Google top search 2017: Conor McGregor, Meghan Markle and slime among most popular terms

Aatif Sulleyman
A lot of people wanted to find out more about Ms Markle: Getty

Google has revealed the most popular search terms for UK users in 2017.

The company has released its Year in Search for UK for a wide range of categories including top trending, “How to...?”, “What is...”, news events, people, recipes, sporting events, TV shows, films, UK number one singles and Premier League teams.

Several tech terms feature on the lists, including the iPhone 8 and iPhone X, which were two of the top queries for UK users.

Bitcoin, which is currently attracting enormous amounts of interest thanks to its spectacular price rise over recent weeks, features twice on the list of top “How to...?” queries and once on the list of top “What is...?” searches.

The mysterious Antikythera Mechanism also appears, as does the Mayweather vs McGregor boxing match.

Google’s top search terms for UK users this year are as follows:

UK top trending queries

  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

UK top trending “How To...?” queries

  1. How to make slime?
  2. How to buy Bitcoin?
  3. How to stay young?
  4. How to watch Mayweather vs McGregor?
  5. How to watch Joshua vs Klitschko?
  6. How to mine Bitcoins?
  7. How to make Yorkshire pudding?
  8. How to make a fidget spinner?
  9. How to vote in the general election?
  10. How to lose belly fat fast?

UK top trending “What Is...?” queries

  1. What is a hung parliament?
  2. What is an exit poll?
  3. What is the Confederations Cup?
  4. What is Bitcoin?
  5. What is the Antikythera mechanism?
  6. What is a pangolin?
  7. What is a general election?
  8. What is waterboarding?
  9. What is the DUP?
  10. What is Pink’s real name?

UK top trending news queries

  1. Hurricane Irma
  2. Manchester bombing
  3. Grenfell Tower
  4. North Korea
  5. London Bridge attack
  6. General election
  7. Harvey Weinstein
  8. Catalan independence
  9. Las Vegas shooting
  10. Kevin Spacey

UK top trending people queries

  1. Meghan Markle
  2. Tara Palmer Tomkinson
  3. Shannon Matthews
  4. Charlie Gard
  5. Jack Maynard
  6. Donald Trump
  7. Chester Bennington
  8. Bruce Forsyth
  9. Harvey Weinstein
  10. Jodie Whittaker

UK top trending sporting events queries

  1. Wimbledon
  2. Grand National
  3. World Cup 2018 draw
  4. Mayweather vs. McGregor
  5. ICC Champions Trophy
  6. Tour De France
  7. Confederations Cup
  8. Joshua vs. Klitschko
  9. FA Cup Final
  10. Champions League Final

UK top trending TV shows queries

  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

UK top trending film queries

  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

UK top trending Number 1 singles queries

  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

UK top trending recipes queries

  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

UK top trending Premier League teams queries

  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


For further information, you can visit Google’s dedicated Year in Search webpage.