The top Bing searches of 2012
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REDMOND, Wash. -- As we look back at 2012, Bing searches show it was a year of familiar faces, momentous events and baby fever.
While last year people were singing “Baby, baby, baby” with Justin Bieber as the most-searched person of 2011, 2012 was the year of the real baby, as celebrity births were five of the top 10 celebrity events. From new reality stars such as Honey Boo Boo to viral hits such as “Gangnam Style” and airwave darlings such as Taylor Swift, Bing captured history through the searches that mark the year’s most fascinating people, sensations and moments in time.
Based on the aggregation of billions of search queries conducted on Bing this year, here are the much-anticipated top search lists for the most-searched people, news stories, athletes, musicians, celebrity events, social networks and TV shows.
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Most-searched people of the year
1. Kim Kardashian (Justin Bieber, 2011)
2. Justin Bieber (Kim Kardashain, 2011)
3. Miley Cyrus (Jennifer Aniston, 2011)
4. Rihanna (Lindsay Lohan, 2011)
5. Lindsay Lohan (Jennifer Lopez, 2011)
6. Katy Perry (Britney Spears, 2011)
7. Selena Gomez (Katy Perry, 2011)
8. Jennifer Aniston (Megan Fox, 2011)
9. Nicki Minaj (Lady Gaga, 2011)
10. Taylor Swift (Miley Cyrus, 2011)
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Top news stories
11. iPhone 5
12. 2012 Election
13. 2012 Olympics
14. Hurricane Sandy
15. Honey Boo Boo
16. “Gangnam Style”
17. Kony 2012
18. Academy Awards
19. Kindle Fire HD
20. Facebook IPO
1. Peyton Manning
2. Tiger Woods
3. Tim Tebow
4. Maria Sharapova
5. Kobe Bryant
6. Serena Williams
7. Lamar Odom
8. LeBron James
9. Cristiano Ronaldo
10. Terrell Owens
1. Justin Bieber
2. Whitney Houston
3. Katy Perry
4. Selena Gomez
6. Nicki Minaj
7. Taylor Swift
9. Chris Brown
10. Jennifer Lopez
Top celebrity events
1. Beyoncé’s baby
2. Jessica Simpson’s baby
3. Whitney Houston’s death
4. Snooki’s baby
5. Kourtney Kardashian’s baby
7. Rodney King overdose
8. Grammy Awards
9. Jennifer Garner’s baby
10. Academy Awards
Top TV shows
1. “American Idol”
2. “Dancing With the Stars”
3. “The Young and the Restless”
4. “The Walking Dead”
5. “Family Guy”
6. “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo”
8. “Vampire Diaries”
9. “The Bachelor”
10. “Game of Thrones”
Top social networks
Photo: (Clockwise from left) Denise Truscello/WireImage; channelORANGE/Twitter, Supplied by WENN; Kevin Winter/Getty Images; Doug Pensinger/Getty Images
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