With Instagram becoming more popular over the years, it comes as no surprise that many people consider browsing this image sharing social media website or application as part of their daily routine. Not only that your friends and colleagues can be found, but also some of your favorite celebrities.

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In this list, we are going to look at the most followed accounts on Instagram. The list will contain celebrities who have gained a following through their fame or through the creative and stunning photos that they upload on regular basis. The list only contains famous people, such as musicians, athletes, and other widely acknowledged celebrities. Sit back and enjoy the list of the most followed Instagram accounts of 2016.

8 – Kylie Jenner, @kyliejenner

Followers: 95.8 million
Number of posts: 5,235

Even though Kylie Jenner is only 19 years old, she has already taken the mainstream media by storm. Not only that this teen is the owner of one of the most followed Instagram accounts, but she has also done many other things, such as launching her own cosmetics line, various TV appearances, as well as launching her own fashion line with her sister, Kendall.

One of Kylie’s most recognizable appearances must have been in the TV reality show, Keeping Up with the Kardashians. We got to experience the family’s everyday lives and there was always drama for those who seek it. Of course, Kylie still has a great career in front of her and we get to see every moment of her life through the pictures that she shares.

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Her Instagram account mostly consists of her selfies and pictures of her in some amazingly looking dresses and clothes. Sometimes she uploads pictures of her and her friends in parties or on the beach in their bathing suits. You can also find older pictures of her and her family, as well as a plethora of celebrity appearances, so it is highly advised that you start following @kyliejenner right now if you are interested in her life.

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7 – Kim Kardashian West, @kimkardashian

Followers: 101 million
Number of posts: 3,883

Kim is yet another member of the Kardashian family and one of Instagram’s most followed celebrities. Her fame mostly came from the leaked sex tape that she had with her former boyfriend, Ray J. After this, the media started following her and wanting to know everything about her.

This is the main reason for the Keeping Up with the Kardashians reality TV show, as well as a few additional shows that she starred in with her friends and family. Kim also created a successful mobile game entitled Kim Kardashian: Hollywood.

Currently, Kim is married to Kanye West and they have two children together; Saint West and North West. The couple appears to have a healthy relationship and there is not much drama that they partake in, at least not in their private life.

Both of these celebrities love being in the spotlight and you can find some very scandalous things about both of them individually. Kim’s Instagram is pretty diverse, as you can see pictures of her kids and husband having fun, going on adventures, but you can also see great selfies that feature this good-looking celebrity. You can see her wearing little-to-no clothes, as well as some very expensive dresses.

6 – Taylor Swift, @taylorswift

Followers: 102 million
Number of posts: 977

Taylor Alison Swift was born in Reading, Pennsylvania, on December 13, 1989. She started her singing career in her early teens, when she moved to Nashville, Tennessee. Back then, she didn’t have the same style and rather than singing and writing pop songs, she was a country singer.

You can still find her first album on YouTube and other websites and you can listen to her songs. Some of her most recognizable country songs might be Love Story, Mean and Our Song. After this, she started writing and composing the songs that we all know her for. Some of her most popular pop songs are: Shake It Off and Blank Space.

Taylor Swift is truly a one-of-a-kind singer and songwriter. Not only that she has a great voice that is able to handle even the highest of notes, but the songs that she writes are almost all based on her personal life. She has stated that there are a few songs that are only observations, but most of the time she sings about her ex-boyfriends and high school crushes.

If you want to know more about her career, visit this Wikipedia page and read the article!

Her songs are also very catchy and can be repeatedly listened to. On Instagram, Taylor mostly posts pictures of her and her friends doing various things. You can also see some promotional stuff for own music or for another artist. In addition, you can see a few photos of animals and some of the dresses that she was wearing on the red carpet.

5 – Beyoncé, @beyonce

Followers: 104 million
Number of posts: 1,453

Beyoncé Giselle Knowles is world-renowned singer, songwriter and actress. She started off her career in the 90s with the band Destiny’s Childs. Unfortunately, in 2002, the band broke up and she started her solo career. This was a very smart move from her, as her first solo song got to the number four spot on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Since then, she has created a plethora of albums and singles and most of them are appraised by critics and fans alike. Some of her most famous works consist of Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It), Crazy In Love, Run the World (Girls) and many others. Beyoncé is in a relationship with Shawn “Jay Z” Carter since 2002 and they also got married in 2008.

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Since then, they not only live together, but they have also released many songs together too. In 2011, Beyoncé announced that she is pregnant at the end of one of her performances. This was done on the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards and it has since become the most Tweeted event in history, mainly because of the announcement from Beyoncé’s part.

They had a beautiful baby and named her Blue Ivy Carter. Apparently, this 5-year-old also has her Instagram account, with more than 90,000 followers. On Instagram, Beyoncé likes to post pictures of her albums, as well as from her performances and various photo shoots that she does.

Unlike many other celebrities, she prefers posting videos rather than pictures for her followers to see. Of course, there are many pictures that you can find too, but do not be surprised if you see more videos than photos.

4 – Cristiano Ronaldo, @cristiano

Followers: 106 million
Number of posts: 1,900

Every generation has their own football superstar; in 2016, it was Cristiano Ronaldo. Currently, he plays for Real Madrid and he has brought the club to new heights with his expertise when it comes to football. There are millions of people who adore him throughout the world and this can also be seen from his Instagram account.

