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Cristiano Ronaldo has the most-liked post by an individual on Instagram, with over 32 million likes.

This list contains the top 20 posts with the most likes on the photo and video-sharing social networking service Instagram. The most-liked post on Instagram is a photo of an egg, which has been liked by over 55 million different accounts as of October 2021.[1] The post is also the most-liked internet post of all time of any website.[2][3] The like function has been removed in certain countries, such as Australia, in a trial to reduce the negative effects of "competition" on the platform.[4]

Current record[edit]

On January 4, 2019, the account @world_record_egg posted a photo of an egg with the specific purpose of surpassing the then most-liked Instagram post, a picture of Kylie Jenner's daughter with 18.6 million likes.[5] The photo of the egg was originally taken by Serghei Platanov, who then posted it to Shutterstock on June 23, 2015, with the title "eggs isolated on white background."[6] The creator of the @world_record_egg account was Chris Godfrey, an advertising creative, and his friends CJ Brown and Alissa Khan-Whelan.[7][8]

On January 14, 2019, the egg post became the most-liked post on Instagram, to which the egg's account owner wrote "This is madness. What a time to be alive."[9] Kylie Jenner, responded with a video on Instagram of her cracking an egg open with the caption: "Take that little egg."[10][11] The egg's original photographer was surprised by his photo's popularity, writing, "Egg is just an egg."[6]

Top 20 posts[edit]

The following table lists the top 20 most-liked posts on Instagram.

Five accounts have more than one of the most-liked posts in the top 20: Cristiano Ronaldo has four, Billie Eilish and Lionel Messi have three each, and Ariana Grande and Khaby Lame have two.

Rank Account name Owner Post description Post Likes
(millions)
Date posted
(UTC)
1 @world_record_egg Chris Godfrey Photo of an egg [1] 55.7 January 4, 2019
2 @cristiano
@georginagio
Cristiano Ronaldo
Georgina Rodriguez
Their twins pregnancy announcement [2] 32.3 October 28, 2021
3 @xxxtentacion XXXTentacion Final post before his death [3] 27.6 May 19, 2018
4 @arianagrande Ariana Grande Photos from her wedding with Dalton Gomez [4] 26.6 May 26, 2021
5 @kyliejenner Kylie Jenner Second pregnancy announcement [5] 24.7 September 8, 2021
6 @billieeilish Billie Eilish Reveal of her blonde hair [6] 23.0 March 17, 2021
7 @leomessi Lionel Messi First post after signing with PSG [7] 22.1 August 11, 2021
8 @billieeilish Billie Eilish Vogue photoshoot [8] 22.0 May 2, 2021
9 @leomessi Lionel Messi Photo with the Copa América trophy [9] 22.0 July 11, 2021
10 @leomessi Lionel Messi Post announcing his departure from Barcelona during a press conference [10] 21.2 August 8, 2021
11 @ironshoremermaid Mermaid Montana Interacting with young girl [11] 20.2 August 18, 2021
12 @tomholland2013 Tom Holland Happy birthday post to Zendaya [12] 20.0 September 1, 2021
13 @cristiano Cristiano Ronaldo Post in remembrance of Diego Maradona [13] 19.7 November 25, 2020
14 @cristiano Cristiano Ronaldo Photos of him after his second debut at Manchester United [14] 19.3 September 11, 2021
15 @billieeilish Billie Eilish Arriving at the 2021 Met Gala [15] 19.3 September 14, 2021
16 @chadwickboseman Chadwick Boseman Family's announcement of his death [16] 19.3 August 28, 2020
17 @khaby00 Khaby Lame Instagram Reel depicting "keep it simple" [17] 19.1 August 14, 2021
18 @cristiano Cristiano Ronaldo Return to Manchester United [18] 19.0 August 31, 2021
19 @khaby00
@iamzlatanibrahimovic
Khaby Lame
Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Reel about Korean show Squid Game [19] 18.6 November 1, 2021
20 @arianagrande Ariana Grande Wedding photos with Dalton Gomez [20] 18.5 May 26, 2021
as of 13 January 2022

Historical most-liked posts[edit]

The following table lists the last ten posts that were once the most-liked post on Instagram, with the number of likes as they were when the top spot was reached.

  Current record
Account name Owner Post description Post Likes
(millions)
Days held Date posted
(UTC)
@world_record_egg Chris Godfrey Photo of an egg [2] 18.3 1,106 January 4, 2019[1]
@kyliejenner Kylie Jenner First photo of her daughter [3] 12.7 341 February 6, 2018[12]
@selenagomez Selena Gomez Coca-Cola advertisement [4] 6.9 204 June 25, 2016[13]
@beyonce Beyoncé Pregnancy announcement [5] 6.4 371 February 1, 2017[14]
@justinbieber Justin Bieber Kiss with Selena Gomez [6] 3.5 69 March 19, 2016[15]
@kendalljenner Kendall Jenner Heart-shaped hairdo [7] 3.5 313 May 25, 2015[16]
@kimkardashian Kim Kardashian Wedding kiss with Kanye West [8] 1.9 393 May 27, 2014[17]
@justinbieber Justin Bieber Hug with Selena Gomez [9] 1.5 145 January 4, 2014[17]
@theellenshow Ellen DeGeneres Selfie with celebrities at Oscars [10] 1.1 307 March 3, 2014[18]
@justinbieber Justin Bieber Post with children [11] 0.06 December 29, 2011[19]
As of 8 December 2021

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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