The top Google searches of 2020 in Singapore

What grabbed the attention of online users this year?

Meagan Goh

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Published: 18 December 2020, 5:17 PM

Zoom, Google classroom, Student learning space (SLS) and the Coronavirus were among the top five searches on Google for Singaporeans in 2020, with the 2020 US Election searched the  most by people in Singapore.

Every year, Google releases data showing the top trending searches of each country. This data includes trending searches across a wide variety of categories from movies to personalities, deliveries, how-tos, workouts and more.

Interests over the 2020 US Election was high, since competition was tight between the two candidates and Nevada really wasn’t helping when it had the whole world in suspense.

Searches for Zoom, Google classroom and Student learning space (SLS) were most probably a result of having to work and study from home due to the COVID-19.

The Coronavirus, the third most searched item, was also probably the answer as to why Singaporeans were searching for how to wear a surgical mask and how to make hand sanitiser, which were the top two searches in the how-to category.

How to change Zoom background was the third-most searched item, probably because Singaporeans working from home did not want to show too much of their own room or houses.

Grocery and bubble tea deliveries were the top two most searched items in the trending deliveries category, most likely due to the circuit breaker where Singaporeans were advised to stay home as much as possible.

Many also took matters into their own hands and made their own bubble tea at home. PHOTO CREDIT: YOUTHOPIA/EDWIN TAN


Movies and TV shows were also popular, with South Korean black comedy thriller film, Parasite as the most searched movie and South Korean television series, Crash Landing On You as the most searched TV show.

Itaewon Class, Money Heist, Emily in Paris and It’s Okay Not To Be Okay were also among the top five most searched TV shows in Singapore.

In terms of news specific to Singapore, politicians Jamus Lim and Ivan Lim were the top two most searched personalities.

Jamus Lim is a member of the Workers’ Party and impressed many netizens with his eloquence during the 2020 Singapore General Election.

You may also know him as the guy who ‘warmed the cockles of our hearts’. PHOTO CREDIT: INSTAGRAM/@JAMUSLIM


He was elected into the Parliament of Singapore as a representative of the Sengkang Group Representation Constituency for Anchorvale.

Singaporean YouTuber, radio and internet personality, Dee Kosh, is the third most searched personality, probably because of his alleged sexual harassment a few months back.

He was thrust back into the spotlight on social media just last week, when a photo of him sweeping the ground in a neon vest with the letters CWO (Corrective Work Order) tagged to it surfaced online.


Some netizens were enraged because Dee Kosh was serving a CWO for alleged littering offences instead of his scandal involving potential minors. PHOTO CREDIT: INSTAGRAM/@WAKEUPSINGAPORE


You can see the full list of top searches and trends here.

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