Google has released its “Year in Search” for 2017, offering up more than 40 top 10 lists for searches in the US and globally. The search terms are ranked based on the top trending searches that saw the highest spike in traffic over a sustained period in 2017 compared to 2016.
In the US, the No. 1 top trending search term was “Hurricane Irma” — it also ranked No. 1 on the top trending global searches and top news searches in 2017.
In addition to “Hurricane Irma,” “Hurricane Harvey” also showed up in the top overall searches and top news searches in the US, as did “Las Vegas Shooting” and “Solar Eclipse.”
“Many of our trending questions centered around the tragedies and disasters that touched every corner of the world,” says Google, “In these moments and others, our collective humanity shined as we asked ‘how to help’ more than ever before.”
For US top searches, Google released a number of categories, covering everything from the top searches overall to the top searched people, athletes, how-to searches, actors, movies, consumer tech, and even the top searched celebrity breakups of the year.
Former Today Show news anchor, Matt Lauer, who was fired in November by NBC over alleged inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace, was the No. 2 top searched term overall in the US, as well as the No. 1 top searched person, followed by Meghan Markle.
Markle ranked as the No. 1 top searched actor, most likely the result of her engagement to England’s Prince Harry, which was announced in late November.
The top how-to search was “How to make slime,” and the top athlete search was Floyd Mayweather. The iPhone 8 beat the iPhone X for top searched consumer tech, and the top searched celebrity breakup of 2017 was “Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell breakup.”
Here is a selection of Google’s year-in-search lists from the US:
Top 10 searches overall
- Hurricane IrmaMatt LauerTom PettySuper BowlLas Vegas ShootingMayweather vs. McGregor FightSolar EclipseHurricane HarveyAaron HernandezFidget Spinner
Top 10 people searches
- Matt LauerMeghan MarkleHarvey WeinsteinMichael FlynnKevin SpaceyBill O’ReillyMelania TrumpKathy GriffinMilo YiannopoulosGal Gadot
Top 10 news searches
- Hurricane IrmaLas Vegas ShootingSolar EclipseHurricane HarveyBitcoin PriceNorth KoreaHurricane JoseHurricane MariaApril the GiraffeDACA
Top 10 consumer tech searches
- iPhone 8iPhone XNintendo SwitchSamsung Galaxy S8Razer PhoneiPhone 8 PlusSuper NES ClassicGoogle Pixel 2Apple Watch 3Samsung Galaxy Note 8
Top 10 how-to searches
- How to make slimeHow to make solar eclipse glassesHow to watch the solar eclipseHow to watch Mayweather vs McGregorHow to buy BitcoinHow to freeze your creditHow to solve a Rubix CubeHow to make a fidget spinnerHow to cook a turkey in the ovenHow to screen record
Top 10 celebrity breakups in 2017
- Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell breakupMalika Haqq and Ronnie Magro breakupDutchess and Caesar breakupAaron Rodgers and Olivia Munn breakupKylie Jenner and Tyga breakupLindsey Stirling and Ryan Weed breakupChris Pratt and Anna Faris breakupNick Viall and Vanessa Grimaldi breakupAmy Schumer and Ben Hanisch breakupLady Gaga and Taylor Kinney breakup
For global searches, Google put together 15 different categories of the top trending search terms. Many mirrored the results of the top searches in the US, with “Hurricane Irma” at the top of the list for global searches overall and “Matt Lauer” leading the top searched people list.
The top searched global news story was “Hurricane Irma.” This list was nearly the same as the US version, except it included a search for “Manchester” in place of “DACA.”
Top 10 Searches (Global)
- Hurricane IrmaiPhone 8iPhone XMatt LauerMeghan Markle13 Reasons WhyTom PettyFidget SpinnerChester BenningtonIndia National Cricket Team
Top 10 people searches (global)
- Matt LauerMeghan MarkleNadia ToffaHarvey WeinsteinKevin SpaceyGal GadotMelania TrumpFloyd MayweatherMichael FlynnPhilippe Coutinho
Top 10 news searches (global)
- Hurricane IrmaBitcoinLas Vegas ShootingNorth KoreaSolar EclipseHurricane HarveyManchesterHurricane JoseHurricane MariaApril the Giraffe
You can find Google’s full list of 2017’s top US searches and global searches on the Google Trends website.