Top Google searches in 2016 (Photos)

Google image search screen.
What topic sparked the most interest online this year? No, it wasn’t Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton or the 2016 election. Click through the gallery to see what America Googled in 2016.
Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton
10. Hillary Clinton Hillary Clinton came closer than any other person to becoming the first female president of the United States and generated a ton of news coverage and Google searches along the way.  (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File) (AP)
Voters cast their ballots in booths at Farrington High School, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016, in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)
9. Election All throughout the year, people were Googling the election: who won the primaries, who was up in the polls at any given moment, who won the debates, what time their polling place opened and, yes, who won the presidential election. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia) (AP/Marco Garcia)
Donald Trump
8. Trump Donald Trump shocked the political world with his election night victory. Even before that, he generated more news headline than just about anyone with his tweets, his debate performances and his policy proposals. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) (AP)
BOWIE
7. David Bowie The music icon died in January at 69 following a 18-month battle with cancer that had been kept out of the public spotlight. Bowie died just two days after releasing his last album. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File) (AP)
FILE - In this  Aug. 15, 2016 file photo, the Olympic logo is reflected on the wet floor as the athletics competitions of the Summer Olympics are suspended due to the pouring rain in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Workers employed at the Rio Olympics are ready to sue the organizing committee for late payments more than 2 1/2 months after the problem-filled games ended. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)
6. Olympics Simone Biles and the rest of the women’s gymnastics team dominated; Usain Bolt and Michael Phelps made history; Ryan Lochte made headlines for his outside-the-pool antics. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File) (AP)
A woman uses an Android smartphone in this April 20, 2016 file photo. Nielsen Holdings reports that FOMO, or the fear of missing out, has become a legitimate phenomenon, especially regarding our smartphones. (AP File Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
5. Slither.io The Massively Multiplayer Online Game in which players try to grow the longest snake by consuming pellets that pop up on the screen and defeating other players hit the top of the Apple App Store charts and ranked in the top five Google searches. (AP File Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert) (AP/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
FILE - In this July 25, 2016, file photo, a fan maneuvers his smartphone as he plays "Pokemon Go" in Hong Kong. "Pokemon Go" is among Google's most-trending searches of 2016. The search engine giant released its year end trending searches list on Dec. 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)
4. Pokemon Go The gaming craze sent scores of smartphone-wielding players worldwide into the streets trying to catch ’em all. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File) (AP)
Noah Simons
3. Hurricane Matthew The destructive category 5 hurricane slammed into the Caribbean and the southern U.S. in late September and early October. The storm devastated parts of Haiti, but its wrath mostly spared Florida. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)   (AP)
Prince
2. Prince The music legend died in April at age 57. Toxicology reports later concluded the singer died from an accidental opioid overdose. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara, File) (AP)
FILE - In this Jan. 12, 2016 file photo, a lottery player fills out numbers on a powerball form in Oakland, Calif. The Powerball jackpot has grown to over 1.5 billion dollars. Only ne ticket matched all six numbers in the drawing Saturday, May 7, for a $429.6 million jackpot, said Powerball spokeswoman Kelly Cripe, and New Jersey lottery officials said Sunday it was sold at a 7-Eleven store in Trenton, N.J. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)
1. Powerball The No. 1 most searched topic in 2016 was the billion-dollar Powerball lottery drawing, according to a rankings of users’ searches released by the search giant this year.  In January, lottery officials announced the weekly Powerball jackpot had grown to $1.6 billion — the largest ever — sparking a ton of Google searches from hopeful players. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File) (AP)
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Google image search screen.
Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton
Voters cast their ballots in booths at Farrington High School, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016, in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)
Donald Trump
BOWIE
FILE - In this  Aug. 15, 2016 file photo, the Olympic logo is reflected on the wet floor as the athletics competitions of the Summer Olympics are suspended due to the pouring rain in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Workers employed at the Rio Olympics are ready to sue the organizing committee for late payments more than 2 1/2 months after the problem-filled games ended. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)
A woman uses an Android smartphone in this April 20, 2016 file photo. Nielsen Holdings reports that FOMO, or the fear of missing out, has become a legitimate phenomenon, especially regarding our smartphones. (AP File Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
FILE - In this July 25, 2016, file photo, a fan maneuvers his smartphone as he plays "Pokemon Go" in Hong Kong. "Pokemon Go" is among Google's most-trending searches of 2016. The search engine giant released its year end trending searches list on Dec. 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)
Noah Simons
Prince
FILE - In this Jan. 12, 2016 file photo, a lottery player fills out numbers on a powerball form in Oakland, Calif. The Powerball jackpot has grown to over 1.5 billion dollars. Only ne ticket matched all six numbers in the drawing Saturday, May 7, for a $429.6 million jackpot, said Powerball spokeswoman Kelly Cripe, and New Jersey lottery officials said Sunday it was sold at a 7-Eleven store in Trenton, N.J. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)

WASHINGTON — What topic sparked the most interest online this year? No, it wasn’t Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton or the 2016 election. Forget the drama-filled Olympics and the Pokemon Go phenomenon.

The No. 1 most searched topic in 2016 was the billion-dollar Powerball lottery drawing, according to a rankings of users’ searches released by the search giant this year.

In January, lottery officials announced the weekly Powerball jackpot had grown to $1.6 billion — the largest ever — sparking a ton of Google searches from hopeful players. A smaller (relatively speaking) $429 million jackpot later in the year also sent lottery hopefuls to Googling.

Music legend Prince’s shocking death in April at 57 came in at No. 2 on the list, followed by Hurricane Matthew, Pokemon Go and the online multiplayer game “Slither.io” rounded out the top five searches.

Google also broke out the top 10 specific news stories of the year based on people’s searches.

No. 1 was the Rio Olympics, which generated a ton of coverage and controversy, not least because of Ryan Lochte’s outside-the-pool antics. The 2016 election came in at No. 2 followed by the shooting in June at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, the “Brexit” vote in the U.K. to leave the European Union, and the Zika virus rounding out the top five.

Google’s competitor Yahoo also released a list of top 2016 searches. No. 1 on the list was the 2016 election followed by Donald Trump in second place. Hillary Clinton, placed 10th on the list.

In general, Yahoo users appeared more interested in celebrities. Top searches on the site included two Kardashians, Gwen Stefani and even, inexplicably, Jodie Sweetin, who co-starred in the “Fuller House” reboot series.

“Pop culture really dominated our list and always sort of does,” Amy Wicks with Yahoo, told WTOP.

Here are top 10 searches and news stories as ranked by Yahoo. For Google’s list of the top searches scroll through the photo gallery above.

Yahoo’s most searched terms in 2016

  • 2016 election
  • Donald Trump
  • Roblox
  • Gwen Stefani
  • 2016 Olympics
  • Khloe Kardashian
  • Megyn Kelly
  • Jodie Sweetin
  • Kim Kardashian-West
  • Hillary Clinton

WTOP’s Chris Cichon contributed to this report. 

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