With over 87 million people following him, it comes as no surprise that each of his photos goes viral. Going through all of Cristiano’s accomplishments would be very long, so we are only going to focus on the most impressive ones. He was the first European athlete to win four Ballon d’Or awards and he also won the FIFA World Player of the Year award in 2008.

He has a stunning resume, with most goals scored in a season, high above the competition. He is also the captain of the Portuguese national team. In 2016, Forbes magazine named him the most paid athlete of the year. His Instagram feed has many types of pictures, but most of the time, you can see him posing in a tux with an award in his hand.

To read more about Cristiano Ronaldo’s remarkable career, check out this Wikipedia page!

He also likes to take photos with his loyal fans and there are a few pictures of him when he is training. If you like football in general or you are a fan of Cristiano, this is another way to get to know him better and see what he is up to.

3 – Ariana Grande, @arianagrande

Followers: 110 million
Number of posts: 3,225

Ariana Grande was born on June 26, 1993 in Boca Raton, Florida and she has started her career at a very young age. First, she was in a few Broadway musicals, and then she moved over to mainstream media and started acting in TV series on Nickelodeon.

In 2011, Ariana started her singing career and this has brought her fame to new heights, especially since she has a unique and stunning voice. Even her first album got a high rating on US billboards. Since then, she has released a plethora of albums, as well as singles and most of them are liked by millions of people around the world.

Some of her most well-known songs are: Dangerous Woman, Problem and Side To Side. Not only that Ariana has one of the most followed Instagram accounts, but she has also won many awards throughout her singing career. She has won AMAs for New Artist of The Year in 2013 and Artist of the Year in 2016, as well as MTV’s Best Song award for Problem in 2014.

Currently, she has won over 30 awards and was nominated for more than a hundred. This young singer still has a very exciting career in front of her and we get to see it from a first-row seat. On Instagram, Ariana is different from other celebrities.

Her feed mostly consists of pictures of her dogs, funny filter photos and different quotes. You can also see homages to other celebrities, such as the former US president Barack Obama and his wife Michelle Obama. She also has a few selfies and videos, but you are mostly going to see pictures of her dogs, a lot of them!

2 – Selena Gomez, @selenagomez

Followers: 123 million
Number of posts: 1,340

Selena Gomez is officially the most followed person on Instagram with over a hundred million followers! I can hear you asking, “How is she only on the number two spot then?!” We’ll get to that later; for now, we will focus on Selena, her career, as well as her Instagram account.

Selena Marie Gomez was born on July 22, 1992 in Grand Prairie, Texas. She started out her career as not a singer but rather an actor. She was a child star on the Disney Channel and she also starred in a few Hollywood movies. While she did not have any acting jobs, she started singing and has since then become a famous singer.

She has released a bunch of albums and singles. Slow Down, Same Old Love and Kill Em With Kindness are some of her most popular songs. Selena has won numerous awards, such as the AMA for Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist in 2016, Glamour Magazine’s Woman of the Year award in 2012 and she is also in the Guinness World Records book for having the most Instagram followers in four different categories.

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In addition, she has won many other awards and was nominated for even more. On Selena’s Instagram account, you can see pictures that were captured on tour and on concerts, as well as many photos that she has taken with her fans. You will also find a few magazine cover photos as well as videos here and there. If you like Selena, her Instagram is a great way to look into her life as she sees it.

1 – Instagram, @instagram

Followers: 225 million
Number of posts: 4,549

The most followed account on this platform belongs to Instagram itself. The team behind this great application has given us the opportunity to share any aspect of our lives through pictures and short videos. This isn’t simply an image sharing website, but rather a social media platform and a community that appreciates creativity and art.

Most people that own a smartphone have an Instagram profile that they use either to look at other people’s photos or to capture and upload their own. Instagram also has great compatibility with other major social media websites, such as Facebook, Twitter and others.

Instagram is a great application for basically everybody. Regardless of who you are, you are most probably taking photos of your everyday life. Well, why not share these photos with your friends and family? Instagram is a quick and easy way of sharing experiences worldwide.

With a myriad of filters to choose from and extensive image editing, you are never going to need another image editing tool. The application is completely free and you can download it from the Play Store or from the App Store. On the official Instagram profile, you can see breathtaking and unique photos from all over the world.

The team behind the profile looks for exceptional images that other users have uploaded and they feature them on their own feed. Of course, they always leave a link to the original user’s profile; so many people receive a bunch of followers because of Instagram’s publicity.

The photos that you are going to find here are truly amazing and it is worth following this account if you haven’t already. Taking pictures with your phone is one way of sharing your experiences, but a professional camera is a sure way to increase the number of followers that you have. Check out the digital cameras that are available on Amazon.com for a very fair price.


This concludes the list of the most followed Instagram accounts. The list might change, but as of the January of 2017, these are the top contesters. Of course, there are a plethora of other, highly entertaining profiles that you should be checking out.

For example, you can check out the self-proclaimed “King of Instagram”, Dan Bilzerian’s best Instagram photos HERE.

If you are looking for a little bit more comedy, explore Celeste Barber’s Instagram or look at some of her best pictures for starters.

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