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Wikipedia is the best thing ever... Making it even better? Its public list of stats, shedding light on what the collective world is thinking about.[1]

The Multiyear ranking of most viewed Wikipedia pages from December 1, 2007, to the present demonstrates human interests during that period. The views data for Wikipedia's first years (2001–2007) is fragmentary and complete data on mobile views is available only since July 1, 2015. This presently precludes the possibility of all-time ranking with the multiyear perspective being the closest we can get to.

The lists below include desktop views since December 1, 2007, and mobile views since July 1, 2015.

Being one of the best indicators of "what the collective world is thinking about," the list of most viewed Wikipedia pages receives wide attention in unassociated institutions and external popular media sources. University Degli Studi di Milano created an engine of the complete ranking of all Wikipedia articles for 2014–2019.[2] In 2013, an external media source attempted to determine the 10 most popular Wikipedia pages of all time.[3] The same year the BBC news website published an article discussing most searched Wikipedia articles in 2012 in different languages.[4] Other versions of top-lists for shorter periods are regularly published and discussed by external popular media.[5][6][7][8][9][10][11]

Sources

Most-viewed pages were detected from earlier lists for shorter periods (named in "See also" and "External links" below) and such engines as Wikitally (existed until 2017) and Massview.[12] Massview counts views by category since July 1, 2015. The number of views for the detected pages were found in Multiyear ranking of Wikipedia pages views.[13] This site gives the approximate number of desktop views since December 1, 2007, and mobile views since July 1, 2015. The site stopped counting by the end of 2019. Views on this site until June 2015 for desktop include bot pageviews, while those July 2015 for both desktop and mobile exclude identifiable bots and spiders (but may still end up counting many views by bots and spiders as legitimate human views). This might explain differences in view numbers between this site and the lists of Andrew West for 2015–2018.[14][15][16][17]

The leading page

The undisputed leader is Wikipedia's Main page, with over 44 billion views as of October 2020 — more than the rest of the Top-100 list combined including non-ranked pages. For comparison, Baby Shark which leads YouTube[18] has 9.2 billion views. According to its information page, the Main page was created as Wikipedia marked its first year, on January 26, 2002. Wikipedia:Most popular pages October 2001, however, states that the Main page had existed and led by wide margin already in October 2001. It is not known which pages had led the ranking during Wikipedia's first months, although by the end of the first month (January 31, 2001) the most viewed page was Usenet cabal.[19]

Among the conventional pages with mostly human intentional views (ranked pages below), the United States probably took the lead in the pre-viewcount period (2001-2007), as we see it in the October 2001 list and strongly in all available monthly reports for 2003 and 2004. Having held the first place until January 20, 2021, the US was surpassed by its President, Donald Trump. The US regained the leadership in August the same year.

Early years

In the years 2001–2007, for which only fragmentary data is available (the rank's "prehistory"), three successive waves seem visible. The first dominant group to take interest in Wikipedia seem to be students. The list for October 2001 contains mostly school subjects like mathematics, history, geography, etc. Of these, as of 2021, there is one remnant: the periodic table.

The second wave probably were pages related to the September 11 attacks. They were numerous already in October 2001. The event happened when Wikipedia was only eight months old and these pages probably fast permeated the “all time” list. Of these, as of 2021, there is also one remnant: September 11 attack.

The third wave was sex. Sex-related articles are common in the monthly lists of 2003–2004. In 2019, there were still 5 such articles in the top-100 list, down to 3 in 2020 and down to 2 in 2021.

Two decades after the launch of Wikipedia however appeared the main human interest. Certainly it is not studies; nor is it terror and even sex.

First two decades

By Wikipedia’s 20th anniversary (in 2021), it had become clear that the most interesting phenomena for humans are… humans, especially contemporaries and especially when they die. As of January 2021, 63 pages of the top-100 list belong to humans. It was not the case from the beginning. In the October 2001 list, for example, we see one human—the co-founder of Wikipedia Larry Sanger. Within two decades however a huge human invasion occurred. Humans came seriously and for long.

Correspondingly, the most interesting object in the Universe for humans is the planet of the humans, provided we disregard Star Wars, Darth Vader and the situation comedy called The Big Bang Theory. Half a millennium after Copernicus and a century after Edwin Hubble, the collective interest remains geocentric.

Top-100 list

(December 1, 2007 – September 1, 2021).

Covid-19 appeared on the all-time list in June 2020; the page did not exist in the beginning of the year. In this aspect, Covid-19 is the biggest phenomenon Wikipedia has ever known.

Another big success of 2020, Joe Biden, debuted on the list on November 12. It currently looks as though he is about to bring with him his Vice-President Kamala Harris (1 million views short of the list as of September 1, 2021).

Consolation for Donald Trump, he became the first human to reach 200 million views and overall second only after his country. More consolation for him, on January 20, 2021, he surpassed the United States for the all time lead among the ranked pages in what we know as the first change of the leading page. The 2021 storming of the United States Capitol gave him the decisive push. By notable contrast, his predecessor Barack Obama could not reach the US in two terms.

