2016’s most-Googled musicians and songs revealed

Beyoncé tops both lists

Google has unveiled lists of the most searched-for songs and artists of the year.

Beyoncé tops both lists, being the most Googled music star of 2016 and having the most searched-for song in ‘Formation’.

In the most searched artists list, Beyoncé is followed in the top five by Céline Dion, Kesha, Kehlani and Coldplay.


Kanye West’s ‘Fade’ video star Teyana Taylor comes sixth, West himself places at number eight, while Guns N’ Roses were the tenth most searched-for artist following their classic-era line-up reunion.

Beyoncé’s ‘Formation’ beat Prince’s ‘Purple Rain’ to be the most Google-searched song of 2016. Completing the top five were Rae Sremmurd’s ‘Black Beatles’, Desiigner’s ‘Panda’ and Drake’s ‘One Dance’.

Also in the top ten most Googled songs were Adele’s ‘Hello’, released in 2015, and Mike Posner’s surprise hit ‘I Took A Pill In Ibiza’.

Most Googled artists of 2016:

1. Beyoncé
2. Céline Dion
3. Kesha
4. Kehlani
5. Coldplay
6. Teyana Taylor
7. Grace VanderWaal
8. Kanye West
9. Jacob Sartorius
10. Guns N’ Roses

Most Googled songs of 2016:


1. Beyoncé – ‘Formation’
2. Prince – ‘Purple Rain’
3. Rae Sremmurd – ‘Black Beatles’
4. Desiigner – ‘Panda’
5. Drake – ‘One Dance’
6. DNCE – ‘Cake by the Ocean’
7. Adele – ‘Hello”
8. Ruth B — “Lost Boy’
9. Disturbed – ‘Sound of Silence’
10. Mike Posner – ‘I Took a Pill in Ibiza’

Read NME‘s Albums Of The Year list for 2016 and our Songs Of The Year list.