12/13/2012 02:14 pm ET Updated Dec 14, 2012

Google Doodles 2012: The Year's Most Popular (PHOTOS)

If you haven't already wandered through Google's Zeitgeist 2012 site, wherein the year's top trending Google searches are organized by category (including some curveballs such as "Airlines"), you're missing out on a fairly damning look at collective cultural amnesia. Twelve months worth of searches is arguably akin to a historical survey class. Remember how caught up the world was in the fate of Russia's bravest punk rockers, Pussy Riot? Until racy photos of Kate Middleton showed up, and boom: new top search term.

But at least one category in the Zeitgeist database poses an exception to the rule of new-or-naked trumping all else. The year's most popular Google Doodles span a variety of subjects not bound by era, from Robert Moog's scaled-down music synthesizers, to the 2012 Olympics. And who could forget the birthday of Gideon Sundback, inventor of the humble zipper?

In August, the Google Doodle team told The Huffington Post which doodles they love the most, but we wanted to know what ones were the favorites of John Q. Public. Scroll through the ten most popular doodles below, voted both by views and plays (in the cases of interactive doodles). Let us know which are your favorites in the comments section.

Most Popular Google Doodles Of 2012