The 30 most followed accounts on Instagram

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Selena Gomez and Taylor Swift top the list.

Who stands out among Instagram’s 500 million active users?

In the last decade, Instagram has become one of the most popular picture-sharing applications on the market. Released in 2010 and purchased by Facebook in 2012, the app surpassed Twitter in monthly active users with 400 million in September 2015, with an estimated 18.7 billion images hosted at the time. It crested 500 million monthly active users in June of this year.

So commanding the Instagram leaderboard has become no small feat. The popular accounts of Selena Gomez and Kim Kardashian have made news cycle waves for surpassing their fellow celebs. 

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According to Iconosquare’s brand index, these are the top 30 most followed Instagram accounts (data collected on July 13). 

1) Selena Gomez, 89.2 million followers

😊 @revivaltour

A post shared by Selena Gomez (@selenagomez) on

2) Taylor Swift, 85.1 million followers.

After the after party is.. Well.. This. @haimtheband

A post shared by Taylor Swift (@taylorswift) on

3) Ariana Grande, 78.5 million followers

celebrating our reunion with a nap @lexie1225

A post shared by Ariana Grande (@arianagrande) on

4) Beyoncé, 77.7 million followers

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5) Kim Kardashian West, 76.8 million followers

6) Justin Bieber, 74.6 million followers

7) Cristiano Ronaldo, 67.7 million followers

Team 👌

A post shared by Cristiano Ronaldo (@cristiano) on

8) Kylie Jenner, 67 million followers


A post shared by Kylie (@kyliejenner) on

9) Kendall Jenner, 61.2 million followers


A post shared by Kendall (@kendalljenner) on

10) Nicki Minaj, 60.4 million followers

Etienne came thru & slayed my make up & hair. Sinceré slayed everything else. 😊

A post shared by Nicki Minaj (@nickiminaj) on

11) Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, 58.9 million followers

#TBT The man I have great respect and admiration for. #TheForceIsStrong #MasterStoryteller #DJandJJ

A post shared by therock (@therock) on

12) National Geographic, 55.2 million followers

Photo by @DavidDoubilet A harp seal pup peers into the sea looking for its mother in Canada's Gulf of St. Lawrence. Harp seal pups are born on the ice in late February and nursed of 12-15 days before the mother abandons them to mate and migrate northward. The pups, fat from enriched milk, will stay on the ice waiting for a mother that will not return. They begin to shed their beautiful white coat and emerge a leaner mottled grey color. Hunger or poor ice will force them into the sea where they must learn to swim, eat and how to be a harp seal. Life in the ice is not easy, natural mortality of pups is high in normal sea ice conditions and extremely high in years of higher than temperatures . We have witnessed seasons in the Gulf of St Lawrence where big storms demolished unstable sea ice before the pups could survive on their own resulting in the loss of 90%+ of the pups in the Gulf that year. It is extraordinary to experience this pulse of life in the ice and swim with mothers and pups but heart wrenching to watch them struggle for lack of ice. These amazing creatures have become the face of climate change for us and we return to the ice each season when conditions allows to continue to document their story in a changing sea. Photographed on assignment for @natgeo with @jenniferhayesig for the story The Generous Gulf. Since 2012, DAVIDOFF Cool Water has joined forces with the National Geographic Society to support their Pristine Seas Expeditions with #LoveTheOcean @davidoffparfums #WorldOceansDay #Oceans #Beauty #Baby #Extreme #Ice #harpseal #climatechange #NatGeoOceansDay

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13) Nike, 55 million followers

Careers end, legends are forever. #MambaDay

A post shared by nike (@nike) on

14) Neymar Jr., 53.9 million followers

With the boss MICHAEL JORDAN 🏀

A post shared by Nj 🇧🇷 👻 neymarjr (@neymarjr) on

15) Khloé Kardashian, 52.6 million followers

"Cher: Would you call me selfish? Dionne: No. Not to your face. " CLUELESS. She's the D to my Cher

A post shared by Khloé (@khloekardashian) on

16) Katy Perry, 52.1 million followers

On. A. Mission. #UNICEF

A post shared by KATY PERRY (@katyperry) on

17) Jennifer Lopez, 48.3 million followers

By the pool for my girlie Tera's Bday!! #familia #lasvegas #AllIHave

A post shared by Jennifer Lopez (@jlo) on

18) Lionel Messi, 48.1 million followers

Una alegría volver a verte !!! Gracias por la visita amigo

A post shared by Leo Messi (@leomessi) on

19) Miley Cyrus, 46.7 million followers

good morninnnnn lickinzzz

A post shared by Miley Cyrus (@mileycyrus) on

20) Kourtney Kardashian, 43.2 million followers

A little London touch up.

A post shared by Kourtney Kardashian (@kourtneykardash) on

21) Demi Lovato, 42.3 million followers

Always running after Olivia and Fitz in my @Skechers 😂 #SKECHERSDemiStyle

A post shared by Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) on

22) Victoria’s Secret, 42 million followers

Every day is #NationalBestFriendsDay if you ask us!

A post shared by Victoria's Secret (@victoriassecret) on

23) Rihanna, 41.2 million followers

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24) Kevin Hart, 38.8 million followers

25) FC Barcelona, 36.4 million followers

@rafinhaaa93 @ardaturan @neymarjr @luissuarez9 #FCBarcelona #photos #igersFCB @fcbarcelona

A post shared by FC Barcelona (@fcbarcelona) on

26) Real Madrid CF, 34.6 million followers

🏆 #LaUndecima ¡CAMPEONES! 😃🙌 @sr4oficial #HalaMadrid

A post shared by Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadrid) on

27) The Ellen Show, 32.4 million followers

28) Justin Timberlake, 31.8 million followers

Turn up. #Cannes #BTS

A post shared by Justin Timberlake (@justintimberlake) on

29) 9GAG, 31.4 million followers

I want to do this but I don't even have 7 friends lmao #pizza#poolparty#9gag @9gagmobile

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30) Cara Delevingne, 31.1 million followers

Take me back to the beginning @cuixmalamexico 📸 by @dejicarr

A post shared by Cara Delevingne (@caradelevingne) on

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