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 News, #7 in Searches
Why: On August 21, Americans watched a total solar eclipse move across the continent.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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
#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.
#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
#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).
#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
#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
#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
#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.
#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
#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
#10 in Searches
Why: Fidget spinners were the toy that all of the cool kids were bringing to school in 2017.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#2 in Consumer Tech
Why: The newest and highest level of iPhone was released in November 2017.
#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
#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.
#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.
#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 (born February 19, 2004) 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 ...more
#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