No matter where you stand, 2017 has been a wild year. From overwhelming highs to near-crippling lows, 2017 has run many of us through the wringer. This year saw the incredibly rare eclipse that brought so many people to Wyoming that they nearly doubled the state’s population. But, this year also brought a shooting in Las Vegas that resulted in 58 casualties.
In our world of constant information, it’s easy to forget everything that transpired throughout the year. However, Google’s “Year In Search” gives us a brief review of some of the major things that happened. In the U.S., the top 10 searches are as follows:
- Hurricane Irma
- Matt Lauer
- Tom Petty
- Super Bowl
- Las Vegas shooting
- Mayweather vs. McGregor fight
- Solar eclipse
- Hurricane Harvey
- Aaron Hernandez
- Fidget Spinner
The list, like the year it represents, is all over the place, covering everything from natural disasters to sports to toys. It’s an unfortunate reminder of some of the tragedies that took place in the U.S. this year, but also reminds us of the lighter points of the year as well. But Google’s “Year in Search” does more than remind us of what went on throughout the year, it also walks us through the analytics of what music people were searching for, what movies were being watched, even what dogs people may have been buying.
Coming in as the top searched song for the year is “Despacito,” whose searches began gaining traction in April, eventually peaking in late July and slowly declining thereafter. Hawaii apparently had the largest interest in the song, followed by Kentucky, then D.C. IT was the most searched movie of the year, entering at an interest level of 75 out of 100. It would eventually reach 100 in mid-September, when the movie was released, only to return back to 75 soon after.
Beef stroganoff was the top recipe, coming in hot into the year at 100. It then went through a series of ups and downs throughout the year, reaching 58 in late April and then 84 in mid-October. The recipe’s popularity looks to be carried by Montana, which had an interest level of 100. Interestingly, the most searched ‘how to’ for the year was “How to make slime.” With a pretty consistent interest level throughout the year, the question peaked in late May, with the majority of searches coming from Mississippi.
With the new year on the way, it’s important to reflect back on 2017. There’s even more to unpack in the “Year in Search,” including the most searched dogs, bands, athletes, and even the most searched selfies. To dive deeper into the “Year in Search,” click here. And, we look forward to the top selfies, workouts, calorie counts, and slime recipes of 2018.