news The Things Everyone (Including You) Googled in 2017  

Elise Hennigan
December 14, 2017 3.2k votes 205 voters 5.8k views 76 items Embed

List Rules Of the most searched terms worldwide in 2017, vote up the ones you definitely typed into Google at one point.

A look through the most searched terms in 2017 offers a fun glimpse into the cultural zeitgeist and review of the biggest news events in 2017. Google released their list of most searched on Google in 2017 and it shows popular search terms like solar eclipse, fidget spinner, April the Giraffe, bitcoin price, and "what is a hurricane?" Other sites such as Merriam-Webster's dictionary also named their top words of the year based on Internet searches. "Feminism" was the year's winner, beating out Dictionary.com's "complicit." So 2017, right? A time capsule of our lives.

Some people spent their lunch hours furiously searching the names of accused sex offenders: Matt Lauer, Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, Bill O'Reilly, and Louis CK all made the list. Other people turned to Google to keep tabs on the protests going on, but first they had to make sure they knew what DACA, net neutrality, and the Paris Climate Agreement are. People searched for athletes, sports events, and news stories. A lot of the most searched words on Google were of up and coming actors who starred in movies and TV shows in 2017 (and one who got engaged to a prince). 

Look through this list of the most searched keywords (their ranking on Google's list is included below) and vote up the words that you definitely remember searching for in 2017.

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Las Vegas shooting is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Things Everyone (Including You) Googled in 2017
Las Vegas shooting

#2 in News, #5 in Searches

Why: On October 1, a gunman inside the Mandalay Bay hotel opened fire on the crowd of the Route 91 Harvest music festival, killing 58 people and injuring 546 more.

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Hurricane Irma is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Things Everyone (Including You) Googled in 2017
Hurricane Irma

#1 in Searches, #1 in News

Why: The most intense Atlantic hurricane to strike the United States since Katrina in 2005, Irma made landfall in Florida in late August, killing at least 134 people.  

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Social Eclipse is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Things Everyone (Including You) Googled in 2017
Social Eclipse

#3 in News, #7 in Searches

Why: On August 21, Americans watched a total solar eclipse move across the continent.

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Hurricane Harvey is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Things Everyone (Including You) Googled in 2017
Hurricane Harvey

#4 in News, #8 in Searches

Why: From mid-August until early September, the hurricane devastated the Houston metropolitan area, inflicting an estimated $200 billion in damage.

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Meghan Markle is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Things Everyone (Including You) Googled in 2017
Meghan Markle

#1 in Actors, #2 in People

Why: On November 27, the actress and Prince Harry announced that they are engaged and planning a wedding for May 2018.

Meghan Markle is an American fashion model, spokesmodel, and actress. She stars as Rachel Zane on the USA legal drama Suits. She is formerly the model who held case #24 on the US version of the ...more

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Gal Gadot is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Things Everyone (Including You) Googled in 2017
Gal Gadot

#3 in Actors, #10 in People

Why: The Israeli actress starred in Wonder Woman in May and appeared again in Justice League in November.

Gal Gadot is an Israeli actress and fashion model. She won the Miss Israel title in 2004 and went on to represent Israel at the 2004 Miss Universe beauty pageant. She is the leading fashion ...more

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Harvey Weinstein is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Things Everyone (Including You) Googled in 2017
Harvey Weinstein

#3 in People

Why: Beginning in October, more than 80 women came forth to accuse the prominent film producer and executive of sexual harassment, sexual assault, or rape. These allegations inspired the #MeToo movement

Harvey Weinstein, CBE is an American film producer and film studio executive. He is best known as co-founder of Miramax. He and his brother Bob have been co-chairmen of The Weinstein Company, ...more

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North Korea is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Things Everyone (Including You) Googled in 2017
North Korea

#6 in News

Why: In 2017, North Korea conducted a series of truly alarming missile and nuclear tests that demonstrated the country's nuclear abilities.

North Korea, officially the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, is a country in East Asia, in the northern part of the Korean Peninsula. The capital and largest city is Pyongyang. North Korea ...more

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What is covfefe? is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Things Everyone (Including You) Googled in 2017
What is covfefe?

#6 in What is...

Why: On May 31, at 12:06 a.m., President Donald Trump tweeted exactly this: Despite the constant negative press covfefe

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It is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Things Everyone (Including You) Googled in 2017
IT

#1 in Movies

Why: On September 8, the horror film broke box office records with its $123 million opening.

