Wikipedia's most-read articles of 2017: Death, Trump and Game of Thrones

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Game of Thrones, Donald Trump and deaths in 2017 (pictured: Chester Bennington) were of interest to readers. Photo credit: Getty/Newshub.

Death, whether in real-life or Westeros, was on the minds of Wikipedia users in 2017.

The popular online encyclopaedia has revealed its most-viewed articles from last year.

Topping the list is Deaths in 2017, with readers catching up on the lives of Chuck Berry, Chester Bennington and Adam West.

Game of Thrones made two appearances - its seventh season coming in fourth, and the show's main page in sixth.

Donald Trump, Elizabeth II and Meghan Markle rounded out the top five.

In a blog entry, Wikipedia's Ed Erhart said it showed the "enduring power of Anglophilia".

"This year, millions used the free encyclopaedia to learn more Queen Elizabeth, Queen Victoria, and the engagement of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry," he said.

"Anglophilia also feeds into this year's other theme: television and film, via The Crown and Victoria. In just the top 25 most-viewed articles, over 200 million people used Wikipedia to learn about the newest shows or as a second screen."

Queen Elizabeth II's sister Margaret came in 37th, and her husband Prince Philip in 44th, both buoyed by the power of Netflix's The Crown.

Outside of entertainment and royalty, other entries in the top 25 include cryptocurrency bitcoin, tech mogul Elon Musk and 'Millennials'.

Most popular pages by viewcount

  1. Deaths in 2017: 37,387,010
  2. Donald Trump: 29,644,764
  3. Elizabeth II: 19,290,956
  4. Game of Thrones (season 7): 18,792,746
  5. Meghan Markle: 16,944,130
  6. Game of Thrones: 16,833,302
  7. List of Bollywood films of 2017: 16,391,427
  8. United States: 15,763,915
  9. Bitcoin: 15,026,561
  10. 13 Reasons Why: 14,934,202
  11. Baahubali 2: The Conclusion: 14,607,282
  12. It (2017 film): 14,539,123
  13. Queen Victoria: 14,164,451
  14. List of highest-grossing Indian films: 14,091,348
  15. Gal Gadot: 14,034,958
  16. Logan (film): 14,030,384
  17. Millennials: 13,417,915
  18. Riverdale (2017 TV series): 13,360,398
  19. 2017 in film: 13,298,613
  20. Stranger Things: 13,132,129
  21. Wonder Woman (2017 film): 13,062,375
  22. Dwayne Johnson: 12,444,987
  23. Star Wars: The Last Jedi: 12,442,644          
  24. Justice League (film): 12,048,341
  25. Elon Musk: 11,968,362


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