This summer, Google Trends turns 15, so we thought it would be the perfect time to look back on trends of yesteryear and compare what people were searching for back in 2006 to today.
What were you doing in 2006? Maybe you were going through your emo phase. Maybe you were loving low rise jeans. Maybe you were mourning Pluto’s (temporary) demotion from planet to dwarf planet.
Maybe you were checking out these trends — and plenty of others — on Google Trends, which went live in the summer of 2006. Though the tool’s data goes back to 2004, it became available two years later.
Most-searched song lyrics — July 2006, U.S.
Unfaithful – Rhianna
Sexy Back – Justin Timberlake
Crazy – Gnarls Barkley
Buttons – Pussycat Dolls
Miss Murder – AFI
Most-searched song lyrics — July 2021, U.S.
Fancy Like – Walker Hayes
Traitor – Olivia Rodrigo
Favorite Crime – Olivia Rodrigo
Ain’t Shit – Doja Cat
Deja Vu – Olivia Rodrigo
Most-searched actors — July 2006, U.S.
Most-searched actors — July 2021, U.S.
Millie Bobby Brown
Most-searched TV shows — July 2006, U.S.
Most-searched TV shows — July 2021, U.S.
Most-searched Games – July 2006, U.S.
3. Halo 3
5. Battlefield 2
Most-searched Games – July 2021, U.S.
2. Genshin Impact
4. GTA 6
5. Battlefield 2042
Happy birthday, Google Trends! Here’s to many more years of curiosity.
Prepared by Suzanna Hayek
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