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 2020?
The most followed account on TikTok is Charli D'Amelio with 57.2 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.
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 May 22, 2020.
Charli D'Amelio has gone from a once unknown teenager to an overnight internet sensation thanks to TikTok. She is known for putting her own twist on the many popular dance routines created on TikTok and collaborates with many of the apps other popular creators. One thing is for sure, once Charli dances to your song, it's sure to be a massive hit.
Though she may be unknown to older generations, Loren Gray is a popular social media personality across multiple platforms. She has a more than 50 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.
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!
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.
Like many people who find fame on TikTok, Addison Rae was not famous before she downloaded the app in July 2019. But her energetic dance moves and collaborations with other fast-rising stars skyrocketed her into the TikTok hall of fame in less than a year with no signs of slowing down!
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.
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.
Spencer Knight, known as Spencer X on TikTok, is a beatboxer and social media personality whose innovative beatboxing videos launched him into the spotlight. Unlike some of the stars in this top ten, Spencer didn't get famous from TikTok. He has more than 1 million subscribers on his Youtube channel where he posts daily content of his mad beatbox skills.
Faisal Shaikh is no stranger to internet fame. He's a verified fashion influencer on Instagram with more than 11 million followers. In addition to his professional modeling, Faisal works as an actor and social media personality. His videos display his charm and unique talents for attracting a wide and diverse audience across multiple platforms. Can you say triple threat?
Gil Croes is a social media personality and Arubian actor with several awards to his 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 created with his brother, Jayden Croes.
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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 2020.
|#11 – Brent Rivera / 27 million||#12 – Arishfa Khan / 26.5 million|
|#13 – Jannat Zubair Rahmani / 25.9 million||#14 – Nisha Guragain / 25.6 million|
|#15 - Awez Darbar / 24.9 million||#16 – Flighthouse / 24.7 million|
|#17 – The Rock / 24.6 million||#18 – Dixie D'Amelio / 24.5 million|
|#19 – Kristen Hancher / 23.9 million||#20 – Stokes Twins / 23.5 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.
TikTok cracked the top ten most popular social media apps this year and is set to grow even more 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!
Lauren is a Content Marketing Team Lead at G2. You can find her work featured on CNBC, Yahoo Finance, and on the G2 Learning Hub. In her free time, Lauren enjoys watching true crime shows and spending time in the Chicago karaoke scene. (she/her/hers)
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