"I'll never write a listicle," promised exiting Gawker editor Choire Sicha, naming the article form that symbolizes mediocrity (unless you are the Constitution). And while everyone in media except Sicha remains willing to pass off lists as articles, not all listicles are equal. Here are the industry standards for number of items in a listicle.
1: New Yorker, Atlantic
10: Cracked.com; the online arm of every major magazine
11: Cosmo Girl
15: Men's Health
23: Real Simple
60: Entertainment Weekly
100: Radar, Rolling Stone
701+: New England Journal Of Medicine
As you can see, the cachet of a listicle vs. the number of items listed roughly follows an inverse normal curve, with an "uncanny valley" bottoming out in the teens.