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Gangnam Style, Whitney Houston, Skyfall fastest-growing Google searches of 2012

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Gangnam Style and Whitney Houston have been named as two of the fastest-growing UK Google searches of 2012.

Psy's global hit was cited as the top trending song of the year, while the late singer headed up the list of trending people ahead of Kate Middleton and Gary Barlow.

Psy at the MTV Video Music Awards

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Whitney Houston, X Factor 2009

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The Google Zeitgeist annual rankings log the fastest-growing searches of the year, rather than simply the largest volume of searches.

Sport featured prominently on the list, with Euro 2012 named as the top trending search of 2012 ahead of the Olympic Games.

Andy Murray, who won an Olympic gold medal and grand slam title in 2012, was the most searched-for British Olympian, while Usain Bolt was the most popular on the global front.

The tech industry's top entry was Netflix, coming in sixth in the trending searches list. Apple's iPad 3 was in eighth place.

'Gangnam Style''s high ranking comes as no surprise after the Korean smash recently overthrew Justin Bieber at the top of the YouTube most-watched list.

Google's Zeitgeist list in full:

Trending Searches 2012

1. Euro 2012
2. Olympic tickets
3. Whitney Houston
4. Kate Middleton
5. April Jones
6. Netflix
7. Natwest online
8. iPad 3
9. Gary Barlow
10. Gangnam Style

UEFA Euro 2012 - Quarter Final - England v Italy - Olympic Stadium
England players look on as Ashley Cole misses his penalty during the UEFA Euro 2012 Quarter Final match at the Olympic Stadium,

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Trending People

1. Whitney Houston
2. Kate Middleton
3. Gary Barlow
4. Tulisa
5. Jessica Ennis
6. Fabrice Muamba
7. Michael Clarke Duncan
8. Morgan Freeman
9. Prince Harry
10. Usain Bolt

British Olympians Most searched

1. Andy Murray
2. Tom Daley
3. Jessica Ennis
4. Mo Farah
5. Victoria Pendleton
6. Bradley Wiggins
7. Chris Hoy
8. Rebecca Adlington
9. Laura Trott
10. Louis Smith

Global Olympians Most Searched

1. Usain Bolt
2. Michael Phelps
3. Roger Federer
4. Yohan Blake
5. Ryan Lochte
6. Venus Williams
7. Rafael Nadal
8. Novak Djokovic
9. Tyson Gay
10. Missy Franklin

Prince Harry with Usain Bolt in Jamaica

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Trending TV Shows

1. Mike the Knight
2. Homeland
3. TOWIE
4. The Jonathan Ross Show
5. Celebrity Big Brother
6. Sherlock
7. The Great British Bake Off
8. Game of Thrones
9. Big Bang Theory
10. How I Met Your Mother

Trending Movies

1. Skyfall
2. Prometheus
3. The Hunger Games
4. Magic Mike
5. Taken 2
6. The Avengers
7. The Woman in Black
8. The Dictator
9. Sinister
10. The Devil Inside

Trending Music Artists

1. Lucy Spraggan
2. The Military Wives
3. Will.i.am
4. Emeli Sande
5. Psy
6. One Direction
7. The Spice Girls
8. Muse
9. Girls Aloud
10. Dizzee Rascal

The X Factor Final: Jade Ellis, Melanie McCabe and Lucy Spraggan

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Trending Songs

1. Gangnam Style
2. Call Me Maybe
3. Blow Me One Last Kiss
4. Beneath Your Beautiful
5. The Official Olympic Song (Survival by Muse)
6. Skyfall
7. Somebody That I Used To Know
8. We Are Young
9. Too Close
10. 212

Trending Sports

1. Synchronized Swimming
2. Murderball
3. Wheelchair Basketball
4. Volleyball
5. Archery
6. 100 metre sprint
7. Taekwondo
8. Gymnastics
9. Cycling
10. Athletics

How to (top searches for 'How to' in 2012)

1. draw
2. kiss
3. make
4. crochet
5. knit
6. meditate
7. flirt
8. sing
9. hack
10. pronounce

What is (top searches for 'What is' in 2012)

1. love
2. icloud
3. 3g
4. scientology
5. instagram
6. autism
7. diabetes
8. yolo
9. illuminati
10. ms

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