Instagram’s Best of 2016

Selena Gomez absolutely crushed it on Instagram in 2016, accounting for eight of the 10 most-liked posts of the year, with soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo responsible for the other two.

Selena Gomez absolutely crushed it on Instagram in 2016, accounting for eight of the 10 most-liked posts of the year, with soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo responsible for the other two.

Gomez also topped the Facebook-owned photo- and video-sharing network in followers (103 million) and followers added in 2016 (more than 50 million).

Meanwhile, Disney properties were the most-Instagrammed locations in 2016 based on global geotagging data, and Halloween was the year’s most-Instagrammed day.

Finally, #love was the top Instagram hashtag of 2016.

The 10 most-liked posts of 2016 were:

  1. Selena Gomez (pictured above)
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  3. Selena Gomez
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  5. Selena Gomez
  6. Cristiano Ronaldo
  7. Selena Gomez
  8. Selena Gomez
  9. Cristiano Ronaldo
  10. Selena Gomez

The year’s 20 most-Instagrammed locations were:

  1. Disney Properties
  2. Universal Studios Properties
  3. Central Park
  4. Times Square
  5. Eiffel Tower
  6. Louvre Museum
  7. Las Vegas Strip
  8. Santa Monica Pier
  9. Brooklyn Bridge
  10. ВДНХ/Vystavka Dostizheniy Narodnogo Khozyaystva
  11. Siam Paragon
  12. Colosseum
  13. Madison Square Garden
  14. Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
  15. Tower Bridge
  16. Barcelona Center
  17. Notre-Dame Cathedral (Notre-Dame de Paris)
  18. Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York)
  19. Empire State Building
  20. Niagara Falls

The 10 most-Instagrammed days of 2016 were:

  1. Halloween (Oct. 31)
  2. 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks (Sept. 11)
  3. Euro Cup Final (July 10)
  4. U.S. election (Nov. 8)
  5. 2016 Summer Olympic Games (celebratory posts about big wins by Michael Phelps, Simone Biles and Usain Bolt) (Aug. 14)
  6. Father’s Day (June 19)
  7. Paris Fashion Week (Oct. 1)
  8. Mother’s Day (May 8)
  9. New Year’s Day (Jan. 1)
  10. Easter Sunday (March 27)

The most-followed celebrities (as of Nov. 30) were:

  1. Selena Gomez, 103 million
  2. Taylor Swift, 93.9 million
  3. Ariana Grande, 90.2 million
  4. Beyoncé, 89.2 million
  5. Kim Kardashian, 88.2 million
  6. Cristiano Ronaldo, 82.8 million
  7. Kylie Jenner, 80 million
  8. Dwayne Johnson, 71.5 million
  9. Nicki Minaj, 69.4 million
  10. Kendall Jenner, 69.2 million

And the celebrities who gained the most followers in 2016 were:

  1. Selena Gomez, more than 50 million
  2. Cristiano Ronaldo, more than 42 million
  3. Ariana Grande, more than 40 million
  4. Taylor Swift, more than 38 million
  5. Beyoncé, more than 37 million
  6. Kylie Jenner, more than 36 million
  7. Kim Kardashian. more than 36 million
  8. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, more than 35 million
  9. Nicki Minaj, more than 29 million
  10. Lionel Messi, more than 29 million
  11. Kendall Jenner, more than 27 million
  12. Neymar, more than 26 million
  13. Katy Perry, more than 25 million
  14. Miley Cyrus, more than 24 million
  15. Khloe Kardashian, more than 23 million
  16. Demi Lovato, more than 22 million
  17. Jennifer Lopez, more than 22 million
  18. Kourtney Kardashian, more than 20 million
  19. Justin Timberlake, more than 20 million
  20. Kevin Hart, more than 19 million

The most-followed athletes on Instagram (as of Dec. 1) were:

  1. Cristiano Ronaldo, 82.9 million
  2. Neymar, 62.7 million
  3. Lionel Messi, 60.2 million
  4. James Rodriguez, 27.2 million
  5. LeBron James, 26.4 million
  6. Gareth Bale, 24.6 million
  7. Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 21.3 million
  8. Ronaldinho Gaúcho, 18.3 million
  9. Luis Suarez, 18.1 million
  10. Karim Benzema, 16.1 million
  11. David Luiz, 15.1 million
  12. Andres Iniesta, 14.9 million
  13. Marcelo Vieira, 14.3 million
  14. Stephen Curry, 13.9 million
  15. Floyd Mayweather Jr., 13.8 million

The athletes who gained the most followers over the course of the year were:

  1. Cristiano Ronaldo, more than 42 million
  2. Lionel Messi, more than 29 million
  3. Neymar, more than 26 million
  4. Gareth Bale, more than 13 million
  5. James Rodriguez, more than 11 million
  6. LeBron James, more than 11 million
  7. Paul Pogba, more than 10 million
  8. Zlatan Ibrahimovic, more than 10 million
  9. Luis Suarez, more than 8 million
  10. Stephen Curry, more than 8 million

The year’s top hashtags for sports leagues, teams and events were:

  1. #rio2016
  2. #euro2016
  3. #nba
  4. #wwe
  5. #realmadrid
  6. #ufc
  7. #olympics
  8. #halamadrid
  9. #nfl
  10. #mlb

The 2016 sports events that garnered the most mentions were:

  1. Olympics
  2. Euros
  3. Copa America
  4. Super Bowl 50
  5. National Basketball Association Finals

The most-Instagrammed sports venues in the world were:

  1. Madison Square Garden
  2. Wrigley Field
  3. Dodger Stadium
  4. Fenway Park
  5. Parque Olímpico Rio 2016
  6. Олимпийский Парк (Sochi Olympic Park)
  7. Staples Center
  8. AT&T Park
  9. Estadio Santiago Bernabéu
  10. Air Canada Centre
  11. MetLife Stadium
  12. Levi’s Stadium
  13. Camp Nou Stadium, Barcelona
  14. Boulevard Olímpico
  15. Citi Field
  16. Wembley Stadium
  17. Yankee Stadium
  18. AmericanAirlines Arena
  19. Angel Stadium of Anaheim
  20. Allianz Parque

The most-Instagrammed sports venues in the U.S. were:

  1. Madison Square Garden
  2. Wrigley Field
  3. Dodger Stadium
  4. Fenway Park
  5. Staples Center
  6. AT&T Park
  7. MetLife Stadium
  8. Levi’s Stadium
  9. Citi Field
  10. Yankee Stadium
  11. AmericanAirlines Arena
  12. Angel Stadium of Anaheim
  13. Rose Bowl Stadium
  14. Barclays Center
  15. Gillette Stadium
  16. Quicken Loans Arena
  17. United Center
  18. Petco Park
  19. AT&T Stadium
  20. TD Garden

Image courtesy of Selena Gomez’s Instagram account.