Matt Lauer, 'It' and Meghan Markle Top Google's 2017 Year in Search

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Hurricane Irma is the No. 1 query on the list overall, but Lauer and Meghan Markle owned the most-searched-figures category.

Allegations that former Today Show host Matt Lauer sexually harassed female colleagues may have left NBC reeling this year, but the scandal — and Lauer's subsequent ouster — was good for Google. According to the search giant's annual "Year in Search Data," released on Tuesday, Lauer was the most-searched person and the second-most-searched word of the year.

Lauer lost the title of No. 1 search query to Hurricane Irma, which caused $200 billion in damage after it devastated Texas in August. Meghan Markle and Harvey Weinstein were the second and third most-searched figures behind Lauer. Tom Petty, Aaron Hernandez, Chris Cornell and Bill Paxton drove Google traffic most upon their deaths.

Google's annual list ranks the queries that prompted the biggest traffic spikes on the search engine that year, even as it leaves out sexually explicit subjects. In 2016, Powerball and Prince, who died in 2016, topped the annual list of searches, while Hillary Clinton was the No. 1 most-searched person.

Top movies that American internet users were interested in this year, according to Google, included It, Beauty and the Beast, Wonder Woman and Get Out. Parsing by genre, Wonder Woman earned the most searches for an action movie, Hidden Figures for drama, Lady Bird for comedy and Get Out for horror.

Top television shows on the ranking include 13 Reasons Why, Game of Thrones, This Is Us, and Iron Fist. Series premieres of Game of Thrones, Scandal and Big Little Lies prompted the most online inquiries, while The Bachelor, This Is Us and Game of Thrones did the same for finales.

Meanwhile, American Google users searched Suits actress and Prince Harry fiancée Meghan Markle the most out of any actor, followed by Kevin Spacey, who was accused multiple times of sexual assault and harassment in October and November, and Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot.

Check out the full list below.

Google 2017 Year In Search Data

2017 U.S. List 

Searches

  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

People

  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

News

  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

Losses

  1. Tom Petty
  2. Aaron Hernandez
  3. Chris Cornell
  4. Bill Paxton
  5. Hugh Hefner
  6. Chester Bennington
  7. Charlie Murphy
  8. Lil Peep
  9. Jim Nabors
  10. David Cassidy 

How To …

  1. How to make slime
  2. How to make solar eclipse glasses
  3. How to watch the solar eclipse
  4. How to watch Mayweather vs. McGregor
  5. How to buy Bitcoin
  6. How to freeze your credit
  7. How to solve rubix cube
  8. How to make a fidget spinner
  9. How to cook a turkey in the oven
  10. How to screen record

Movies

  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

Actors

  1. Meghan Markle
  2. Kevin Spacey
  3. Gal Gadot
  4. Louis C.K.
  5. Meryl Streep
  6. Bill Skarsgard
  7. Millie Bobby Brown
  8. Tom Holland
  9. Maria Campbell
  10. Tommy Wiseau

Songs

  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"

TV Shows

  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

Cookbooks

  1. Tasty cookbook
  2. Oprah cookbook
  3. Edna Lewis cookbook
  4. Small Victories cookbook
  5. Tom Brady cookbook
  6. Sweetie Pies cookbook
  7. Alice's Brady Bunch cookbook
  8. The Chew cookbook
  9. What Can I Bring cookbook
  10. Whole30 cookbook

Recipes

  1. Beef Stroganoff Recipe
  2. Apple Crisps Recipe
  3. Brine Turkey Recipe
  4. Zucchini Recipe
  5. Chicken Parmesan Recipe
  6. Pork Chops Recipe
  7. Hard Boiled Egg Recipe
  8. Yams Recipe
  9. Hashbrown Casserole Recipe

Calories

  1. Unicorn Frappuccino Calories
  2. Grand Mac Calories
  3. Naked Chicken Chalupa Calories
  4. Mac Jr. Calories
  5. Cascara Latte Calories
  6. Triple Double Crunchwrap Calories
  7. Coconut Milk Mocha Macchiato Calories
  8. Poke Bowl Calories
  9. Zima Calories
  10. McDonalds Ice Cream Cone Calories

