Tom Petty, Chester Bennington, and Chris Cornell Among 2017's Most Googled

Plus, bust out the tissues for Google’s moving ‘Year In Search 2017’ recap video

December 14, 2017
Tom Petty, Chester Bennington, and Chris Cornell

USA Today

2017 has been a tough year, especially for the rock community, and that’s been reflected in Google’s “Year In Search.” The search engine revealed what was most trending in 2017, and late rockers Tom Petty, Chester Bennington, and Chris Cornell held three of the top spots. Similarly, Linkin Park was the second most Googled out of “musicians and bands.”

On May 18, Cornell was found dead in his hotel room following his Detroit performance with Soundgarden. Two months later—on what would’ve been Cornell’s 53rd birthday—Bennington was found dead in his Southern California home on July 20. Last, Petty passed away on October 2 after being found in cardiac arrest and rushed to UCLA’s Medical Center.

While the top overall searches (below) are admittedly somber, there were some light-hearted searches—see numbers 4, 7, and 10, for example.

As Google points out in the moving video recap below, we didn’t so much wonder who, what, where, when, or why this year so much as we wondered how?” So we ask: How could you not be moved by the Year In Search Video recap below?

Top 10 overall 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