NewsWhip’s Top 10 Facebook Posts of 2015

By David Cohen Comment

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The most popular Facebook post of 2015 in terms of likes, shares and comments was about a December 2012 cover of a song written in 1971.

Social media news aggregator NewsWhip shared its top 10 Facebook posts for 2015, as well as the 10 that drew the most comments, and the No. 1 post of the year was from LittleThings, about a cover of Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven by Ann Wilson and Nancy Wilson of Heart, and the reaction to it by Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin.

NewsWhip said in a blog post:

The piece—a brief write-up on a cover of Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven–is simple but benefits from the widespread recognizability of the song and an emotive headline. It has earned almost 1.8 million interactions since its June 18 posting date, and its success cements LittleThings’ status as one to watch in 2016.

As on Twitter, there would at first appear to be a dearth of hard news pieces in the Facebook top 10 for the year. However, this isn’t to say that users are unwilling to engage with news and current affairs on the platform. After all, Fox News, The Guardian and The New York Times have consistently ranked among the top publishers on Facebook this year. Rather, it may be that engagement with news content takes a more particular form.

NewsWhip’s top 10 Facebook posts of 2015, by likes, shares and comments, were:

  1. Robert Plant Breaks Down In Tears When Ann Wilson Covers ‘Stairway To Heaven,’ LittleThings, 1,794,583
  2. Optimistic People All Have One Thing In Common: They’re Always Late, Elite Daily, 1,752,087
  3. Zombie-themed ‘Walking Dead’ cruise setting sail in January, Fox News, 1,470,024
  4. 15 hilarious parenting comics that are almost too real, Upworthy, 1,371,145
  5. Fast Food Workers: You Don’t Deserve $15 an Hour to Flip Burgers, and That’s OK, TheBlaze, 1,365,592
  6. This Moving Company Helps Women Leave Abusive Homes At No Cost, Good News Network, 1,344,192
  7. The Science Of Why You Should Spend Your Money On Experiences, Not Things, Fast Company Co.EXIST, 1,321,258
  8. 17 Reasons Why Your High School Best Friends Will Be Your BFFs For Life, Pulptastic, 1,174,625
  9. Bye-Bye Coffins! These Organic Burial Pods Will Turn You Into A Tree When You Die, Can You Actually, 1,142,686
  10. NASA Has Released The Largest Picture Ever Taken. It Will Rock Your Universe, Collective Evolution, 1,084,685

And the top 10 Facebook posts of 2015, by comments only, were:

  1. Fast Food Workers: You Don’t Deserve $15 an Hour to Flip Burgers, and That’s OK, TheBlaze, 620,111
  2. Zombie-themed ‘Walking Dead’ cruise setting sail in January, Fox News, 472,654
  3. 17 Reasons Why Your High School Best Friends Will Be Your BFFs For Life, Pulptastic, 458,073
  4. Optimistic People All Have One Thing In Common: They’re Always Late, Elite Daily, 417,423
  5. Robert Plant Breaks Down In Tears When Ann Wilson Covers ‘Stairway To Heaven,’ LittleThings, 325,608
  6. Bye-Bye Coffins! These Organic Burial Pods Will Turn You Into A Tree When You Die, Can You Actually, 254,394
  7. 15 hilarious parenting comics that are almost too real, Upworthy, 189,839
  8. The Science Of Why You Should Spend Your Money On Experiences, Not Things, Fast Company Co.EXIST, 180,477
  9. NASA Has Released The Largest Picture Ever Taken. It Will Rock Your Universe, Collective Evolution, 135,242
  10. This Moving Company Helps Women Leave Abusive Homes At No Cost, Good News Network, 64,960

Readers: Did you like, share or comment on any of these posts in 2015?

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