For the sixth year in a row has Ed Erhart posted his annual list of the most read English-language articles on Wikipedia. This year’s list for 2020 differs markedly from previous years where the list mostly focused on popular culture and things like movies, TV series, musicians and celebrities.
This year it has been different.
Seven of the 25 most popular articles on Wikipedia this year were directly related to the corona pandemic and had a total of over 225 million page views. The high number of page views has been partly due to the fact that knowledge about the coronavirus has been constantly evolving.
The second major category of the year had to do with the US presidential election, where the articles for three of the four major candidates were all high on the list. Donald Trump’s article was the second most read in 2020, while Kamala Harris ended up in fourth place and Joe Biden in fifth place.
You will find the full list below complete with the number of page views calculated until 15 December.
- COVID-19 pandemic, 83 040 504
- Donald Trump, 55 472 791
- Deaths in 2020, 42,262,147
- Kamala Harris, 38,319,706
- Joe Biden, 34,281,120
- Coronavirus, 32,957,565
- Kobe Bryant, 32,863,656
- COVID-19 pandemic by country and territory, 28,575,982
- 2020 United States presidential election, 24,313,110
- Elizabeth II, 24,147,675
- Spanish flu, 22,239,766
- Elon Musk, 21,459,625
- 2016 United States presidential election, 21,240,023
- Michael Jordan, 20,745,473
- Coronavirus disease 2019, 20,492,847
- COVID-19 pandemic in the United States, 19,266,908
- Sushant Singh Rajput, 18,631,858
- COVID-19 pandemic in India, 18,598,599
- QAnon, 18,070,938
- Parasite (2019 film), 17,539,085
- Chadwick Boseman, 17,060,572
- United States, 16,959,947
- YouTube, 15,044,125
- United States Electoral College, 14,819,264
- Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon, 14,763,684