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This list of most-retweeted tweets contains the top 30 tweets with the most retweets (an account's tweet that is sent again by additional accounts without any change) of all time on the social networking platform Twitter; Twitter does not provide an official list but the news media makes lists.[1][2] As of July 2018, the top tweet has over 3.6 million retweets, which was tweeted by Carter Wilkerson. Currently eight accounts have more than one of the most-retweeted tweets in the top 30: Hillary Clinton, El Rubius, BTS, Louis Tomlinson and Harry Styles have two, Niall Horan and Zayn Malik each have three, and Barack Obama has four.

Top 30[edit]

The following table lists the top 30 most-retweeted tweets on Twitter, the account that tweeted it, the total number of retweets rounded to the nearest thousand, and the date it was originally tweeted. The notes include the details surrounding the tweet.

Rank Tweet Posted by Retweets in thousands Date Context
1. HELP ME PLEASE. A MAN NEEDS HIS NUGGS pic.twitter.com/4SrfHmEMo3[3] Carter Wilkerson
@carterjwm
3,563 April 5, 2017 [A]
2. If only Bradley's arm was longer. Best photo ever. #oscars pic.twitter.com/C9U5NOtGap[5] Ellen DeGeneres
@TheEllenShow
3,319 March 2, 2014 [B]
3. Always in my heart @Harry_Styles . Yours sincerely, Louis[7] Louis Tomlinson
@Louis_Tomlinson
2,678 October 2, 2011 [C]
4. LIMONADA 🗿 [8] El Rubius

@Rubiu5

1,795 August 20, 2016 [D]
5. "No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion..." pic.twitter.com/InZ58zkoAm[1] Barack Obama

@BarackObama

1,669 August 12, 2017 [E]
6. LIMONADA 2.0 🗿 twitter.com/Rubiu5/status/1046131118385352704 [10] El Rubius