It is a 2017 supernatural horror drama film directed by Andrés Muschietti, an adaptation of Stephen King's 1986 horror novel. The film tells the story of seven children as they are ...more

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What is Bitcoin? is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Things Everyone (Including You) Googled in 2017
What is Bitcoin?

#2 in What is...

Why: Bitcoin currency was definitely in the news in 2017 - many people were tracking its value, a lot of people got rich off of it, and some people were just trying to figure out what the hell it is (a cryptocurrency).

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April the Giraffe is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Things Everyone (Including You) Googled in 2017
April the Giraffe

#9 in News

Why: April the Giraffe gained worldwide fame after a live video of her in the late stages of pregnancy, along with the subsequent birth, were put on YouTube.

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Hurricane Maria is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Things Everyone (Including You) Googled in 2017
Hurricane Maria

#8 in News

Why: Hurricane Maria was regarded as the worst natural disaster on record in Dominica and Puerto Rico, causing catastrophic damage and triggering a major humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico.

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Melania Trump is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Things Everyone (Including You) Googled in 2017
Melania Trump

#7 in People

Why: As the new first lady of the United States in 2017 and a bit of a mysterious character, people took to Google in 2017 to find out more about her. 

Melania Knauss-Trump is a Slovenian former model and the wife of American real estate magnate Donald Trump. They married on January 22, 2005.

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How to make solar eclipse glas... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Things Everyone (Including You) Googled in 2017
How to make solar eclipse glasses

#2 in How to...

Why: In August, everyone was obsessed with viewing the solar eclipse... but first we had to either buy or make our own glasses.

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Matt Lauer is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Things Everyone (Including You) Googled in 2017
Matt Lauer

#1 in People, #2 in Searches

Why: In November 2017, the Today show host was accused of sexual harassment by multiple women and was fired from NBC.

Matthew Todd "Matt" Lauer is an American television journalist best known as the host of NBC's The Today Show since 1997. He is also a contributor for NBC's Dateline NBC. He was ...more

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How to make slime is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Things Everyone (Including You) Googled in 2017
How to make slime

#1 in How to...

Why: In 2017, photos of colorful slime trended on social media and teens worldwide went to Google to find out how to make it themselves.

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Women's March is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Things Everyone (Including You) Googled in 2017
Women's March

#9 in Activations (Protests)

Why: On January 21, one day after the inauguration of President Trump, hundreds of thousands of people marched worldwide to advocate for women's rights, human rights, immigration reform, healthcare reform, and many other causes.

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What is net neutrality? is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Things Everyone (Including You) Googled in 2017
What is net neutrality?

#5 in What is...

Why: In December 2017, the Federal Communications Commission voted to repeal its net neutrality rules, which since 2015 had prohibited Internet providers from blocking or slowing particular websites. 

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Fidget Spinner is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Things Everyone (Including You) Googled in 2017
Fidget Spinner

#10 in Searches

Why: Fidget spinners were the toy that all of the cool kids were bringing to school in 2017.

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Tom Petty is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Things Everyone (Including You) Googled in 2017
Tom Petty

#3 in Searches

Why: On October 2, the rock & roll giant unexpectedly passed away at age 66 following a cardiac arrest.

Thomas Earl "Tom" Petty is an American musician, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer. He is best known as the lead vocalist of Tom Petty and the ...more

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NFL National Anthem protests is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Things Everyone (Including You) Googled in 2017
NFL National Anthem protests

#1 in Activations (protests)

Why: The symbolic act of kneeling during the national anthem drew the nation's attention to social and race issues.

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Bitcoin is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Things Everyone (Including You) Googled in 2017
Bitcoin Price

#5 in News

Why: In 2017, bitcoin prices soared from $1,000 up to $11,000 and back and forth and everywhere in between. Some people made a lot of money.

Bitcoin is an online payment system invented by Satoshi Nakamoto, who published his invention in 2008, and released it as open-source software in 2009. The system is peer-to-peer; users can ...more

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Wonder Woman is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Things Everyone (Including You) Googled in 2017
Wonder Woman

#3 in Movies

Why: Wonder Woman is a super popular and critically acclaimed DC superhero film that came out in 2017 and stars Israeli model Gal Godot.

