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Wikipedia’s Most-Viewed Articles of 2023

Recall your 2023 internet searches. Well, Wikipedia has the data. The Wikimedia Foundation, overseeing the freely edited online encyclopedia, revealed that English Wikipedia amassed over 84 billion views this year. Notably, the most frequented article centered on ChatGPT, the omnipresent AI chatbot that has rapidly permeated diverse fields such as education, healthcare, law, and even religious discourse. OpenAI’s ChatGPT launched just over a year ago, has stirred discussions about the promises and potential risks of generative AI, comprehensively chronicled on its Wikipedia page.

Wikipedia’s Top Articles

In the 2023 rankings, the second most-read article on Wikipedia was the annual compilation of deaths, maintaining its high traffic as observed in 2022 and 2021, securing the #4 and #1 positions, respectively. Specific entries for notable individuals, including Matthew Perry and Lisa Marie Presley, drew substantial interest this year.

The third spot was claimed by the highly anticipated 2023 Cricket World Cup, with cricket-related entries dominating Wikipedia’s top 25 articles for the first time since tracking began in 2015. Notable mentions influencing internet-reading habits in 2023 included Barbenheimer, Taylor Swift, and more. The top 25 articles on English Wikipedia for the year are as follows:

  • ChatGPT: 49,490,406 views
image 111 Wikipedia’s Most-Viewed Articles of 2023
  • Deaths in 2023: 42,666,860 views
  • 2023 Cricket World Cup: 38,171,653 views
  • Indian Premier League: 32,012,810 views
  • Oppenheimer (film): 28,348,248 views
  • Cricket World Cup: 25,961,417 views
  • J. Robert Oppenheimer: 25,672,469 views
image 110 Wikipedia’s Most-Viewed Articles of 2023
  • Jawan (film): 21,791,126 views
  • 2023 Indian Premier League: 20,694,974 views
  • Pathaan (film): 19,932,509 views
  • The Last of Us (TV series): 19,791,789 views
  • Taylor Swift: 19,418,385 views
  • Barbie (film): 18,051,077 views
  • Cristiano Ronaldo: 17,492,537 views
image 112 Wikipedia’s Most-Viewed Articles of 2023
  • Lionel Messi: 16,623,630 views
  • Premier League: 16,604,669 views
  • Matthew Perry: 16,454,666 views
  • United States: 16,240,461 views
  • Elon Musk: 14,370,395 views
  • Avatar: The Way of Water: 14,303,116 views
  • India: 13,850,178 views
  • Lisa Marie Presley: 13,764,007 views
image 113 Wikipedia’s Most-Viewed Articles of 2023
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3: 13,392,917 views
  • Russian invasion of Ukraine: 12,798,866 views
  • Andrew Tate: 12,728,616 views

The Wikimedia Foundation noted that this top 25 list was generated using English Wikipedia data as of Nov. 28, and the full-year numbers are scheduled to be updated by the nonprofit on Jan. 3, 2024.

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