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Google top searches 2016: Pokemon Go, Prince, Donald Trump, iPhone 7

A man uses a mobile phone in front of an advertisement board bearing the image of Pokemon Go at an electronic shop in Tokyo, Japan, July 27, 2016. (REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon/File Photo)

Todd Spangler

Variety.com

LOS ANGELES — Mobile-game phenom Pokemon Go, late rock star Prince, Apple's iPhone 7 and Donald Trump were the top four search terms on Google for the year worldwide, according to stats the internet giant released Wednesday.

Two movies made Google's top 10 global searches for 2016: Warner Bros.-DC Comics' "Deadpool," which came in at No. 7 worldwide overall, and 20th Century Fox-Marvel's "Suicide Squad" stood at No. 10. Interestingly, however, "Deadpool" was not among the top 10 movie searches in the U.S.

Among U.S. Google users, Netflix scored the top three most-searched TV shows, with "Stranger Things," "Making a Murderer" and "Fuller House" leading that ranking.

To compile the rankings, Google studied an aggregation of trillions of searches on the site this year. The company used data from Google Trends, filtering out spam and repeat queries. Google used an algorithm comparing the percentage increase in searches for a term over a specified time period; it also set a minimum threshold to limit queries with very small search volume from appearing on the list.

Globally, these were the top-trending Google searches for 2016:

1. Pokemon Go 2. iPhone 7 3. Donald Trump 4. Prince 5. Powerball 6. David Bowie 7. Deadpool 8. Olympics 9. Slither.io 10. Suicide Squad

In the U.S., the top overall Google search terms were:

1. Powerball 2. Prince 3. Hurricane Matthew 4. Pokemon Go 5. Slither.io 6. Olympics 7. David Bowie 8. Trump 9. Election 10. Hillary Clinton

Here are other categories of top Google searches among U.S. users:

Movies 1. "Suicide Squad" 2. "Batman v Superman" 3. "Finding Dory" 4. "The Revenant" 5. "Zootopia" 6. "Hacksaw Ridge" 7. "Doctor Strange" 8. "10 Cloverfield Lane" 9. "Ghostbusters" 10. "Me Before You"

TV Shows 1. "Stranger Things" 2. "Making a Murderer" 3. "Fuller House" 4. "Westworld" 5. "The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story" 6. "Game of Thrones" 7. "Luke Cage" 8. "American Horror Story" 9. "Lip Sync Battle" 10. "Dancing with the Stars"

Actresses 1. Meghan Markle 2. Marion Cotillard 3. Jodie Sweetin 4. Daisy Ridley 5. Brie Larson 6. Jenna Dewan Tatum 7. Leslie Jones 8. Kate McKinnon 9. Alicia Vikander 10. Millie Bobby Brown

Actors 1. Brad Pitt 2. Tom Hiddleston 3. Adam Driver 4. Jesse Williams 5. Tom Holland 6. Jeffrey Dean Morgan 7. Thomas Gibson 8. Sebastian Stan 9. Taylor Lautner 10. Lin-Manuel Miranda

Music Artists 1. Beyonce 2. Celine Dion 3. Kesha 4. Kehlani 5. Coldplay 6. Teyana Taylor 7. Grace VanderWaal 8. Kanye West 9. Jacob Sartorius 10. Guns N' Roses

Celebrity Deaths 1. Prince 2. David Bowie 3. Christina Grimmie 4. Muhammad Ali 5. Alan Rickman 6. Jose Fernandez 7. Gene Wilder 8. Kimbo Slice 9. Big Ang 10. Anton Yelchin

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