Internet The Things Everyone (Including You) Googled in 2017  

Elise Hennigan
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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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Social Eclipse is listed (or ranked) 1 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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Las Vegas shooting is listed (or ranked) 2 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 Harvey is listed (or ranked) 3 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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Hurricane Irma is listed (or ranked) 4 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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What is net neutrality? is listed (or ranked) 5 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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North Korea is listed (or ranked) 6 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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Gal Gadot is listed (or ranked) 7 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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Wonder Woman is listed (or ranked) 8 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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It is listed (or ranked) 9 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 (also known as It: Chapter One) is a 2017 American supernatural horror film directed by Andy Muschietti, based on the 1986 novel by Stephen King. In the summer of 1989, a group of bullied ...more

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What is Bitcoin? is listed (or ranked) 10 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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Meghan Markle is listed (or ranked) 11 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, Duchess of Sussex (born Rachel Meghan Markle; August 4, 1981), is an American-born member of the British royal family, and a former film and television actress. Markle was born and ...more

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How to make slime is listed (or ranked) 12 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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Tom Holland is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Things Everyone (Including You) Googled in 2017
Tom Holland

#8 in Actors

Why: The English actor starred in Spider-Man: Homecoming in 2017.

Thomas Stanley "Tom" Holland is an English actor and dancer, best known for playing the title role in Billy Elliot the Musical at the Victoria Palace Theatre, London, as well as for ...more

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Harvey Weinstein is listed (or ranked) 14 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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Fidget Spinner is listed (or ranked) 15 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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What is covfefe? is listed (or ranked) 16 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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How to make solar eclipse glas... is listed (or ranked) 17 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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iPhone X is listed (or ranked) 18 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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Women's March is listed (or ranked) 19 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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Melania Trump is listed (or ranked) 20 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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Beauty and the Beast is listed (or ranked) 21 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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April the Giraffe is listed (or ranked) 22 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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Tom Petty is listed (or ranked) 23 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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What is DACA? is listed (or ranked) 24 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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Millie Bobby Brown is listed (or ranked) 25 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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NFL National Anthem protests is listed (or ranked) 26 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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Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 27 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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Bill Skarsgård is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Things Everyone (Including You) Googled in 2017
Bill Skarsgård

#6 in Actors

Why: In 2017, this Swedish actor starred in both Atomic Blonde as Merkel and It as Pennywise the Clown.

Bill Istvan Günther Skarsgård is a Swedish actor, known for his roles in Simple Simon and Hemlock Grove. Skarsgård is the son of actor Stellan Skarsgård, and My ...more

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Nintendo Switch is listed (or ranked) 29 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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Matt Lauer is listed (or ranked) 30 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 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

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Dunkirk is listed (or ranked) 31 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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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Things Everyone (Including You) Googled in 2017
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

#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

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Bitcoin is listed (or ranked) 33 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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Logan is listed (or ranked) 34 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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Hidden Figures is listed (or ranked) 35 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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Hurricane Maria is listed (or ranked) 36 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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Get Out is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Things Everyone (Including You) Googled in 2017
Get Out

#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 satirical horror film written and directed by Jordan Peele. A young African American man visits his white girlfriend's family estate where he learns that many of its residents, ...more

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Charlottesville Protests is listed (or ranked) 38 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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Kevin Spacey is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Things Everyone (Including You) Googled in 2017
Kevin Spacey

#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

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Unicorn Frappuccino Calories is listed (or ranked) 40 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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What is ANTIFA? is listed (or ranked) 41 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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Despacito is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Things Everyone (Including You) Googled in 2017
Despacito

#1 in Songs/Lyrics

Why: This Justin Bieber song was stuck in everyone's head all year.

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Mayweather vs McGregor fight is listed (or ranked) 43 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.

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Super Bowl is listed (or ranked) 44 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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iPhone 8 is listed (or ranked) 45 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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Baby Driver is listed (or ranked) 46 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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Meryl Streep is listed (or ranked) 47 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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Aaron Hernandez is listed (or ranked) 48 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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Louis C.K. is listed (or ranked) 49 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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Milo Yiannopoulos is listed (or ranked) 50 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