As 2013 comes to a close and the “best of” lists role out, one question remains, “Which female won the heart of Google this year?” Oddly enough, the women who garnered the most popularity in Google results over the last 12 months are all pop music stars. Don’t fret, Jennifer Lawrence still held her own.
Using Google Trends data and Coed’s refined methodology, here’s a top ten occupied by a few obvious place holders as well as some dinosaurs holding their own.
5. Cher – 160,000,000 results
Okay, this one is a bit of a head-scratcher. I’m just going to chalk it up to the fact that Cher has had a legion of devoted fans for 40 years, who keep supporting her until mankind ceases to exist.
4. Lady Gaga – 161,000,000 results
Get used to seeing news about Lady Gaga for the rest of your life. She’s built a Cher-worthy legion of super fans that will blog and tweet about any piece of garbage she hot glues to her head. A VMA appearance and her album Art Pop added to her Google boost in 2013.
3. M.I.A. – 242,000,000 results
Her new album, Mantangi and the usual M.I.A. dose of controversy gave the singer heavy Google results in 2013.
*M.I.A. results also pick up some hits for soldiers missing in action and Miami.
2. Lana Del Rey – 597,000,000 results
If you had told me in 2011, that Lana Del Rey would be Google’s #2 most popular woman in 2013 I would have written you off as a delusional vagrant. A world tour for her Paradise album that basically said,”F**k you,” to the United States with only two Chicago dates, kept her at the forefront of Google.
1. Rihanna 1,420,000,000 results
#1 comes as no shock at all. Twelve months of nearly pornographic promotion for Unapologetic secured Rihanna’s Google crown in 2013.