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 photo posted by Selena Gomez (@selenagomez) on

2) Taylor Swift, 85.1 million followers.

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

A photo posted by Taylor Swift (@taylorswift) on

3) Ariana Grande, 78.5 million followers

celebrating our reunion with a nap @lexie1225

A photo posted by Ariana Grande (@arianagrande) on

4) Beyoncé, 77.7 million followers

A photo posted by Beyoncé (@beyonce) on

5) Kim Kardashian West, 76.8 million followers

6) Justin Bieber, 74.6 million followers

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7) Cristiano Ronaldo, 67.7 million followers

Team 👌

A photo posted by Cristiano Ronaldo (@cristiano) on

8) Kylie Jenner, 67 million followers


A photo posted by Kylie (@kyliejenner) on

9) Kendall Jenner, 61.2 million followers


A photo posted by Kendall (@kendalljenner) on

10) Nicki Minaj, 60.4 million followers

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

A photo posted 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 photo posted 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

A photo posted by National Geographic (@natgeo) on

13) Nike, 55 million followers

Careers end, legends are forever. #MambaDay

A photo posted by nike (@nike) on

14) Neymar Jr., 53.9 million followers

With the boss MICHAEL JORDAN 🏀

A photo posted 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 photo posted by Khloé (@khloekardashian) on

16) Katy Perry, 52.1 million followers

On. A. Mission. #UNICEF

A photo posted 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 photo posted by Jennifer Lopez (@jlo) on

18) Lionel Messi, 48.1 million followers

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

A photo posted by Leo Messi (@leomessi) on

19) Miley Cyrus, 46.7 million followers

good morninnnnn lickinzzz

A photo posted by Miley Cyrus (@mileycyrus) on

20) Kourtney Kardashian, 43.2 million followers

A little London touch up.

A photo posted by Kourtney Kardashian (@kourtneykardash) on

21) Demi Lovato, 42.3 million followers

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

A photo posted by Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) on

22) Victoria’s Secret, 42 million followers

Every day is #NationalBestFriendsDay if you ask us!

A photo posted by Victoria’s Secret (@victoriassecret) on

23) Rihanna, 41.2 million followers

A photo posted by badgalriri (@badgalriri) on

24) Kevin Hart, 38.8 million followers

Thug shit…. #ComedicRockstarShit #DopePic #WhereMyDogsAt #iRollWithPacksOfPuppies #PuppiesOnDeck #LiveLoveAndLaugh

A photo posted by Kevin Hart (@kevinhart4real) on

25) FC Barcelona, 36.4 million followers

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

A photo posted by FC Barcelona (@fcbarcelona) on

26) Real Madrid CF, 34.6 million followers

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

A photo posted by Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadrid) on

27) The Ellen Show, 32.4 million followers

Ellie Kemper is adorable and hilarious and wonderful. That’s why I asked her to co-host my show today.

A photo posted by Ellen (@theellenshow) on

28) Justin Timberlake, 31.8 million followers

Turn up. #Cannes #BTS

A photo posted 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

A photo posted by 9GAG (@9gag) on

30) Cara Delevingne, 31.1 million followers

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

A photo posted by Cara Delevingne (@caradelevingne) on

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