Rank* Page Views in millions
Main Page 44,000
Special:Search 14,000
Special:Random 7900
** - 2900
Undefined 1800
Special:Watchlist 336
Special:Randompage 314
*** Wiki 270
*** Facebook 260
*** YouTube 249
1 United States 231
2 Donald Trump 230
** 404.php 221
**** xHamster 207
*** Wikipedia 207
Portal:Current events 196
Special:Book 185
Special:CreateAccount 172
*** Google 172
3 Barack Obama 155
Search 153
4 Elizabeth II 150
5 India 147
Wikipedia:Your first article 136
6 World War II 134
7 Michael Jackson 131
8 United Kingdom 129
Special:RecentChanges 129
9 Cristiano Ronaldo 125
10 Lady Gaga 122
11 Sex 120
12 Eminem 119
12 Adolf Hitler 119
14 Game of Thrones 114
**** Bible 112
15 World War I 111
16 The Beatles 109
Creative Commons Attribution 108
17 Justin Bieber 107
18 Canada 103
18 Freddie Mercury 103
20 Kim Kardashian 102
21 Elon Musk 101
21 Lionel Messi 101
21 Steve Jobs 101
24 Michael Jordan 98
24 Dwayne Johnson 98
24 The Big Bang Theory 98
24 List of Presidents of the United States 98
24 Australia 98
Wsearch.php 96
*** Malware 96
Portal:Contents 95
29 Stephen Hawking 95
30 Darth Vader 91
30 List of highest-grossing films 91
30 Taylor Swift 91
30 China 91
34 Star Wars 89
34 Miley Cyrus 89
36 Abraham Lincoln 87
36 Lil Wayne 87
36 Academy Awards 87
36 Japan 87
36 Johnny Depp 87
41 Germany 86
41 LeBron James 86
41 New York City 86
44 Harry Potter 85
44 Kobe Bryant 85
46 Selena Gomez 84
46 Leonardo DiCaprio 84
46 Rihanna 84
46 Albert Einstein 84
46 September 11 attack 84
46 Russia 84
52 The Walking Dead (TV series) 83
52 How I Met Your Mother 83
52 Kanye West 83
55 Tupac Shakur 82
56 Angelina Jolie 81
57 John F. Kennedy 80
57 COVID-19 pandemic[20] 80
57 Scarlett Johansson 80
60 Chernobyl disaster 79
60 List of Marvel Cinematic Universe films 79
60 Joe Biden 79
63 France 78
63 Tom Cruise 78
65 Ariana Grande 77
65 Jennifer Aniston 77
65 Breaking Bad 77
65 Arnold Schwarzenegger 77
65 Pablo Escobar 77
70 Mila Kunis 76
70 Vietnam War 76
70 Meghan, Duchess of Sussex 76
70 Queen Victoria 76
70 Mark Zuckerberg 76
75 William Shakespeare 75
75 Earth 75
75 Bill Gates 75
78 Muhammad Ali 74
78 Keanu Reeves 74
78 Ted Bundy 74
Wikipedia:Contact us 74
81 Nicky Minaj 73
81 Will Smith 73
83 Singapore 72
83 Israel 72
83 John Cena 72
83 Bruce Lee 72
83 Elvis Presley 72
**** Talk:Main Page 72
88 Diana, Princess of Wales 71
88 Charles Manson 71
90 Katy Perry 70
90 Sexual intercourse 70
90 Marilyn Monroe 70
90 Winston Churchill 70
90 Periodic Table 70
90 Glee (TV series) 70
96 Brad Pitt 69
Export pages 69
97 Illuminati 68
97 London 68
97 Britney Spears 68
97 Madonna 68
97 Tom Brady 68
Notes

-*The rank omits Wikipedia special and disambiguation pages and pages with a large part of unintentional views.

-**An artifact that somehow gets logged, sometimes after the data source changed.

-***Probably, the consistent popularity of such pages as Google, Wiki, YouTube, and Facebook is due in part to people accidentally typing these site names into a search engine or address bar when intending to actually visit the sites themselves.[21]

-****A page that logged a large amount of automated views.

2020: Event of the year

In 2020 AD, the human penis size descended from the list. Paraphrasing the Book of Samuel,[22] weep ye, daughters of the world, the mighty one has fallen. After nearly two decades, one of the founding members of the top-100 list is no longer with us. A moment of silence.

The fall is part of a broader trend. In 2019, vagina and porn were relegated, while sexual intercourse is expected to drop in 2021. Yet, it remains dubious whether the trend represents an improvement in human nature. Among the recent newcomers on the list are Pablo Escobar, Ted Bundy, and Charles Manson. Chronologically, the decline of sex coincides with the count of mobile views.

Countries

(December 1, 2007 – January 1, 2021)

The list includes current member states of the United Nations.

Rank Page Views in millions
1 United States 220
2 India 139
3 United Kingdom 123
4 Canada 99
5 Australia 93
6 China 86
7 Japan 83
7 Germany 83
9 Russia 80
10 France 76
11 Singapore 68
12 Israel 67
13 Brazil 60
14 Philippines 59
15 Italy 58
15 New Zealand 58
17 Netherlands 57
17 Pakistan 57
19 Spain 56
20 Turkey 54
20 South Africa 54
22 Mexico 52
22 Indonesia 52
24 North Korea 50
24 Switzerland 50
26 Iran 47
26 Sweden 47
28 Egypt 45
29 Norway 43
29 Ireland 43
29 Iceland 43
29 Saudi Arabia 43
33-189 157 countries 42-5.6
190 Federated States of Micronesia 5.5
191 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 5.1
192 São Tomé and Príncipe 4.9
193 North Macedonia 4.3
194 Republic of the Congo 3.6

Cities

(December 1, 2007 – January 1, 2021)

Rank Page Continent Views in millions
1 New York City North America 82
2 Singapore Asia 68
3 London Europe 65
4 Hong Kong Asia 54
5 Dubai Asia 46
* Angelsberg Europe 44
6 Los Angeles North America 44
9 Washington, D.C. North America 39
9 Paris Europe 39
11 Chicago North America 38
12 San Francisco North America 32
12 Mumbai Asia 32
14 Rome Europe 29
15 Toronto North America 28
16 Philadelphia North America 27
16 Machu Picchu South America 27
16 Monaco Europe 27
16 Tokyo Asia 27
20 Amsterdam Europe 25
21 Boston North America 24
21 Barcelona Europe 24
21 Seattle North America 24
24 Istanbul Europe/Asia 23
24 Berlin Europe 23
24 Jerusalem Asia 23
27 Pompeii Europe 22
27 Venice Europe 22
27 Vatican Europe 22
27 Vancouver North America 22
27 Macau Asia 22

-*Angelsberg is a Luxembourg town of some 300 people. Somehow, it logged 37.0 million views in two months in 2015. That year it was second only to the Main page in the number of views.[23]

Buildings, structures and statues

(December 1, 2007 – January 1, 2021).

