The late Whitney Houston was the "top trending" Google search of the year.
Korean rapper PSY's "Gangnam Style" music video was the second most searched for thing while Superstorm Sandy was third.
Google defines topics as "trending" when they get a high amount of traffic over a sustained period of time.
TOP 10 GOOGLE SEARCHES
1. Whitney Houston, who died from an accidental drowning in a bathtub just before she was scheduled to perform at a pre-Grammy Awards party
2. Rapper PSY's 'Gangnam Style' music video
3. Hurricane Sandy
4. The iPad 3, Apple's newest tablet
5. Diablo 3, a popular video game
6. Kate Middleton, who made news with scandalous vacation photos and a royal pregnancy
7. Olympics 2012
8. Amanda Todd, a Canadian teen who was found dead of an apparent suicide in October after being bullied online
9. Michael Clark Duncan, the 'Green Mile' actor who died of a heart attack in September
10. BBB12, the 12th edition of reality show 'Big Brother Brasil'