@Rubiu5

1,486 September 29, 2018 [F]
7. With the current devastation in Houston, we are pledging $0.15 for every RT this gets! Please forward this along to help out those in need! pic.twitter.com/lodyOBE0eG[11] Penn State Interfraternity Council
@PennStateIFC
1,117 August 30, 2017 [G]
8. If the Cleveland Cavaliers win the 2018 NBA finals I’ll buy everyone who retweet’s this a jersey... [12] Damarious Randall
@RandallTime
1,086 May 28, 2018
9. broken.
from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don't have words.
[13]
Ariana Grande
@ArianaGrande
1,065 May 22, 2017 [H]
10. She’s tough. But she’s worth it pic.twitter.com/iBg7XMQdhL[15] Ryan Sesselman
@RyanSesselman
1,057 June 9, 2018 [I]
11. Denny JA: Dengan RT ini, anda ikut memenangkan Jokowi-JK. Pilih pemimpin yg bisa dipercaya (Jokowi) dan pengalaman (JK). #DJoJK[16] Denny Januar Ali
@DennyJA_WORLD
1,006 June 4, 2014 [J]
12. Four more years. pic.twitter.com/bAJE6Vom[18] Barack Obama
@BarackObama
897 November 6, 2012 [K]
13. #InMyFeelingsChallenge #HopeOnTheStreet pic.twitter.com/Bm8bxtKsFq[20] BTS
@bts_twt
863 July 23, 2018 [L]
14. Thank you for everything. My last ask is the same as my first. I'm asking you to believe—not in my ability to create change, but in yours.[21] Barack Obama
@POTUS44
839 January 10, 2017 [M]
15. Ayo good morning Logang wass poppin pic.twitter.com/drUPYojp6K[22] Touch
@bilalartist10
831 February 9, 2018 [N]
16. For every retweet this gets, Pedigree will donate one bowl of dog food to dogs in need! 😊 #tweetforbowls twitter.com/AHMalcolm/status/567053242429734913[23] Andrew Malcolm
@AHMalcolm
829 February 15, 2015
17. All the love as always. H[24] Harry Styles
@Harry_Styles
828 March 25, 2015 [O]
18. Scroll down Keep scrolling Retweet or December will be the worst month of your life.[26] Nicholas Tetreault
@nicholastmusic
797 November 14, 2018 [P]
19. We got kicked out of a @Delta airplane because I spoke Arabic to my mom on the phone and with my friend slim... WTFFFFFFFF please spread pic.twitter.com/P5dQCE0qos[27] Adam Saleh
@omgAdamSaleh
763 December 21, 2016 [Q]
20. pic.twitter.com/yoN80Mobdk[28] Linkin Park
@linkinpark
751 July 20, 2017 [R]
21. applied for xfactor,hope it all wrks out[29] Niall Horan
@NiallOfficial
740 January 16, 2010 [S]
22. "To all the little girls watching...never doubt that you are valuable and powerful & deserving of every chance & opportunity in the world."[30] Hillary Clinton
@HillaryClinton
674 November 9, 2016 [T]
23. pbs.twimg.com/media/Dr1CjYpU0AALfYY.jpg[31] Stan Lee
@TheRealStanLee
672 November 12, 2018 [U]
24. 🎤 pic.twitter.com/9hUHu7MJsb[32] BTS
@bts_twt
642 February 27, 2018 [V]
25. U bum @StephenCurry30 already said he ain't going! So therefore ain't no invite. Going to White House was a great honor until you showed up![33] LeBron James
@KingJames
631 September 23, 2017 [W]
26. I'm 22 years old... I love a girl named Perrie Edwards. And there's a lot of jealous fucks in this world I'm sorry for what it looks like x[35] Zayn Malik
@zaynmalik
624 March 18, 2015 [X]
27. YOU ARE ALL WORTHY NO MATTER WHAT ANYONE SAYS >> BE STRONG GOD IS WITH US ALL> MY BELIEBERS CHANGED MY LIFE> I WILL FOREVER BE GRATEFUL[36] Justin Bieber
@justinbieber
620 January 24, 2014
28. It's been the honor of my life to serve you. You made me a better leader and a better man.[37] Barack Obama
@POTUS44
608 January 20, 2017 [Y]
29. My names Niall and I love Louis[39] Niall Horan
@NiallOfficial
607 May 6, 2011
30. Leo and I are donating 6 lbs of dog food to Houston for every retweet this gets!!!! RT RT RT RT!! pic.twitter.com/bcTT905knP[40] Sam Martin
@SamMartin_6
600 August 31, 2017 [G]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Carter Wilkerson tweeted Wendy's asking how many retweets he needed for a year of free chicken nuggets. When Wendy's replied with "18 Million", he accepted the challenge. The tweet received unlikely support from several major companies including Microsoft, Amazon and Google, prompting the hashtag #NuggsForCarter and propelling the tweet to become the most-retweeted of all time within 34 days, at which point Wendy's gave him a year of free nuggets.[4]
  2. ^ Ellen DeGeneres's star-studded selfie from the 86th Academy Awards includes Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Kevin Spacey, Julia Roberts, Channing Tatum, Meryl Streep, Lupita Nyong'o and a few others. Within 35 minutes, the tweet surpassed Barack Obama's "Four more years" tweet to become the then most-retweeted tweet of all time with over 800k.[6]
  3. ^ This tweet by One Direction member Louis Tomlinson saw its retweet count gradually increase as the band's fanbase continued to grow. It is the most-retweeted tweet without a picture.
  4. ^ El Rubius, a Spanish YouTube influencer, said in a video that his followers could enter a drawing for prizes by retweeting the tweet that consisted of the Spanish word for lemonade and a Moái Easter Island emoji.[9]
  5. ^ This tweet was the first of three tweets quoting a passage from Nelson Mandela's autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom, in response to the 2017 Charlottesville attack. The accompanying picture, taken in 2011 by former White House photographer Pete Souza, shows Obama visiting a day care center in Bethesda, Maryland.
