What does the BP oil spill, the World Cup and Miley Cyrus have in common? They’re among the top terms or keywords in Yahoo!’s Top 10 Searches for 2010 which was released yesterday.

Yahoo! has been doing the annual Top 10 Searches List since 2001 and for the past 10 years, the top spot was taken by tv shows, celebrities, popular icons and technology but never by a news story. This year, the No. 1 spot belonged to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill or also known as the BP oil spill. Below is the complete list of the Yahoo! Top 10 Searches for 2010.

1. BP Oil Spill
BP Oil Spill
[Win McNamee/Getty Images]

2. World Cup
World Cup
[Clive Mason/Getty Images]

3. Miley Cyrus
Miley Cyrus
[Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images

4. Kim Kardashian
Kim Kardashian
[David McNew/Getty Images]

5. Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga
[Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images]

6. iPhone
iPhone 4
[Spencer Platt/Getty Images]

7. Megan Fox
Megan Fox
[Joe Scarnici/Getty Images]

8. Justin Bieber
Justin Bieber
[Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images]

9. American Idol
American Idol
[Kevin Winter/Getty Images]

10. Britney Spears
Britney Spears
[Jeremy Cowart/Getty Images]

It’s always interesting to find out the popular searches of the year even for those who are not into SEO (Search Engine Optimization) because it shows what people are using search engines for and what keeps people interested.

I was expecting the World Cup to be the top search term since it is the most watched and most anticipated sporting event in the world, so seeing the BP oil spill take the top spot was a bit of a surprise. But on the other hand, it is deserving and I’m glad to see it take the No. 1 spot because it is the only “useful” search term on the list.

To get a glimpse of what other things people are interested in and other popular search terms for this year, check out the 2010 Yahoo! Year in Review infographic.

2010 Yahoo! Year in Review

Personally, I’m looking forward to see what Google has for their 2010 Year-End Zeitgeist.

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  • JP Habaradas, December 7, 2010 @ 2:05 AM

    @Sourish – Yahoo! is dying down but Bing is slow gaining popularity. Yeah, I think mobile search will be the next big thing. :)

  • Sourish @ Jailbreak Iphone 4, December 7, 2010 @ 2:01 AM

    i received negligible traffic from yahoo and bing this year …. i guess the next big search would be android phones in 2011 or maybe iphone 5 if it comes out :)

  • JP Habaradas, December 4, 2010 @ 11:40 PM

    @icechen1 – Hehe..can’t deny it, he’s popular especially with the teens. :D

  • icechen1, December 4, 2010 @ 11:38 AM

    Justin Bieber….. umm ಠ_ಠ

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