As the year comes to an end, it’s time to look back at our collective browser history and see what the UK’s top Google searches were for 2023.
Sometimes we can be stuck in quite a pickle and searching for the perfect “how to” solution is what Google often helps us with. According to the tech giant, the most searched “how to” was “how to watch the Champions League Final”.
And it seems we can’t get our minds off artificial intelligence (AI), after ChatGPT’s launch, many began to search for “What is generative AI?” – the technology behind such chatbots – was the most googled AI-related question of the year in the UK.
In the world of sports, the Women’s World Cup came in second place as the most-searched sporting event, after the Rugby World Cup and ahead of the Ashes. Tommy Fury was the most searched athlete – ahead of England men’s football captain Harry Kane, who came second.
Sam Smith became the most Googled musician, followed by Arctic Monkeys and Lil Tay. Times Person Of the Year, Taylor Swift was tenth on the list.
Matt Cooke, head of Google News Lab, said: “As we reach the end of 2023, it’s refreshing to be reminded of everything we enjoyed throughout the year – which otherwise had its fair share of challenging moments for the UK and the world.
“From David Beckham’s return to the spotlight, to Barbie vs Oppenheimer, to the highs of England’s sporting successes, we’ve had moments to keep us smiling despite difficult times.”
Google marked its 25th anniversary in September and revealed its global top 10 most searched terms ever, with the Great Wall of China leading the list.
“As Google celebrates its 25th birthday, it’s also been fun to take a trip down memory lane with our all-time most searched list, seeing Drake taking on The Beatles, and interest in some of the world’s most ancient attractions still going strong,” Mr Cooke added.
“It’s also incredibly inspiring to see the stratospheric rise of Greta Thunberg capturing hearts and minds across the world, and the enduring legacy of Martin Luther King Jr doing the same. “As always, we’re thrilled that people worldwide continue to turn to Google when they want to learn, discover, explore, or simply sing along to their favourite Disney films.”
Additional reporting from PA