  6. ^ Dylan Baer posted a Twitter message that a cruise ship company would give him Oasis of the Seas for getting two million retweets. This claim was a hoax.
  7. ^ a b c This tweet encouraged relief efforts in Houston following Hurricane Harvey.
  8. ^ American singer Ariana Grande tweeted this several hours after her performance at Manchester Arena on May 22, 2017. A suicide bombing had occurred after the end of the concert in the foyer of the arena; the explosion killed 23 people (including the attacker) and injured 250 more.[14]
  9. ^ Ryan Sesselman asked his mother how many retweets were needed to adopt a puppy. The target - one million retweets - was met five days later on June 14th.
  10. ^ This tweet by Indonesian entrepreneur Denny Januar Ali was awarded by Twitter as The World No. 2 Golden Tweet 2014.[17]
  11. ^ On the night he was re-elected in 2012, Barack Obama's staff posted an image of the President embracing First Lady Michelle Obama. It was the most-retweeted tweet ever until it was surpassed by Ellen DeGeneres's selfie in 2014.[19]
  12. ^ J-Hope's video (InMyFeelingsChallenge) "J-Hope from BTS".
  13. ^ This tweet was made in closing days of Obama's last term as U.S. President.
  14. ^ In this tweet, attached with a photo, Savage speaks his mind about Logan Paul's current channel status, with Savage asking how many retweets for his YouTube channel to be deleted. Logan Paul responded with five million. Savage also mocks Paul's signature catchphrase in his tweet.
  15. ^ This tweet by One Direction member Harry Styles was made on the day Zayn Malik left the band.[25]
  16. ^ Recording artist, Nicholas Hollywood Tetreault, tweeted this in November 2018.
  17. ^ This tweet includes a video which shows YouTube prankster and hoaxer Adam Saleh being removed from a Delta Airlines flight for disruptive behaviour. In the recording, he alleges racism.
  18. ^ American rock band Linkin Park changed their Twitter cover photo to that of their lead singer, Chester Bennington as a tribute to him after his death on July 20, 2017.
  19. ^ Niall Horan tweeted this before his audition for The X Factor.
  20. ^ Hillary Clinton tweeted this after losing the 2016 presidential election to Donald Trump.
  21. ^ This was posted after Stan Lee passed away.
  22. ^ Jungkook's cover of "All of my Life" by Park Won.
  23. ^ LeBron James responded to Donald Trump tweeting that he had "uninvited" Stephen Curry from the traditional visit to the White House which would have honored his team, the Golden State Warriors, for winning the NBA championship. Curry had previously commented that he did not want to participate in the tradition because Trump's irrationality.[34]
  24. ^ Zayn Malik tweeted this after he was spotted allegedly holding hands with an unidentified woman, just days after his fiancée Perrie Edwards admitted their relationship was ‘difficult’.
  25. ^ On Obama's last day as President, this was one of his final four tweets from the @POTUS account before Donald Trump's inauguration later that day. @POTUS tweets from Obama's term are now archived at @POTUS44.[38]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "These Are the 16 Most Popular Tweets of All Time". Time. Archived from the original on May 10, 2017. Retrieved May 9, 2017.
  2. ^ "President Trump Didn't Make It on the List of 2017's Most Retweeted Tweets. But Obama Did". Time. December 5, 2017. Retrieved August 31, 2018.
  3. ^ Carter Wilkerson [@carterjwm] (April 5, 2017). "HELP ME PLEASE. A MAN NEEDS HIS NUGGS" (Tweet). Retrieved June 12, 2017 – via Twitter.
  4. ^ Roman, Laura (May 9, 2017). "Quest For Free Chicken Nuggets Inspires Twitter's Most Retweeted Tweet". NPR. Archived from the original on May 10, 2017. Retrieved May 9, 2017.
  5. ^ Ellen DeGeneres [@TheEllenShow] (March 3, 2014). "If only Bradley's arm was longer. Best photo ever. #oscars" (Tweet). Retrieved March 20, 2017 – via Twitter.
  6. ^ Guyun, Jessica (March 3, 2014). "Ellen DeGeneres selfie on Twitter is Oscar gold for Samsung". Los Angeles Times. Tribune Publishing. Archived from the original on April 10, 2014. Retrieved April 16, 2014.
  7. ^ Louis Tomlinson [@Louis_Tomlinson] (October 2, 2011). "Always in my heart @Harry_Styles . Yours sincerely, Louis" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  8. ^ El Rubius [@Rubiu5] (August 20, 2016). "LIMONADA 🗿" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  9. ^ "Cómo El Rubius convirtió un mensaje sin sentido en el cuarto más en historia" (in Spanish). Huffington Post. Archived from the original on December 7, 2016. Retrieved May 26, 2017.
  10. ^ Dylan Baer [@Rubiu5] (September 29, 2018). "LIMONADA 2.0" (Tweet). Retrieved September 29, 2018 – via Twitter.
  11. ^ Penn State [@PennStateIFC] (August 30, 2017). "With the current devastation in Houston, we are pledging $0.15 for every RT this gets! Please forward this along to help out those in need!" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  12. ^ Damarious Randall [@RandallTime] (May 28, 2018). "If the Cleveland Cavaliers win the 2018 NBA finals I'll buy everyone who retweet's this a jersey..." (Tweet). Retrieved May 28, 2018 – via Twitter.
