Associated Press

Want to see what was hot in 2012? Did one of your searches this year get on the list?

As the year nears its end, Google compiled the number of search queries for 2012 and compared it with 2011.

Here's a look at the 2012 trends for the United States.

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Political gaffes
Charles Dharapak, Associated Press

With the elections this year, people were keeping a close ear on what political figures said. Slip-ups were highly publicized, which created this top 10 list of political gaffes.

1. Big Bird
2. 47 Percent
3. Binders full of women
4. Airplane windows
5. Legitimate rape
6. Private sector is doing fine
7. More flexibility mic slip
8.President's stick
9. Three Presidents intimately
10. Y'all back in chains

U.S. politicians
Justin Sullivan, Getty Images

Which politician did people want to know about this year? Here's Google's top 10:

1. Paul Ryan
2. Ron Paul
3. Barack Obama
4. Rick Santorum
5. Mitt Romney
6. Newt Gingrich
7. Gary Johnson
8. Todd Akin
9. Joe Biden
10. Rick Perry

Election issues
Stuart Johnson, Deseret News

During the 2012 election, what was weighing most heavily on people's minds?

1. Abortion
2. Gay marriage
3. Immigration
4. Gas prices
5. Social security
6. National debt
7. Gun control
8. Environment
9. Death penalty
10. Tax cuts

News sources
Alex Kroke, Associated Press via Fox News

Where did Americans go to get their news?

1. NBC News
2. FiveThirtyEight blog
3. Chi Magazine
4. ESPN
5. TMZ
6. CNN News
7. Drudge Report
8. Tampa Bay Times
9. Fox News
10. Irish Daily Star

Stocks
Mark Lennihan, Associated Press

Which company's stock was the most searched this year?

1. Facebook
2. Zynga
3. Yelp
4. Samsung
5. Arna
6. Kodak
7. Google
8. Electronic Arts
9. Vivus
10. Supervalu

Song lyric searches
Paul Beaty, Associated Press

Finding out what a song actually says helps when trying to sing along to it in the car. Here are the top searched song lyrics:

1. Gangnam Style
2. Mercy
3. Payphone
4. Some Nights
5. Super Bass
6. The Motto
7. Rack City
8. Wide Awake
9. Titanium
10. Boyfriend

TV shows
Michael Becker via Fox

What TV shows were hot in 2012?

1. Here Comes Honey Boo Boo
2. The Voice
3. American Idol
4. Big Brother 14
5. X Factor
6. 666 Park Avenue
7. Alcatraz TV Show
8. Dance Moms
9. The New Normal
10. Switched at Birth

Reality TV stars
Jennifer Brett, via Atlanta Journal-Constitution/MCT

Which reality TV star was the most searched for 2012?

1. Alana "Honey Boo Boo"
2. Snooki
3. Farrah Abraham
4. Kim Kardashian
5. Brittany Ker
6. Jef Holm
7. Emily Maynard
8. Giuliana Rancic
9. Kourtney Kardashian
10. Courtney Robertson

Apparel brands
Mary Altaffer, Associated Press

Which fashion stores were the most searched this year?

1. Tory Burch
2. J Crew
3. Fubu
4. Uniqlo
5. Adidas
6. Theory
7. Tommy Hilfiger
8. Mossimo
9. Forever 21
10. Levis

Shoe brands
Edward Linsmier, Deseret News

The top 10 hottest shoe brands were:

1. Nike
2. Toms
3. Sperry
4. Chanel shoes
5. Vans
6, Asics
7. Converse
8. Sketchers
9. DC Shoes
10. Steve Madden

Jewelry brands
Evan Agostini, Associated Press

Wondering where to get jewelry for a special someone this year? Maybe your significant other would enjoy jewelry from the most searched brands of 2012:

1. Michael Kors
2. Lana Jewelry
3. Scott Kay Bridal
4. Henri Daussi
5. Bergio
6. Dehago
7. Verragio
8. Beverley K
9. Spectrum Diamonds
10. de Grisogono

Halloween costumes
Ron Phillips, AP Photo via Warner Bros. Pictures

This year, when people searched for a Halloween costume, what were they looking for?

