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The Things Everyone (Including You) Googled in 2017 

Elise Hennigan
Updated June 14, 2019 6.3k votes 386 voters 9.2k views 76 items

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.

2
Social Eclipse is listed (or ranked) 2 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.

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

#8 in Actors

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

Thomas Stanley Holland (born June 1, 1996) is an English actor and dancer. A graduate of the BRIT School in London, he is known for playing Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), so ...more

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4
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.  

5
Hurricane Harvey is listed (or ranked) 5 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.

6
What is net neutrality? ... is listed (or ranked) 6 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. 

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

#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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8
What is Bitcoin? is listed (or ranked) 8 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).

9
Gal Gadot is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Things Everyone (Including You) Googled in 2017

#3 in Actors, #10 in People

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

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

#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) 11 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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12
Meghan, Duchess of Susse... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Things Everyone (Including You) Googled in 2017

#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 former actress. Markle was raised in Los Angeles, California and ...more

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13
How to make slime is listed (or ranked) 13 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.

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

#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

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15
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.

16
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

17
Women's March is listed (or ranked) 17 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.

18
Beauty and the Beast is listed (or ranked) 18 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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19
Melania Trump is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Things Everyone (Including You) Googled in 2017

#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. 

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20
How to make solar eclips... is listed (or ranked) 20 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.

21
iPhone X is listed (or ranked) 21 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.

22
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.

23
What is DACA? is listed (or ranked) 23 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.

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

#6 in Actors

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

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25
Millie Bobby Brown is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Things Everyone (Including You) Googled in 2017

#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.

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