Online encyclopedia Wikipedia has released a list 2017’s 50 most viewed pages on their domain, and the results are interestingly varied. Taking the number 1 spot in quite morbid fashion is the “Deaths in 2017” which chronologically lists every notable death for each the year’s 365 days, creating a timeline grief and bereavement. The page was viewed a staggering 37,387,010 times throughout the 2017.
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Coming in at a close second, with 29,644,764 views is President Donald Trump, who has become the most contested figure in America based on his erratic Tweets, brash public persona and constant battles with the press.
Queen Elizabeth II, and her soon to be granddaughter-in-law Meghan Markle, take up the third and fifth spots on the list, with 19,290,956 and 16,944,130 views respectively. Markle’s popularity certainly surged once the former Suits actress became engaged to the world’s most famous redheaded royal, Prince Harry.
While Game Thrones continues it zeitgeist dominance, it also ranks highly on Wikipedia’s list, as the page solely dedicated to Season 7 nabs the 4th spot with 18,792,746 views. Selena Gomez produced Netflix Original 13 Reasons Why is also included in the top 10 with 14,934,202 views throughout the last 12 months.
Also included in the top 10 is Bitcoin, which has inserted itself into every notable recent headline, while also scoring 15,026,561 views in 2017.
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Here is just a sampling exactly who and what dominated the collective consciousness last year, for better or for worse.
1 Deaths in 2017 (Full List) 37,387,010 views
2 Donald Trump 29,644,764 views
3 Elizabeth II 19,290,956 views
4 Game Thrones (Season 7) 18,792,746 views
5 Meghan Markle 16,944,130 views
6 Game Thrones 16,833,302 views
7 List Bollywood Films 2017 16,391,427 views
8 United States 15,763,915 views
9 Bitcoin 15,026,561 views
10 13 Reasons Why 14,934,202 views
11 Baahubali 2: The Conclusion 14,607,282 views
12 It (2017 Film) 14,539,123 views
13 Queen Victoria 14,164,451 views
14 List Highest-Grossing Indian Films 14,091,348 views
15 Gal Gadot 14,034,958 views