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Wikipedia’s Most Popular Articles Of 2023



The free, openly edited online Encyclopedia’s non-profit creator, the Wikimedia Foundation, said on Tuesday that English Wikipedia had received over 84 billion views so far this year. 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.

Wikipedia’s Most Popular Articles Of 2023

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.

Now, 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.



#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.



#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

Wikipedia’s Most Popular Articles Of 2023

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.

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