Google’s Year in Search 2017

Every time I see these lists, I’m mainly surprised that people are searching straightforward words or phrases. When I Google it’s like, “if I’m writing a program in C++ and my cat is looking at me what kind of cake should I make?”

Browse the extended lists here


  1. Hurricane Irma
  2. iPhone 8
  3. iPhone X
  4. Matt Lauer
  5. Meghan Markle


  1. Matt Lauer
  2. Meghan Markle
  3. Nadia Toffa
  4. Harvey Weinstein
  5. Kevin Spacey

Googles Nadia Toffa.

Global News

  1. Hurricane Irma
  2. Bitcoin
  3. Las Vegas Shooting
  4. North Korea
  5. Solar Eclipse

I’ve never Google Bitcoin, but I definitely contributed to the Solar Eclipse. I live in the path of totality and it was a glorious experience.

How To

  1. How to make slime
  2. How to make solar eclipse glasses
  3. How to buy Bitcoin
  4. How to watch Mayweather vs McGregor
  5. How to make a fidget spinner

In the months leading up the eclipse, there were glasses for sale all around the city. I kept putting them off, figuring I’d grab some a few days before the event. I went searching for them the day before the eclipse and it took about 5 stops, several phone calls, and an Internet search to find them. Don’t procrastinate!


  1. Cash Me Outside Meme
  2. United Airlines Meme
  3. Elf on the Shelf Meme
  4. What in Tarnation Meme
  5. Spongebob Mocking Meme

I must be old because I only know one of these.

TV Shows

  1. Stranger Things
  2. 13 Reasons Why
  3. Big Brother Brasil
  4. Game of Thrones
  5. Iron Fist


  1. IT
  2. Wonder Woman
  3. Beauty and the Beast
  4. Logan
  5. Justice League

Musicians and Bands

  1. Ariana Grande
  2. Linkin Park
  3. Lady Gaga
  4. Mariah Carey
  5. Ed Sheeran

Song Lyrics

  1. Despacito
  2. Shape of You
  3. Perfect
  4. Havana
  5. Look What You Made Me Do

There are several more lists at the link if you’re interested in checking them out. The last one I’ll share here is the recipe list. I found it so funny because everyone is Googling real dishes. Meanwhile, I’m Googling how to make a baked potato.


  1. Chicken breast recipe
  2. Ground beef recipe
  3. Poğaça tarifi (Turkish bread recipe)
  4. French toast recipe
  5. Kek tarifi (cake recipe)
  6. Pork chop recipe
  7. Spaghetti squash recipe
  8. Coleslaw recipe
  9. Pesto recipe
  10. 餃子 レシピ (Dumpling recipe)




5 comments on “Google’s Year in Search 2017”
  1. codeinfig says:

    its the nature of averages to come up with shorter search queries as the most common ones.

    no matter how many people google for specific things at least 90% of the time, the specific queries will be less common because they will be longer and (with each token added) statistically more likely to differ slightly– making the query less common.

    but i will gladly bow to a statistician or other qualified researcher that explains the error in these statements, until then i will expect shorter, simpler queries to always come out of these things. if theres ever something very specific i will be surprised.


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