The 50 Most Googled Women of 2012

by: Esteban On  Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Tags:  Celebrities   Google   Women  

most googled women of 2012

I doubt you got up this morning and found yourself wondering, “gee, who are the most Googled women in the world this year?” But that’s just the thing about lists like this: you didn’t know you cared until you saw the headline.

Now, let me just be up front about one important thing before you get too far along: Kate Upton is not on in. I don’t know how it is possible, since she’s popped up just about everywhere you looked on the internet this year (including right here on this site again and again), and regular visitors were probably expecting to see her here. But the facts are the facts: when you search for “Kate Upton” on the Googles, only 31,400,000 results come up. So she missed the cut for the top 50 by a whopping 13,000,000 results.

And that reminds me of another thing you should know heading into the list: yes, it’s true, technically this isn’t a list of the “most Googled” women in the world. It’s actually a list of the women with the biggest presence on the internet as measured by Google search results. But what can I say? “Women with the biggest presence on the internet as measured by Google search results” is a dumb name for a list. And anyway, I doubt you really care. You are probably just interested to see what women are popular on the internet these days. And this list will most certainly tell you that.

So, ready to get started? Great. Let’s get to it.

 

50. Jessie J

Jessie J - most googled women of 2012

Google Results: 44,500,000

I thought it was kind of weird that they had Jessie J up there with the legend of British rock during the closing ceremonies of the London Olympics this summer. But apparently she is far more popular than I realized. Good for her.

 

49. Vanessa Hudgens

vanessa hudgens - most googled women of 2012

Google Results: 45,400,000

This one is kind of surprising given the fact that Vanessa Hudgens hasn’t really been in anything remotely popular for the last, oh, four years. Then again, she’s a former Disney star who was involved in a nude picture scandal several years back, so I guess that generates a bit of  a web presence.

 

48. Carrie Underwood

carrie underwood - most googled women of 2012

Google Results: 45,400,000

Carrie Underwood: still as hot as ever—both figuratively and, in relation to record sales, literally.

 

47. Anne Hathaway

anne hathaway - most googled women of 2012

Google Results: 48,700,000

Anne Hathaway has had a huge year, what with her appearance as Catwoman in The Dark Knight Rises and the upcoming shaved-head performance in Les Miserables. So it’s no surprise that she’s cracked the top 50.

 

 

46. Hilary Duff

hilary duff - most googled women of 2012

Google Results: 50,100,000

Hilary Duff is another celeb who hasn’t really done much in recent years. But she’s married to a hockey player, which is kind of cool, and she’s still hot. So I guess that explains the 50 million results.

 

 

45. Scarlett Johansson

scarlett johansson - most googled women of 2012

Google Results: 52,900,000

ScarJo, as she hates to be called, is one of Hollywood’s biggest stars and was this little indie flick called The Avengers earlier this year. Maybe you heard of it?

 

 

44. Jessica Alba

jessica alba - most googled women of 2012

Google Results: 54,100,000

For such a gorgeous and popular woman, Jessica Alba’s resume is very thin on good movies. Of course, the internet doesn’t care about that as long as she looks amazing.

 

 

43. Michelle Obama

michelle obama - most googled women of 2012

Google Results: 54,100,000

Here’s our first of only two political figures on the list. Michelle Obama is not only the most attractive First Lady since Jackie Kennedy, but she’s also a lawyer herself who met her somewhat successful husband at Harvard Law.

 

42. Kylie Minogue

kylie minogue - most googled women of 2012

Google Results: 54,500,000

Kylie’s not exactly all over the radio days, but thanks to the fact that the 44-year-old used to be crazy hot (now she looks a little stretched and plasticy, I’m sad to say), she is still all over the internet.

 

 

41. Hillary Clinton

hilary clinton - most googled women of 2012

Google Results: 56,500,000

Here’s the U.S. Secretary of State, lookin’ like a boss. You may not like her politics, but you have to admit she would have been a pretty badass first female President.

 

40. Jennifer Aniston

jennifer aniston - most googled women of 2012

Google Results: 57,200,000

What can I say? The world just loves Jennifer Aniston.

 

39. Emma Watson

emma watson - most googled women of 2012

Google Results: 58,100,000

I hear those Harry Potter movies were pretty popular. Also, Emma Watson is pretty good-looking.

