Top Yahoo Searches of 2006 : Britney Spears Rules!

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Earlier this week Yahoo released its top searches of 2006, including celeb search, news stories, celebrity babies, sports teams & politicians. Amazingly enough, the results do prove one solid point, Britney Spears is a publicity & buzz generation genius.

They’ve gone and packaged all of this fluffy info into an interactive Yahoo Buzz index experience which moves beyond search and into the social media fields of photos, videos and Yahoo Answers.

So, what were the top Yahoo searches for 2006?

1 Britney Spears
3 Shakira
4 Jessica Simpson
5 Paris Hilton
6 American Idol
7 Beyonce Knowles
8 Chris Brown
9 Pamela Anderson
10 Lindsay Lohan

Wait a second, something looks familiar here… Britney, Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan? What is this; MySpace? Take a look at the top Yahoo Searches for 2005 and you’ll see quite similar results from the Yahoo user base:

1. Britney Spears
2. 50 Cent
3. Cartoon Network
4. Mariah Carey
5. Green Day
6. Jessica Simpson
7. Paris Hilton
8. Eminem
9. Ciara
10. Lindsay Lohan

Pop culture at its finest.

Similar but a bit more diverse results from 2004:

1. American Idol
2. Paris Hilton
3. Jessica Simpson
4. Britney Spears
5. Harry Potter
6. WWE
7. Usher
9. NBA
10. NFL

I find the top news stories a bit more interesting and reflective of the past 12 months:

1 Steve Irwin death
2 Anna Nicole’s son dies
3 Iraq
4 Israel and Lebanon
5 U.S. elections
6 Fidel Castro stroke
7 North Korea nuke
8 JonBenet confession
9 Saddam Hussein trial
10 Danish cartoon

Loren Baker
Loren Baker is the Founder of SEJ, an Advisor at Alpha Brand Media and runs Foundation Digital, a digital marketing strategy & development agency.
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  • Peter Hutchins

    She’s up to something . There is no such thing as bad publicity.

  • Michael Rinsem

    It just goes to show the state of our country where the list is full of nothing but hot chicks and guys who are beating each other with chairs.

  • Amy Smith

    Loren – this is not surprising. The top search last week on Perez Hilton’s blog- and the volume was off the charts- was all about Britney and various colorful ways of describing her privates.