US presidential race, ‘Game of Thrones,’ & Ed Sheeran: What you talked about on Facebook in 2015

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Trump and ClintonSAN FRANCISCO — The U.S. won’t elect a president until next year but the debate over the crowded field of candidates jostling for the Oval Office emerged as the hottest topic on Facebook this year.

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 28:  Ed Sheeran performs at Suncorp Stadium on November 28, 2015 in Brisbane, Australia.  (Photo by Glenn Hunt/Getty Images)

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA – NOVEMBER 28: Ed Sheeran performs at Suncorp Stadium on November 28, 2015 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Glenn Hunt/Getty Images)

The race for the Democratic and Republican party nominations eclipsed an outpouring of emotions over deadly attacks, strife, social issues and disasters.

The rankings released Wednesday open a window into the cultural mindset by analyzing how frequently specific high-profile events, politicians, entertainers, athletes, movies and TV shows were mentioned in the posts of Facebook’s 1.5 billion users. Game of Thrones

British singer Ed Sheeran surpassed Taylor Swift on Facebook’s list of the year’s most-discussed entertainers, while the critically acclaimed “Game of Thrones” reigned in the TV category. “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” due out next week, is Facebook’s favorite film.