The list is likely to result in a few "oh ja" moments as you recall the fuss made about certain stories.
Comparing the big searches by country highlights the subjects that the planet is talking about versus those that only appear in the country searches.
Explore the Google Search Trends for South Africa further.
The most popular Google search terms in South Africa for 2016.
A compilation of the major international stories that saw search spikes.
YouTube Rewind 2016
YouTube both creates a compilation video featuring the major creators performing the breakout songs while giving a hat-tip to the popular videos. There is so much crammed into the 6 minute video that there is quiz to help you spot all the references.
Caspar Lee, the local YouTuber has featured before and is joined by Trevor Noah in 2016.
The top YouTube videos of 2016
YouTube uses a combinations of factors besides the number of views to determine the top video. The carpool karaoke edition with Adele was judged to be the #1 video with 138 million views. You can watch most of the top 10 below (the lip sync battle is not available in SA).
The full background and list of the top songs can be found on the YouTube blog.