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Lycos today announced its 9th annual list of top 50 search terms for the year 2008, based on the Lycos 50, a weekly list of the most popular people, places and things Lycos users search for every day. The Lycos 50 Top Search Terms of 2008 list is based on Lycos user searches from Jan. 1, 2008 through Dec. 1, 2008.

The Lycos 50 Top 10 Search Terms for 2008 are:
1. Poker
2. Paris Hilton
3. YouTube
4. Golf
5. Sarah Palin
6. Britney Spears
7. Clay Aiken
8. Pamela Anderson
9. Facebook
10. Holly Madison

For the third year running, Poker draws the top spot, generating more search activity with Lycos users in 2008 than any other search term. The continued success of the World Poker Tour and year-round televised celebrity poker tournaments pushed online interest in Poker slightly ahead of Paris Hilton, generating five percent more search activity than the celebrity heiress.

Other results:

Top 10 Women of 2008:
1. Paris Hilton
2. Sarah Palin
3. Britney Spears
4. Pamela Anderson
5. Holly Madison
6. Kim Kardashian
7. Tina Fey
8. Lindsay Lohan
9. Angelina Jolie
10. Jessica Alba

Top 10 Men of 2008:
1. Clay Aiken
2. Barack Obama
3. Heath Ledger
4. Paul Newman
5. John McCain
6. Tupac Shakur
7. Johnny Depp
8. Howard Stern
9. Travis Barker
10. 50 Cent

Top 10 Films of 2008:
1. The Dark Knight
2. Iron Man
3. Cloverfield
4. Twilight
5. Indiana Jones 4
6. Sex and the City Movie
7. James Bond Quantum of Solace
8. 21 The Movie
9. Camp Rock
10. High School Musical 3

Top News Stories of 2008:
1. Economic Collapse/Bailout
2. Presidential Election ’08
3. Death of Heath Ledger
4. Clay Aiken Comes Out/Becomes Dad
5. Death of Paul Newman
6. Jennifer Hudson Family Murder
7. Eliot Spitzer Scandal
8. Travis Barker Plane Crash
9. Sichuan Earthquake
10. War in Iraq

Top Fads of 2008:
1. Poker
2. YouTube
3. Facebook
4. DIY Home Improvement
5. Digital TV
6. Weight Watchers
7. Craigslist
8. RuneScape
9. Webkinz
10. The Sims

Top Television Shows of 2008:
1. Star Trek Enterprise
2. Dancing with the Stars
3. Family Guy
4. Greek
5. American Idol
6. The Simpsons
7. Big Brother
8. The Office
9. Hannah Montana
10. The Biggest Loser

Top 10 Bands of 2008:
1. Jonas Brothers
2. The Beatles
3. Metallica
4. Slipknot
5. Linkin Park
6. Pink Floyd
7. ‘N Sync
8. Backstreet Boys
9. Rolling Stones
10. Pussycat Dolls

Top 10 Sports Stars of 2008:
1. Anna Kournikova
2. Danica Patrick
3. Maria Sharapova
4. Michael Phelps
5. Serena Williams
6. Tom Brady
7. Manny Ramirez
8. David Beckham
9. Tiger Woods
10. Paul Pierce

Top Three Blog Sites of 2008:
1. Perez Hilton
2. Drudge Report
3. Huffington Post