December 13, 2017

Chester Bennington and Tom Petty were among the top 10 global searches of 2017, as reported by Google in its annual "Year in Search" feature.

Google's latest list of the most popular searches, which was released today (Wednesday, December 13),breaks down results into categories like people, how to, and losses. To compile the ranking, Google looked at its trillions of searches, filtered out spam and repeats, and identified queries that had the largest uptick in traffic compared with the previous year.

Petty came in at No. 7 on the list for overall global search trends, while Bennington landed at No. 9. Predictably, the searches peaked for both artists around their deaths.

Petty, Bennington and Chris Cornell topped the most-searched "losses" of 2017. Elsewhere, Bennington's band, LINKIN PARK, took the No. 2 spot on the "musicians and bands" list.

After Cornell died in May, Bennington wrote a letter thanking him for inspiring him and hoping he would find peace in "the next life."

Chester died on July 20, which would have been Cornell's 53rd birthday.

The two singers bonded when they toured together nearly a decade ago.

Petty died on October 2 at UCLA Medical Center, one day after suffering cardiac arrest at his Malibu home.

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