 

38. Jessica Simpson

jessica simpson - most googled women of 2012

Google Results: 60,600,000

Jessica Simpson just had a kid. Then she lost a bunch of weight with Weight Watchers. Then her dad came out as a gay man (which totally explains why he didn’t think talking about his daughter’s amazing rack was weird). Now she’s announced she’s pregnant again. So Jessica Simpson is a celeb gossip machine.

 

37. Fergie

fergie - most googled women of 2012

Google Results: 65,500,000

Fergie is the first of two women on the list who should have an asterisk by their names. Why? Because it seems quite likely that her search results were boosted by the other “Fergie”—Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York.

 

 

36. Amy Winehouse

amy winehouse - most googled women of 2012

Google Results: 66,900,000

Whether you loved Amy or hated her, you had to admit she was one of the more fascinating pop music personalities in recent memory.

 

35. Marilyn Monroe

marilyn monroe - most googled women of 2012

Google Results: 68,300,000

Marilyn Monroe has been dead for 50 years, but she’s still one of the most popular women on the web.

I don’t know about you, but I think that’s incredible.

 

 

34. Oprah

oprah winfrey - most googled women of 2012

Google Results: 73,000,000

I expected Oprah to rank higher, being the Queen of the World and all.

 

 

33. Halle Berry

halle berry - most googled women of 2012

Google Results: 75,200,000

Even at the age 46, Halle Berry is one of the most gorgeous women in the world. She should have twice as many results.

 

32. Kate Middleton

kate middleton - most googled women of 2012

Google Results: 84,100,000

Despite the fact that Kate Middle—who we all know now is pregnant with the heir to the British Throne—is one of the most talked-about women in the world, she “only” has 84 million results.

That’s 5 million less than…

 

31. Ke$sha

ke$ha - most googled women of 2012

Google Results: 89,700,000

Yep, this goofy-looking Lady Gaga wannabe is more popular on the web than the Duchess of Cambridge.

 

 

30. Kelly Clarkson

kelly clarkson - most googled women of 2012

Google Results: 91,500,000

The original American Idol is still pretty popular on the interwebs.

 

 

29. Whitney Houston

whitney houston - most googled women of 2012

Google Results: 93,200,000

“Don’t it always seem to go / that you don’t know what you got till it’s gone.” That’s a song made famous by some other female artist whose name I can’t recall right now because she’s not dead yet.

 

28. Megan Fox

megan fox - most googled women of 2012

Google Results: 98,400,000

His films may be ridiculous, but if nothing else we can thank Michael Bay for introducing us to Megan Fox.

 

27. Lindsay Lohan

lindsay lohan - most googled women of 2012

Google Results: 101,000,000

What can I say? We just can’t look away from this trainwreck.

What a bummer.

 

 

26. Angelina Jolie

angelina jolie leg - most googled women of 2012

Google Results: 105,000,000

In case you were wondering, “Angelina Jolie’s leg” get 1,530,000 results.

 

 

25. Carly Rae Jepsen

carly-rae-jepsen-most-googled-women-of-2012

Google Results: 107,000,000

This is an absolutely insane number of results for someone nobody (outside the 15,000 people who regularly watch Canadian Idol) heard of in before April 2012.

 

 

24. Mariah Carey

mariah carey - most googled women of 2012

Google Results: 109,000,000

Will her performance of “All I Want for Christmas” with Jimmy Fallon and The Roots be the start of a big comeback? I’m betting yes.

 

23. Demi Lovato

demi lovato - most googled women of 2012

Google Results: 112,000,000

I’m going to be honest. I was not really even sure who the hell Demi Lovato even was before she became a judge on X-Factor. I guess that just means I’m not a female between the ages of 12 and 23.

 

22. Christina Aguilera

christina aguilera - most googled women of 2012

Google Results: 115,000,000

You have to respect Christina Aguilera for wearing her new, fuller figure like a badge of honor…even if she does sometimes look like a circus clown.

 

21. Kristen Stewart

kristen stewart - most googled women of 2012

Google Results: 120,000,000

What’s the deal with Kristien Stewart? Yeah, I know, Twilight. But other than that? I just don’t get it.

 

20. Alicia Keys

alicia keys - most googled women of 2012

Google Results: 120,000,000

Alician Keys has more talen in her left pinky than half the women on this list. And she’s gorgeous. So she earned every one of those 120,000,000 results.

 

19. Avril Lavigne

avril lavigne - most googled women of 2012

Google Results: 124,000,000

About 95,000,000 of those results are just pictures of what Avril’s future child with Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger will look like.