Wonder Woman is a 2017 American superhero film directed by Patty Jenkins, based on the DC Comics character. When a pilot (Chris Pine) crashes and tells of conflict in the outside world, Diana ...more

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What is ANTIFA? is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Things Everyone (Including You) Googled in 2017
What is ANTIFA?

#4 in What is..

Why: In 2017, the far-left movement emerged in the United States to confront fascism and President Trump.

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iPhone X is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Things Everyone (Including You) Googled in 2017
iPhone X

#2 in Consumer Tech

Why: The newest and highest level of iPhone was released in November 2017.

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Milo Yiannopoulos is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Things Everyone (Including You) Googled in 2017
Milo Yiannopoulos

#9 in People

Why: In November, the Pro-Trump, alt-right, anti-LGBTQ rights (although he himself is gay), neo-Nazi sympathizer—who was permanently banned from Twitter in July 2016—toured Australia as a speaker.

Milo Yiannopoulos, formerly Milo Wagner, is a British journalist and entrepreneur. He founded the online tabloid magazine The Kernel, which he sold to Daily Dot Media in January 2014. He is a ...more

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What is DACA? is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Things Everyone (Including You) Googled in 2017
What is DACA?

#1 in What is...

Why: In September, Trump ended Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), an Obama-era immigration policy that gave some individuals who entered the country as minors a path to citizenship.

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Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Things Everyone (Including You) Googled in 2017
Game of Thrones

#2 in TV Shows

Why: The worldwide obsession with fantasy HBO series Game of Thrones continued in 2017 as fans watched a more ambitious, higher budgeted season seven.

Game of Thrones (HBO, 2011) is an American fantasy drama television series created by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, based on the series of fantasy novels by George R. R. Martin. Nine noble ...more

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Aaron Hernandez is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Things Everyone (Including You) Googled in 2017
Aaron Hernandez

#9 in Searches

Why: On April 19, the former NFL player and convicted murderer committed suicide in his prison cell. 

Aaron Michael Hernandez is a former American football tight end and convicted murderer. He was drafted by the New England Patriots in the fourth round of the 2010 NFL Draft. Hernandez played ...more

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Hidden Figures is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Things Everyone (Including You) Googled in 2017
Hidden Figures

#9 in Movies

Why: On January 24, this film about the history of NASA's black female scientists was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture.

Hidden Figures is a 2016 American biographical drama film directed by Theodore Melfi, based on the non-fiction book by Margot Lee Shetterly. The story of a team of female African-American ...more

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Super Bowl is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Things Everyone (Including You) Googled in 2017
Super Bowl

#4 in Searches

Why: On February 5, the New England Patriots beat the Atlanta Falcons in overtime during Super Bowl LI.

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Charlottesville Protests is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Things Everyone (Including You) Googled in 2017
Charlottesville Protests
#2 in Activations (protests)
 
Why: A far-right rally called the Unite the Right brought out white supremacists, white nationalists, neo-Confederates, Klansmen, neo-Nazis, and various militias - which came as a surprise to many Americans who were not aware of the extent of modern day Nazis in America. President Trump defended the rights of these groups, leading to widespread protests. At least one woman was killed during the Charlottesville protests.

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Floyd Mayweather is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Things Everyone (Including You) Googled in 2017
Floyd Mayweather

#1 in Athletes

Why: On August 26, the boxer came out of retirement to fight (and beat) Conor McGregor.

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Millie Bobby Brown is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Things Everyone (Including You) Googled in 2017
Millie Bobby Brown

#7 in Actors

Why: On October 27, Millie Bobby Brown reprised her role as Eleven in Season 2 of the popular Netflix science fiction drama series Stranger Things.

Millie Bobby Brown is an English actress and model. She rose to prominence for her role as Eleven in the Netflix science fiction drama series Stranger Things, for which she earned a Primetime ...more

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Louis C.K. is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Things Everyone (Including You) Googled in 2017
Louis C.K.

#4 in Actors

Why: In November 2017, the New York Times published sexual harassment allegations against comedian Louis C.K., who confirmed the stories were true.

Louis Székely, known professionally as Louis C.K., is an American comedian, actor, and filmmaker. He is the creator, star, writer, director, and editor of the acclaimed FX comedy series ...more

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Beauty and the Beast is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Things Everyone (Including You) Googled in 2017
Beauty and the Beast

#2 in Movies

Why: This highly-anticipated live-action remake of the Disney classic, starring Emma Watson, was released on March 17.

