The 60 Most Recommended Medium Stories of All Time

The 3000+ Club

This morning I wondered if one of my stories was in the top Medium stories of all time. Nope. But I did find it fascinating to see the most recommended stories of all time ranked from top to bottom. Putting this list of stories together was like going through a childhood photobook and reliving the fond memories. Medium has taught me so much.

Methodology

I went to Medium’s Top Stories and went back to the earliest month — May 2013. Then, I scrolled down each month’s Top 100 and manually recorded any story with over 3,000 recommends. For last month (September 2015), I clicked through each day’s Top Stories because the Top 100 has not yet been compiled.

Interestingly, I noticed the Top 100 Stories were ranked by Most Read until November 2014 when it switched to ranking by Most Recommended. I don’t know why; just an observation.

I couldn’t find an exhaustive list of the most recommended stories on Medium, so I put it together myself. Here it is. Enjoy.

The 60 Most Recommended Medium Stories of All Time

  1. Welcome to Medium

25866

2. The 37 Best Websites To Learn Something New

14007

3. How quitting my corporate job for my startup dream f*cked my life up

11163

4. 8 Things Every Person Should Do Before 8 A.M.

9944

5. 7 Things You Need To Stop Doing To Be More Productive, Backed By Science

9689

6. 33 Websites That Will Make You a Genius

8792

7. HOW TO LOSE WEIGHT IN 4 EASY STEPS

6943

8. Advice from 30 year old me to 20 year old me

6668

9. The Crossroads of Should and Must

6539

10. 7 Rejections

6526

11. When I’m Gone

6074

12. Slack’s $2.8 Billion Dollar Secret Sauce

6006

13. McDonald’s Theory

5879

14. 10 Tricks to Appear Smart During Meetings

5756

15. +300 Awesome Free Things for Entrepreneurs and Startups

5750

16. How a Password Changed my Life.

5529

17. Formula for Entrepreneurial Success

5304

18. Stock photos that don’t suck

5288

19. I Had a Baby and Cancer When I Worked at Amazon. This Is My Story

5197

20. A Teenager’s View on Social Media

5142

21. Don’t Fuck Up the Culture

4966

22. How We Changed the Facebook Friends Icon

4849

23. 7 Rules for Creating Gorgeous UI (Part 1)

4823

24. How to Be Polite

4663

25. The 30 second habit with a lifelong impact

4485

26. Average Manager vs. Great Manager

4656

27. Mobile:2015

4494

28. The 30 second habit with a lifelong impact

4485

29. I, Racist — THOSE PEOPLE

4440

30. Want a Better Pitch? Watch This.

4360

31. Junior Designers vs. Senior Designers

4318

32. Work Hard, Live Well

4267

33. You Are Not Late

4244

34. Why You Should Be A Morning Person

4106

35. Thirty Things I’ve Learned

4096

36. Why can’t we read anymore?

3961

37. 7 Reasons Why You Will Never Do Anything Amazing With Your Life

3809

38. The Web We Have to Save

3781

39. Give it five minutes

3724

40. The Ten Most Important Books To Expand Your Brain

3676

41. 30 Questions to Ask Your Kid Instead of “How Was Your Day?”

3666

42. An honest guide to the San Francisco startup life

3652

43. Creative People Say No

3606

44. How To Be Happy

3524

45. Transitional Interfaces

3484

46. A Gentlemen’s Guide To Rape Culture — Human Parts

3516

47. Dear Guy Who Just Made My Burrito:

3463

48. This is your brain on mobile

3446

49. 7 future web design trends

3331

50. Why Creating a Meaningful Morning Routine Will Make You More Successful

3300

51. A mile wide, an inch deep

3281

52. We Don’t Need More Designers Who Can Code

3267

53. We Don’t Sell Saddles Here

3238

54. What did Billion Dollar Companies Look Like at the Series A?

3200

55. What I Learned Building Medium (So Far)

3186

56. How To Make Something People Give A Shit About

3181

57. Why Product Thinking is the next big thing in UX Design

3104

58. Never Tell People What You Do

3063

59. When the heck did learning to code become cool?

3062

60. Postmortem of a Venture-backed Startup

3004