Rank* Page Date of completion* Views in millions
1 Taj Mahal 1653 46
2 Statue of Liberty 1886 36
2 Burj Khalifa 2009 36
4 Great Wall of China c. 212 BC 35
5 Eiffel Tower 1889 33
6 Berlin Wall 1960s 30
7 Machu Picchu 15th century 27
8 Stonehenge 3rd millennium BC 25
8 Mount Rushmore National Memorial 1939 25
10 Colosseum 80 24
11 Great Pyramid of Giza c. 2560 BC 22
12 One World Trade Center 2014 21
12 Empire State Building 1931 21
14 White House 1800 20
15 Petra** 5th century BC 19
15 Large Hadron Collider 2008 19
17 Hagia Sophia 537 17
18 Golden Gate Bridge 1937 16
18 Panama Canal 1914 16
20 Angkor Wat 12th century 15
21 Buckingham Palace 1850 14
21 Big Ben 1859 14
21 Guantanamo Bay detention camp 2002 14
21 Christ the Redeemer (statue) 1931 14
25 Pantheon, Rome c. 126 13
25 Parthenon 5th century BC 13
27 Disneyland 1955 12
27 Colossus of Rhodes 280 BC 12
27 New York Stock Exchange 1903 12
30 Wembley Stadium 2007 11
30 Channel Tunnel 1994 11
30 Notre-Dame de Paris 1345 11
33 ADX Florence 1994 10
33 Forbidden City 1420 10
33 Willis Tower 1973 10
36 Westminster Abbey 960 9.8
37 Windsor Castle 11th century 9.6
38 Taipei 101 2004 9.5
38 Walt Disney World 1971 9.5
40 Timbuktu** 5th century BC 9.1
40 Arc de Triomphe 1836 9.1
42 Lighthouse of Alexandria c. 246 BC 9.0
43 John F. Kennedy International Airport 1948 8.8
44 Temple of Artemis c. 540 BC 8.6
45 Brooklyn Bridge 1883 8.5
45 Code of Hammurabi c. 1754 BC 8.5
47 Statue of Unity 2018 8.2
48 Statue of Zeus at Olympia 5th century BC 8.1
49 Library of Alexandria 3rd century BC 7.9
50 Acropolis of Athens 5th century BC 7.6
50 Dome of the Rock 692 7.6
52 Wall Street 19th century 7.5
52 Great Sphinx of Giza 2532 BC 7.5
54 Leaning Tower of Pisa 1372 7.2
55 7 World Trade Center 2006 6.9
56 Palace of Versailles 1678 6.8
56 Church of the Holy Sepulchre 335 6.8
58 Moai 14th century 6.7
59 Epcot 1982 6.4
60 Antilia (building) 2010 6.3
60 Suez Canal 1869 6.3
62 Georgia Guidestones 1980 6.2
62 Petronas Towers 1996 6.2
64 David (Michelangelo) 1504 5.9
64 Delhi Metro 2002 5.9
66 British Museum 1753 5.8
66 Brandenburg Gate 1791 5.8
66 Al-Aqsa Mosque 705 5.8
69 Chichen Itza** 7th century 5.6
69 Washington Monument 1888 5.6
71 Erie Canal 1825 5.5
71 Tower of London 1078 5.5
73 Göbekli Tepe 10th millennium BC 5.2
73 Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary 1934 5.2
73 Gateway of India 1924 5.2
73 Neuschwanstein Castle 1886 5.2
77 Red Fort 1648 5.2
77 Indira Gandhi International Airport 1940s 5.2
77 Louvre 1793 5.2
80 St. Peter's Basilica 1626 5.1
81 MetLife Stadium 2010 4.9
82 Shanghai Tower 2015 4.8
82 India Gate 1921 4.8
82 Führerbunker 1944 4.8
85 Jeddah Tower On hold 4.7
85 United States Military Academy 1802 4.7
85 Mausoleum at Halicarnassus 351 BC 4.7
88 Hadrian's Wall 128 4.6
88 Hampi 1500 4.6
90 LaGuardia Airport 1939 4.5
90 Borobudur 9th century 4.5
92 Rikers Island prison 1932 4.4
92 Three Gorges Dam 13th century 4.4
92 Alhambra 13th century 4.4
92 Disneyland Paris 1992 4.4
96 Heathrow Airport 1946 4.3
96 Mercedes-Benz Stadium 2017 4.3
96 Konark Sun Temple 13th century 4.3
99 Cloud Gate 2006 4.2
100 London Eye 2000 4.1
100 Palace of Westminster 1016 4.1

-* All BC dates are marked. The rest of dates are AD.

-** A city or former city known mostly for its architecture.

People

(December 1, 2007 – April 1, 2021)

Donald Trump was not in this list in January 2016; however, a year later (upon his inauguration as president), he became the most popular among people. Four years later (upon his impeachment), his page became the most popular overall.

