Google Year in Search 2021: All the top Google searches for the year

Google has revealed the top searches of 2021 (

Google has revealed its annual list of the top searches for the year and broken down what the nation has been Googling in various different categories.

Whereas last year’s results were dominated by the global pandemic, this year the population of the UK turned to sport.

According to the tech giant, ‘Euros’ was the most Googled term of the year. Followed by ‘Premier League’ and then ‘Christian Eriksen’, the Danish footballer who suffered a cardiac arrest during the Euros tournament.

‘It’s no surprise that 2021 has revealed some interesting insights into the zeitgeist of the nation,’ said Matt Cooke, head of Google News Lab said.

‘During a year of unpredictability, we have turned to sport, entertainment, gardening, recipes and UK-based travel to get us through some of the most frustrating and difficult times.

‘We have seen searches for prominent women dominate the top of our lists, as well as huge rises in second-hand and sustainability queries over 2021.’

Google has announced the biggest search trends of the last year (Getty)

England might not have ended the 55-year wait for a trophy, but the fans still came together. Searches for ‘Three Lions’ and ‘Sweet Caroline’ both featured into Google’s top trending songs of the year.

Meanwhile, when it came to entertainment, Brits mostly searched for Bridgerton, Love Island and No Time to Die this year.

‘Year in Search always provides fascinating insight into what the nation is thinking, learning and discovering – about themselves and others,’ Cooke said.

Most of 2021’s top trending searches were related to individuals at the centre of the year’s biggest news stories.

Prince Philip, Matt Hancock, Emma Raducanu and Sarah Everard were all names that made the top ten searches, all for very different reasons.

Of course, with the continued stresses of the coronavirus pandemic, it wasn’t far from our search queries.

England’s coach Gareth Southgate speaks to England’s midfielder Bukayo Saka after their loss in the Euro 2020 final (Getty)

As borders reopened, Brits were keen to grab some sunshine with questions surrounding the traffic light system topping travel searches – but this was only after staycations saw a surge in popularity with ‘caravan’ featuring high up in the list.

The year also saw ‘covid vaccine’ top the news list and queries around the reopening of ‘schools’, ‘gyms’ and ‘hairdressers’ dominating the ‘when’ trending search list.

Finally, with the globally important COP26 conference taking place in Glasgow, Brits turned to Google for sustainability queries.

The biggest searches were ‘what does COP26 stand for?’ and a range of questions on where to purchase second hand items such as ‘second hard furniture’, ‘second hand electric cars’ and ‘second hand clothes’.

Google’s UK Year in Search 2021: Top 10 searches in each category

Here’s Google’s full list of top trending search terms for the UK in 2021.

All terms

  1. Euros
  2. Premier League
  3. Christian Eriksen
  4. Covid vaccine
  5. Prince Philip
  6. Matt Hancock
  7. Emma Raducanu
  8. Sarah Everard
  9. England vs Denmark
  10. Sean Lock


  1. Covid vaccine
  2. Matt Hancock
  3. Sarah Everard
  4. Afghanistan
  5. GME
  6. Kyle Rittenhouse
  7. Gabby Petito
  8. Green list countries
  9. Lockdown
  10. Palestine


  1. Euros
  2. Premier League
  3. England vs Denmark
  4. Champions League
  5. England vs Italy
  6. Wimbledon
  7. Olympic medal table
  8. England vs Germany
  9. England vs Scotland
  10. NBA
The top questions of 2021 (Google)


  1. Christian Eriksen
  2. Matt Hancock
  3. Emma Raducanu
  4. Piers Morgan
  5. Alec Baldwin
  6. Travis Scott
  7. Ronaldo
  8. Jack Grealish
  9. Tyson Fury
  10. Ashley Cain

Political Figures

  1. Matt Hancock
  2. Joe Biden
  3. Bernie Sanders
  4. Greta Thunberg
  5. Nicola Sturgeon
  6. Sajid Javid
  7. Owen Paterson
  8. Jackie Weaver
  9. Angela Rayner
  10. Nancy Pelosi


