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Wikipedia’s Most Popular Articles Of 2023 by TemplarLandry: 11:14pm On Dec 05, 2023
English Wikipedia raked in more than 84 billion views this year, according to numbers released on Tuesday by the Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit behind the free, publicly edited online Encyclopedia. And the most popular article was about ChatGPT, the AI chatbot that’s seemingly everywhere today.
Announcing Wikipedia’s most popular articles of 2023.


From ChatGPT and Cricket to Barbie and Bollywood, these are the 25 most read articles on English Wikipedia this year.

People around the world have a lot of questions. And when they’re looking for answers, they turn to Wikipedia. English Wikipedia received over 84 billion views this year alone, according to data from the Wikimedia Foundation, the nonprofit that hosts Wikipedia.

The most-viewed Wikipedia articles of 2023 tell the story of you and society at large seeking out knowledge about our ever-changing world from the world’s largest encyclopedia. 

Your curiosity shows the joy of discovery. The sadness of untimely death. The adrenaline of a cricket final. The magic of a day at the movies. The exuberance of hearing your favorite singer. 

This is 2023 through your eyes.

The top five articles of the year
#1: ChatGPT, 49,490,406 pageviews 
#2: Deaths in 2023, 42,666,860
#3: 2023 Cricket World Cup, 38,171,653
#4: Indian Premier League, 32,012,810
#5: Oppenheimer (film), 28,348,248

ChatGPT is English Wikipedia’s most popular article of the year. The fastest-growing consumer application in history recently reached its one-year anniversary. In that time, it has surpassed one hundred million users and has dominated headlines around the world, sparking debates around the changing role of artificial intelligence, its potential impact on humanity and the tech sector, and the ethics behind it all. 

In line with this mass public interest, the English Wikipedia article carried a remarkably consistent level of attention throughout the first half of the year: its pageviews ranged between 100,000 and 400,000 nearly every day. In fact, across all of the languages Wikipedia supports, we registered over 78 million pageviews to ChatGPT articles.

Coming in at second place is the annual list of deaths, a perennially popular article on Wikipedia. To keep its length down, at the end of each month, Wikipedia’s editors split the article into smaller month-by-month lists. 

Scroll to learn more about the other top articles, with the full list featured at the bottom.

Sports
#3: 2023 Cricket World Cup, 38,171,653 pageviews 
#4: Indian Premier League, 32,012,810
#6: Cricket World Cup, 25,961,417
#9: 2023 Indian Premier League, 20,694,974
#14: Cristiano Ronaldo, 17,492,537
#15: Lionel Messi, 16,623,630
#16: Premier League, 16,604,669

Cricket is one of the most popular sports in the world, but since the Wikimedia Foundation started publishing these year-end most popular articles lists in 2015, no cricket article has ever been among them.

Until now. 

In 2023, cricket comprised a full 16% of English Wikipedia’s top 25 articles. The third most-viewed article in our annual list is about the 2023 Cricket World Cup, which received 304% more interest this year vs. its last edition. That included over 1.25 million views on the day of the tournament final. 

In the end, Australia was crowned as the World Cup champion, with India coming in second. India’s Virat Kohli was awarded Player of the Tournament, and he received more pageviews on Wikipedia this year (over ten million) than all those recorded for the 2019 Cricket World Cup that year (a bit under 9.5 million).

Our data suggests that a healthy percentage of the pageviews to the World Cup, Indian Premier League, 2023 Indian Premier League, and English football’s Premier League English Wikipedia articles came from people returning to the pages over an extended period of time. While we imagine this was a way to check the latest scores and information, we don’t collect the data necessary to confirm this due to Wikipedia’s strict privacy policy.

Film and television
#5: Oppenheimer (film), 28,348,248 pageviews 
#7: J. Robert Oppenheimer, 25,672,469
#8: Jawan (film), 21,791,126
#10: Pathaan (film), 19,932,509
#11: The Last of Us (TV series), 19,791,789
#13: Barbie (film), 18,051,077
#20: Avatar: The Way of Water, 14,303,116
#23: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, 13,392,917

For a good number of people, “Barbenheimer” hype was the story of the middle of 2023. (If you would like to learn more about that phenomenon, Wikipedia has a lengthy and well-cited article for you.)

While Barbie may have outpaced Oppenheimer‘s global box office total by around 50%, Oppenheimer reigned supreme on English Wikipedia with about 57% more pageviews.

People came to Wikipedia to learn more about the race to build the world’s first atomic bomb, led by the physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer, and how filmmaker Christopher Nolan crafted its narrative and visuals. 

Interest in the film was far from limited to English-speaking audiences: more than 47 million people have viewed Oppenheimer‘s Wikipedia articles in all languages this year. Journalists in Italy, for example, took note of the phenomenon in September, writing a slew of articles about the increase in pageviews relating to the film and history of the atomic bomb. 

