2015: The moments that changed the world

As 2015 draws to a close it’s time to reflect on the moments that made it such a monumental year – from epic sporting achievements to political change, tragic world events and out-of-this-world space exploration, 2015 has been a year filled with moments that will go down in history.

Bing now reveals the UK’s top searches for 2015 – the biggest moments from current affairs, film, celebrity, music, and sport all charted through search.

Farewell Cilla

Proving her status as a true British icon, the sad loss of Cilla Black meant that even reality star Kim Kardashian had to take a backseat, as the nation sought out Cilla memories online. However it’s the modern-day queen of pop, American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift that’s our most searched-for celebrity this year, followed by Cilla and Kim, whilst Caitlin Jenner’s debut saw her take the fourth spot – clean sweep for the girls topping our celebrity list this year.

Start spreading the news

In a year that saw pollsters stumped by voters throughout the UK, it was politics that ruled our searches – with the general election and tightly-fought Labour leadership contest taking the first and second spots on the list of the most-searched news stories. The recent attacks in Paris came third, while curiosity surrounding ISIS saw the group placed in fourth – with the birth of Princess Charlotte, a moment that galvanized the nation, appearing in fifth.

Sport in the spotlight

Despite England’s early exit, the Rugby World Cup came scrumming in as the UK’s most searched-for sporting event. The quintessentially British Wimbledon Finals also captured the nation’s attention, with the tennis championship taking second spot. Continuing our look at the best of British prowess, Lewis Hamilton took pole position in the most searched-for sports personalities as he became the first British driver in history to win consecutive Formula 1 titles. Meanwhile Andy Murray followed in second place, with Rory McIlroy taking the third spot.

Bing trends 2

Setting the film, music, and celebrity worlds alight

And it’s another chart-topper for Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars, as Uptown Funk leads the pack of most searched-for songs of the year, despite originally being released in 2014. Runaway success Hosier’s Take Me To Church is second, and Taylor Swift’s international number one Bad Blood is third.

Reigning supreme for the silver screen, the eagerly-awaited Star Wars Episode VII is the most searched for film of the year despite not even being released – however a shock result sees James Bond’s Spectre takes the fourth spot, being pipped to the post by Jurassic World and the much-hyped Fifty Shades of Grey.

Bing trends 1

Want to know more? Here’s our full list of entries for your viewing pleasure…

The UK’s top searches in 2015 were:


1.       UK general election

2.       Labour leadership race

3.       Paris Attacks

4.       ISIS

5.       Princess Charlotte

6.       Ebola outbreak

7.       Queen Elizabeth II’s record reign

8.       Alton Towers incident

9.       Nepal earthquake

10.    Supermoon


People we lost

1.       Cilla Black

2.       Anne Kirkbride

3.       Charles Kennedy

4.       Christopher Lee

5.       Terry Pratchett

6.       Lil Chris

7.       Jackie Collins

8.       Jules Bianchi

9.       Leonard Nimoy

10.    B B King


1.       Taylor Swift

2.       Cilla Black

3.       Kim Kardashian

4.       Caitlyn Jenner

5.       Ed Sheeran

6.       Rita Ora

7.       Sam Smith

8.       Ariana Grande

9.       Justin Bieber

10.    Kylie Jenner

Celebrity news

1.       Celebrity Big Brother

2.       Caitlyn Jenner unveiling

3.       Madonna BRITS fall

4.       Adele’s comeback

5.       BAFTAs

6.       EMMY Awards

7.       MTV Video Music Awards

8.       Zayn leaves 1 Direction

9.       Tony Awards

10.    Donald Trump’s presidential campaign

Sports news

1.       Rugby World Cup 2015

2.       Wimbledon 2015

3.       Six Nations 2015

4.       Lewis Hamilton double champion

5.       Mayweather v Pacquiao

6.       Brendan Rodgers sacked by Liverpool FC

7.       Davis Cup

8.       Superbowl 2015

9.       FIFA corruption scandal

10.    Jose Mourinho

Sports stars

1.       Lewis Hamilton

2.       Andy Murray

3.       Rory McIlroy

4.       Wayne Rooney

5.       Mo Farah

6.       Jenson Button

7.       Tom Daley

8.       Bradley Wiggins

9.       David Beckham

10.    Jonny Wilkinson

Celebrities on the rise

1.       Little Mix

2.       Kylie Jenner

3.       Olly Murs

4.       Emilie Clarke

5.       Ruby Rose

6.       Brooklyn Beckham

7.       FKA Twigs

8.       Miles Teller

9.       Ruth Wilson

10.    Kit Harrington

Top films

1.       Stars Wars Episode VII

2.       Jurassic World

3.       Fifty Shades of Grey

4.       Spectre

5.       Furious 7

6.       Avengers: Age of Ultron

7.       The Hunger Games: Mocking Jay pt. 2

8.       Mad Max: Fury Road

9.       Kingsman

10.    The Martian

Top tracks

1.       Uptown Funk

2.       Take Me To Church

3.       Bad Blood

4.       Thinking Out Loud

5.       Love Me Like You Do

6.       Hold Back The River

7.       Cheerleader

8.       Drag Me Down

9.       Elastic Heart

10.    How Deep Is Your Love

  Unusual discoveries

1.       Megalodon discovery

2.       Water on Mars

3.       Skinny jeans health warning

4.       Homo naledi discovery

5.       Average penis size

6.       Bacon causes cancer

7.       Alien Megastructure discovery

8.       Teixobactin

9.       Supermassive black hole

10.    Male contraceptive pill