Article 5

I can’t believe I’m asking this question. It feels like such a simple method, yet I’ve poured over the WP pages and dozens of similar questions to no avail, so here it is…

I’ve got a WP_Query with the following, that just gets the last 5 posts:

$args = Array(
  'post_type' => 'post',
  'posts_per_page' => '5'
)

All I wanted to do was order the last 5 posts by the meta_value_num of the meta_key ‘views’. But instead, when I put in something like the following, it grabs the top five most viewed posts ever.

$args = Array(
  'post_type' => 'post',
  'posts_per_page' => '5',
  'meta_key' => 'views',
  'orderby' => 'meta_value_num'
)

What am I doing wrong? I feel like this is endlessly frustrating, probably more so because I know the solution is almost certainly simple as pie. wp-queryquery-postsmeta-query