During 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.
6. yify 720p
7. game of thrones
8. yify 1080p
10. the walking dead
16. the big bang theory
19. hindi 2015
23. the flash
27. star wars
28. the blacklist
29. fifty shades of grey
31. walking dead
37. telugu 2015
38. mad max
39. fast and furious 7
40. jurassic world
42. sword coast legend
43. american sniper
44. gta v
45. dual audio hindi
49. avengers age of ultron