Here Are the 10 Most Popular Americans
Johnny Depp manages to make the list
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 30, 2014 7:47 AM CDT
Elvis Presley is shown performing in Providence, RI, on May 23, 1977, three months before his death.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – MIT researchers recently released Pantheon, which analyzes data (including Wikipedia page views, among other things) in order to determine the "global popularity of historical characters." From that, the San Francisco Chronicle compiled the study's top 25 Americans. Here are the top 10, though Pantheon warns that data can be constantly revised and updated—and that "small differences in ranking are not statistically meaningful."

  1. Martin Luther King Jr.
  2. Elvis Presley
  3. Walt Disney
  4. Benjamin Franklin
  5. Edgar Allan Poe

  1. Bill Gates
  2. George Washington
  3. Thomas Edison
  4. Johnny Depp
  5. Abraham Lincoln
Click for the top 25 from the Chronicle, or check out Pantheon here.

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Mar 31, 2014 6:16 AM CDT
No way this can be is accurate. Any popularity list without Hugh Hefner, Eddie Van Halen, Evel Knievel and Jack Lord, in at least the top 7, is invalid!
Mar 30, 2014 9:33 PM CDT
Where's the Biebster?
Mar 30, 2014 7:45 PM CDT
Is the point of this to show the state of our educational system?