‘Why is Pandora shutting down?’ and Jacketgate among Google’s top searches of 2017

Google has unveiled its list of top trending terms of the year, with media personalities, Pandora’s closure and the launch of Amazon Australia amongst the most searched items.


Pandora shut down on July 31, leaving users asking why

In the ‘Why is…?’ section, the most searched term in Australia was ‘why is Pandora shutting down?’.

Pandora shut its streaming service and Australian operations on July 31. The decision was made in the US, as part of a strategy to focus its stretched resources in North America.

The results come from a trending search index, which looks at the queries that had the highest spike in traffic over a sustained period in 2017, compared to 2016.

Other common questions asked of Google included “Why is Messenger crashing?”, “Why is Club Penguin shutting down?”, “Why is Snapchat down?” and “Why is my internet so slow?”.

Meanwhile, in the “how to” section, the fourth most searched question was “How to watch Mayweather vs McGregor”. The fight was on Foxtel .

It was also the fourth most searched sporting event on Google in 2017.

Among the most searched Australians were several media personalities including Sophie Monk. Her return to the spotlight as Ten’s Bachelorette made her the most searched Australian this year.

Sophie Monk was the most searched Australian, searched by Australians, this year

She was followed by James Packer’s former wife Kate Fischer – or as she’s now known – Tziporah Atarah Malkah.

Former A Current Affair reporter Ben McCormack, who was charged with child pornography, was the fourth most searched Australian, while Nine’s Lisa Wilkinson placed seventh. Wilkinson has been particularly prevalent in the spotlight, after she announced she would leave Nine’s The Today Show and join Ten across roles including a co-host on The Project, and executive editor of new Ten digital site, Tendaily.

Australian comedian, actor and TV personality Paul Hogan came in eighth place.

Nine’s weather and news reader Amber Sherlock made it into the top 10 most searched Australians this year, after footage of a dispute between her and her colleagues over matching outfits was leaked by Mumbrella.

The footage went viral, with US TV host Jimmy Kimmel jumping on board to discuss it.

Globally the most searched person was movie producer Harvey Weinstein, who has been in headlines since October, after dozens of women came forward accusing the film producer of engaging in sexual harassment.

American actor Kevin Spacey, who was also involved in sexual assault allegations, was the third most searched global person.

And in both the overall category and news, Amazon Australia was a featured term. It was the tenth most searched term overall, and the third most searched news item, falling short to Cyclone Debbie and North Korea.

Amazon Australia finally launched early last week.

See the full lists below:


  1. Australian Open 2017
  2. Melbourne Cup 2017
  3. Wimbledon 2017
  4. Fidget spinner
  5. Cyclone Debbie
  6. iPhone 8
  7. North Korea
  8. Chris Cornell
  9. iPhone X
  10. Amazon Australia site


  1. Cyclone Debbie
  2. North Korea
  3. Amazon Australia site
  4. Hurricane Irma
  5. Bali volcano
  6. London
  7. Las Vegas
  8. Manchester
  9. UK election
  10. Schapelle Corby

Global people

  1. Harvey Weinstein
  2. Ed Sheeran
  3. Kevin Spacey
  4. Gal Gadot
  5. Floyd Mayweather
  6. Jake Paul
  7. Post Malone
  8. Pippa Middleton
  9. Boy George
  10. Macklemore


  1. Sophie Monk
  2. Kate Fischer
  3. Schapelle Corby
  4. Ben McCormack
  5. Dustin Martin
  6. Cassie Sainsbury
  7. Lisa Wilkinson
  8. Paul Hogan
  9. Katherine Langford
  10. Amber Sherlock


  1. Chris Cornell
  2. Hugh Hefner
  3. Chester Bennington
  4. Tom Petty
  5. Bill Paxton
  6. David Cassidy
  7. Nicky Hayden
  8. John Clarke
  9. Rich Piana
  10. Malcolm Young

Sporting Events

  1. Australian Open 2017
  2. Melbourne Cup 2017
  3. Wimbledon 2017
  4. Mayweather McGregor fight
  5. AFL Grand Final 2017
  6. US Open 2017 Tennis
  7. Mundine vs Green 2
  8. ICC Champions Trophy 2017
  9. AFL Fixtures 2017
  10. Rugby League World Cup 2017

How to….?

  1. How to make slime
  2. How to make a fidget spinner
  3. How to make fluffy slime
  4. How to watch Mayweather vs McGregor
  5. How to buy Bitcoin
  6. How to make slime without borax
  7. How to use Snapchat map
  8. How to unblock people on Instagram
  9. How to make slime without glue
  10. How to vote for gay marriage

What is…?

  1. What is MSG
  2. What is Bitcoin
  3. What is kimchi
  4. What is a publican
  5. What is covfefe
  6. What is a fidget spinner
  7. What is MSG and why is it bad
  8. What is Sharia law
  9. What is DACA
  10. What is good friday

Why is…?

  1. Why is Pandora shutting down
  2. Why is Club Penguin shutting down
  3. Why is Australia Day on 26 January
  4. Why is it called Good Friday
  5. Why is Nathan Lyon Garry
  6. Why is my poop green
  7. Why is Messenger crashing
  8. Why is Snapchat down
  9. Why is two up illegal
  10. Why is my internet so slow


  1. Beef Stroganoff
  2. Hot cross bun
  3. Hollandaise sauce
  4. Chilli con carne
  5. Chicken Cacciatore
  6. Bechamel sauce
  7. Chicken parmigiana
  8. Shepherd’s pie
  9. Beef Bourguignon
  10. Quiche Lorraine

How to make…?

  1. How to cook tofu
  2. How to cook eggplant
  3. How to cook pasta
  4. How to cook rice in microwave
  5. How to cook smoked cod
  6. How to cook silverside
  7. How to cook lentils
  8. How to cook salmon fillets
  9. How to cook fennel
  10. How to cook rhubarb

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