  13. ^ Ariana Grande [@ArianaGrande] (May 22, 2017). "broken. from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don't have words" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  14. ^ "Ariana Grande says she feels 'broken' after Manchester concert attack". BBC News. May 23, 2017. Archived from the original on May 23, 2017. Retrieved May 23, 2017.
  15. ^ Ryan Sesselman [@RyanSesselman] (Jun 9, 2018). "She's tough. But she's worth it" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  16. ^ Denny Januar Ali [@DennyJA_WORLD] (June 4, 2014). "Denny JA: Dengan RT ini, anda ikut memenangkan Jokowi-JK. Pilih pemimpin yg bisa dipercaya (Jokowi) dan pengalaman (JK). #DJoJK" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  17. ^ "Here are some of Indonesia's most memorable tweets in 2014". TechInAsia. Archived from the original on March 6, 2016. Retrieved May 25, 2017.
  18. ^ Barack Obama [@BarackObama] (November 6, 2012). "Four more years" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  19. ^ Kuperisnky, Amy (March 8, 2014). "Trending: Ellen's Oscars retweet record, Adele Dazeem and Rachel Canning". The Star-Ledger. Advance Communications. Archived from the original on April 17, 2014. Retrieved April 16, 2014.
  20. ^ 방탄소년단 [@BTS_twt] (July 23, 2018). "#InMyFeelingsChallenge #HopeOnTheStreet" (Tweet). Retrieved July 23, 2018 – via Twitter.
  21. ^ Barack Obama [@POTUS44] (January 10, 2017). "Thank you for everything. My last ask is the same as my first. I'm asking you to believe—not in my ability to create change, but in yours" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  22. ^ Savage [@bilalartist10] (February 9, 2018). "Ayo good morning Logang wass poppin" (Tweet). Retrieved February 10, 2018 – via Twitter.
  23. ^ Andrew Malcolm [@AHMalcolm] (February 15, 2015). "For every retweet this gets, Pedigree will donate one bowl of dog food to dogs in need! 😊 #tweetforbowls" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  24. ^ Harry Styles [@Harry_Styles] (March 25, 2015). "All the love as always. H" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  25. ^ "This 5-Word Message From Harry Styles Was The Most RT'd Tweet of 2015". Seventeen Magazine. Archived from the original on April 21, 2016. Retrieved May 25, 2017.
  26. ^ Nicholas Hollywood Tetreault [@nicholastmusic] (November 14, 2018). "Scroll down Keep scrolling Retweet or December will be the worst month of your life" (Tweet). Retrieved November 20, 2018 – via Twitter.
  27. ^ Adam Saleh [@omgAdamSaleh] (December 21, 2016). "We got kicked out of a @Delta airplane because I spoke Arabic to my mom on the phone and with my friend slim... WTFFFFFFFF please spread" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  28. ^ Linkin Park [@linkinpark] (July 20, 2017). "pic.twitter.com/yoN80Mobdk" (Tweet). Retrieved August 17, 2017 – via Twitter.
  29. ^ Niall Horan [@NiallOfficial] (January 16, 2010). "applied for xfactor,hope it all wrks out" (Tweet). Retrieved October 2, 2017 – via Twitter.
  30. ^ Hillary Clinton [@HillaryClinton] (November 9, 2016). "To all the little girls watching...never doubt that you are valuable and powerful & deserving of every chance & opportunity in the world" (Tweet). Retrieved August 18, 2017 – via Twitter.
  31. ^ @TheRealStanLee (November 12, 2018). "pbs.twimg.com/media/Dr1CjYpU0AALfYY.jpg" (Tweet). Retrieved November 13, 2018 – via Twitter.
  32. ^ 방탄소년단 [@BTS_twt] (February 27, 2018). "🎤" (Tweet). Retrieved April 14, 2018 – via Twitter.
  33. ^ LeBron James [@KingJames] (September 23, 2017). "U bum @StephenCurry30 already said he ain't going! So therefore ain't no invite. Going to White House was a great honor until you showed up!" (Tweet). Retrieved September 23, 2017 – via Twitter.
  34. ^ "Steph Curry doesn't want to visit the White House, and Trump, in a tweet, withdraws the invitation". LA Times. Retrieved September 23, 2017.
  35. ^ Zayn Malik [@zaynmalik] (March 18, 2015). "I'm 22 years old... I love a girl named Perrie Edwards. And there's a lot of jealous fucks in this world I'm sorry for what it looks like x" (Tweet). Retrieved October 2, 2017 – via Twitter.
  36. ^ Justin Bieber [@justinbieber] (January 24, 2014). "YOU ARE ALL WORTHY NO MATTER WHAT ANYONE SAYS >> BE STRONG GOD IS WITH US ALL> MY BELIEBERS CHANGED MY LIFE> I WILL FOREVER BE GRATEFUL" (Tweet). Retrieved October 2, 2017 – via Twitter.
  37. ^ Barack Obama [@POTUS44] (January 20, 2017). "It's been the honor of my life to serve you. You made me a better leader and a better man" (Tweet). Retrieved August 17, 2017 – via Twitter.
  38. ^ Batchelor, Tom (20 January 2017). "Inauguration: Barack Obama's final tweets as US President before handing over Twitter account to Donald Trump". The Independent. Archived from the original on 29 July 2017. Retrieved 26 July 2017.
  39. ^ Niall Horan [@NiallOfficial] (May 6, 2011). "My names Niall and I love Louis" (Tweet). Retrieved October 11, 2017 – via Twitter.
  40. ^ Sam Martin [@SamMartin_6] (August 31, 2017). "Leo and I are donating 6 lbs of dog food to Houston for every retweet this gets!!!! RT RT RT RT!!" (Tweet). Retrieved October 16, 2017 – via Twitter.