November 29, 2015

Fast Facts: The Top 100 Most Viewed Articles on the English Wikipedia 2012

UPDATED (12/28/2012)

I’ve shared some thoughts about what these rankings might be telling us in an article I wrote for Search Engine Land where I’m a contributing editor.

See: Facebook Is Wikipedia’s Most Popular Article Of 2012: Hot Topic Or Confused Searchers?

Top 100 lists for other versions of Wikipedia are also available.

The list comes via, a service of Wikipedia Germany.

Top 10 Most Viewed Articles 2012 (English Wikipedia)

1. Facebook 32,647,942 views
2. Wiki 29,613, 759
3. Deaths in 2012  25,418,587
4. One Direction 22,351,637
5. The Avengers (2012 film)  22,268,644
6. Fifty Shades of Grey  21,779,423
7. 2012 phenomenon  20,619,920
8. The Dark Knight Rises 18,882,885
9. Google 18,508,719
10. The Hunger Games 18,431,626

The 100th most viewed article was “Steven Hawking” with 7,177,539 views.

Review the Complete List and Lists for Other Languages

See Also: WikiTrends (Upward and Dowward Trending Wikipedia Articles By Day, Week, Month)

Gary Price About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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