Workouts and Exercises

  1. Murph CrossFit Workout
  2. Bungee Workout
  3. Tabata Workouts
  4. TRX Workout
  5. Burpees Exercise
  6. HIIT Workout Routine
  7. PiYo Workouts
  8. Inner Thigh Workouts
  9. 17.2 Workout
  10. Oblique Workout

 Selfies

  1. Monkey Selfie
  2. Al Sharpton Selfie
  3. Nia Jax Selfie
  4. Eclipse Selfie
  5. Kaia Gerber Selfie
  6. Selfie Rat
  7. Heidi Klum Selfie
  8. Phil Mickelson Selfie
  9. Ellen Selfie
  10. Duck Face Selfie

Musicians and Bands

  1. Linkin Park
  2. Cardi B
  3. Lil Pump
  4. Joyner Lucas
  5. Jason Aldean
  6. Danielle Bregoli
  7. Post Malone
  8. Aaron Carter
  9. Remy Ma
  10. Montgomery Gentry

Car Brands

  1. Ford
  2. Lexus
  3. Kia
  4. Toyota
  5. Honda
  6. Buick
  7. Acura
  8. Tesla
  9. Hyundai
  10. Dodge

Professional Sport Teams

  1. New York Yankees
  2. Houston Astros
  3. Boston Celtics
  4. Los Angeles Dodgers
  5. Atlanta Falcons
  6. Dallas Cowboys
  7. New England Patriots
  8. Pittsburgh Steelers
  9. Houston Rockets
  10. Philadelphia Eagles

 Athletes

  1. Floyd Mayweather
  2. Gordon Hayward
  3. Aaron Boone
  4. Paul George
  5. Tony Romo
  6. Aaron Judge
  7. Lonzo Ball
  8. Carmelo Anthony
  9. Sergio Garcia
  10. Isaiah Thomas

 Activations (Protests)

  1. NFL National Anthem Protests
  2. Charlottesville Protests
  3. Boston Free Speech Rally
  4. UC Berkeley Protests
  5. St. Louis Protests
  6. Airport Protests
  7. D.C. Protest
  8. Venezuelan Protest
  9. Women’s March
  10. May Day Protests

 Movies (Action)

  1. Wonder Woman
  2. Justice League
  3. Logan
  4. Baby Driver
  5. Guardians of the Galaxy
  6. Dunkirk
  7. Thor: Ragnarok
  8. Spider-Man: Homecoming
  9. Blade Runner 2049
  10. Power Rangers

 Movies (Drama)

  1. Hidden Figures
  2. Wonder
  3. The Shack
  4. Murder on the Orient Express
  5. Moonlight
  6. All Eyez on Me
  7. Fences
  8. Before I Fall
  9. Patriots Day
  10. Wind River

 Movies (Comedy)

  1. Lady Bird
  2. The Big Sick
  3. The House
  4. Girls Trip
  5. Going in Style
  6. Daddy’s Home 2
  7. Rough Night
  8. Snatched
  9. Fist Fight
  10. The Disaster Artist

 Movies (Horror)

  1. It
  2. Get Out
  3. Split 
  4. 47 Meters Down
  5. It Comes At Night
  6. Happy Death Day
  7. Alien: Covenant
  8. The Mummy
  9. The Dark Tower
  10. Wish Upon

 Movies (Documentaries)

  1. Casey Anthony: An American Murder Mystery
  2. 13th
  3. Tickled
  4. Demi Lovato: Simply Complicated
  5. Chris Brown: Welcome To My Life
  6. Amelia Earhart: The Lost Evidence
  7. What The Health
  8. Gaga: Five Foot Two
  9. Icarus
  10. I Am Heath Ledger

 TV Shows (Drama)

  1. 13 Reasons Why
  2. Game of Thrones
  3. This Is Us
  4. Iron Fist
  5. Riverdale
  6. The Good Doctor
  7. Big Little Lies
  8. American Gods
  9. Ozark
  10. Mindhunter

 TV Shows (Reality)

