The Most Popular Google Searches in 2017

What did you search for over the last 12 months? Can you even remember what you Googled last week?! Well, fortunately for those of us who haven’t been keeping a thorough track of our search history, Google has just released it’s Year In Search video recap, which covers everything from the most popular memes, the most searched people and How to… make slime. Yes, that was really something people Googled in 2017.

It’s been a very eventful year, so unsurprisingly the top searches touch on the big news, such as Hurricane Irma, gun violence, terrorism and nuclear war. On the other hand, (and probably as a way to balance out the shocking and devastating happenings that have occurred over the last 12 months), there were also some more endearing popular searches, including “How to be… fearless” and “What is a fidget spinner?”

Trust Google to make us chuckle and remind us that 2017 wasn’t all bad.

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We’ve pulled out our favorite top searches below, but you can also check out Google Trends for the full report here.


  1. Hurricane Irma
  2. Matt Lauer
  3. Tom Petty
  4. Super Bowl
  5. Las Vegas Shooting
  6. Mayweather vs McGregor Fight
  7. Solar Eclipse
  8. Hurricane Harvey
  9. Aaron Hernandez
  10. Fidget Spinner


  1. Cash Me Outside Meme (Here’s hoping this one stays in 2017)
  2. United Airlines Meme
  3. Elf on the Shelf Meme
  4. What in Tarnation Meme
  5. Spongebob Mocking Meme
  6. Romper Meme
  7. IT Meme
  8. Joe Biden Meme
  9. Game of Thrones Meme
  10. Hot dog meme


  1. Matt Lauer
  2. Meghan Markle
  3. Harvey Weinstein
  4. Michael Flynn
  5. Kevin Spacey
  6. Bill O’Reilly
  7. Melania Trump
  8. Kathy Griffin
  9. Milo Yiannopoulos
  10. Gal Gadot (Yay, Wonderwoman!)

meghan markle


  1. Hurricane Irma
  2. Las Vegas Shooting
  3. Solar Eclipse
  4. Hurricane Harvey
  5. Bitcoin Price
  6. North Korea
  7. Hurricane Jose
  8. Hurricane Maria
  9. April the Giraffe
  10. DACA


  1. Make Slime
  2. Make Solar Eclipse Glasses
  3. Watch the Solar Eclipse
  4. Watch Mayweather vs McGregor
  5. Buy bitcoin
  6. Freeze your credit
  7. Solve a Rubix Cube
  8. Make a Fidget Spinner
  9. Cook a Turkey in the oven
  10. Screen record


  1. What is DACA?
  2. What is Bitcoin?
  3. What is a solar eclipse?
  4. What is antifa?
  5. What is net neutrality?
  6. What is covfefe? (Still trying to figure this one out…)
  7. What is the antikythera mechanism?
  8. What is a fidget spinner?
  9. What is the Paris Climate Agreement?
  10. What is a hurricane?

donald trump


  1. Meghan Markle
  2. Kevin Spacey
  3. Gal Gadot
  4. Louis C.K
  5. Meryl Streep
  6. Bill Skarsgård
  7. Millie Bobby Brown (Shout out to Stranger Things!)
  8. Tom Holland
  9. Maia Campbell
  10. Tommy Wiseau


  1. Despacito
  2. Humble
  3. Bad and Boujee
  4. Look What You Made Me Do
  5. Bodak Yellow
  6. Gucci Gang
  7. Havana
  8. Shape of you
  9. Mask Off
  10. Side to Side


  1. IT
  2. Beauty and the Beast
  3. Wonder Woman
  4. Get Out
  5. Justice League
  6. Logan
  7. Baby Driver
  8. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2
  9. Hidden Figures
  10. Dunkirk



  1. 13 Reasons Why
  2. Game of Thrones
  3. This Is Us
  4. Iron Fist
  5. Riverdale
  6. Bachelor in Paradise
  7. The Good Doctor
  8. Santa Clarita Diet
  9. Big Little Lies
  10. American Gods