Instagram, the ever-popular photo-sharing service has recently reached a new milestone with a community of 800 million users from around the globe sharing photos on a daily basis. Users engage with the site on a daily basis, following, liking, uploading and sharing stories.
To find out what was the most popular, we’ve taken a look at Instagram’s data for 2017 to uncover the most liked images and the most followed celebrities and the most adored pets. It’s been an interesting year that’s for sure.
The most-liked Instagram posts of 2017
With 500 million daily active users, there are plenty of people engaging with the content that’s been uploaded. Instagrammers love a good photo and they share that love through the likes and comments. The most popular images have a staggering number of likes and we’ve got the list of the most-liked from 2017.
Beyoncé (@beyonce) – 11.2 million likes
In February, Beyoncé announced the news that she was pregnant in a way that only Beyoncé could – with the most popular image of the whole year showing her starting to blossom in front of a floral display. This image clocked up over 11 million likes and counting in the months that followed.
Cristiano Ronaldo (@cristiano) – 11.14 million likes
In November, world-famous footballer Cristiano Ronaldo took to Instagram to share the birth of his child with the message - “Alana Martina is just born! Both Geo and Alana are doing great! We are all very happy!”. The photo quickly racked up the likes to become the second most-liked post of the year. An impressive feat considering it was nearly the end of the year already.
Selena Gomez (@selenagomez) – 10.4 million likes
In September, musician Selena Gomez made a post to explain to fans why she’d been quiet for some of the year, announcing her battle with Lupus and a kidney transplant that she had to have to carry on. In the post, she thanked her friend Francia Raisa who generously donated a kidney to save her life. The image and the wonderful sentiment clocked up over 10 million likes.
Beyoncé (@beyonce) – 10.28 million likes
Beyoncé made a second post on Instagram to celebrate her children, Sir Carter and Rumi turning one month old. The image was similar to the original pregnancy photo with Beyoncé sporting a veil and standing in front of a wonderfully blossoming floral display. Now with over 10 million likes, it’s the third most popular image on Instagram from 2017.
Cristiano Ronaldo (@cristiano) – 8.25 million likes
In June, Cristiano Ronaldo shared the fatherly joy of holding his two infant children in his arms. His followers liked the image 8.2 million times pushing it into fourth place.
Selena Gomez (@selenagomez) – 8.15 million likes
When you’ve got enough followers even a simple selfie is enough to clock up millions of likes in a short space of time. This snap from Selena Gomez was liked over 8.1 million times since being posted to Instagram in April.
Selena Gomez (@selenagomez) – 7.78 million likes
The black and white image of Selena and fellow musician The Weeknd walking hand-in-hand down the red carpet to the Met Gala proved incredibly popular when it was posted in May. The image managed 7.7 million likes and counting.
Cristiano Ronaldo (@cristiano) – 7.28 million likes
Cristiano Ronaldo once again showed that family is the most important thing in life with a simple post of him surrounded by his young family and posing for a photograph. Instagrammers loved the look into his world and liked the image over 7.2 million times.
Selena Gomez (@selenagomez) – 7.16 million likes
Another caption-less image from Selena Gomez improved incredibly popular when she shared a photo from her photoshoot for Vogue magazine in March. Fans poured out their admiration by tapping like in their millions leading to the image getting over 7.1 million likes in the days and weeks that followed.
Selena Gomez (@selenagomez) – 7.07 million likes
Last on our list of the top 10 most popular Instagram images from 2017 is this simple photo of Selena Gomez celebrating her 25th birthday. Surrounded by cakes, balloons and candles, the young singer would no doubt have an incredible birthday and over 7.07 million people wanted to send her some love with likes and comments.
Most-followed celebrities of 2017
After looking through the most-liked posts of 2017, the list of most-followed celebrities is unlikely to be much of a surprise. These are well-known celebrities including musicians, actors and footballers. They’re all names you’re likely to know unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the last few years.
Selena Gomez (@selenagomez) – 132 million followers
Topping off the list of most-followed celebrities for 2017 is American singer, songwriter and actress Selena Gomez (@selenagomez). The 25-year-old starlet has a whopping 132 million Instagram followers and is the most-followed celebrity of the year. Her posts regularly clock up millions of likes and comments.
Cristiano Ronaldo (@cristiano) – 118 million followers
Real Madrid footballer Cristiano Ronaldo (@cristiano) is a heavy Instagram favourite. Whether he’s uploading photos of his games or sharing images of his family, his posts are ever-popular. Not surprising considering his fan-base includes 118 million followers.
Ariana Grande (@arianagrande) – 116 million followers
Ariana Grande (@arianagrande) is another American singer and actress. She started off her successful career in a Broadway musical aged just 13 before appearing on television. She’s since risen to fame and now is the third most followed celebrity on Instagram for 2017 with 116 million followers.
Beyoncé (@beyonce) – 109 million followers
Beyoncé (@beyonce) certainly uploads some interesting images to Instagram, everything from fashion photos to shots of her with her children. This Instagram celebrity knows how to make social media waves and the people love her. With just 1,576 posts (and counting) she’s managed to clock up over 109 million followers and is fourth on our list.
