​Facebook's most talked-about topics of 2014

Germany celebrate with the World Cup trophy after defeating Argentina 1-0 in extra time during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Final match between Germany and Argentina at Maracana on July 13, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The World Cup was the most-discussed topic on Facebook globally in 2014.

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Facebook's analysts combed through all the posts of its one-billion-plus active users from January to December to find the most-discussed topics in the U.S. and around the world.

Here are a few highlights. (Find the full Year in Review report below.)

Most talked-about topic, ever
Facebook says that the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil drove more conversations than any event in the company's history. Though it easily topped the list of worldwide topics, it came in at number six in the United States.

Remembered around the world
After the comedy legend's passing in August, Robin Williams' memory was in the hearts and keyboards of fans the world over. He appears at the number three spot in the U.S. and fourth globally.

That's a lot of ice water
There were more than 17 million ALS Ice Bucket Challenge videos posted to Facebook. Among the most-watched challengers: George W. Bush, Will Smith, Lady Gaga, Bill Gates and Verne Troyer.

Wives for the win
Let the record show that while Americans talked more about Beyoncé than any other celebrity and Kim Kardashian rounded out the list at number 10, neither's star husband made the cut.

Same, same, but different
The top 10s for the world and the U.S. were largely overlapping, but not identical. Michael Brown and Ferguson are trending both at home and around the world. But while Americans were discussing ISIS and the midterm elections, people abroad were buzzing about the Sochi Winter Olympics and the elections in Brazil. And while it's no surprise that Ebola, Gaza and the mystery of Malaysia Airlines flight 370 were generating talk everywhere, one might not have expected to find that the Super Bowl, which occupied the fourth spot domestically, pulled an impressive number eight global ranking.

And finally, Facebook's top 10 top 10 lists for 2014:

Top Global Topics of 2014

World Cup

Ebola virus outbreak

Elections in Brazil

Robin Williams

Ice Bucket Challenge

Conflict in Gaza

Malaysia Airlines

Super Bowl

Michael Brown/Ferguson

Sochi Winter Olympics


Most Talked-About Topics in the US

Ebola virus outbreak

Ice Bucket Challenge

Robin Williams

Super Bowl

Michael Brown/Ferguson

World Cup

Conflict in Gaza

US midterm elections

Malaysia Airlines

ISIS


Most Checked-Into Places in the US

Disney properties

Universal Studios Hollywood

Times Square

Yosemite National Park

Grand Canyon National Park

Yellowstone National Park

Yankee Stadium

Las Vegas Strip

Hollywood Walk of Fame

Madison Square Garden


Most Talked-About Athletes in the US

LeBron James

Derek Jeter

Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Lionel Messi

Peyton Manning

Carmelo Anthony

Tim Howard

Luis Suarez

Cristiano Ronaldo

Dale Earnhardt, Jr.


Most Talked-About Entertainers in the US

Beyoncé

Pharrell Williams

Nicki Minaj

Taylor Swift

Jimmy Fallon

Iggy Azalea

Katy Perry

Pitbull

John Legend

Kim Kardashian


Most Talked-About TV Shows in the US

Game of Thrones

Orange is the New Black

The Walking Dead

The Big Bang Theory

Downton Abbey

American Horror Story

Sons of Anarchy

True Detective

How I Met Your Mother

Scandal


Most Talked-About Movies in the US

Frozen

Guardians of the Galaxy

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Maleficent

The Lego Movie

The Fault in Our Stars

Transformers: Age of Extinction

Gone Girl

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1

The Purge: Anarchy


Most Talked-About Songs in the US

Happy - Pharrell

All of Me - John Legend

Stay with Me - Sam Smith

Turn Down for What - DJ Snake & Lil Jon

Let It Go (from Frozen) - Idina Menzel

Drunk in Love - Beyoncé featuring JAY Z

Anaconda - Nicki Minaj

Shake It Off - Taylor Swift

Rude - Magic!

Fancy - Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX


Most Viewed Ice Bucket Challenge Videos in the US

George W. Bush

Will Smith

Shakira

Mark Wahlberg

David Beckham

Lady Gaga

Steve-O

Bill Gates

Verne Troyer

Prince Royce


Top Global Games of the Year

Cookie Jam

Bubble Witch 2 Saga

Candy Crush Soda Saga

Klondike

Kim Kardashian: Hollywood

Old Vegas Slots

League of Angels

Hero Defense

SuperCity

Sparta: War of Empires

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    Amanda Schupak is the science and technology editor at CBSNews.com