 

18. Kim Kardashian

kim kardashian - most googled women of 2012

Google Results: 138,000,000

If there’s anyone who knows the star-making power of a “leaked” celebrity sex tape, it’s Kim Kardashian.

 

 

17. Honey Boo Boo

honey boo boo mom - most googled women of 2012

Google Results: 168,000,000

Yeah, I know that Honey Boo Boo is the kid. But I don’t want to be mean to a kid. So I present you with this amazing photo of Honey Boo Boo’s mom, Whatzername.

We live in an amazing world.

 

16. Shakira

shakira - most googled women of 2012

Google Results: 168,000,000

She may have a song called “She Wolf,” but in real life Shakira is a cougar. The 35-year-old is currently shacked up with and carrying the baby of 25-year-old Spanish soccer star Gerard Piqué.

 

15. Miley Cyrus

shakira - most googled women of 2012

Google Results: 171,000,000

I can’t tell who Miley Cyrus looks like more: Anne Hathaway if she were a junkie, or Madonna circa 1993. What do you think, internet?

 

14. Selena Gomez

selena gomez - most googled women of 2012

Google Results: 194,000,000

I’m still not sure whether Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber are broken up or back together (and I don’t really care), but I know that being the girlfriend of the most famous pop boy in the world is good for publicity.

Incidentally, “Justin Bieber” yields 463,000,000 results.

 

13. Paris Hilton

paris hilton - most googled women of 2012

Google Results: 204,000,000

It’s not easy to find a photo of Paris in which she doesn’t look like she just swallowed a handful of horse tranquilizers. This one one pretty great good, though, right?

 

12. Beyonce

beyonce-nets-game-most-googled-women-of-2012

Google Results: 226,000,000

You have to be smokin hot to pull of a pants suit this intense.

 

11. Nicki Minaj

nicki minaj - most googled women of 2012

Google Results: 236,000,000

Of course Nicki Minaj is huge on the web. She was literally featured in 80% of all rap singles released from 2011-12. (Well, okay, not literally.)

 

10. Katy Perry

katy perry - most googled women of 2012

Google Results: 243,000,000

Who would have thought upon hearing “I Kissed a Girl” for the first time that Katy Perry would have this kind of staying power?

 

 

9. Taylor Swift

taylor-swift-most-googled-women-of-2012

Google Results: 283,000,000

Taylor is a kajillionaire because she writes really catchy songs about her ex-boyfriends for tween girls. It’s good work if you can get it.

 

8. Madonna

madonna old school - most googled women of 2012

Google Results: 287,000,000

I chose a classic image of Madonna here. You don’t want to see a more current one. Trust me.

 

 

7. Adele

adele - most googled women of 2012

Google Results: 288,000,000

Seriously, Adele, you’re great. But if I hear “Someone Like You” one more time, I’m going to lose my mind.

 

6. Jennifer Lopez

 jennifer-lopez-most-googled-women-of-2012

Google Results: 290,000,000

She may still be popular, but not even J-Lo could save the sinking ship that is American Idol.

 

5. Britney Spears

britney-spears-x-factor-most-googled-women-of-2012

Google Results: 352,000,000

Britney Spears has take a lot of flak over the years, but I think you have to respect the way she pulled herself up and got her life back together.

Right, Lindsay Lohan?

 

 

4. Lady Gaga

lady gaga - most googled women of 2012

Google Results: 382,000,000

Are we done with Lady Gaga yet?

 

3. Cher

cher - most googled women of 2012

Google Results: 400,000,000

Remember when I said there were two women whose names should have asterisks? Well, Fergie was the first. Cher is the second. Why? Because her results seem to have been bumped a bit by contemporary Brit pop singer Cher Lloyd. Of course, it’s hard to say how much Cher Lloyd might affect search results for the real Cher, so I left the real Cher on the list…with a caveat.

 

 

2. Rihanna

rihanna twit pic - most googled women of 2012

Google Results: 522,000,000

Coming in, I thought Rihanna would take the top spot. She’s been everywhere this year.

Turns out I was close. Her 522 million results puts her at #2.

 

 

1. Lana Del Rey

lana del rey - most googled women of 2012

Google Results: 707,000,000

This one is definitely a surprise. Sure, Lana Del Rey is pretty popular right now, having just started a new H&M ad campaign. But still, 700 million search results? I had no idea she was that big. And I get you didn’t, either.

 

 





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