Pirate Zeitgeist: What People Searched for in 2015

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Popular torrent sites get millions of visitors every day, but what have all of those people been searching for? Today we present the BitTorrent Zeitgeist 2015, a list of the top 50 most searched for phrases and keywords on one of the most-used public BitTorrent indexes during the past year.

2015-top-torrent-sitesDuring December, all self-respecting search engines produce an overview of the most popular search terms of the past year.

These lists give insight into recent trends, and in 2015 Lamar Odom, Paris and American Sniper were among the top trending searches on Google.

But what about torrent search engines? With billions of searches every year it’s worth taking a look at the most-entered keywords on the dominant file-sharing network.

A few years ago we started the ‘Pirate zeitgeist’ tradition with help from one of the largest torrent sites around. Based on a sample of hundreds of millions of searches, this list should give a decent overview of what people are looking for.

2015’s number one query is the same as last year’s, YIFY the name of the popular movie release group which was forced to shut down in October after a legal threat. This means that its popularity is expected to fade in the new year.

In second place we find NeZu, another popular movie release group that made it into the top 50 for the second year. Interestingly, NeZu’s releases are not wildly popular, which might suggest that this high ranking may have been boosted somehow.

The term 2015, often used to find recent movies, comes in third place, followed by Hindi. Other movie related terms such as 1080p, YIFY 720p and YIFY 1080p show that users are increasingly looking for high quality video.

The first content related search query is Game of Thrones in seventh place. Other popular TV searches are The Walking Dead and The Big Bang Theory taking 10th and 16th place respectively.

Movies also remain popular with Star Wars in 27th, Fifty Shades of Grey in 29th and Interstellar in 32nd place. Perhaps surprisingly, there are no searches related to music titles in the top 50. The only music related terms are Discography in 11th place and Flac in 26th.

Finally, various regional searches also remain popular, as they are often used to find localized releases. The terms Hindi, French, Tamil, Telugu, Ita and NL all have a spot in the top 20.

Below is the full list of the 50 most-entered search queries on one of the most popular torrent sites on the Internet.



1. yify
2. nezu
3. 2015
4. hindi
5. 1080p
6. yify 720p
7. game of thrones
8. yify 1080p
9. ripsalot
10. the walking dead
11. 3d
12. french
13. discography
14. tamil
15. 2014
16. the big bang theory
17. telugu
18. ita
19. hindi 2015
20. nl
21. malayalam
22. android
23. the flash
24. movies
25. arrow
26. flac
27. star wars
28. the blacklist
29. fifty shades of grey
30. gotham
31. walking dead
32. interstellar
33. batman
34. mac
35. insurgent
36. wwe
37. telugu 2015
38. mad max
39. fast and furious 7
40. jurassic world
41. avengers
42. sword coast legend
43. american sniper
44. gta v
45. dual audio hindi
46. vikings
47. lynda
48. apk
49. avengers age of ultron
50. ettv

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