FanSided's 'Fandom 250' ranks the greatest of pop culture by fan fervor

By Evan Slead
Updated December 06, 2016 at 09:09 PM EST
Jaap Buitendijk; John Lamparski/WireImage; Lucasfilm Ltd.

Han Solo, Daenerys Targaryen, and Beyoncé are no match for Kris Bryant and Javier Baez.

FanSided, a Time Inc. property, has created a comprehensive list of 250 of culture’s most passionately supported enterprises, with baseball’s Chicago Cubs topping the list. Star Wars, Beyoncé, and Game of Thrones following right behind the legendary franchise.

“We put together a panel of 10 FanSided editors, a diverse and versatile think tank we felt represented any and all potential fandom categories. Over 500 fandoms were initially nominated and voted on,” said FanSided CEO Adam Best and VP of Content Patrick Allen in a statement to EW. “At the end of the day, however, it’s all subjective, which is the point. We want this to be a comma, a debates starter, not a period.”

Coming in at No. 5 is the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys, followed by Netflix (al of it), AMC’s The Walking Dead, college sports powerhouse Ohio State, NBA MVP Lebron James, and the wizarding world of Harry Potter.

The major factors considered to compile the list were “scale, worth, and longevity,” with extra emphasis placed on buzz and passion as well as pop culture in 2016 — “like Donald Trump’s shocking election win, Negan’s intro into The Walking Dead or the Chicago Cubs finally winning the World Series.”

The FanSided list features an easy to navigate site, with breakdowns of each fan group, including a blurb from EW’s own Anthony Breznican on Star Wars.