There are currently 6,754,950 articles on the English Wikipedia. The vital articles on Wikipedia comprise a carefully curated selection of the most important topics. They are organized into five levels, each containing varying numbers of articles:
These articles are categorized into groups of topics, with lower levels offering more specific subcategories. The lists are designed to guide the prioritization of improvements to essential articles and to monitor their quality. The articles are organized into groups of topics, with lower levels having more granular subdivisions. The lists serve as guidance to prioritize improvement of important articles and for monitoring their quality.
Because of its size, Vital articles Level 5 has been split into many sub-lists. If you spot a duplicate listing, please remove one of them; if you aren't sure in which section a topic belongs, please initiate a discussion on the talk page. Please do not duplicate items on the same level of the list.
As of August 2023, the level 5 Vital Articles list includes 50,067 individual articles. This list is in the process of being created, so you may add relevant articles to incomplete sections. List of articles rated top/high importance in each individual WikiProjects is a useful accompany to this list. If the sections are complete (>98% at capacity) or you are unsure, you should propose it on the talk page. Feel free to remove irrelevant articles from the list, however, it may be contested by a discussion. Mass deletes of articles should always be preceded by discussion.
The level 5 Vital Articles list is monitored by the WikiProject Vital Articles. A more detailed explanation on the purpose, mechanisms and history of the Vital Articles list can be found at its FAQ page.
Note that cewbot provides a more updated count of articles in its edit summaries on subpages.
- 3.3% List-Class
- 33.5% Start-Class
- 33.7% C-Class
- 22.3% B-Class
- 4.9% GA-Class
- 0% A-Class
- 2.5% FA-Class
|Writers and journalists||2,128||2,000||Over quota|
|Artists, musicians, and composers||2,275||2,000||Over quota|
|Entertainers, directors, producers, and screenwriters||2,320||2,000||Over quota|
|Philosophers, historians, and social scientists||1,351||1,500||No|
|Politicians and leaders||2,416||2,500||No|
|Military personnel, revolutionaries, and activists||969||1,000||No|
|Scientists, inventors, and mathematicians||1,266||1,500||No|
|Sports figures||1,215||1,000||Over quota|
|Countries and subdivisions||1,391||1,400||Yes|
|Philosophy and religion||1,417||1,400||Yes|
|Sports, games and recreation||1,227||1,200||Yes|
|Society and social sciences||4,266||4,100||Over quota|
|Politics and economics||1,857||1,600||Over quota|
|Biological and health sciences||5,258||6,000||No|
|Biology, biochemistry, anatomy, and physiology||1,014||1,200||No|
|Plants, fungi, and other organisms||933||1,200||No|
|Health, medicine, and disease||952||1,200||No|
|Basics and measurement||374||400||No|