This list is in the process of being created. Everyone is welcome to participate. If you see an article that you think should be included, then add it to the list. If you are unsure, then you can propose it on the talk page. Please do not remove articles which have some reasonable chance of staying here upon completion. If something was added which seems obviously not able to stand as one of the 50,000 then you can remove it, with discussion if contested, always assuming good faith. Mass deletes of articles should always be preceded by discussion. We should ideally wait until we are close to the quota in each section before engaging in serious debate over what should stay or go.
This list is tailored to the English-language Wikipedia. There is also a list of ten thousand articles considered vital to Wikipedias of all languages, as well as Vital Article lists tailored to different Wikipedia languages accessible via the languages sidebar.
Because of its size, Vital articles Level 5 has been split into many sublists. If you spot a duplicate listing, please remove one of them; if you aren't sure in which section a topic belongs, please initiate a discussion on the talk page.
As of December 11, 2018 this list includes 36,127 individual articles.
|List No.||Section||December 11, 2018||Target number|
|1.1||Writers and journalists||1,528||2,000|
|1.2||Artists, musicians, and composers||2,267||2,300|
|1.3||Entertainers, directors, producers, and screenwriters||2,035||2,100|
|1.4||Philosophers, historians, and social scientists||965||1,300|
|1.6||Politicians and leaders||1,626||2,300|
|1.7||Military personnel, revolutionaries, and activists||625||1,000|
|1.8||Scientists, inventors, and mathematicians||639||1,100|
|3.2||Countries and subdivisions||1,284||1,400|
|5||Philosophy and religion||989||1,400|
|7||Society and social sciences||3,369||4,000|
|8||Biological and health sciences||2,770||6,400|
|8.1||Biology, biochemistry, anatomy, and physiology||758||1,600|
|8.3||Plants, fungi, and other organisms||484||1,200|
|8.4||Health, medicine, and disease||439||1,200|
|9.1||Basics and measurement||240||400|