List of most-liked Instagram posts

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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 November 2020.[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 Canada and 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]

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."[7] In response to her record being surpassed, Jenner posted a video on Instagram of her cracking an egg open with the caption: "Take that little egg."[8][9] The egg's original photographer was surprised by his photo's popularity, writing, "Egg is just an egg."[6]

On February 3, 2019, the creator of the @world_record_egg account was revealed to be Chris Godfrey, an advertising creative, and his friends CJ Brown and Alissa Khan-Whelan.[10][11]

Top posts[edit]

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

Three accounts have more than one of the most-liked posts in the top 20: Kylie Jenner has six, Cristiano Ronaldo has three, and Selena Gomez has two.

Rank Account name Owner Post description Post Likes
(millions)
Date posted
(UTC)
1 @world_record_egg Chris Godfrey Photo of an egg [1] 55.0 January 4, 2019
2 @xxxtentacion XXXTentacion Final post before his death [2] 22.4 May 20, 2018
3 @cristiano Cristiano Ronaldo Post in remembrance of Diego Maradona [3] 19.2 November 25, 2020
4 @chadwickboseman Chadwick Boseman Family's announcement of his death [4] 19.1 August 28, 2020
5 @kyliejenner Kylie Jenner First photo of her daughter [5] 18.6 February 7, 2018
6 @jenniferaniston Jennifer Aniston Photo with Friends co-stars [6] 16.3 October 15, 2019
7 @leomessi Lionel Messi Post in remembrance of Diego Maradona [7] 16.1 November 25, 2020
8 @kyliejenner Kylie Jenner Birthday post for ex-boyfriend Travis Scott [8] 16.0 April 30, 2020
9 @tentree tentree Planting trees in Indonesia for likes [9] 15.5 April 22, 2019
10 @kingjames LeBron James Post in remembrance of Kobe Bryant [10] 15.5 January 27, 2020
11 @kyliejenner Kylie Jenner Photo of her daughter in a bathtub [11] 15.3 March 27, 2020
12 @therock Dwayne Johnson Photo of his wedding [12] 14.5 August 19, 2019
13 @selenagomez Selena Gomez Photo of herself in Italy [13] 14.4 July 26, 2019
14 @selenagomez Selena Gomez Photos with friends [14] 14.4 February 11, 2019
15 @kyliejenner Kylie Jenner Video with her daughter [15] 14.4 October 1, 2020
16 @cristiano Cristiano Ronaldo Photo of his birthday [16] 14.3 February 5, 2020
17 @kobebryant Kobe Bryant Final post before his death [17] 14.2 January 25, 2020
18 @kyliejenner Kylie Jenner Photos with Travis Scott [18] 14.1 October 18, 2020
19 @cristiano Cristiano Ronaldo Video of him exercising [19] 14.1 October 21, 2020
20 @kyliejenner Kylie Jenner Photo with her daughter [20] 14.0 June 16, 2020
As of November 28, 2020

Historical most-liked posts[edit]

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

Account name Owner Post description Post Likes
(millions)
Days held Date posted
(UTC)
@world_record_egg Chris Godfrey Photo of an egg [21] 18.6 696 January 4, 2019[1]
@kyliejenner Kylie Jenner First photo of her daughter [22] 12.7 341 February 6, 2018[12]
@thecamaeronboyce Cameron Boyce Last post before his death [23] 12.3 35 July 6, 2019[13]
@beyonce Beyoncé Pregnancy announcement [24] 6.3 371 February 1, 2017[14]
@selenagomez Selena Gomez Coca-Cola advertisement [25] 3.6 204 June 25, 2016[15]
@justinbieber Justin Bieber Kiss with Selena Gomez [26] 3.5 69 March 19, 2016[16]
@kendalljenner Kendall Jenner Heart-shaped hairdo [27] 2.5 313 May 25, 2015[17]
@kimkardashian Kim Kardashian Wedding kiss with Kanye West [28] 1.9 393 May 27, 2014[18]
@justinbieber Justin Bieber Hug with Selena Gomez [29] 1.5 145 January 4, 2014[18]
As of September 2, 2020

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  15. ^ Craddock, Lauren (July 12, 2016). "Selena Gomez Tops Justin Bieber for Most-Liked Instagram Photo Ever". Billboard. Archived from the original on August 13, 2018. Retrieved January 12, 2019.
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