Google reveals what people searched for the most in 2017

Everbody’s searcing for answers — and they’re usually doing it on Google.

The year of 2017 has been a busy one full of Googleable moments. And now that it’s coming to a close, the world’s largest search engine has revealed who and what intrigued its users the most.

Google’s 2017 top searches of the year is a sweeping list, with Hurricane Irma claiming the top spot in both the United States and worldwide.

The record-breaking, Category 5 storm in September slammed a string of Caribbean Islands before baring down on southwest Florida. The massive storm forced the evacuation of millions of people and left scores of others without power.

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In this Sept. 15, 2017, photo, the iPhone 8 Plus rests on a wireless charger in New York. 

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The second and third most searched items worldwide were the iPhone 8 and the iPhone X, while the late Tom Petty and ousted anchor Matt Lauer were the runners-up in United States Googles. Other top national searches include the Las Vegas Shooting, the Solar Eclipse, Mayweather vs. McGregor Fight and Fidget Spinners.

Here’s a look at some of the other trending Google topics this year:



Longtime NBC host Matt Lauer was fired in 2017 amid sexual misconduct allegations.

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Searches for people in the United States were dominated by men in power who have recently fallen from grace. Lauer, who was fired from ‘Today’ due to sexual misconduct allegations is the most googled person in 2017, with former Fox News Host Bill O’Reilly, Milo Yiannopoulos and former national security adviser Michael Flynn also in the top 10.

Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey, both of whom have been accused of sexual assault amid the #metoo social media campaign, are in the top five.

Also among the most Googled people in 2017 are actresses Meghan Markle and Gal Godot as well as First Lady Melania Trump and comedienne Kathy Griffin — who sparked widespread backlash for a graphic photo with President Trump’s head.


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Netflix’s Stranger Things returned in October 2017 with its second season.

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Netflix hit “Stranger Things,” which returned for its second season in October, was the most googled television show worldwide while the controversial “13 Reasons Why” prompted the most look-ups in the United States. “Game of Thrones,” “This is Us” and “Riverdale,” were also among the most searched for television shows.

Worldwide and nationally, the most searched movies were “It,” “Beauty and the Beast” and “Wonder Woman.”

In the United States, Linkin Park, Cardi B and Lil Pump were the most Googled musicians . Worldwide, Ariana Grande, Linkin Park and Lady Gaga nabbed the top spots. And music lovers in both the United States and across the world searched “Despacito” more than any other song.


The New York Yankees was one of most searched phrases in New York this year.

The New York Yankees was one of most searched phrases in New York this year.

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The most googled athletic team in the United States — and among one of New York’s top searches overall — is the New York Yankees, followed by the Houston Astros and the Boston Celtics. Floyd Mayweather, Gordon Hayward and Aaron Boone are the athletes that sparked the most searches in 2017.

Worldwide, Wimbledon, the Super Bowl and the Mayweather vs. McGergor fight were the most searched sporting events for the year.


The entire world seemed interested in how to make both slime and solar eclipse glasses in 2017. Users also asked Google how to make a fidget spinner and how to buy a bitcoin.

In the United States the most Googled question in 2017, likely spared by Trump’s harsh immigration stance, is “What is DACA?” It’s followed by “What is Bitcoin?” and “What is a solar eclipse.”

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