Google's Year in Search makes 2016 seem even more heartbreaking

Google has posted its top lists of most popular topics in 2016, and a lot of it is a painful reminder of all the great people that left us this year.

In overall global searches, Prince and David Bowie are in fourth and sixth place. Google lists a category called "Losses" this year, and there the two rock giants are joined by other beloved stars, including Christina Grimmie, Alan Rickman, Muhammad Ali and Leonard Cohen.

Yes, it's been a rough year.

Unsurprisingly, Pokémon Go was the most searched-for topic this year, and even though the interest for the augmented reality game has waned since the launch in June, it was enough to catch first place.

Source: Google

The iPhone 7 is in second place, followed by President-elect Donald Trump, which also tops the "people" category, ahead of Hillary Clinton and Michael Phelps.

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Beyoncé and her ladies get in formation at the Super Bowl halftime show in February.

(Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Two police officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, charge at protester Ieshia Evans, as she demonstrates against police brutality in July.

(Photo via REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman)

Protesters in Athens throw fireworks at police as people gather to commemorate a teenager killed by police in 2008.

(Photo credit LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images)

In May, President Barack Obama hugs 8-year-old Mari Copeny, aka Little Miss Flint, in her home of Flint, Michigan.

(Photo credit JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

In September, Donald Trump also meets Little Miss Flint.

A Chinese panda base introduces more than 20 giant panda cubs, celebrating the species reclassification from "endangered" to the less-dire "vulnerable."

(Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)

Hillary Clinton is seen hiking in the woods of Westchester, New York, the day after her presidential election upset to Trump.

(Photo via Facebook)

Titanic co-stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet hug it out in February at the Academy Awards, where DiCaprio finally wins his best actor Oscar.

(Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)

Ibtahaj Muhammad becomes the first hijab-clad American to compete — and win a medal — in the Rio Olympics.

(Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

The Obamas pose for an Essence photoshoot that reminds the world why they are — full stop — #RelationshipGoals.

Trump gives his victory speech after winning the presidential election.

(Photo via REUTERS/Mike Segar)

Pakistani chaiwala Arshad Khan becomes an internet sensation.

Clinton becomes the first female U.S. presidential candidate nominated by a major political party.

(Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Usain Bolt, the fastest man in the world, gives the cameras a cheeky grin while competing in the 100-meter semifinal in the Olympics.

(Photo via REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach)

A Kurdish family stands in their devastated home in southeastern Turkey, where the government is engaged in an offensive against Kurdish separatists.

(Photo credit ILYAS AKENGIN/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. swimmer Ryan Lochte — and his dynamic hair — competes at the Rio Olympics, where he is later caught in a lie about getting mugged at gunpoint.

(Photo by Matt Hazlett/Getty Images)

Ex-Stanford University student Brock Turner walks after serving only half of a six-month jail sentence for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman.

(Photo via Santa Clara County Sheriff's Department/Handout via REUTERS)

Obama meets with Trump in the Oval Office after the election.

(Photo by Pete Marovich/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Fans dance at a Prince gathering in the rock star's hometown of Minneapolis, hours after his death in April from a drug overdose.

(Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)


In global news, the U.S. election was the biggest topic, followed by the Olympics, Brexit, the Orlando shooting and the Zika virus outbreak.

Out of all the great TV shows we've seen this year, Stranger Things is the one we Googled the most. In the movies category, it was Deadpool, while Céline Dion was the most searched-for musician.

If you prefer to see an overview of all the hot topics of 2016 in a (rather depressing) 2-minute video, Google has got you covered. See it below.

Google has also put up a special page highlighting some of the year's breakout searches — surprising topics which at one point grabbed the world's attention. It's divided into months and topics and features odd topics including "three-toed sloth," "fanny pack" and "trampoline." Check it out here.

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