The Most Popular Google Searches of 2012 Are. ...

December 13, 2012 Updated Dec 13, 2012 at 1:29 PM EDT

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The Most Popular Google Searches of 2012 Are. ...

December 13, 2012 Updated Dec 13, 2012 at 1:29 PM EDT

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. -- Search engine giant Google has released its 12th annual Google Zeitgeist list of most popular search terms of 2012.

"Zeitgeist", a German word for "spirit of the times", uses data from multiple sources while filtering out spam and repeat queries to build more than 800 top-ten lists across pop culture, sports, music, politics, news, and more.

Here are the top three in each category: 

Search terms: 

1. Whitney Houston
2. Gangnam Style
3. Hurricane Sandy
 
Images: 
 
1. One Direction
2. Selena Gomez
3. iPhone 5
 
Athletes: 
 
1. Jeremy Lin
2. Michael Phelps
3. Peyton Manning
 
Events: 
 
1. Hurricane Sandy
2. Kate Middleton Pictures Released
3. Olympics 2012
 
People: 
 
1. Whitney Houston
2. Kate Middleton
3. Amanda Todd
 
Feature Films: 
 
1. The Hunger Games
2. Skyfall
3. Prometheus
 
TV Shows: 
 
1. BBB12
2. Avenida Brasil
3. Here Comes Honey Boo Boo
 
Performing Artists
 
1. Whitney Houston
2. Michael Clarke Duncan
3. One Direction
 
Consumer Electronics: 
 
1. iPad3
2. Samsung Galaxy S3
3. iPad Mini
 
Airlines: 
 
1. Southwest Airlines
2. United Airlines
3. American Airlines
 
Google+ Hashtags: 
 
1. #SOPA
2. #Awesome
3. #Sandy