It’s been a big year for Instagram. The fact that Taylor Swift nearly quadrupled her account’s following in 2015, gaining more than 39 million followers to make her the social network’s most popular account with 53.3 million followers as of Wednesday (Dec. 2), is a staggering testimony to the photo-sharing platform’s growth.
Taylor Swift Officially the Most-Followed Person on Instagram
Of course, Swift isn’t the only performer to build a huge Instagram following, eager for updates of all kinds. Instagram’s reach across popular culture is further exemplified by the megastars who use it daily to express themselves and communicate with their fans by the millions, from Rihanna to Justin Bieber to Selena Gomez.
Here are 2015’s top 10 most-followed music artists on Instagram with their most popular posts (as of Dec. 2, 2015):
10. Rihanna (@badgalriri)
Followers: 30 million
Most popular post: Rihanna’s photo posing with her best friend in bikinis raked more than 1.1 million likes. Over the past year, Rihanna gained more than 16.9 million followers.
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9. Jennifer Lopez (@jlo)
Followers: 31.7 million
Most popular post: J. Lo’s Mother’s Day photo with her daughter and son earned her more than 845,000 likes. Over the past year, Lopez gained more than 22 million followers.
8. Miley Cyrus (@mileycyrus)
Followers: 31.8 million
Most popular post: Miley Cyrus celebrated President’s Day with more than 797,000 likes. Over the past year, Cyrus gained more than 20 million followers.
7. Katy Perry (@katyperry)
Followers: 33.4 million
Most popular post: Katy Perry set a new viewership record with her Super Bowl performance, but her most popular photo from the event — and all year — featured an adorable puppy, receiving more than 1 million likes. Go figure. Over the past year, Perry gained more than 21 million followers.
6. Nicki Minaj (@nickiminaj)
Followers: 39.8 million
Most popular post: The powerhouse pairing of Nicki and Beyonce revealing their “Feeling Myself” video landed more than 1.1 million likes. Over the past year, Minaj gained more than 27 million followers.
5. Justin Bieber (@justinbieber)
Followers: 45.7 million
Most popular post: The Biebs caught some guff when it looked like he got a little too touchy-feely onstage with Ariana Grande, but his photo of the two stars received an impressive 2.1 million likes. Over the past year, Bieber gained more than 25 million followers.
4. Ariana Grande (@arianagrande)
Followers: 50.2 million
Most popular post: Ariana Grande, winking at the camera with cat ears on while blowing a seriously big bubble gum bubble is worth 1.9 million Instagram likes. Over the past year, Grande gained more than 31 million followers.
( @ screem queens )
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3. Beyonce (@beyonce)
Followers: 52.3 million
Most popular post: Beyonce’s throwback photo of her and her daughter Blue Ivy taken from her 2013 Vogue cover shoot received more than 2.3 million likes, in no small part thanks to the adorable look on Blue’s face. Over the past year, Beyonce gained more than 30 million followers.
2. Selena Gomez (@selenagomez)
Followers: 53.3 million
Most popular post: Selena Gomez showing off her favorite sweatshirt with a selfie inside her car earned an amazing 2.3 million likes. Over the past year, Gomez gained more than 33 million followers.
My fav sweat shirt
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1. Taylor Swift (@taylorswift)
Followers: 53.3 million
Most popular post: Considering the backstory, its no surprise Instagram’s most popular musician nabbed more than 2.6 million likes for her photo of an amazing flower arrangement Kanye West sent her following the MTV Video Music Awards. Over the past year, Swift gained more than 39 million followers.