In just under a year, TikTok went from an unknown Chinese-developed app to one of the most popular social media platforms of all time.
That spike in popularity is due largely in thanks to the content creators who fuel TikTok with their homemade videos, trending sounds, and hashtag challenges. Who are the creators behind the fastest growing social media app of 2019?
Who is the most followed person on TikTok?
The most followed account on TikTok is the official TikTok account with 35.5 million followers, the most followed person on TikTok is Loren Gray with 34.6 million followers.
Unlike the more established social media platforms, TikTok remains a mystery to many people. But just because it’s new doesn’t mean it’s not a revolution. It’s popular among Gen Z users and hit 1 billion global downloads in February 2019. Needless to say, it’s an app worth getting to know.
Most followed TikTok accounts
One thing you’ll notice right away about the most followed accounts on TikTok is that none are celebrities. Unlike Twitter or Instagram, the influencers of TikTok are just your average kid-turned social-media personality. This distinction puts TikTok in a league of its own.
|Note: The numbers below were taken directly from the follower count featured on each account. All numbers are accurate as of November 5, 2019.|
1. TikTok – 35.5 million followers
The official TikTok account holds the record for the most followed account. With more than a billion active monthly users, the official TikTok account only claims a fraction of the apps following. They focus most of their content on featuring TikTok creators, sharing updates for the app, and introducing the team behind their brand.
2. Loren Gray – 34.6 million followers
Though she may be unknown to older generations, Loren Gray is a popular social media personality across multiple platforms. She has a combined 54.5 million followers across TikTok, Instagram, and YouTube combined. Gray is also a recording artist signed to Virgin Records and Capitol Records and has released six studio singles since August 2018.
3. Baby Ariel – 29.8 million followers
Ariel Martin, better known as Baby Ariel, is an award-winning social media personality, singer, and actress. Ariel has appeared in two television movies produced by Nickelodeon and Disney Channel respectively. She was recognized by People Magazine for her #HackHarassment campaign and was named one of the most influential on the internet by Time Magazine in 2017.
4. Zach King – 25.3 million followers
Former Vine star Zach King has found a new following on TikTok since Vine closed down in 2017. He’s known for his wildly popular “magic videos” where he uploads shorts of himself performing logic-defying magic tricks. And if this TikTok star looks familiar to you, it might be because he and his wife competed on the 28th season of The Amazing Race together!
5. LiveTV – 23.7 million followers
The LiveTV account belongs to Musical.ly, a former social media service that was purchased and merged with TikTok in 2018. The creators of the LiveTV channel use their platform much like the official TikTok account does, featuring creators and encouraging brand takeovers from some of their most well-known users.
6. Kristen Hancher – 23 million followers
Social media influencer, singer, and actress Kristen Hancher has spent the last several years building a following across multiple social platforms. She rose to fame on her YouTube channel by posting makeup tutorials, dare videos, and comedy sketches before quickly transitioning her following to TikTok. She’s collaborated with other TikTok stars such as Loren Gray and Taylor Skeens.
7. Riyaz Aly – 22.8 million followers
Indian actor, influencer, and fashion blogger Riyaz Aly has amassed a huge following since joining TikTok. At just 15 years old, Aly is one of the most popular TikTok stars in the world. His videos often go viral through the hashtag challenge #DuetWithRiyaz where he encourages fans and followers to make videos with him.
8. Gil Croes – 21.9 million followers
Gil Croes is a social media personality and Arubian actor with several awards to name. In 2015, he was named Aruba's Social Media Star and won the Best Male Actor award at the Aruba Short Film Festival. His popularity on TikTok is linked to his unique original characters and short-form film series content that spreads across multiple videos.
9. Jacob Sartorius – 21.2 million followers
Jacob Sartorius is a singer and internet personality who first gained fame on Vine before switching to TikTok. His debut single “Sweatshirt” peaked at 90 on the Hot 100 chart in the United States and he was the 9th most searched musical artist of 2016. Sartorius creates TikTok content centered around prank videos and collaborations with other TikTok stars.
10. Flighthouse – 20.4 million followers
Flighthouse is the third and final brand account to crack the top 10 most followed TikTok accounts. Their content features games and interviews with some of the most popular creators on the app. Some of their most successful content features musical artists talking about songs of their that went viral on TikTok.
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Other popular TikTok accounts
Though our list only provided highlights for the top ten, we figured we’d give you a few more! Here are numbers 11 through 20 for the most-followed TikTok accounts in 2019.
|#11 – Jannat Zubair Rahmani / 19.9 million||# 16 – Jayden Croes / 18.4 million|
|#12 – TikTok India / 19.6 million||# 17 – The Dobre Twins / 18 million|
|#13 – Jiff Pom / 19.4 million||#18 – Cameron Dallas / 17.8 million|
|#14 – Awez Darbar / 18.7 million||#19 – Arishfa Khan / 17.7 million|
|#15 – Nisha Guragain / 18.6 million||#20 – Jojo Siwa / 17.3 million|
Unlike Instagram and Twitter where celebrities and public figures dominate the platform, TikTok is full of relatively unknown stars in the making. The success of these social media personalities is a sign of the current influencer culture dominating the public sphere.
And the party don’t stop!
TikTok cracked the top ten most popular social media apps this year and is set to grow moving into 2020. If you haven’t already downloaded TikTok, you might want to. TikTok could become the next Instagram and it’s never fun to be late to the party!