Rank Page Views in millions
1 Donald Trump 226
2 Barack Obama 152
3 Elizabeth II 139
4 Michael Jackson 127
5 Lady Gaga 120
6 Eminem 116
7 Adolf Hitler 115
7 Cristiano Ronaldo 115
9 Justin Bieber 105
10 Freddie Mercury 99
10 Steve Jobs 99
10 Kim Kardashian 99
13 Lionel Messi 94
13 Michael Jordan 94
15 Stephen Hawking 93
15 Dwayne Johnson 93
17 Elon Musk 92
18 Taylor Swift 88
19 Miley Cyrus 87
20 Lil Wayne 86
20 Abraham Lincoln 86
22 Johnny Depp 84
23 Kobe Bryant 83
24 Selena Gomez 82
24 Rihanna 82
24 LeBron James 82
24 Albert Einstein 82
28 Leonardo DiCaprio 81
29 Kanye West 80
30 Tupac Shakur 79
31 Angelina Jolie 78
31 John F. Kennedy 78
33 Joe Biden 75
33 Scarlett Johansson 75
33 Tom Cruise 75
36 Mila Kunis 74
36 Arnold Schwarzenegger 74
36 Pablo Escobar 74
39 Meghan, Duchess of Sussex 73
39 Queen Victoria 73
39 Ariana Grande 73
39 Jennifer Aniston 73
39 William Shakespeare 73
39 Mark Zuckerberg 73
45 Bill Gates 72
45 Will Smith 72
47 Nicki Minaj 71
47 Ted Bundy 71
47 Keanu Reeves 71
47 Muhammad Ali 71
51 Katy Perry 69
51 Elvis Presley 69
51 John Cena 69
51 Bruce Lee 69
51 Charles Manson 69
56 Marilyn Monroe 68
57 Diana, Princess of Wales 67
57 Winston Churchill 67
59 Tom Brady 66
59 Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh 66
59 Brad Pitt 66
62 Charles, Prince of Wales 65
62 Jay-Z 65
62 Prince (musician) 65
62 David Bowie 65
62 Heath Ledger 65
67 Kamala Harris 64
67 Ronald Reagan 64
67 George W. Bush 64
67 Britney Spears 64
67 Clint Eastwood 64
67 Lali Espósito 64
73 Adele 63
73 Jennifer Lopez 63
73 Sylvester Stallone 63
76 Jennifer Lawrence 62
76 Ryan Reynolds 62
78 Henry VIII of England 61
78 Mahatma Gandhi 61
80 Mark Wahlberg 60
80 Nelson Mandela 60
80 Emma Watson 60
80 Demi Lovato 60
80 Beyoncé 60
85 John Lennon 59
86 Bob Marley 58
86 Robin Williams 58
86 The Undertaker 58
86 Leonardo Da Vinci 58
90 Louis Tomlinson 57
90 Madonna (entertainer) 57
90 Megan Fox 57
90 Roger Federer 57
90 Bill Clinton 57
90 George Washington 57
90 Tom Hardy 57
97 Mariah Carey 56
97 Sunny Leone 56
99 Kristen Stewart 55
99 Natalie Portman 55
99 Tom Hanks 55
99 Melania Trump 55

Singers

(December 1, 2007 – January 1, 2021)

The list is primarily made of modern day pop and rap stars with several legends mixed in. Among the names here are Prince and David Bowie who saw many of their page views in 2016 after their deaths.

Rank Page Views in millions
1 Michael Jackson 125
2 Lady Gaga 118
3 Eminem 115
4 Justin Bieber 103
5 Freddie Mercury 97
6 Miley Cyrus 86
6 Taylor Swift 86
8 Lil Wayne 85
9 Selena Gomez 81
10 Rihanna 80
11 Kanye West 78
11 Tupac Shakur 78
13 Ariana Grande 71
14 Nicki Minaj 70
15 John Cena 68
15 Katy Perry 68
15 Elvis Presley 68
18 Jay-Z 64
19 Adele 63
19 Prince 63
19 David Bowie 63
22 Jennifer Lopez 62
23 Britney Spears 61
24 Demi Lovato 58
24 John Lennon 58
26 Louis Tomlinson 57
26 Madonna (entertainer) 57
26 Bob Marley 57
29 Mariah Carey 56
30 Snoop Dogg 53
30 Bruno Mars 53

Actors

(December 1, 2007 – April 1, 2021)

This list omits actors who are singers in order not to repeat half of the previous table.

Rank Page Views in millions
1 Kim Kardashian 99
2 Dwayne Johnson 93
3 Johnny Depp 84
4 Leonardo DiCaprio 81
5 Angelina Jolie 78
6 Scarlett Johansson 75
6 Tom Cruise 75
8 Arnold Schwarzenegger 74
8 Mila Kunis 74
10 Meghan Markle 73
10 Jennifer Aniston 73
12 Will Smith 72
13 Keanu Reeves 71
14 Bruce Lee 69
15 Marilyn Monroe 68
16 Brad Pitt 66
17 Heath Ledger 65
18 Clint Eastwood 64
18 Sylvester Stallone 63
20 Jennifer Lawrence 62
20 Ryan Reynolds 62
22 Mark Wahlberg 60
22 Emma Watson 60
24 Robin Williams 58
24 The Undertaker 58
26 Megan Fox 57
26 Tom Hardy 57
28 Sunny Leone 56
29 Tom Hanks 55
29 Natalie Portman 55
29 Kristen Stewart 55

Pornographic actors

(December 1, 2007 – January 1, 2021)

Among musicians and actors there is gender equality in popularity. Sport, politics, crime and history are dominated by males. With the millennial males gradually equaling their female contemporaries, this table remains the only one on this page in which women represent a convincing majority. At least here we see the dream of the Women in Red come true.