  1. Christian Eriksen
  2. Emma Raducanu
  3. Ronaldo
  4. Jack Grealish
  5. Tyson Fury
  6. Harry Kane
  7. Anthony Joshua
  8. Conor McGregor
  9. Andy Murray
  10. Gareth Southgate
The top trending ‘or’ searches from 2021 (Google)


  1. Squid Game
  2. Bridgerton
  3. The Serpent
  4. Line Of Duty
  5. Love Island
  6. Behind Her Eyes
  7. Its A Sin
  8. Pembrokeshire Murders
  9. Vigil
  10. Friends Reunion


  1. Dune
  2. Black Widow
  3. Eternals
  4. No Time To Die
  5. Red Notice
  6. Army Of The Dead
  7. Shang Chi
  8. Halloween Kills
  9. Suicide Squad
  10. Jungle Cruise

Song lyrics

  1. Poker Face lyrics
  2. Easy On Me lyrics
  3. Sweet Caroline lyrics
  4. Brown Sugar lyrics
  5. good 4 u lyrics
  6. Three Lions lyrics
  7. drivers license lyrics
  8. Body remix lyrics
  9. Bad Habits lyrics
  10. All Too Well lyrics


  1. Matt Hancock memes
  2. Bernie Sanders chair meme
  3. 4 lads meme
  4. hamster meme
  5. Prince Philip memes
  6. its coming home memes
  7. Squid Game meme
  8. sea shanty meme
  9. homeschooling meme
  10. Line of Duty memes
The top trending searches of 2021 (Google)

All questions

  1. Is Facebook down?
  2. Is WhatsApp down?
  3. When will lockdown end?
  4. What does COP26 stand for?
  5. When will I get the vaccine?
  6. Where does vanilla flavoring come from?
  7. How many times has Italy won the euros?
  8. How many cases in my area?
  9. What does impeachment mean?
  10. When does Love Island finish?


  1. When will lockdown end?
  2. When will I get the vaccine?
  3. When does Love Island finish?
  4. When does lockdown start?
  5. When does Love Island start?
  6. When do shops reopen?
  7. When will schools reopen?
  8. When do gyms reopen?
  9. When do hairdressers open?
  10. When does the Olympics start?


  1. Who are the Taliban?
  2. Who won Logan vs Floyd?
  3. Who left Strictly?
  4. Who do England play next?
  5. Who is Ashley Cain?
  6. Who will England play next?
  7. Who is H?
  8. Who paid the largest criminal fine in history?
  9. Who is Bernie Sanders?
  10. Who wins Squid Game?


  1. Banana bread recipe
  2. Sex on the beach recipe
  3. Pimms recipe
  4. Iced coffee recipe
  5. Baked oats recipe
  6. Scallops recipe
  7. Overnight oats recipe
  8. Malt loaf recipe
  9. Pornstar martini recipe UK
  10. Sourdough starter recipe


  1. Lockdown birthday ideas
  2. Pergola ideas
  3. 30th birthday gift ideas
  4. Pumpkin design ideas
  5. Valentines meal ideas
  6. Sexy halloween costume ideas
  7. Nail ideas
  8. Lockdown valentines ideas
  9. Quiz round ideas
  10. Garden ideas UK

Second hand  

  1. Second hand furniture near me
  2. Second hand books online
  3. Second hand electric cars
  4. Second hand sofa
  5. Second hand watches
  6. Second hand kitchens
  7. Second hand iPhone 11
  8. Second hand cars near me
  9. Second hand clothes
  10. Second hand Rolex

Or searches

  1. Who won England or Scotland?
  2. Bare with me or bear with me
  3. Fiance or fiancee
  4. Do clocks go forward or back in March?
  5. Bear in mind or bare in mind
  6. Is a jaffa cake a cake or a biscuit?
  7. Who won Logan or Floyd?
  8. Who won Austin or Bryce?
  9. Yours faithfully or sincerely
  10. Effected or affected


  1. Travel update UK
  2. PCR test for travel
  3. Caravan holidays
  4. Portugal holidays
  5. Travel green list
  6. International travel
  7. Travel corridors
  8. Greece travel restrictions
  9. Travel to France from UK
  10. Malta holidays

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