The 100 Most Engaging Stories of 2017

2017 was filled with authentic and impactful stories that ranged from breaking news to longform portraits of the human experience. We’re at a time when, as The Atlantic editor-in-chief Jeffrey Goldberg put it, “people value story, great writing and honest emotion,” and this year’s Most Engaging Stories list proves that quality storytelling and truth matter more than ever.

This year, Chartbeat measured over 39 million stories from media sites around the world. The top 100, sorted by Engaged Time, serve as a snapshot of the year’s major events and highlight the themes that resonated with readers everywhere. Authentic, personal accounts of human struggle from The Atlantic and ESPN, breaking news about the Weinstein allegations from The New York Times and political coverage of Trump’s White House from many including The Washington Post topped the list, as well as terror, disaster and health articles from companies including the BBC, CNN and many more.

See the top 10 stories below, and check out the full list and the themes of the year here.


The Chartbeat Top 10 Most Engaging Stories of 2017


  1. My Family’s Slave – The Atlantic
  2. I Just Wanted To Survive – ESPN
  3. Multiple Weapons Found in Las Vegas Gunman’s Hotel Room – The New York Times
  4. Something Went ‘Incredibly Wrong’ With Las Vegas Gunman, Brother Says – CNN
  5. Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation? – The Atlantic
  6. Weapons cache found at Las Vegas shooter’s home – CNN
  7. Harvey Weinstein Paid Off Sexual Harassment Accusers for Decades – The New York Times
  8. You May Want to Marry My Husband – The New York Times
  9. Pictures From Women’s Marches on Every Continent – The New York Times
  10. The Lost Children of Tuam – The New York Times

Read the full list of the Most Engaging Stories of the year, and join the conversation around the #ChartbeatTop100 on Twitter.

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