Rank* Page Views in millions
1 Sunny Leone 55
2 Mia Khalifa 40
3 Sasha Grey 39
4 Jenna Jameson 29
5 Lisa Ann 24
6 Chyna 22
7 Ron Jeremy 21
8 Tori Black 15
9 Bree Olson 14
9 Linda Lovelace 14
9 Traci Lords 14
12 Alexis Texas 13
13 James Deen 12
13 Janine Lindemulder 12
13 Tera Patrick 12
13 Stormy Daniels 12
13 Dita Von Teese 12
13 Nina Hartley 12
13 Jesse Jane 12
20 Amy Fisher 11
20 Jenna Haze 11
20 Kayden Kross 11
20 Asa Akira 11
24 Stoya 10
24 Eva Angelina 10
24 Julia Ann 10
24 Riley Reid 10
28 August Ames 9
28 Asia Carrera 9
28 Ashlynn Brooke 9
28 Lexi Belle 9

Athletes

(December 1, 2007 – January 1, 2021)

Some professional athletes—Bruce Lee, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Dwayne Johnson—are classified among actors (above), since their popularity is mostly due to their filmographic performance.

Rank Page Sport Views in millions
1 Cristiano Ronaldo Association football 112
2 Michael Jordan Basketball 92
2 Lionel Messi Association football 92
4 Kobe Bryant Basketball 80
4 LeBron James Basketball 80
6 Muhammad Ali Boxing 69
* John Cena Pro wrestling 68
7 Tom Brady American football 59
* The Undertaker Pro wrestling 57
8 Roger Federer Tennis 56
9 O. J. Simpson American football 53
10 Mike Tyson Boxing 52
11 Shaquille O'Neal Basketball 47
12 David Beckham Association football 44
13 Brock Lesnar Pro wrestling and MMA 43
13 Rafael Nadal Tennis 43
13 Conor McGregor Mixed martial arts 43
16 Tiger Woods Golf 40
17 Zlatan Ibrahimovic Association football 39
18 Neymar Association football 38
18 Serena Williams Tennis 38
* Triple H Pro wrestling 38
20 Manny Pacquiao Boxing 37
20 Michael Phelps Swimming 37
22 Novak Djokovic Tennis 36
22 Virat Kohli Cricket 36
24 Peyton Manning American football 35
24 Sachin Tendulkar Cricket 35
24 Stephen Curry Basketball 35
27 Ronda Rousey Judo, MMA and pro wrestling 32
27 Michael Oher American football 32
29 Wayne Rooney Association football 31
29 Caitlyn Jenner Decathlon 31
* Hulk Hogan Pro wrestling 31
Note

-*Non competitive sport

Modern political leaders

(December 1, 2007 – April 1, 2021)

The list includes political leaders born after AD 1400.

Along the rise of Donald Trump, credit for the 2017 performance must be given to Vladimir Putin--he overtook Sarah Palin for the 23rd place. Palin dropped from the list the following year, mainly due to the mighty advance of the British royal family.

Trump's successor, Joe Biden, debuted on the list in October 2020. By the end of the month, he shared the 22nd place with Stalin. In three more days he reached Margaret on the 21st rank. The next day, the day of election, Biden added 1.8 million views and equaled another British lady, Elizabeth I, in the top-20. The next day, November 5, he joined his predecessor, FDR, on the 19th place. The day Biden was confirmed President, November 7, he logged 3 million views and the next day 4 million and rose to the 9th place.

Nevertheless, those days Biden was not the most popular. He was outviewed by Kamala Harris. Having logged 3.5 million views on November 7 and 6.5 million the next day, she decisively entered the list (at the expense of Che Guevara) to become the only American on the list who is not President.

Projecting the trend of the first two decades of Wikipedia (2001-2021) for two more decades, this list would be limited to US Presidents, the British royal family and Hitler.

Rank Page Country Views in millions
1 Donald Trump United States 226
2 Barack Obama United States 152
3 Elizabeth II United Kingdom 139
4 Adolf Hitler Nazi Germany 115
5 Abraham Lincoln United States 86
6 John F. Kennedy United States 78
7 Joe Biden United States 75
8 Meghan, Duchess of Sussex United States 73
8 Queen Victoria United Kingdom 73
10 Winston Churchill United Kingdom 67
10 Diana, Princess of Wales United Kingdom 67
12 Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh United Kingdom 66
13 Charles, Prince of Wales United Kingdom 65
14 Kamala Harris United States 64
14 Ronald Reagan United States 64
14 George W. Bush United States 64
17 Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon United Kingdom 62
18 Henry VIII of England United Kingdom 61
18 Mahatma Gandhi India 61
20 Nelson Mandela South Africa 60
21 George Washington United States 57
21 Bill Clinton United States 57
21 Franklin D. Roosevelt United States 57
24 George VI United Kingdom 54
25 Elizabeth I United Kingdom 53
26 George H. W. Bush United States 52
27 Joseph Stalin Soviet Union 51
28 Richard Nixon United States 49
29 Mary, Queen of Scots United Kingdom 48
29 Margaret Thatcher United Kingdom 48
29 Vladimir Putin Russia 48
29 Osama bin Laden Al-Qaeda 48

Criminals

(December 1, 2007 – January 1, 2021).

