We are now entering the scary period of the year when we will become inundated with year-end lists: The Top Ten Best Movies (Albums, Television Shows, etc.), the Top Ten Worst Movies (Television Shows, et al), The Entertainer of the Year (Entertainment Weekly), The Best New Broadway Musical/Play, The Best Books (and Worst) of the Year (fiction/non-fiction). You get the picture. So I might as well bite the bullet and open the floodgate to what promised to be a torrent of lists of every kind. First out of the gate is BING, MICROSOFT’s answer to GOOGLE (which is the number one search engine on the Net).  As we look back at 2012, Bing searches show it was a year of familiar faces, momentous events and baby fever. While last year people were singing “Baby, baby, baby” with JUSTIN BIEBER as the most-searched person of 2011, 2012 was the year of the real baby, as celebrity births were five of the top 10 celebrity events. From new reality stars such as HONEY BOO BOO to viral hits such as “Gangnam Style” and airwave darlings such as TAYLOR SWIFT, BING captured history through the searches that mark the year’s most fascinating people, sensations and moments in time.

Based on the accumulation of billions of search queries conducted on BING this year, here are the much-anticipated top search lists for the most-searched people, news stories, athletes, musicians, celebrity events, social networks and TV shows. The complete report, including most-searched viral videos, movies, songs, TV personalities and more, is available at

Most-Searched Person of the Year

KIM KARDASHIAN didn’t just keep up with other celebs such as JUSTIN BIEBER (2011’s most-searched person) this year, she left them eating her dust as she took back the top spot. KIM K. was the most-searched person of the year in 2012, regaining the spot she also held in 2010. Her relationship ups and downs, including a new relationship with KANYE WEST, made Kim more interesting than ever. While Justin Bieber fell to the second spot, he still was the MOST-SEARCHED MALE OF THE YEAR and the MOST-SEARCHED MUSICIAN, thanks to the continued support of his many “Beliebers.” Newcomers to the list include RIHANNA, who skyrocketed from No. 20 in 2011 to No. 4 this year; SELENA GOMEZ, who jumped from No. 13 to No. 7; and NICKI MINAJ, who just barely cracked the top 10 at No. 9, up from No. 23 in 2011. MILEY CYRUS made the biggest gain within the top 10 list, jumping from No. 10 to No. 3, likely due to her surprise engagement.

Rank     2012                             2011

1          Kim Kardashian            Justin Bieber

2          Justin Bieber                Kim Kardashian

3          Miley Cyrus                  Jennifer Aniston

4          Rihanna                       Lindsay Lohan

5          Lindsay Lohan              Jennifer Lopez

6          Katy Perry                    Britney Spears

7          Selena Gomez             Katy Perry

8          Jennifer Aniston             Megan Fox

9          Nicki Minaj                  Lady Gaga

10         Taylor Swift                 Miley Cyrus

Other Top Search Results

Top News Stories                      Top Celebrity Events

1. iPhone 5                                1.  Beyonce’s baby

2. 2012 Election                         2. Jessica Simpson’s baby

3. 2012 Olympics                       3. Whitney Houston’s death

4.Hurricane Sandy                      4. Snooki’s baby

5.Honey Boo Boo                       5. Kourtney Kardashian’s baby

6.”Gangnam Style”                     6. Coachella

7.Kony 2012                              7. Rodney King overdose

8.Academy Awards                     8. Grammy Awards

9.Kindle Fire HD                         9. Jennifer Garner’s baby

10. Facebook IPO                       10. Academy Awards

Top Athletes                              Top TV Shows

1. Peyton Manning                     1. “American Idol”

2.Tiger Woods                           2. “Dancing With the Stars”

3.Tim Tebow                              3. “The Young and the Restless”

4.Maria Sharapova                     4.”The Walking Dead”

5.Kobe Bryant                            5.”Family Guy”

6.Serena Williams                       6.”Here Comes Honey Boo Boo”

7.Lamar Odom                          7.”Glee”

8.LeBron James                          8.”Vampire Diaries”

9.Cristiano Ronaldo                    9. “The Bachelor”

10.Terrell Owens                        10.”Game of Thrones”

Top Musicians                           Top Social Networks

1. Justin Bieber                          1.Facebook

2. Whitney Houston                    2.Twitter

3.Katy Perry                               3.MySpace

4Selena Gomez                          4.LinkedIn

5.Rihanna                                  5. Tumblr

6.Nicki Minaj

7.Taylor Swift


9.Chris Brown

10.Jennifer Lopez

More details and additional categories of top 2002 searches from Bing are available at and via the BING TOP SEARCHES OF 2012. For the latest on all things Bing, check out, and

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