  1. Bachelor in Paradise
  2. Big Brother
  3. Dancing With The Stars
  4. Survivor 
  5. America’s Got Talent
  6. Dance Moms
  7. The Amazing Race
  8. RuPaul’s Drag Race
  9. Project Runway
  10. American Idol

 Series Premiere

  1. Game of Thrones
  2. Scandal
  3. Big Little Lies
  4. American Horror Story
  5. Outlander
  6. Young Sheldon
  7. The Walking Dead
  8. Shameless
  9. Chicago Justice
  10. House of Cards

 Season Finale

  1. The Bachelor
  2. This Is Us
  3. Game of Thrones
  4. Chicago Fire
  5. Dancing With The Stars
  6. The Voice
  7. Girls
  8. Twin Peaks
  9. Grimm
  10. Vampire Diaries

 Top Album/New Releases

  1. Reputation (Taylor Swift)
  2. 4:44 (Jay Z)
  3. Damn (Kendrick Lamar)
  4. Everybody (Logic)
  5. More Life (Drake)
  6. Harry Styles (Harry Styles)
  7. Issa Album (21 Savage)
  8. Divide (Ed Sheeran)
  9. True to Self (Bryson Tiller)
  10. Flower Boy (Tyler, The Creator)

 DIY Projects:

  1. DIY eclipse glasses
  2. DIY fidget spinner
  3. DIY Valentine gifts
  4. Mother's Day gift ideas DIY
  5. DIY charcoal mask
  6. DIY Easter basket
  7. DIY Moana costume
  8. DIY peel-off face mask
  9. DIY blackhead remover
  10. Christmas DIY decor

 Relationship Questions:

  1. How to make long-distance relationships work
  2. How to change relationship status on facebook
  3. How to build trust in a relationship
  4. What is a poly relationship
  5. How to save your relationship
  6. What is an open relationship
  7. How to get over a relationship
  8. How to get out of a toxic relationship
  9. How to know when your relationship is over
  10. What does a healthy relationship look like

 Celebrity Weddings

  1. Pippa Middleton
  2. Julianne Hough
  3. Miranda Kerr
  4. Peta Murgatroyd
  5. Idina Menzel
  6. Dave Franco
  7. Jason Momoa
  8. Song Joong-ki
  9. Gucci Mane
  10. Penn Badgley

 Celebrity Breakups 

  1. Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell breakup
  2. Malika Haqq and Ronnie Magro breakup
  3. Dutchess and Ceaser breakup
  4. Aaron Rodgers Olivia Munn breakup
  5. Kylie Jenner and Tyga breakup
  6. Lindsey Stirling and Ryan Weed breakup
  7. Chris Pratt and Anna Faris breakup
  8. Nick Viall and Vanessa Grimaldi breakup
  9. Amy Schumer and Ben Hanisch breakup
  10. Lady Gaga and Taylor Kinney breakup

 Styles / Trends

  1. Beauty blender
  2. Mink lashes
  3. Halloween makeup
  4. Eyelash lift
  5. Prom makeup
  6. Nude makeup
  7. Lip plumper
  8. Skeleton makeup
  9. Feather eyebrows
  10. Lip gloss

 Celebrity hair

  1. Jeremy Lin hair
  2. Steph Curry hair
  3. Katy Perry hair
  4. Meghan Markle hair
  5. Selena Gomez hair
  6. Kate Hudson hair
  7. Emilia Clarke hair
  8. Halle Berry hair
  9. Javier Baez hair
  10. Michelle Obama hair

 Fashion Brands

  1. Gucci
  2. Louis Vuitton
  3. Supreme
  4. Fashion Nova
  5. Chanel
  6. Yves Saint Laurent
  7. Christian Dior
  8. Dolce & Gabbana
  9. Valentino
  10. Moschino

 Oscar Red Carpet Dresses

  1. Emma Stone
  2. Hailee Steinfeld
  3. Janelle Monae
  4. Dakota Johnson
  5. Meryl Streep
  6. Halle Berry
  7. Priyanka Chopra
  8. Viola Davis
  9. Alicia Vikander
  10. Jessica Biel