Rank* Page Views in millions
1 Lil Wayne 85
2 Tupak Shakur 78
3 Pablo Escobar 72
4 Ted Bundy 70
4 Charles Manson 68
6 O. J. Simpson 53
7 Al Capone 40
8 Jeffrey Epstein 33
9 Ted Kaczynski 30
10 Bill Cosby 28
10 John Wayne Gacy 28
10 Jordan Belfort 28
10 Roman Polanski 28
10 Jeffrey Dahmer 28
15 Suge Knight 27
15 Aaron Hernandez 27
17 Guy Fawkes 25
18 6ix9ine 24
19 Harvey Weinstein 23
20 Jack the Ripper 22
20 Richard Branson 22
20 Bonnie and Clyde 22
23 Whitey Bulger 21
23 Zodiac Killer 21
25 John Dillinger 20
25 Tonya Harding 20
27 Jesse James 19
27 Kray twins 19
27 Frank Abagnale 19
30 Steven Avery 18

Pre-modern people

(December 1, 2007 – January 1, 2021)

This category includes personalities born before AD 1400 (exception is made for Joan of Arc born in 1412) who cannot compete with our contemporaries, like Barack Obama and Michael Jackson. The general top-30 list of people includes 23 living people as of January 2020. This is a feature of the "nascent" Wikipedia. In the course of generations, such top-lists will contain only people passed away, for view-count continues posthumously.

In total, as of October 12, 2019, Wikipedia counts 1,609,522 people.[24] Of them, 929,502 are living,[25] or 57.75% (more than a half). 143,573 more were living in the Wikipedia period,[26] raising the percentage of this period’s people to 66.67 (precisely two-thirds). 341,079 more were living in the century preceeding Wikipedia (1901-2000),[27] raising the percentage of the contemporaries to 87.86. That is, people who lived from the beginning of history until 1900 – 98% of history - constitute only 12.14%.

As of 2021, people born since 1960 AD log as many views as people born before, and the year of parity rises.[28] We are highly tempocentric. Ancestor worship is not our favorite tradition.

Rank Page Time Views in millions
1 Jesus 4 BC − 30/33 AD 51
2 Alexander the Great 356 – 323 BC 47
3 Muhammad 570 – 623 AD 43
4 Julius Caesar 100 – 44 BC 42
5 Genghis Khan 1162 – 1227 AD 37
6 Cleopatra 69 – 30 BC 32
6 Aristotle 384 – 322 BC 32
8 Gautama Buddha 6th – 4th centuries BC 30
9 Plato 428/427 or 424/423 – 348/347 BC 26
9 King Arthur** 5th – 6th centuries AD 26
11 Spartacus 111 – 71 BC 25
11 Joan of Arc 1412 – 1431 AD 25
13 Socrates 470/469 – 399 BC 24
14 Charlemagne 742/748 – 814 AD 22
14 Tutankhamun c. 1341 – c. 1323 BC 22
16 Ragnar Lodbrok** 9th century AD 21
16 Augustus 63 BC – AD 14 21
18 William Wallace 1270 – 1305 AD 20
18 Marco Polo 1254 – 1324 AD 20
18 Moses* 14th – 13th centuries BC 20
21 Robin Hood** 12th – 14th centuries AD 19
21 Nero 37 AD – 68 AD 19
21 Caligula 12 AD – 41 AD 19
24 Alfred the Great c. 848-899 AD 16
24 Hannibal 247 – 183/181 BC 16
24 Confucius 551 – 479 BC 16
27 Richard I of England 1157 – 1199 AD 15
27 Pythagoras 570 – 495 BC 15
27 Abraham* 19th – 17th centuries BC 15
27 Ashoka 304 – 222 BC 15
27 Mary Magdalene 1st century AD 15

-*Historicity is unconfirmed by extra-Biblical sources.

-**Historicity is dubious.

3rd-millennium people

(December 1, 2007 – September 1, 2021)

Of people born in the 3rd millennium (which is defined here as starting in 2000), the first to receive a personal page in Wikipedia was Princess Elisabeth, Duchess of Brabant (born October 25, 2001). Her page was created on August 4, 2003. She was followed by two other princesses later that year: Lady Louise Windsor of Wessex obtained her page on November 26, 2003, at the age of 18 days; the page of Catharina-Amalia, Princess of Orange, was created on December 9, 2003.

Lady Louise Windsor, probably, gained the all-time leadership the following year (2004), as her page was much more viewed during the years we have data (December 2007–present). By the end of 2016, she was 4th in the multiyear list. Lady Louise Windsor was, probably, overcome in 2010 by Willow Smith—the undisputed leader of the 2010s. The page of Willow Smith was created on April 23, 2005 (year and a half after Lady Louise Windsor's). During 2008–2009 the two had similar number of views, while in 2010 Willow Smith counted an extraordinary number of 3,100,000 views.[29] By August 31, 2016, she had total 12 million views, nearly three times more than the closest contender, Jackie Evancho.

In July 2019, Willow Smith was synchronously surpassed by two people, Billie Eilish and Millie Bobby Brown, after leading over 100 months. Billie Eilish was the first to surpass Smith. On 7/24/2019 Millie Bobby Brown passed Billie Eilish in page views, and held the lead until 7/26/2019. She regained the title on 7/29/2019 and held it until 7/31/2019, and Billie EIlish has held it ever since.[30][31]

The undisputed leader of the year 2019 was Billie Eilish. She began the year on the 22nd place and gained the all time lead in July. For 2019, she was the most viewed among living people of all ages and her page was 10th in the general ranking.[32]

In the 2010s, the hereditary princes were gradually overtaken by the "princes" of music and movies.

The first sportsperson to make this list was artistic gymnast Laurie Hernandez. She entered the list in August 2016, peaked at the 19th rank by the end of the year and dropped from the list in June 2018. She was followed and surpassed by LaMelo Ball in December 2017. LaMelo was joined and surpassed by his colleague, Zion Williamson, in 2019 (14th rank as of March 2021, the highest a millennial athlete ever rose).

The forth athlete and the first footballer on the list became Erling Haaland in 2020, followed by his teammate Jadon Sancho the same year.