Not far behind Oppenheimer were two more films that shared wildly successful 2023 releases: Pathaan and Jawan became two of the highest-grossing Hindi-language films of all time. Pathaan was released first in January 2023, and broke several box office records. Those accomplishments were short-lived, as Jawan surpassed them after its release in September.Both films featured Shah Rukh Khan as the main lead actor. Around their release dates, both films peaked at over one million views in a single day on English Wikipedia alone.

Celebrities
#12: Taylor Swift, 19,418,385 pageviews 
#17: Matthew Perry, 16,454,666
#19: Elon Musk, 14,370,395
#22: Lisa Marie Presley, 13,764,007

In late 2022, Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour became the fastest-selling in history by a wide margin. Since then, her fandom has only continued to rise, including on Wikipedia. The impact of the tour is so notable that it is documented in a 5,500-word, 300-citation Wikipedia article, separate from another lengthy article about the tour itself. In July of this year, Swift became the woman with the most number-one albums in history. “Swiftmania” is so captivating that it has helped to uplift pageviews of her new romantic partner, American football player Travis Kelce, to about 11 million views this year.

Sadly, two other entries in the most-read list are due to untimely deaths: Matthew Perry, the actor best known for his role on the TV show Friends, and Lisa Marie Presley, the singer and only child of Elvis and Priscilla Presley.

The full top 25

These are the top 25 most-popular English Wikipedia articles of 2023 based on pageviews.

1. ChatGPT, 49,490,406 pageviews 
2. Deaths in 2023, 42,666,8602023
3. Cricket World Cup, 38,171,653
4. Indian Premier League, 32,012,810
5. Oppenheimer (film), 28,348,248
6. Cricket World Cup, 25,961,417
7. J. Robert Oppenheimer, 25,672,469
8. Jawan (film), 21,791,1262023
9. Indian Premier League, 20,694,974
10. Pathaan (film), 19,932,509
11. The Last of Us (TV series), 19,791,789
12. Taylor Swift, 19,418,385
13. Barbie (film), 18,051,077
14. Cristiano Ronaldo, 17,492,537
15. Lionel Messi, 16,623,630
16. Premier League, 16,604,669
17. Matthew Perry, 16,454,666
18. United States, 16,240,461
19. Elon Musk, 14,370,395
20. Avatar: The Way of Water, 14,303,116
21. India, 13,850,178
22. Lisa Marie Presley, 13,764,007
23. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, 13,392,917
24. Russian invasion of Ukraine, 12,798,866
25. Andrew Tate, 12,728,616

Wikipedia allows anyone who wants to learn more to consult a free and collaborative online encyclopedia. Every Wikipedia article is created, curated, and maintained by a global community of 265,000+ volunteers—people just like you. It is their work and time that has made Wikipedia into the reliable, trusted resource we all rely on.

Moreover, Wikipedia is the only top global website run by a nonprofit, the Wikimedia Foundation. It is primarily funded by millions of readers, which supports its independent model. Its mission is to sustain free knowledge on Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects, ensuring these resources remain accessible and valuable for billions of people around the world.

Source: https://wikimediafoundation.org/news/2023/12/05/announcing-wikipedias-most-popular-articles-of-2023/

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Re: Wikipedia’s Most Popular Articles Of 2023 by TemplarLandry: 11:15pm On Dec 05, 2023
cool

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Re: Wikipedia’s Most Popular Articles Of 2023 by jamesversion: 5:32am On Dec 06, 2023
Ok, make I kuku download Oppenheimer.

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Re: Wikipedia’s Most Popular Articles Of 2023 by Babtunz: 7:53am On Dec 06, 2023
Unrelated, but if you're yet to watch Oppenheimer, I'd suggest you read the Wikipedia article on "Manhattan Project" first before watching the movie. It'll enlighten you about the events surrounding the creation of the world's first atomic bomb.

I read the article a day before watching Oppenheimer which helped me understood the movie very well.

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Re: Wikipedia’s Most Popular Articles Of 2023 by Zonefree(m): 8:46am On Dec 06, 2023
Indians shocked

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Re: Wikipedia’s Most Popular Articles Of 2023 by Zonefree(m): 8:48am On Dec 06, 2023
Indian premier league got more views than EPL.

India is truly making use of their population to promote their sports while Nigeria is using her population to oppress Ghana to accept Nigeria jollof is better than Ghana jollof.

