How to get the list of top $N$ answers that have been upvoted the most?

For questions it is very easy, but not for answers.

I don't expect some hidden web page, but a database query would be perfect.

up vote 7 down vote accepted

The search parameter is:answer returns only answers, and you can sort this by votes: search results. This worries about score, and not simply upvotes (so a hypothetical answer with a huge number of up- and down-votes is likely omitted). It also doesn't give you the "top $N$", but it does order them correctly.

You can also use the SEDE, but the results here are not quite as "live" (the data is only updated on a weekly basis), though I don't expect huge changes in this list. (The linked query only counts upvotes, and ignores downvotes.)

  • Great!! This works for me. Score and upvotes are practically the same, for my case. – VividD Oct 13 '14 at 9:51

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