Rank Page Views in millions
1 Billie Eilish 43
2 Millie Bobby Brown 27
3 Willow Smith 20
4 Maddie Ziegler 15
5 Greta Thunberg 14
6 Jojo Siwa 13
6 Prince George of Cambridge 13
8 Lil Pump 12
8 Bhad Bhabie 12
8 Noah Cyrus 12
11 Finn Wolfhard 11
12 Gaten Matarazzo 10
* Barron Trump 9.4
13 Lady Louise Windsor 9.2
14 Princess Charlotte of Cambridge 8.6
15 Charli D'Amelio 8.6
16 Erling Haaland 8.5
17 LaMelo Ball 8.2
18 Zion Williamson 8.0
18 Jacob Tremblay 8.0
20 Olivia Rodrigo 7.7
21 Isabela Moner 7.6
22 Mackenzie Foy 7.6
23 Jadon Sancho 7.3
24 Jackie Evancho 7.2
25 James, Viscount Severn 6.9
26 Yara Shahidi 6.6
27 Skai Jackson 6.2
27 Mckenna Grace 6.2
29 Frankie Jonas 5.9
30 Archie Mountbatten-Windsor 5.8

-* Not personal page.

Historical most-viewed 3rd-millennium persons

The following table lists the five persons to become Wikipedia’s most-viewed millennial person, from August 4, 2003 to the present.

  Current record (⁂)
  Former record (*)
Progression of the most-viewed millennial persons on Wikipedia
Person Views* Page creation date Month achieved Months held
Princess Elisabeth, Duchess of Brabant 1 Aug 4, 2003 August 4, 2003 4–16**
Lady Louise Windsor 100,000–200,000** Nov 26, 2003 2004** 70–84**
Willow Smith 4,000,000–5,000,000** Apr 23, 2005 October – December 2010** 103–105**
Millie Bobby Brown 17,300,000 Jul 22, 2016 July 2019 1***
Billie Eilish 17,300,000 Apr 15, 2017 July 2019 26
As of 23 November 2021

-*The approximate number of views each person had when she became Wikipedia’s most-viewed millennial.

-** Probable estimation.

-***Millie Bobby Brown held the leadership for 4 days in July 2019.[33]

Music bands

(December 1, 2007 – January 1, 2021).

Rank Page Views in millions
1 The Beatles 106
2 One Direction 59
3 Queen 50
4 Pink Floyd 45
5 Exo (band) 44
5 Metallica 44
7 Linkin Park 43
8 Led Zeppelin 40
9 BTS (band) 38
9 Red Hot Chili Peppers 38
11 AC/DC 36
12 Coldplay 34
13 The Rolling Stones 33
14 Slipknot 31
15 Daft Punk 30
15 Jonas Brothers 30
15 Nirvana 30
15 Green Day 30
15 Guns N' Roses 30
20 Fleetwood Mac 29
21 Backstreet Boys 28
21 Spice Girls 28
23 ABBA 27
23 Girls' Generation 27
23 Iron Maiden 27
23 Kiss 27
23 Gorillaz 27
28 Bee Gees 26
28 Foo Fighters 26
30 N.W.A 25

Sport teams

(December 1, 2007 – January 1, 2021).

The list is overwhelmingly dominated by association football teams. Notable among American sports teams is the Golden State Warriors, whose page views came heavily from 2016–2019.

Rank Page Views in millions
1 Manchester United F.C. 61
2 FC Barcelona 50
3 Chelsea F.C. 47
4 Arsenal F.C. 46
4 Liverpool F.C. 46
6 Real Madrid C.F. 42
7 Manchester City F.C. 33
8 Juventus F.C. 28
8 Tottenham Hotspur F.C. 28
10 Brazil national football team 27
11 England national football team 26
11 A.C. Milan 26
13 FC Bayern Munich 25
14 New England Patriots 24
15 Germany national football team 23
16 Los Angeles Lakers 22
17 Golden State Warriors 20
17 Spain national football team 20
19 Borussia Dortmund 19
19 Paris Saint-Germain F.C. 19
19 Argentina national football team 19
19 France national football team 19
23 Inter Milan 16
23 Rangers F.C. 16
23 Celtic F.C. 16
23 Aston Villa F.C. 16
23 New York Yankees 16
23 Green Bay Packers 16
23 Italy national football team 16
23 Newcastle United F.C. 16
23 West Ham United F.C. 16

Films and TV series

(December 1, 2007 – January 1, 2021).

TV series clearly has the upper hand to film, for the most part.

Rank Page Views in millions
1 Game of Thrones 111
2 The Big Bang Theory 95
3 Star Wars 86
4 How I Met Your Mother 81
5 The Walking Dead 80
6 Breaking Bad 74
7 Glee 69
8 Doctor Who 64
9 Grey's Anatomy 63
10 The Avengers 55
11 Friends 54
12 Avatar 53
12 Naruto 53
14 Lost 52
15 Dexter 51
16 Family Guy 50
17 House 49
18 X-Men 47
19 The Office (US) 46
19 The Dark Knight Rises 46
19 The Vampire Diaries 46
19 Arrow 46
19 Titanic 46
24 The Simpsons 45
24 Sherlock 45
24 Sons of Anarchy 45
27 Two and a Half Men 43
27 True Blood 43
27 Once Upon a Time 43
27 NCIS 43

Albums

(December 1, 2007 – January 1, 2021).