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Re: Wikipedia’s Most Popular Articles Of 2023 by ruggedtimi(m): 10:24am On Dec 06, 2023
Search from mostly indians

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Re: Wikipedia’s Most Popular Articles Of 2023 by GreaterFuture(m): 2:28pm On Dec 06, 2023
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Re: Wikipedia’s Most Popular Articles Of 2023 by nautybride: 2:29pm On Dec 06, 2023
grin
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Re: Wikipedia’s Most Popular Articles Of 2023 by Astrogeotech: 2:29pm On Dec 06, 2023
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Re: Wikipedia’s Most Popular Articles Of 2023 by DaTruths: 2:30pm On Dec 06, 2023
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Re: Wikipedia’s Most Popular Articles Of 2023 by Hardebaryor(m): 2:30pm On Dec 06, 2023
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Re: Wikipedia’s Most Popular Articles Of 2023 by spartachico(m): 2:31pm On Dec 06, 2023
Why is Tinubu not in top 5 cus he said he ought to be in the GWR and how come Wikipedia doesn't recognize that

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Re: Wikipedia’s Most Popular Articles Of 2023 by SafariHunter(m): 2:31pm On Dec 06, 2023
Babtunz:
Unrelated, but if you're yet to watch Oppenheimer, I'd suggest you read the Wikipedia article on "Manhattan Project" first before watching the movie. It'll enlighten you about the events surrounding the creation of the world's first atomic bomb.

I read the article a day before watching Oppenheimer which helped me understood the movie very well.
You are very apt

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Re: Wikipedia’s Most Popular Articles Of 2023 by inoki247: 2:32pm On Dec 06, 2023
Na India use am Pass be that cause Cricket and Bolyhood na Indian food....

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Re: Wikipedia’s Most Popular Articles Of 2023 by MANNABBQGRILLS: 2:33pm On Dec 06, 2023
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Re: Wikipedia’s Most Popular Articles Of 2023 by money121(m): 2:33pm On Dec 06, 2023
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Re: Wikipedia’s Most Popular Articles Of 2023 by Gentlelox: 2:33pm On Dec 06, 2023
Same completely free chat GPT4 on my Samsung device?

I had everything free here. Just ur full name, i can search for ur number using another app

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Re: Wikipedia’s Most Popular Articles Of 2023 by Tyi97ygd: 2:33pm On Dec 06, 2023
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Re: Wikipedia’s Most Popular Articles Of 2023 by tommykiwi(m): 2:34pm On Dec 06, 2023
Agbado and Cassava missing from that list.

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Re: Wikipedia’s Most Popular Articles Of 2023 by DrBrainstorm(m): 2:36pm On Dec 06, 2023
Also, if you did physics in high school it would make more sense. Nuclear fission/fusion, plutonium/uranium, radioactive fallout and other technical jargons would not make sense to you if you don't have at least an Introduction to nuclear physics.
Babtunz:
Unrelated, but if you're yet to watch Oppenheimer, I'd suggest you read the Wikipedia article on "Manhattan Project" first before watching the movie. It'll enlighten you about the events surrounding the creation of the world's first atomic bomb.

I read the article a day before watching Oppenheimer which helped me understood the movie very well.

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Re: Wikipedia’s Most Popular Articles Of 2023 by BigBlackPreek(m): 2:36pm On Dec 06, 2023
The power of Indians

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Re: Wikipedia’s Most Popular Articles Of 2023 by Traevis(m): 2:36pm On Dec 06, 2023
Zonefree:
Indian premier league got more views than EPL.

India is truly making use of their population to promote their sports while Nigeria is using her population to oppress Ghana to accept Nigeria jollof is better than Ghana jollof.
Not views , but how many times people browsed about Indian premier league
Re: Wikipedia’s Most Popular Articles Of 2023 by Correctbro1: 2:37pm On Dec 06, 2023
India is a big market.. if you want make am for life, just get India, china as your major consumer.. but that India, naa big market.. congrats to rema in advance as e don find way sneak enter their radar

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Re: Wikipedia’s Most Popular Articles Of 2023 by Angelfrost(m): 2:37pm On Dec 06, 2023
jamesversion:
Ok, make I kuku download Oppenheimer.

Long and kinda boring...!

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 was surprisingly far better than I expected... At a time I have almost given up on Marvel under Disney, they blew me away.

Great background story (about Rocket), awesome acting, beautiful scripts, well delivered acting by Chris Pratt... Such an emotional rollercoaster.

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Re: Wikipedia’s Most Popular Articles Of 2023 by Adeblez: 2:37pm On Dec 06, 2023
Where can I download the Oppenheimer film?

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Re: Wikipedia’s Most Popular Articles Of 2023 by StraightGaay: 2:38pm On Dec 06, 2023
Tilumbu no make the cut
Re: Wikipedia’s Most Popular Articles Of 2023 by StraightGaay: 2:40pm On Dec 06, 2023
Angelfrost:


Long and kinda boring...!

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 was surprisingly far better than I expected... At a time I have almost given up on Marvel under Disney, they blew me away.

Great background story (about Rocket), awesome acting, beautiful scripts, well delivered acting by Chris Pratt... Such an emotional rollercoaster.
So boring

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