1. Katniss Everdeen
2. Slender Man
3. Bane
4. Gangnam style
5. Hawkeye
6. Ted
7. Effie Trinket
8. Loofah
9. Playboy bunny
10. Merida

Food delivery
Paul Sakuma, Associated Press

Want some food, but don't want to leave the comfort of home? Here are the most searched places and items for food delivery:

1. Burger King delivery
2. Pizza delivery
3. Nola Food delivery
4. Healthy delivery options
5. Tomato soup delivery
6. Candy bouquet delivery
7. Chinese delivery
8. Costco water delivery
9. Cookie arrangements delivery
10. Organic vegetables delivery

Recipes
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Coming up with a new tasty dinner can be difficult. These were to trending receipe searches for 2012:

1. Progresso recipe starters
2. Tzatziki sauce
3. Chicken cacciatore
4. Coleslaw dressing
5. Slutty brownies
6. Twinkie
7. Portabella mushroom
8. Soda bread
9. Andouille Sausage
10. Linguica

Diets
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Maybe these diets are old news for 2013 New Year's goals, but these diets were favored in 2012:

1. Michael Phelps diet
2. Beyond diet
3. Raspberry ketone diet
4. Pink method diet
5. Adriana Lima diet
6. Miranda Kerr diet
7. NV Diet Pill diet
8. Feeding tube diet
9. Juicing diet
10. Marissa Miller diet

Food companies
Deseret News

Which food companies were Americans craving?

1. Costco
2. Pizza Hut
3. Dominos
4. Papa Johns
5. Food Network
6. Weight Watchers
7. McDonalds
8. Chick-fil-A
9. Olive Garden
10. Allrecipes

Calorie searches
Ravell Call, Deseret News

What were the top calorie searches for 2012?

1. Zumba calories burned
2. Paczki calories
3. Cantina Bowl calories
4. Starbucks refreshners calories
5. Naked calories
6. McDonalds oatmeal calories
7. Oreo Coolatta calories
8. Voli Vodka calories
9. Applebees nutrition calories
10. Dorito Taco calories

Annual events of 2012
Charlie Riedel, Associated Press

Though these events happen every year, Americans still wanted to find out more about:

1. Super bowl 2012
2. Euro 2012
3. Father's Day 2012
4. Mother's Day 2012
5. Thanksgiving 2012
6. Memorial Day 2012
7. March Madness 2012
8. Labor Day 2012
9. Grammys 2012
10. NFL Draft 2012

Health issues
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Instead of paying expensive bills by asking the doctor a few questions, some Americans tried searching these health issues online:

1. Hemorrhoid
2. Gastroesophageal reflux disease
3. Sexually transmitted disease
4. Diaper rash
5. Diarrhea
6. Urinary tract infection
7. Miscarriage
8. Heartburn
9. Celiac disease
10. PTSD

Endangered species
Marcelo Hernandez, Associated Press

Which endangered species were of most concern for Americans?

1. Braken bat cave meshweaver
2. Hooded crane
3. Falcated Duck
4. Costa Rican variable harlequin toad
5. Gooty tarantula
6. Green hammer coral
7. Greater bamboo lemur
8. Cape seahorse
9. Siberian sturgeon
10. Black shama

Tech gadgets
M. Spencer Green, Associated Press

Which tech gadgets were the biggest rage for 2012?

1. iPad 3
2. iPad Mini
3. Samsung Galaxy S3
4. Kindle Fire
5. Nexus 7
6. Microsoft Surface
7. Galaxy Note 2
8. Samsung Galaxy S2
9. iPhone 5
10. Nokia Lumia 900

Phones
Eric Risberg, Associated Press

What were the year's trending phones?

1. iPhone 5
2. iPhone 4s
3. Samsung Galaxy S3
4. Galaxy Note
5. Galaxy Note 2
6. Blackberry Bold
7. Blackberry Curve
8. Nokia Lumia 900
9. Windows Phone 8
10. Motorola Droid Razr

Mobile/tablet apps
AP photo

Looking for a great game to play on your phone or tablet? Maybe you're looking for a good deal. Whichever it is, here are the trending apps for 2012:

1. Temple Run
2. Instagram
3. Logo Quiz
4. Draw Something
5. Socialcam
6. Angry Birds Space
7. Pinterest
8. Maps
9. Amazon
10. Facebook

Video games
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Looking for a Christmas gift for your teenager who loves video games? Here are the top 10 for this year:

1. Diablo 3
2. Borderlands 2
3. Mass Effect 3
4. Halo 4
5. Skyrim
6. Black Ops 2
7. Madden NFL 13
8. Resident Evil 6
9. WrestleMania XXVIII
10. FIFA 13

Toys
Sang Tan, Associated Press

Here are the top 10 Christmas toys for this year:

1. Webcam Toy
2. Elmo
3. Codee
4. Derpy Hooves
5. Bouncing Tigger
6. Ted
7. Mahjongg toy chest
8. Plastic toy shovels
9. Doc McStuffins
10. Transformers

Hybrid cars
Carlos Osorio, Associated Press

The most popular searches on hybrid cars for this year were:

1. Fisker Karma
2. Camry
3. Jetta
4. BMW
5. Ford Fusion
6. Lexus
7. Hyundai Sonata
8. Ford C-Max
9. Toyota Avalon
10. Buick Lacrosse

Athletes
Frank Franklin II, Associated Press

Which athlete caught the attention of Americans this year?

