15 of the best Google Doodles for 15 years of Google

From Pac-Man and Van Gogh to John Lennon and Arthur Conan Doyle, here are our favourite Google Doodles...

Google is 15. Happy birthday Google! But besides the search engine function they provide to millions and squillions, by far the best thing about Google is there Doodles. It all began with a 1998 visit to Burning Man festival and Google’s very own take on an out of office message…

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Google knew they were onto something special and swiftly employed a team of experts – known as Doodlers – to design their inventive creations. It’s now been fifteen years and look what they’ve come up with…

30th ANNIVERSARY OF PAC-MAN

Google’s first ever playable Doodle marked the 30th birthday of one of the world’s most iconic video games – try collecting your pac-dots around the Google lettering right here.

CLAUDE DEBUSSY’S 151st BIRTHDAY

To mark the Clair de Lune composer’s special day, Google put together a gorgeous night time sequence played to his best known tune – think starry skies, motor cars, a street lamp-lit river… Watch it back here.

FREDDIE MERCURY’S 65th BIRTHDAY

Google turned their Doodle into an art form to commemorate what would have been the Queen frontman’s 65th birthday with a supersonic technicolour mash-up of Don’t Stop Me Now. Take a look…

107th ANNIVERSARY OF LITTLE NEMO IN SLUMBERLAND

Artist Winsor McCay’s 107-year-old comic strip Little Nemo in Slumberland got its very own Google update in this seriously stylish interactive version telling a tale as it spells out the search engine’s logo… Try it here.

LES PAUL’S 96th BIRTHDAY

Fancy yourself a rockstar in the making? Try out the electric guitar Google gave us to celebrate inventor Les Paul’s 96th birthday – strum away, make your own recording and send it to your friends. Cue hours and hours of procrastination – thanks, Google.

SAUL BASS’ 93rd BIRTHDAY

Words just won’t do justice to this jazzy number put together to commemorate animator and Oscar-winner Saul Bass’s special day – just take a look at this this…

VINCENT VAN GOGH’S 152nd BIRTHDAY

Google transformed their minimalist logo with the sweeping brushstrokes of the Dutch painter back in 2005. It may not jiggle about like their later efforts, but we reckon it’s worth a mention for effortless style alone…

MARTHA GRAHAM’S 117th BIRTHDAY

Don’t worry, we had to Google Martha Graham, too. She was an American choreographer who revolutionised global dance and theatre, as captured in this simple but stunning homage spelling out the search engine’s logo:

JOHN LENNON’S 70th BIRTHDAY

Google stuck close to their Doodling roots to mark what would have been the Beatles singer’s landmark birthday – the simple illustrations set to the music of his hit Imagine end with his spectacles spelling out the “oo”s of Google. Have a watch…

JULES VERNE’S 183rd BIRTHDAY

Swim with the fishes to celebrate Jules Verne’s special day. The author of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea inspired an underwater kingdom, ready to be explored through a Google lens… Start your journey here:

SIR ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE’S 147th BIRTHDAY

What would a list of Google Doodles be without a mention of the author of Sherlock Holmes? Here’s our favourite detective complete with pipe, magnifying glass and, of course, his deerstalker hat…

122nd BIRTHDAY OF CHARLIE CHAPLIN

Two worlds collided when Google created their first-ever live action video Doodle. The entire Doodle team appear in this Charlie Chaplin-themed mini-movie which has the star of the silent film era perusing a Google newspaper, no less.

ROBERT MOOG’S 78th BIRTHDAY

Endless procrastinators turned musical maestros when Google launched their homage to musical pioneer Robert Moog in May 2012. Their very own Moog synthesizer Doodle allowed users to record, playback and share their compositions. Feeling creative? Try it out here.

GOOGLE’S 15th BIRTHDAY

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And finally, to mark their special day Google have kicked off today’s festivities with cake and games. Don your party hat and celebrate with the Gs, Os, Ls and Es by having a go at smashing their piñata Doodle