Kim Kardashian West (@kimkardashian) – 105 million followers
In 2014, Kim Kardashian West (@kimkardashian) “broke the internet” with her nude shoot for Paper Magazine, but she’s more than just a famous body. Wife of Kanye West and star in her own right, Kim is American reality television personality, socialite, actress, businesswoman and model. With 105 million followers, she’s also one of the most-followed celebs on Instagram in 2017.
Taylor Swift (@taylorswift) – 105 million followers
Taylor Swift (@taylorswift) is another American singer-songwriter and famous Instagram celebrity. Best known for extremely personal songs about her own life, she’s often in the spotlight and so it’s no surprise to see her on the list of most popular Instagrammers for 2017 with 105 million followers.
Kylie Jenner (@kyliejenner) – 100 million followers
Another star of American reality television turned model, entrepreneur, socialite, and social media personality, Kylie Jenner (@kyliejenner) is high on our list of most-followed celebrities for 2017. In 2014, Time Magazine listed Kylie and her sister as one of ”The Most Influential Teens of 2014″ and since then she’s climbed to the heights of social media stardom with over 100 million followers.
Dwayne Johnson (@therock) – 97.3 million followers
The Rock (@therock) is not only one of the highest paid actors in Hollywood, he’s also consistently one of the most popular posters on Instagram. He’s also one of the most-followed celebrities of 2017 with 97 million followers and counting.
Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) – 95 million followers
Penultimate celeb on our list of most-followed Instagrammers is Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) – Canadian singer-songwriter who shot to fame after being discovered on YouTube in 2008. Now just 23 years old, Bieber is an Instagram hit with over 95 million followers.
Kendall Jenner (@kendalljenner) – 85.5 million followers
Not to be left behind by her sister, Kendall Jenner (@kendalljenner) is last but not least on our list of the top 10 most-followed celebrities on Instagram for 2017. An American fashion model and television personality, she’s a regular hit with fans and has well over 85 million followers on the photo-sharing service.
Most-followed Pets on Instagram in 2017
They say never to work with children or animals, yet somehow these pets are the most-followed creatures on Instagram and bring regular doses of cuteness and hilarity to the masses. Some of them have managed to clock up a hefty amount of followers too.
Jiffpom (@jiffpom) – 7.3 million followers
With 7.3 million followers, Jiffpom (@jiffpom) is an American-based Pomeranian whose owners post regular cute and cuddly images of for the masses to enjoy. This little pooch even has their own online store where you can buy everything from Jiffpom t-shirts to phone cases. What a world we live in.
Nala_cat (@nala_cat) – 3.5 million followers
Nala is a seven-year-old Siamese and Tabby mix. A handsome cat adopted from a shelter and given new life as Instagram and YouTube celebrity. @nala_cat is the second most popular pet on Instagram in 2017 and has a staggering 3.5 million followers.
Doug the Pug (@itsdougthepug) – 3 million followers
There’s no denying that Pugs are hilarious. This breed of dog is the subject of many a meme and viral video, but Doug The Pug (@itsdougthepug) is a star in his own right. With over 3.1 million followers, he’s not only an Instagram celebrity but also probably the only pooch to have a New York Times Bestseller in the form of the book “Doug the Pug: The King of Pop Culture“.
Marutaro (@marutaro) – 2.6 million followers
Marutaro (@marutaro) is a Shiba Inu from Japan. This wonderful breed of dog who always appears cheerful and full of a love for life. Naturally, they’re incredibly photogenic and so it’s no surprise to see Marutaro as one of the most popular pets on Instagram with over 2.6 million followers.
Grumpy Cat (@realgrumpycat) – 2.4 million followers
Ah Grumpy Cat (@realgrumpycat), the World’s most miserable feline. Grumpy Cat is the very definition of a sour puss, with a permanent scowl etched across his face. This cat is also still one of the most popular pets on Instagram, even after all these years on the web.
Marnie the Dog (@marniethedog) – 2.1 million followers
At 16 years old, Marnie the Dog (@marniethedog) is likely one of the oldest dogs on Instagram and one of the most popular with 2.1 million followers. Considering that’s roughly 80 years old in human years, that’s pretty impressive.
Juniper&Fig (@juniperfoxx) – 2 million followers
Foxes of Instagram – it’s not often you see a fox being kept as a pet. There also aren’t many foxes that can boast having over two million followers, but @juniperfoxx is one of them. If you love to see a happy fox frolicking then this is the account to follow.
Tuna (@tunameltsmyheart) – 1.9 million followers
Tuna (@tunameltsmyheart) might have a face that only a mother could love, but this Instagram pooch promises to bring regular joy and laughter if you follow on Instagram. With a little under two million followers, this dog amuses people across the world on a regular basis.
Lil BUB (@iamlilbub) – 1.7 million followers
Lil BUB (@iamlilbub) seems to be blowing a permanent raspberry with a hilarious face that’s bound to amuse. Found on Instagram in a number of poses, Lil BUB gets a lot of love from her 1.7 million followers.
Loki (@loki_the_wolfdog) – 1.6 million followers
Loki (@loki_the_wolfdog) is a long-serving Instagram celeb and a handsome Husky with over 1.7 million followers and a loving owner. He’s uber cool and the last on our list of most-followed pets on Instagram.
Loki also has his own shop so fans can grab everything from soft goods to full-sized prints of some of the magnificent photos of this wolf in the wild.
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