I've searched the forum and found this question, but the list there is not very good for general purposes, I think. It's based on newspapers as far as I could tell and is thus irrevocably slanted towards politics and current affairs. It also contains lots of proper nouns, acronyms, and in many cases simply the first letter of a name (like "E.").
I was wondering if anyone is familiar with a list of the most useful German words (maybe a list of the most useful nouns, most useful verbs, most useful adjectives, etc.)? It doesn't have to be as large as 10,000, I think 1,000 or even 100 for each category would be fantastic!