Google Releases Lists of the Most Googled Subjects of 2017

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Top Google Searches 2017

The end of the year is fast approaching and as often is the case at this time of year, we get a lot of top 10 lists. Google, however, has released one that might be more interesting than usual.

The search engine has released a number of top 10s for categories of most-searched items. While some of these are not unexpected, there are a few surprise additions to the list. Although, strangely enough, not much about themselves, despite a busy Google news year.

In a report via the Independent, the list is broken into different areas.

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Top 10 results

Not so much a case of ‘feeling lucky’ here. You can find below the top searches based on their area. So, for example Floyd Mayweather would come under sports and The Walking Dead is under television.


Put simply, the top 10 searches which caused trending spikes. Presumably, the ranking is based on the height of the traffic spikes.

  1. Meghan Markle
  2. iPhone 8
  3. Hurricane Irma
  4. Fidget spinner
  5. Manchester bombing
  6. Grenfell Tower
  7. 13 Reasons Why
  8. Tara Palmer Tomkinson
  9. Shannon Matthews
  10. iPhone X


Each one of the following (preceded by ‘How to’) ranks what we wanted to know the most this year.

  1. Make slime?
  2. Buy Bitcoin?
  3. Stay young?
  4. Watch Mayweather vs McGregor? (presumably entirely legally of course).
  5. Watch Joshua vs Klitschko? (again, I’m sure though legal sources).
  6. Mine Bitcoins?
  7. Make Yorkshire pudding?
  8. Make a fidget spinner?
  9. Vote in the general election?
  10. Lose belly fat fast?


We found out what we wanted to do, so what did we want to find out about? (Remember all questions are proceeded with ‘What is’).

  1. A hung parliament?
  2. An exit poll?
  3. The Confederations Cup?
  4. Bitcoin?
  5. The Antikythera mechanism?
  6. A pangolin? (I just Googled this myself. It’s some kind of crazy anteater creature).
  7. A general election?
  8. Waterboarding? (Hopefully just for curiosity rather than application).
  9. The DUP?
  10. Pink’s real name?


More lists abound!


The most searched for news stories of the year.

  1. Hurricane Irma
  2. Manchester bombing
  3. Grenfell Tower
  4. North Korea (We have written a fair bit about North Korea ourselves).
  5. London Bridge attack
  6. General election
  7. Harvey Weinstein
  8. Catalan independence
  9. Las Vegas shooting
  10. Kevin Spacey


Another easy one, the most searched for person/s of 2017.

  1. Meghan Markle
  2. Tara Palmer Tomkinson
  3. Shannon Matthews
  4. Charlie Gard
  5. Jack Maynard
  6. Donald Trump (We’ve written a lot about him as well this year).
  7. Chester Bennington
  8. Bruce Forsyth
  9. Harvey Weinstein
  10. Jodie Whittaker


Remember, this is Google searches. This list in no way reflects fact. That is clearly evident based on about two-thirds of this list.

  1. 13 Reasons Why
  2. I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here!
  3. Strictly Come Dancing
  4. Celebrity Big Brother
  5. Game of Thrones
  6. Peaky Blinders
  7. Three Girls
  8. Taboo
  9. Little Boy Blue
  10. Love Island



And the lists go on…


Again, remember. This is searched for, not fact.

  1. Beauty and the Beast
  2. It
  3. Dunkirk
  4. La La Land
  5. Logan
  6. Murder on the Orient Express
  7. Justice League
  8. Fast & Furious 8
  9. Wonder Woman
  10. Blade Runner 2049


The most searched for number 1 singles. The Games of Thrones cameo making Ed Sheeran tops this one.

  1. Ed Sheeran – Shape of You
  2. Harry Styles – Sign of the Times
  3. Dua Lipa – New Rules
  4. Post Malone – rockstar feat. 21 Savage
  5. Taylor Swift – Look What You Made Me Do
  6. Clean Bandit – Symphony feat. Zara Larsson
  7. Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee – Despacito feat. Justin Bieber
  8. Calvin Harris – Feels feat. Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry, Big Sean
  9. Sam Smith – Too Good At Goodbyes
  10. Camila Cabello – Havana feat. Young Thug


We have been a hungry bunch this year. Although, I do find it perhaps a little depressing that some people needed Google to find out how to make some of these. At least beans on toast didn’t make the list.

  1. Chilli con Carne
  2. Spaghetti Bolognese
  3. Beef bourguignon
  4. Beef stroganoff
  5. Hot cross buns
  6. Dauphinoise potatoes
  7. Omelette
  8. Millionaire shortbread
  9. Bechamel sauce
  10. Chicken thighs


In a league table of their own, Google has compiled a Premier League results based on the search engine enquiries.

  1. Manchester Utd
  2. Liverpool
  3. Arsenal
  4. Chelsea
  5. Tottenham
  6. Everton
  7. Manchester City
  8. West Ham
  9. Newcastle Utd
  10. Leicester City
  11. Southampton
  12. Crystal Palace
  13. West Brom
  14. Stoke City
  15. Watford
  16. Burnley
  17. Swansea
  18. Huddersfield
  19. Brighton & Hove Albion
  20. Bournemouth

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What? No Google?

Despite all that Google has done this year, they don’t get a mention themselves I’m afraid. That isn’t, of course, taking the inception style query of Googling Google on Google. It does make us think though, what we will want to know or learn about next year.

What do you think? Any surprises for you there? What did you search for? Burnley in a relegation dogfight?! – Let us know in the comments!

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