Google have published their 2013 Search Zeitgeist which displays the top 1,000 trending searches from over 70 countries around the world for 2013, which is Google’s biggest Zeitgeist to date.

Nelson Mandela is #1

Not surprising really, but Nelson Mandela was the #1 most searched person and term of the year following his death earlier this month. It’s worth noting, however, that this is only the #1 top search globally, whereas Paul Walker, who died at the end of November in a car crash, was #1 in the UK.

Google had this to say about Nelson Mandela:

It’s perhaps unsurprising that the #1 trending search of 2013 was an international symbol of strength and peace: Nelson Mandela. Global search interest in the former President of South Africa was already high this year, and after his passing, people from around the world turned to Google to learn more about him.

Top 10 Global Trending Searches

Here are the top 10 global trending searches of 2013 – some are quite surprising for me.

These are the top global searches overall, but there are filters in place to drill down into people, events, football stars, how-to’s, movies, songs, travel destinations, tv shows and what is?

1. Nelson Mandela
2. Paul Walker
3. iPhone 5s
4. Cory Monteith
5. Harlem Shake
6. Boston Marathon
7. Royal Baby
8. Samsung Galaxy s4
9. PlayStation 4
10. North Korea

You can view all of Google’s top searches of 2013 here.