To commemorate the occasion, we’re taking a look at what the world was like – at least the Internet part of it – in the weeks leading up to the Big Bang of arguably the defining celebrity couple of the 21st century (so far).
Using Google Trends, we’re taking a look back at April 2005 to see precisely what it was the Internet cared about before the Internet cared about Brad and Angie. Google keeps track of some weird categories, so we’ll be looking at those as well.
Pamela Anderson was the most-searched celebrity in April 2005, presumably thanks to her new Fox sitcom Stacked (the central premise of which was “Pamela Anderson is a librarian”). Jennifer Lopez was just behind her – she’d just released Rebirth in February and would be starring in Monster-in-Law come May.
“Dog” was the most-searched Google term in the “animals” category in April ’05, followed by “cat.” Make of that what you will.
Britney Spears was the most-searched musician of April 2005. She was followed by 50 Cent and Green Day, which seems appropriately “April 2005” to us. Tupac Shakur, however, was number four, for reasons that elude us.
Gwen Stefani’s “Hollaback Girl” was the most-searched song, followed by “We Belong Together” by Mariah Carey, “Mr. Brightside” by The Killers,” “Hate It or Love It” by The Game and 50 Cent, and 50’s “Candy Shop.”
“Earth” was number one, “moon” number two. “Mars” edged out the always-a-bridesmaid-never-a-bride “sun” for the number three slot, and “Saturn” rounded out the top five.
Family Guy, The Apprentice, South Park and The Simpsons rounded out the top five. The more things change
Arnold Schwarzenegger was the most-searched U.S. Governor in April 2005, followed by Jeb Bush, and then former Alabama Governor George Wallace, who had been dead for six and a half years at that point.