These were CNN's top 100 digital stories of 2020

(CNN)You know it's been a remarkable year when a devastating global pandemic isn't the only major story capturing people's attention.

In a look at CNN's most-read digital stories of 2020, November's historic US presidential election looms large. But the intensity of the year is reflected in the wide range of stories that captured the world's interest.
From the very start of 2020, users flocked to CNN for news on the airstrikes in Iraq, the impeachment and Kobe Bryant's tragic death.
      March and April saw record global interest in the coronavirus, with people all over the planet turning to CNN for information. Throughout the year, readers wanted to know the basics: How many people were infected, when their stimulus checks were going to arrive, and what they could do to stay safe.
        During the tense days following the election, people were glued to vote counts and projections. They experimented with electoral maps. They refreshed and reloaded as the latest results crept in.
          Joining these overarching narratives are stories of the racial unrest that swept across the world over the summer, and the fallout from the explosion that rocked Lebanon's capital city of Beirut.
          In between it all, we said goodbye to beloved stars and mourned each new and terrible coronavirus milestone.
          Looking back, the story coming in at #100 on this list, published in March, is a glimpse into an almost alien past: "Here's what we know about the 100 people who've died in the US from coronavirus."
          Months later, as this dark year draws to a close, more than 100 people now die of Covid-19 in the US in a single hour. Across the globe, more than 1.7 million people have lost their lives; 317,000 and counting in the US alone.
          The world we knew at the beginning of 2020 is gone.
          Hopefully, in 2021, the stories we tell will be of a better one.
          President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris greet each other on stage in Wilmington, Delaware, where they delivered their victory speeches on November 7.
          6. Interactive: The road to 270
          10. Live story: Kobe Bryant dies at 41
          A giant mural of NBA legend Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, is seen on a basketball court in Taguig, Philippines, on January 28. It was painted two days earlier, just hours after the Bryants and seven other people were killed in a helicopter crash in California.
          Emergency medical workers intubate a coronavirus patient at a home in Yonkers, New York, on April 6. The 92-year-old man was later put on a ventilator at the hospital, and he died two weeks later, his family said.
          27. Live story: Trump's Covid diagnosis
          This aerial photo shows the aftermath of the deadly explosion in Beirut, Lebanon.
          39. Live story: The 2020 Iowa caucuses
          A protester carries an American flag upside down next to a burning building in Minneapolis on May 28. Protesters started rallying across the United States after the death of George Floyd, a Black man who was killed in police custody in Minneapolis.
          President Donald Trump takes off his face mask for a photo op on October 5 upon returning to the White House after three nights in the hospital.
          Dr. Joseph Varon comforts a patient on Thanksgiving in the Covid-19 intensive care unit at the United Memorial Medical Center in Houston. Texas was the first state to pass 1 million coronavirus cases, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.