The 2004 Year-End Google Zeitgeist statement was issued Thursday. It lists the terms most frequently entered into the company's search engine over the past 12 months. And, as was the case last year, pop diva Britney Spears was the most sought-after topic. Closely following Spears was a trifecta of other golden-tressed stars: Paris Hilton, Christina Aguilera and Pamela Anderson, who finished second, third and fourth, respectively.
Rounding out Google's top 10 terms were "chat," "games," "Carmen Electra," "Orlando Bloom," "Harry Potter" and "MP3."
Spears has dominated Google search for some time, though in 2002, brunettes seemed to win out via the elevation of a rival songstress, the oft-dark-haired Jennifer Lopez, who ranked as the No. 1 searched-for woman that year. To her credit, Spears ranked No. 2 in that category. (Google's 2002 Zietgeist archive page doesn't show a list of most popular queries overall.) Thanks britneyspears.org.