Rank Page Artist Views in millions
1 Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band Beatles 16
2 Thriller Michael Jackson 15
2 The Dark Side of the Moon Pink Floyd 15
2 Recovery Eminem 15
5 My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy Kanye West 13
5 The Beatles Beatles 13
5 The Wall Pink Floyd 13
5 Abbey Road Beatles 13
9 21 Adele 11
10 Nevermind Nirvana 10
10 The Marshall Mathers LP Eminem 10
12 Watch the Throne Jay-Z & Kanye West 9.4
13 Led Zeppelin IV Led Zeppelin 8.7
14 808s & Heartbreak Kanye West 8.6
15 Let It Be (Beatles album) Beatles 8.3
16 Rubber Soul Beatles 8.1
17 The Slim Shady LP Eminem 8.0
18 Hotel California Eagles 7.9
18 Teenage Dream Katy Perry 7.9
20 Graduation Kanye West 7.8
20 The Eminem Show Eminem 7.8
20 Metallica Metallica 7.8
20 1989 Taylor Swift 7.8
24 Good Kid, M.A.A.D City Kendrick Lamar 7.6
24 Fearless Taylor Swift 7.6
24 Red Taylor Swift 7.6
27 Loud Rihanna 7.4
27 Yeezus Kanye West 7.4
27 Hybrid Theory Linkin Park 7.4
27 Wish You Were Here Pink Floyd 7.4

Singles

(December 1, 2007 – January 1, 2021).

Rank Page Artist Views in millions
1 Gangnam Style PSY 21
2 Bohemian Rhapsody Queen 16
3 Hallelujah Leonard Cohen 12
4 We Are the World Michael Jackson 11
5 Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious Julie Andrews & Dick Van Dyke 8.8
5 Amazing Grace various artists 8.8
7 Stairway to Heaven Led Zeppelin 8.7
8 Despacito Luis Fonsi 8.2
9 Hotel California Eagles 7.9
10 Hey Jude Beatles 7.4
10 American Pie Don McLean 7.4
12 The Sound of Silence Simon & Garfunkel 6.6
13 Stan Eminem 6.5
14 Billie Jean Michael Jackson 6.3
15 I Will Always Love You Whitney Houston 5.9
15 Blurred Lines Robin Thicke 5.9
15 Hurt Nine Inch Nails 5.9
18 We Didn't Start the Fire Billy Joel 5.8
19 Hello Adele 5.5
20 In the Air Tonight Phil Collins 5.4
21 Never Gonna Give You Up Rick Astley 5.2
22 Beat It Michael Jackson 5.1
23 Baby Justin Bieber 5.0
24 Blinded by the Light Manfred Mann's Earth Band 4.8
24 Killing Me Softly with His Song Roberta Flack 4.8
26 Africa Toto 4.7
26 Layla Eric Clapton 4.7
28 Take On Me A-ha 4.6
29 99 Luftballons Nena 4.5
29 All Along the Watchtower The Jimi Hendrix Experience 4.5

Books and book series

(December 1, 2007 – January 1, 2021).

Naruto is classified as a TV series (above) as it is more popular as an anime, and there is no separate page for the manga. Books with film/TV adaptations are listed below, as many of the links below are franchise pages. Note that A Song of Ice and Fire's popularity is considerably outstripped by that of its TV adaptation Game of Thrones.

Rank Page Views in millions
1 Harry Potter 82
2 Fifty Shades of Grey 50
2 A Song of Ice and Fire 50
4 The Hunger Games 47
5 The Great Gatsby 34
6 The Lord of the Rings 32
6 Nineteen Eighty-Four 32
8 A Game of Thrones 27
8 Kama Sutra 27
10 To Kill a Mockingbird 26
11 Les Misérables 25
12 Alice's Adventures in Wonderland 24
12 The Handmaid's Tale 24
14 Watchmen 23
14 The Winds of Winter 23
16 The Catcher in the Rye 22
16 Pride and Prejudice 22
18 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 21
18 Inferno 21
20 Lolita 20
20 The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo 20
22 Bible 19
22 Brave New World 19
22 Animal Farm 19
22 Frankenstein 19
26 Dracula 18
26 The Picture of Dorian Gray 18
26 It 18
26 The Hobbit 18
30 Sex 17
30 Code Geass 17
30 Odyssey 17
30 Don Quixote 17
30 Of Mice and Men 17

Pre-modern books and texts

(December 1, 2007 – January 1, 2021).

This list includes books and texts composed before 1500 AD.

It has been widely argued that Bible is the all time best seller, followed by Quran.[34] The perspective below however reveals a more popular ancient text.

Rank Page Civillization Views in millions
1 Kama Sutra India 27
2 Inferno (Dante) Italy 21
3 Bible Israel 19*
4 Odyssey Greece 17
5 Beowulf Britain 16
6 Quran Caliphate 15
6 Rosetta Stone Egypt 15
6 Mahabharata India 15
9 Divine Comedy Italy 14
10 Iliad Greece 13
11 Ramayana India 12
12 The Art of War China 11
12 Epic of Gilgamesh Mesopotamia 11
14 Vedas India 10
14 The Canterbury Tales Britain 10
16 One Thousand and One Nights Caliphate 9.2
17 Talmud Israel 8.6
18 Code of Hammurabi Mesopotamia 8.5
19 Oedipus the King Greece 6.7
20 I Ching China 6.5
21 Aeneid Rome 5.8
22 Book of the Dead Egypt 5.5
22 Rigveda India 5.5
24 Domesday Book Britain 5.2
25 Tao Te Ching China 5.1
26 Upanishads India 4.7
27 Cupid and Psyche Greece 4.1
28 Lysistrata Greece 3.4
28 The Decameron Italy 3.4
30 Titanomachy Greece 3.3

-*In 2019–20, Bible logged large number of automated desktop views. The over 95% disparity between desktop and mobile views is, in the opinion of experts,[35] a clear indication of “non-human views” (divine views in the case?). For this reason, the number of views here excludes the desktop views for 2019 and 2020. Basing on the Bible traffic before the “divine intervention,” (7 to 10 correlation between desktop and mobile respectively views) the correct number of views for Bible is probably 20.

See also

References

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