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.
#3 in Consumer Tech
Why: This new gaming console was released worldwide in March 2017.
#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
#1 in Activations (protests)
Why: The symbolic act of kneeling during the national anthem drew the nation's attention to social and race issues.
#8 in Movies
Why: This sequel to the popular Marvel movie Guardians of the Galaxy starring Chris Pratt was released in 2017.Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is a 2017 American superhero film directed by James Gunn, based on the Marvel Comics superhero team. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family ...more
#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 WWII, Allied soldiers from Britain, Belgium, Canada, ...more
#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 Lauer (born December 30, 1957) is an American television news anchor. He was the co-host of NBC The Today show, with Savannah Guthrie. He was with NBC from 1997 to 2017 and a ...more
#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
#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
#4 in Movies
Why: Get Out, directed by Key and Peele's Jordan Peele, shattered box office records in 2017 with its $160M opening. Peele is the first black writer-director with a $100-million+ film debut.Get Out is a 2017 American horror film directed by Jordan Peele. A young African-American (Daniel Kaluuya) visits his white girlfriend's parents for the weekend, where his simmering uneasiness ...more
#2 in Actors, #5 in People
Why: The House of Cards star came under scandal in November 2017 as more than a dozen men - including five who were underage at the time - came forward with sexual assault accusations. Spacey seized on this moment to publicly come out of the closet.Kevin Spacey Fowler, better known as Kevin Spacey, is an American actor, film director, writer, producer, and comedian. He began his career as a stage actor during the 1980s, before being cast ...more
#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.
#1 in Calories
Why: In April, Starbucks released this work of art (or monstrosity, depending on whom you ask), sugar, and calories.
#1 in Songs/Lyrics
Why: This Justin Bieber song was stuck in everyone's head all year.
#6 in Searches
Why: Undefeated, undisputed champion Floyd Mayweather bested the MMA star on August 26, as the world had predicted.
#4 in What is..
Why: In 2017, the far-left movement emerged in the United States to confront fascism and President Trump.
#1 in Consumer Tech
Why: This new iPhone model was announced in September 2017 alongside the higher-end iPhone X
#1 in Selfies
Why: This photo was the catalyst for a 2017 legal fight between British nature photographer David Slater, (who set up the camera that captured the 'monkey selfie'), and PETA, (who claimed that he did not own the rights to it because it was the monkey who actually took the photo). Both sides eventually agreed to a settlement.
#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 thriller film written and directed by Edgar Wright. A young talented getaway driver (Ansel Elgort) who works for different hooligans gets in trouble ...more
#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
#4 in Searches
Why: On February 5, the New England Patriots beat the Atlanta Falcons in overtime during Super Bowl LI.
#1 in Athletes
Why: On August 26, the boxer came out of retirement to fight (and beat) Conor McGregor.Boxer Floyd Mayweather on his up coming fight; Round table discussion with comics Chris Hardwick, Greg Proops, and Natasha Leggero.
#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