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Yahoo! Search Announces Top Buzz Searches of 2004: American Idol Is the Number One

Yahoo! Search Announces Top Buzz Searches of 2004: American Idol Is the Number One Search Term
Monday December 27, 8:55 am ET Search Queen Britney Spears Is Dethroned by Both Paris Hilton and Jessica Simpson

SUNNYVALE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 27, 2004--Yahoo! Inc., leading global Internet company, today revealed the most popular search terms of 2004. Based on results culled from millions of Yahoo! Search users, the top searches of 2004 give unique insight into this year's consumer interests and trends.
The Yahoo! Search 2004 Top 10 Searches:
1. American Idol
2. Paris Hilton
3. Jessica Simpson
4. Britney Spears
5. Harry Potter
6. WWE
7. Usher
9. NBA
10. NFL

Last year video games and wizards ruled, this year it's all about crooner wannabes and fair-haired beauties. The number one spot in 2004 goes to American Idol, the reality show that boosted winner Fantasia Barrino to stardom. Not surprisingly, a bevy of blondes round out the top four, but the order of appearance is somewhat surprising: heiress bad girl Paris Hilton and Newlywed Jessica Simpson both rank higher than the three-year reigning Top Searches Queen, Britney Spears. Usher is the only non-fictional male to make the top 10 this year, proving that catchy lyrics, smooth dance moves and great abs make him "the man" in 2004.

Nancy Evars, a Yahoo! Search Buzz Index guru, says the shift in America's interest this year from geek to chic is an excellent read on what fascinated consumers' interests in 2004.

"The 2004 results illustrate that while people follow scandals and heartbreaks, they also have other interests. Controversy rocked several of this year's top search queries, but sports searches also made the list thanks to the increase in popularity of fantasy sports and the surging demand for pro-sports statistics," said Evars.

"Movers" Rocket to the Top

Movers are Search topics that see the greatest percentage in increase from one day to the next. Often coming out of nowhere, movers momentarily spark public interest and often disappear just as quickly as they arrived. When viewed month by month, they highlight some of the year's hottest news headlines and events. Yahoo! Search 2004 Top Movers of Each Month: MONTH MOVER WHY
------------ -------------------------- ----------------------------- January Oscar Nominations When the list of eligible winners becomes available, movie buffs and the general public alike want to know if their favorite actors and pictures are up for one of the prestigious awards.
------------ -------------------------- ----------------------------- February Janet Jackson Pictures Super Bowl "wardrobe malfunction" rips people's attention away from the New England Patriots' second championship win in three years.
------------ -------------------------- ----------------------------- March ACC Tournament With an overtime victory, the Maryland Terps beat Duke to capture their first ACC Championship in 20 years.
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April Chiaki Kuriyama Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill is released on DVD and searches for the actress who played the baddie-wielding villain swing upward. ------------ -------------------------- -----------------------------
May Muntada Al-Ansar Terrorists in Iraq record the beheading of American hostage Nick Berg and post video footage of the act on this radical website.
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June MTV Movie Awards Teen hottie Lindsay Lohan hosts, Eminem's crowd-mooning antics are edited out, and Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King takes home Best Movie of the Year.
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July Whoopi Goldberg Slim Fast cuts the fat and fires the comedian for making lewd puns at a fund- raiser for the John Kerry- John Edwards presidential ticket.
------------ -------------------------- ----------------------------- August The Brown Bunny After being panned in Cannes by audiences and critics, Vincent Galllo's racy film heats things up across the Atlantic with its limited release in American theaters.
------------ -------------------------- ----------------------------- September Britney Spears Wedding Oops she did it again -- the pop star weds for the second time in 2004, this time to Kevin Federline.
------------ -------------------------- ----------------------------- October Christopher Reeve People mourn the loss of the onscreen Superman and real world crusader for stem-cell research.
------------ -------------------------- ----------------------------- November Star Wars 3 Trailer The galaxy may be far, far away, but a sneak peak at the much anticipated flick lets fans know that the next Star Wars installment is within reach.
------------ -------------------------- ----------------------------- December Julie Berry Survivor host Jeff Probst wins the heart of the voted-off contestant and announces to the world that they are an item.
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Yahoo! Search Top 10 Reality TV Shows

New to reality show top searches this year are "Extreme Makeover" and its self image nemesis "America's Next Top Model." Also buzzing in 2004 are the fast paced "Amazing Race," and the not-so-common "Average Joe."
1. American Idol
2. Survivor
3. The Bachelor
4. America's Next Top Model
5. Big Brother
6. Amazing Race
7. Extreme Makeover
8. The Bachelorette
9. Trading Spaces
10. Average Joe

Yahoo! Search Top 10 Movies

The story of a Greek warrior, an apocalyptic flick, and a Quentin Tarantino blood fest are new additions to this year's top movie search list. At number five, "Spider Man 2" proves that a sequel can be better than an original by ranking higher than "Spider Man," the owner of the number six spot in 2003.
1. Harry Potter
2. Star Wars
3. Lord Of The Rings
4. Troy
5. Spiderman 2
6. Shrek 2
7. Kill Bill
8. Van Helsing
9. Finding Nemo
10. Day After Tomorrow

Yahoo! Search Top 10 Diets

Time tested Weight Watchers topped several fad slim-down programs to become the number one diet search of the year. Low carb diets remained frontrunners, while Jared Fogle's popular Subway weight loss plan also created significant online buzz in 2004.
1. Weight Watchers
2. South Beach Diet
3. Atkins Diet
4. Slim Fast
5. Diet Pills
6. The Zone
7. Cabbage Soup Diet
8. Low Carb Diet
9. Mayo Clinic Diet
10. Subway Diet

Go to to see all the top searches of 2004 lists: Top Searches -- 2004 Movers Top Reality Show Searches Top Movies Searches Top Diet Searches Top News Searches Top Olympian Searches Top Music Searches Top Britney Searches Top Major League Baseball Searches Top Autos Searches Top Lyrics Searches Top Reality TV Personality Searches

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Yahoo! Inc. is a leading provider of comprehensive online products and services to consumers and businesses worldwide. Yahoo! is the No. 1 Internet brand globally and the most trafficked Internet destination worldwide. Headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., Yahoo!'s global network includes 25 World properties and is available in 13 languages.

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