Decade of top searches

1. In the first year of the new century, Yahoo! released the most popular terms for the first time. Decade of top searches

2. In 2002, results for the Yahoo! Person of the Year poll went to President George W. Bush, followed by rapper Eminem and Secretary.

Decade of top searches

3. In 2003, KaZaA led the peer-to-peer file-sharing applications in the wake of Napster’s shutdown.

Decade of top searches

4. By 2004, reality shows had become ensconced in the TV landscape. “American Idol” hit about the 20-million-viewer mark in 2003.

Decade of top searches

5. In 2005, celebrities ruled the Search roost as singer and new mother Britney Spears claimed the No. 1 spot for the first time.

Decade of top searches

6. Hips didn’t lie and neither did the online passion for Colombian singer Shakira, who trailed only Britney Spears and performance.

Decade of top searches

7. Britney Spears still retained the top spot in the 2007 Top 10 searches, but by now the girl next door had become a mother.

Decade of top searches

8. The 2008 presidential elections registered a first on Yahoo’s Top 10 list: a politician.

Decade of top searches

9. After a four-year reign, the King of Pop knocked the pop princess off the top Search perch.

Decade of top searches

10. Only once before had a news story taken the No. 1 slot in Top Searches on Yahoo — namely, the death of Michael Jackson.

Decade of top searches

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