 Makeup Trends

  1. Beauty Blender
  2. Mink Lashes
  3. Halloween Makeup
  4. Eyelash Lift
  5. Prom Makeup
  6. Nude Makeup
  7. Lip Plumper
  8. Skeleton Makeup
  9. Feather Eyebrows
  10. Lip Gloss

 Diet

  1. Apple Cider Vinegar Diet
  2. Plant Based Diet
  3. Tom Brady Diet
  4. Boiled Egg Diet
  5. Emily Ratajkowski Diet
  6. Ketogenic Diet Plan
  7. GOLO Diet
  8. The Shepherd’s Diet
  9. Coffee Diet
  10. Mediterranean Diet Plan

 Workout Clothes

  1. Nike Air Max 97
  2. Champion Hoodie
  3. Nike Shorts
  4. Jordans
  5. Vans
  6. Adidas Sweatpants
  7. Adidas NMD
  8. Jordan Retro 13
  9. Supreme
  10. Jordan Retro 4

 Gyms

  1. Planet Fitness
  2. LA Fitness
  3. Anytime Fitness
  4. Crunch Fitness
  5. Fitness Connection
  6. Retro Fitness
  7. CorePower Yoga
  8. Barry’s Bootcamp
  9. EOS Fitness
  10. Orangetheory Fitness

 YouTube

  1. Jake Paul YouTube
  2. Brooklyn and Bailey YouTube
  3. Heather Land YouTube
  4. Logan Paul YouTube
  5. Simon Sinek YouTube
  6. Giraffe Cam YouTube
  7. Angelica Hale YouTube
  8. Erika Costell YouTube
  9. Poppy YouTube
  10. BubblePOP Kids YouTube

 Instagram

  1. Danielle Bregoli
  2. Selena Gomez
  3. Soulja Boy
  4. Sahar Tabar
  5. Cardi B
  6. Tom Brady
  7. Ashley Graham
  8. Ana de Armas
  9. Katherine Langford
  10. Julia Stiles

 Travel Destinations (Activities)

  1. Six Flags
  2. Legoland
  3. Hershey Park
  4. Busch Gardens
  5. Yosemite
  6. Kings Island
  7. The Great Wall
  8. Universal Studios Hollywood
  9. Yellowstone National Park
  10. Antelope Canyon

 Travel Destinations (Locations)

  1. Las Vegas
  2. Barcelona
  3. Myrtle Beach
  4. Aspen
  5. Punta Cana
  6. Maldives
  7. Turks and Caicos
  8. Bali
  9. Cancun
  10. Bermuda

 What Is …

  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?
  7. What is the Antikythera mechanism?
  8. What is a fidget spinner?
  9. What is the Paris Climate Agreement?
  10. What is a hurricane?

 Dog Breeds

  1. Golden Retriever
  2. Poodle
  3. Pembroke Welsh Corgi
  4. French Bulldog
  5. Australian Shepherd
  6. Beagle
  7. Goldendoodle
  8. Australian Cattle Dog
  9. Shiba Inu
  10. Border Collie

 Consumer Tech

  1. iPhone 8
  2. iPhone X
  3. Nintendo Switch
  4. Samsung Galaxy S8
  5. Razer Phone
  6. iPhone 8 Plus
  7. Super NES Classic
  8. Google Pixel 2
  9. Apple Watch 3
  10. Samsung Galaxy Note 8

 Activism

  1. NFL National Anthem Protests
  2. Charlottesville Protests
  3. Boston Free Speech Rally
  4. UC Berkeley Protests
  5. St. Louis Protests
  6. Airport Protests
  7. D.C. Protest
  8. Venezuelan Protests
  9. Women’s March
  10. May Day Protests

 Beauty Brands

  1. Ulta Beauty
  2. BH Cosmetics
  3. LipSense
  4. Charlotte Tilbury
  5. Milk Makeup
  6. Benefit Cosmetics
  7. Wet 'n Wild
  8. Fenty Beauty
  9. Huda Beauty
  10. Finishing Touch Flawless

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