2014 Year in Review

By Betsy Cameron, Data Analyst, Angie Newman, Consumer Content Manager and Peter Yang, Product Marketing Manager

Every day, people discuss the topics and stories that are important to them on Facebook. Today we’re taking a look back at the moments, places and people that moved us in 2014.

We analyzed the past year’s conversation on Facebook to reveal the most talked-about global topics:

Top Global Topics of 2014

  1. World Cup
  2. Ebola virus outbreak
  3. Elections in Brazil
  4. Robin Williams
  5. Ice Bucket Challenge
  6. Conflict in Gaza
  7. Malaysia Airlines
  8. Super Bowl
  9. Michael Brown/Ferguson
  10. Sochi Winter Olympics

To see details about each global topic and view other top 10 lists, visit yearinreview.fb.com.

United States Year in Review

In addition to our global data, we’ve also curated lists about activity specific to the US.

Most Talked-About Topics in the US

  1. Ebola virus outbreak
  2. Ice Bucket Challenge
  3. Robin Williams
  4. Super Bowl
  5. Michael Brown/Ferguson
  6. World Cup
  7. Conflict in Gaza
  8. US midterm elections
  9. Malaysia Airlines
  10. ISIS

Most Checked-Into Places in the US

  1. Disney properties
  2. Universal Studios Hollywood
  3. Times Square
  4. Yosemite National Park
  5. Grand Canyon National Park
  6. Yellowstone National Park
  7. Yankee Stadium
  8. Las Vegas Strip
  9. Hollywood Walk of Fame
  10. Madison Square Garden

Most Talked-About Athletes in the US

  1. LeBron James
  2. Derek Jeter
  3. Floyd Mayweather Jr.
  4. Lionel Messi
  5. Peyton Manning
  6. Carmelo Anthony
  7. Tim Howard
  8. Luis Suarez
  9. Cristiano Ronaldo
  10. Dale Earnhardt, Jr.

Most Talked-About Entertainers in the US

  1. Beyoncé
  2. Pharrell Williams
  3. Nicki Minaj
  4. Taylor Swift
  5. Jimmy Fallon
  6. Iggy Azalea
  7. Katy Perry
  8. Pitbull
  9. John Legend
  10. Kim Kardashian

Most Talked-About TV Shows in the US

  1. Game of Thrones
  2. Orange is the New Black
  3. The Walking Dead
  4. The Big Bang Theory
  5. Downton Abbey
  6. American Horror Story
  7. Sons of Anarchy
  8. True Detective
  9. How I Met Your Mother
  10. Scandal

Most Talked-About Movies in the US

  1. Frozen
  2. Guardians of the Galaxy
  3. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  4. Maleficent
  5. The Lego Movie
  6. The Fault in Our Stars
  7. Transformers: Age of Extinction
  8. Gone Girl
  9. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1
  10. The Purge: Anarchy

Most Talked-About Songs in the US

  1. Happy – Pharrell
  2. All of Me – John Legend
  3. Stay with Me – Sam Smith
  4. Turn Down for What – DJ Snake & Lil Jon
  5. Let It Go (from Frozen) – Idina Menzel
  6. Drunk in Love – Beyoncé featuring JAY Z
  7. Anaconda – Nicki Minaj
  8. Shake It Off – Taylor Swift
  9. Rude – Magic!
  10. Fancy – Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX

Most Viewed Ice Bucket Challenge Videos in the US

1. George W. Bush

2. Will Smith

3. Shakira

4. Mark Wahlberg

5. David Beckham

6. Lady Gaga

7. Steve-O

8. Bill Gates

9. Verne J Troyer

10. Prince Royce

Top Global Games of the Year

  1. Cookie Jam
  2. Bubble Witch 2 Saga
  3. Candy Crush Soda Saga
  4. Klondike
  5. Kim Kardashian: Hollywood
  6. Old Vegas Slots
  7. League of Angels
  8. Hero Defense
  9. SuperCity
  10. Sparta: War of Empires

Year in Review top 10 lists were measured by how frequently a topic was mentioned in Facebook posts made between January and December 2014. To put this list together, Facebook posts were analyzed in an aggregated, anonymized way, and then ranked to create a snapshot of the year on Facebook.


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