BP, Bieber, Gaga: Yahoo Unveils List of Top 10 Searches of 2010
Yahoo has released its list of the top 10 online searches of the past year that offer a glimpse of some of the high and lows that were 2010.
Taking the top spot was the term "BP Oil Spill," in reference of course to March's deadly offshore oil rig explosion and massive cleanup effort in the Gulf of Mexico that continues through today.
Happier news came in at number two: the search term "World Cup." The quadrennial soccer tournament made big news over the summer, in no small part to the controversy over the buzzing of South African stadiums packed with vuvuzela-blowing fans .
Celebrities, as expected, claimed many spots in the top 10, but only one was a male, and a wee one at that: 16-year-old Canadian pop singer Justin Bieber, who rocketed to stardom over the last year and a half, was the eighth most-searched-for item in 2010.
Another young performer, Miley Cyrus, ranked third on Yahoo's list of top searches. Femmes Kim Kardashian, Lady Gaga, Megan Fox and Britney Spears took the four, five, seven and tenth spots, respectively.
The only product to make the top 10 is the iPhone , at number six. Apple came out with the fourth generation of its smartphone in June and furor erupted over antenna glitches causing reception issues , but overall critics (and consumers) swooned over the gadget .
The perennially popular show American Idol occupied the ninth and final spot on Yahoo's list. With the departure of blunt British judge Simon Cowell, it remains to be seen whether 2011's "Idol" season will captivate audiences and web searches as in years past and present.