1. Jeremy Lin
2. Peyton Manning
3. Michael Phelps
4. Ryan Lochte
5. Tim Tebw
6. McKayla Maroney
7. Gabby Dougas
8. LoLo Jones
9. Dwight Howard
10. Sarah Burke

MLB teams
Dilip Vishwanat, Getty Images

Which Major League Baseball teamswere Americans following this year?

1. Detroit Tigers
2. Texas Rangers
3. Atlanta Braves
4. San Francisco Giants
5. Chicago Clubs
6. Cincinnati Reds
7. New York Yankees
8. Washington Nationals
9. Boston Red Sox
10. Pittsburgh Pirates

NFL teams
Jack Dempsey, Associated Press

Which National Football League teams were people searching for in 2012?

1. Dallas Cowboys
2. Chicago Bears
3. Denver Broncos
4. Green Bay Packers
5. Miami Dolphins
6. New England Patriots
7. Detroit Lions
8. New York Giants
9. Pittsburgh Steelers
10. Oakland Raiders

NBA Teams
Wilfredo Lee, Associated Press

Which National Basketball Association teams grabbed attention in 2012?

1. Brooklyn Nets
2. LA Clippers
3. Philadelphia 76ers
4. Los Angeles Clippers
5. Oklahoma City Thunder
6. Minnesota Timberwolves
7. NY Knicks
8. Houston Rockets
9. Charlotte Bobcats
10. Indiana Pacers

Donations
Keith Johnson, Deseret News

Which donation recipients were hot topics for 2012?

1. Obama
2. Sandy
3. Romney
4. KONY
5. Karen Klein
6. PBS
7. Red Cross
8. NASA
9. Zimmerman
10. Entrepreneurs

Authors

Which writers got noticed this year?

1. Charles Duhigg
2. William Landay
3. Brian Souza
4. ML Stedman
5. EL James
6. Cheryl Strayed
7. Gillian Flynn
8. Sylvia Day
9. Edward Klein
10. Edward Conard

Books
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Which books were the year's big hits?

1. Fifty Shades Darker
2. Bared to you
3. Fifty Shades Freed
4. The Casual Vacancy
5. Defending Jacob
6. The Light Between Oceans
7. Quiet: The Power of Introverts
8. The Serpent's Shadow
9. Indivisible: Restoring Faith, Family and Freedom Before It's Too Late
10. The Psychology of Wealth

Colleges & universities
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Unsure of which college or university to attend? Maybe the most-searched schools of 2012 could help determine your choice:

1. Lehigh University
2. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
3. Otterbein University
4.. Creighton University
5. Hillsadale College
6. Marist College
7. Wells College
8. Sweet Briar College
9. Grinnell College
10. Mount Holyoke College

Museums
Jacquelyn Martin, Associated Press

Which museums drew Americans' interest?

1. Metropolitan Museum of Art
2. Philadelphia Museum of Art
3. National Gallery of Art
4. De Young Museum
5. Museum of Science Boston
6. California Science center
7. Museum of National History
8. Chicago Museum of Science
9. Museum of Fine Arts Boston
10. Exploratorium

Searches
Matt Sayles, Associated Press

Out of all the searches this year, these were the top 10 for 2012:

1. Whitney Houston
2. Hurricane Sandy
3. Election 2012
4. Hunger Games
5. Jeremy Lin
6. Olympics 2012
7. Amanda Todd
8. Gangnam Style
9. Michael Clarke Duncan
10. KONY 2012

People
Jack Dempsey, Associated Press

Who did Americans want to know all about this year?

1. Whitney Houston
2. Jeremy Lin
3. Amanda Todd
4. Michael Clark Duncan
5. Kate Middleton
6. One Direction
7. Morgan Freeman
8. Peyton Manning
9. Joe Paterno
10. Paul Ryan

Events of 2012
Mel Evans, Associated Press

These top 10 search items weighed heavily on the minds of Americans during 2012:

1. Hurricane Sandy
2. Presidential Election
3. Super Bowl
4. Olympics
5. UEFA Euro 2012
6. KONY Movement
7. SOPA Protest
8. Aurora Shooting
9. Trayvon Marin Case
10. Hurricane Isaac

How to...
Brian Nicholson, OKespanol

What were the top 10 "how to" searches for the year?

1. How to love
2. How to rock
3. How to vote
4. How to install
5. How to hate
6. How to archer
7. How to wobble
8. How to calculate
9. How to root
10. How to Tebow

What is...?
Paul Sakuma, Associated Press

Hear about something in the news or from your friends and you need more information? Here are the top 10 "what is" searches:

1. SOPA
2. Scientology
3. KONY
4. Yolo
5. Instagram
6. Pinterest
7. Lent
8. Obamacare
9. iCloud
10. Planking