If you Googled a musician in 2015, chances are it was Adele. On Wednesday (Dec. 16), the search engine rolled out its most-searched for topics of the year, and it should be no real surprise that the "Hello" singer topped the list, above other newsworthy acts such as Eagles of Death Metal, N.W.A., Chris Stapleton and more.
According to Google's trending list, Adele came out on top. Of course, the pop superstar had a massive fourth quarter of the year. She surprisingly announced the release of her first new album in nearly five years, 25, in October. Since then, Adele has gone on to break numerous records, including the most-streamed VEVO video in 24 hours with "Hello," the fastest-selling album in tracking history and the first album to sell over one million copies in two separate weeks.
Sia came in at No. 2 on Google's list, likely due to her mysterious nature of hiding her face during performances and her wondrously visual music videos, including "Chandelier" and "Elastic Heart."
Eagles of Death Metal also ranked high on the list, at No. 3. The rock band made major headlines last month when their concert at Le Bataclan in Paris was the site of a terrorist attack, with over 80 fans and music industry members killed.
Other artists on the list include Sam Smith (who released the Spectre James Bond theme "Writing's on the Wall") N.W.A. (who released their biopic Straight Outta Compton) and Chris Stapleton, who shocked everyone by sweeping this year's CMA Awards with his album Traveller, which then vaulted to the top of the charts.
Google's 10-Most Searched for Music Artists, 2015:
03. Eagles of Death Metal
04. Sam Smith
05. Meghan Trainor
06. Fetty Wap
10. Chris Stapleton