition of “news”, anyway. We Aussies just love a royal wedding, and I guess there’s no way to stop that. Other news events to be searched en masse included feelgood stories like the Thai cave rescue, feelbad stories like the California fires, and feelnothingjustmakeitstop stories like the Wentworth by-election.

The three most-searched Australians in 2018 were Barnaby Joyce, Scott Morrison and Peter Dutton, which is depressing as hell. You have to get to number four till you get to anyone half-decent, in Billy Slater, and then it’s straight back to bad news with Craig McLachlan at number 5. In 2019 we really need to lift the standard of searchable celebrities.

Of course Google also educated us in 2018, with popular informational searches including “what is bitcoin” and “what is blockchain” – good luck on actually finding a comprehensible explanation, mind you – and “how to” quests including “how to buy bitcoin” and “how to cook corned beef”, which is a grim depiction of the modern life cycle if ever I saw one.

But to check out the full complement of Top 10 search lists, voila!


  1. World Cup

  2. Commonwealth Games

  3. Meghan Markle

  4. Avicii

  5. Coinspot

  6. Anthony Bourdain

  7. US Open Tennis

  8. Mac Miller

  9. Bitcoin price

  10. Black Panther

News Events

  1. Royal Wedding

  2. Thai cave rescue

  3. Wentworth by-election

  4. My health record

  5. Beaumont children

  6. Hawaii volcano

  7. California fires

  8. Listeria

  9. US midterm elections

  10. Blood moon

Global Figures

  1. Meghan Markle

  2. Demi Lovato

  3. Freddie Mercury

  4. Khloe Kardashian

  5. Logan Paul

  6. Tristan Thompson

  7. Hailey Baldwin

  8. Sylvester Stallone

  9. Khabib

  10. Travis Scott


  1. Barnaby Joyce

  2. Scott Morrison

  3. Peter Dutton

  4. Billy Slater

  5. Craig McLachlan

  6. Vikki Campion

  7. David Warner

  8. Chopper Read

  9. Nick Cummins

  10. Andrew Gaff


  1. Avicii

  2. Anthony Bourdain

  3. Mac Miller

  4. xxxtentacion

  5. Stan Lee

  6. Kate Spade

  7. Aretha Franklin

  8. Burt Reynolds

  9. Jessica Falkholt

  10. Eurydice Dixon

How to…?

  1. How to opt out of my health record

  2. How to watch World Cup in Australia

  3. How to win Powerball

  4. How to delete Instagram

  5. Google Arts and Culture face match how to

  6. How to buy bitcoin

  7. How to lose weight fast

  8. How to screenshot on iPhone X

  9. How to delete Facebook

  10. How to lose belly fat

What is…?

  1. What is bitcoin

  2. What is listeria

  3. What is ligma

  4. What is hazing

  5. What is a mud room

  6. What is the capital of California

  7. What is open on Good Friday

  8. What is Diwali

  9. What is blockchain

  10. What is ball tampering

Why is…?

  1. Why is State of Origin on Sunday

  2. Why is it called Good Friday

  3. Why is Russia OAR

  4. Why is Australia Day Jan 26

  5. Why is Tim Cahill not playing tonight

  6. Why is ANZAC Day important

  7. Why is Australia Day celebrated

  8. Why is my internet so slow

  9. Why is Nick Cummins called the honey badger

  10. Why is my poop green


  1. Keto recipes

  2. Beef stroganoff recipes

  3. Chicken curry recipes

  4. Frittata recipes

  5. Gnocchi recipes

  6. Risotto recipes

  7. Chicken soup recipes

  8. Fried rice recipes

  9. Omelette recipes

  10. Beef stew recipes

“How to cook…?”

  1. How to cook corned beef

  2. How to cook eggplant

  3. How to cook tofu

  4. How to cook silverside

  5. How to cook beetroot

  6. How to cook rice in the microwave

  7. How to cook corn

  8. How to cook couscous

  9. How to cook crayfish

  10. How to cook barramundi