Beauty and the Beast is a 2017 romantic/dark fantasy musical film directed by Bill Condon. The film is a live-action remake of Disney's 1991 animated film of the same name, itself an adaptation ...more

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Nintendo Switch is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Things Everyone (Including You) Googled in 2017
Nintendo Switch

#3 in Consumer Tech

Why: This new gaming console was released worldwide in March 2017.

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Tony Romo is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Things Everyone (Including You) Googled in 2017
Tony Romo

#5 in Athletes

Why: On April 4, Romo announced his retirement after a 14 year NFL career.

Antonio Ramiro "Tony" Romo is an American football quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League. He played college football for Eastern Illinois University, an ...more

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Hurricane Jose is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Things Everyone (Including You) Googled in 2017
Hurricane Jose

#7 in News

Why: September 2017's Hurricane Jose was a powerful and erratic tropical cyclone which was the longest-lived Atlantic hurricane since Hurricane Nadine in 2012.

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Baby Driver is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Things Everyone (Including You) Googled in 2017
Baby Driver

#7 in Movies

Why: Baby Driver opened to a ton of buzz in 2017 and for the most part lived up the hype.

Baby Driver is a 2017 British-American action crime thriller film written and directed by Edgar Wright. A young talented getaway driver (Ansel Elgort) who works for different bank robbers gets ...more

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Unicorn Frappuccino Calories is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Things Everyone (Including You) Googled in 2017
Unicorn Frappuccino Calories

#1 in Calories

Why: In April, Starbucks released this work of art (or monstrosity, depending on whom you ask), sugar, and calories.

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This Is Us is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Things Everyone (Including You) Googled in 2017
This Is Us

#3 in TV Shows

Why: This NBC television series gained a cult following in 2017.

This Is Us (NBC, 2016) is an American television series created by Dan Fogelman. Follows a unique ensemble, as their paths cross and their life stories interwine, from sharing the same birthday, ...more

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Tommy Wiseau is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Things Everyone (Including You) Googled in 2017
Tommy Wiseau

#10 in Actors

Why: The Disaster Artist, which recounts the making of Wiseau's infamous movie The Room (and stars James and Dave Franco), premiered December 1.

Tommy Wiseau is a director, screenwriter, producer, and actor. He is best known for The Room, which has been described by many critics as "one of the worst movies ever made" and has ...more

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Logan is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Things Everyone (Including You) Googled in 2017
Logan

#6 in Movies

Why: This 2017 Marvel film was Hugh Jackman's last as Wolverine.

Logan is a 2017 American superhero drama film featuring the Marvel Comics character Wolverine. It is the 10th installment in the X-Men film series and the third and final Wolverine solo film ...more

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What is the Paris Climate Agre... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Things Everyone (Including You) Googled in 2017
What is the Paris Climate Agreement?

#9 in What is...

Why: In June, Trump announced that the U.S. will withdraw from this popular agreement that aims to protect the planet from further environmental degradation. 

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iPhone 8 is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Things Everyone (Including You) Googled in 2017
iPhone 8

#1 in Consumer Tech

Why: This new iPhone model was announced in September 2017 alongside the higher-end iPhone X

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Meryl Streep is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Things Everyone (Including You) Googled in 2017
Meryl Streep

#5 in Actors

Why: In 2017, Meryl Streep used her platform to support women who came out against sexual harassment.

Meryl Streep is an American actress. A three-time Academy Award winner, she is widely regarded as one of the greatest film actors of all time. Streep made her professional stage debut in The ...more

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Dunkirk is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Things Everyone (Including You) Googled in 2017
Dunkirk

#10 in Movies

Why: Christopher Nolan's masterpiece of laser-focused tension within the enormous context of WWII, featuring Harry Styles in his first acting role, premiered on July 21. 

Dunkirk is a 2017 British-American epic action thriller written, co-produced, and directed by Christopher Nolan. During the early stages of World War II, Allied soldiers from Britain, Belgium, ...more

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Mayweather vs McGregor fight is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Things Everyone (Including You) Googled in 2017
Mayweather vs McGregor fight

#6 in Searches

Why: Undefeated, undisputed champion Floyd Mayweather bested the MMA star on August 26, as the world had predicted.