Yahoo! Singapore 2013 Year in Review (YIR) (video)

Yahoo! Singapore has just released its search results in many categories for the year 2013. Some of them are expected like Harlem Shake or the fox song. What is unexpected is Arissa Cheo is the top in entertainment search.


This is one of the funniest video regarding the 11 complains about Singapore. Do you feel them? 🙂

Here is the Press Release

Press Release

Yahoo Singapore reveals 2013 Year in Review

Recaps top stories, trends and events that captivated Daily Online Habits of Singaporeans in 2013

SINGAPORE, 16 December 2013 – Yahoo Singapore today announced its 2013 Year in Review (YIR), an annual look back at top trends and stories that reflects the daily habits of Internet users in Singapore. It combines search trends with the editorial selection of what users read, recommended and shared most on the Yahoo network in Singapore during 2013.

Yahoo YIR is a distinct way to portray a society in motion through online behaviour. The YIR section on Yahoo news in Singapore offers a glimpse into categories like top news searches, entertainment searches, top viral videos and most unforgettable sports moments, based on what Internet users in Singapore looked for in 2013.

Topping this year’s news search was the haze that enveloped Singapore in mid July, hitting the highest Pollutant Standards Index (PSI) levels in the last 16 years. The unprecedented levels of haze sent thousands of people in Singapore scrambling for N95 masks and shrouded the garden city in hazardous grey clouds. The second on top news search was one of the biggest and most talked about corruption trials in recent years, the City Harvest Church trial that attracted lots of drama and attention of online users of Singapore in 2013. The population whitepaper, hacker group Anonymous, flash floods and Kovan double murder were some of the other top searches that dominated in 2013 in Singapore.

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Top 10 News Searches in 2013

  1. singapore haze
  2. city harvest trial
  3. population white paper
  4. anonymous
  5. flash floods singapore
  6. kovan double murder
  7. budget 2013 singapore
  8. peter lim sin pang
  9. tey tsun hang
  10. punggol east by election

Singaporean socialite and jewellery designer, Arissa Cheo, shot to the top of entertainment search when she married long-time beau and Taiwanese-American singer-actor Vanness Wu.  Among others who topped entertainment searches was famous actress and model Joanne Peh who hit the headlines this year after a much-publicised split with long-time boyfriend Bobby Tonelli. Ah Boys To Men 2, the sequel to the highest-grossing local movie of 2012 continued its wildly successful run with the release of the second part of the film earlier this year and remained as one of the top searches in the entertainment category in 2013.

Top 10 Entertainment Searches in 2013

  1. arissa cheo
  2. jamie yeo
  3. joanne peh
  4. jeanette aw
  5. zoe tay
  6. rui en
  7. ah boys to men 2
  8. ilo ilo
  9. stephanie sun
  10. jamie chua

Reminiscing 2013 and based on what users read, recommended and shared most on the Yahoo network in Singapore during 2013, the Singapore editorial team at Yahoo also selected some of the biggest hits on the Internet this year.

Amongst the biggest video obsessions of the year is none other than the Harlem Shake, the Internet meme that got everyone across the world recording themselves aggressively flailing their arms and wiggling their behinds to the song “Harlem Shake”. The hilarious music video by comedic Norwegian brothers Vegard and Bard Ylvisaker also makes it to the list with close to 250 million views as it got the whole world wondering – What does the fox say? Singaporean produced video “11 Reasons Why Singaporeans Complain!” also made it on the list after racking up over a million views with its humorous but highly relatable take on why Singaporeans complain. Epic Split and Dove Real Beauty were also highly shared, a reminder that beyond the laughs, Singaporeans do appreciate a good marketing campaign.

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Top 10 Most Viral Videos in 2013*

In sports, football proved to be the country’s favourite sport obsession, dominating the list with the LionsXII’s first win at the Malaysian Super League in nearly twenty years, the resignation of their coach, V. Sundramoorthy, soon after they brought home the cup, and the scandal of Singapore being identified as a football match-fixing hub, allegedly rigging over 680 matches worldwide. Stories that held the rapt attention of Singapore’s sports fans also include glorious achievements – Andy Murray’s Wimbledon win, Sebastian Vettel’s fourth world title – as well as some of the sporting world’s lowest, including Lance Armstrong admitting to doping and Oscar Pistorius’ murder charge.

Top 10 Biggest Sports Stories in 2013*

  • Sundram leaves Singapore’s LionsXII
  • Singapore’s LionsXII crowned Malaysian Super League champions
  • Singapore exposed as football match-fixing hub
  • Man Utd boss Sir Alex Ferguson retires
  • Lance Armstrong admits to doping
  • Sebastian Vettel joins F1 greats with 4th world title
  • Oscar Pistorius charged with girlfriend’s murder
  • Anderson Silva KOed for 1st time ever
  • Andy Murray becomes 1st Brit to win Wimbledon in 77 years
  • Singapore to host tennis’ WTA Championships

For more of Yahoo Singapore’s 2013 Top 10s, please visit

*About the Yahoo Singapore 2013 Year in Review Methodology

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To develop the Yahoo! Year in Review, our editors analyze user’s interest patterns on what they searched for, read, recommended and shared. It takes into account number of factors including absolute volume and growth from previous periods to see which themes and trends bubble to the surface. Individuals and their preferences always remain anonymous and the lists based on editorial selections are unranked.

About Yahoo

Yahoo is focused on making the world’s daily habits more inspiring and entertaining. By creating highly personalized experiences for our users, we keep people connected to what matters most to them, across devices and around the world. In turn, we create value for advertisers by connecting them with the audiences that build their businesses. Yahoo! is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., and has offices located throughout the America, Asia Pacific (APAC) and the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) regions. For more information, visit the pressroom ( or the company’s blog (