For many of us 2020= Instagram or 2020= Netflix. That’s the shape life took, at least for the 3-4 months spent indoors during the lockdown. From cooking ideas, celebrity news, entertaining reels, or random scrolling, more than half a day was consumed by Instagram. So as the year ends, we get the opportunity to look back on this foggy era and see what content rose to the top. If you did spend your life Instagramming 2020 away, then you wouldn’t have missed any of these. read on to discover the year’s most popular Instagram posts, and find out if your favorite stars (spoiler alert: Kylie Jenner took four of the top spots) made it to the ‘it’ list:
10. Kylie Jenner posing in Givenchy, Likes: 14.2 million
Who else but King Kylie to kick-off the list of fabulousness with on-off beau Travis Scott dripping in their Givenchy finery? I am not sure why this photo rose to fame as it did. Was it that they don’t pose together very often? Or were they hinting at getting back together? Or plainly because the Houston rapper removed his shirt in the second photo. Whatever the reason, the post has garnered more than 14 million likes in just 10 weeks, making it the tenth most-liked of 2020.
9. Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates his birthday, Likes: 14.3 million
The Portuguese footballer has a mountainous 249 million followers making him the world’s most-followed person on Instagram. So when Cristiano Ronaldo cuts his 35th birthday cake with family, his ardent fans give him the gift of 14.3 million likes.
8. A hug from Stormi Webster, Likes: 14.4 million
Kylie may be the king of her empire, but its princess Stormi winning hearts. The precious little toddler melted a million hearts in the short clip, where the Kylie Cosmetics founder nestles her head in Stormi’s lap as she tells her, “Don’t be afraid, mommy.”
7. Bubbles at bath time, Likes: 15.3 million
Stormi’s cuteness has won her mommy yet another spot on the list. The world can’t get enough of this formidable pair, and a picture of Stormi smiling in a web of bubbles with only her pretty face popping out is the sixth most favored image. Mommy Kylie captioned it, ‘This pic makes me happy.’ The world agreed.
6. Arianna Grande gets engaged, Likes: 15.4 million
Last-minute entry to the list was pop-star Arianna Grande, who on December 20, announced her engagement to LA real estate agent Dalton Gomez, sharing a series of photos (and a pic of her oval diamond and pearl ring) of them together with the caption, “Forever n then some.”
5. LeBron James’s stirring tribute to Kobe Bryant, Likes: 15.4 million
LeBron James’ tribute to his late mentor and friend following the helicopter accident that claimed the life of basketball player Bryant and his daughter was heartbreaking. Los Angeles Lakers teammate James shared a series of images of the two together. “Until we meet again my brother!!” James wrote in his post.
4. A birthday message for ‘dada’, Likes: 16 million
There’s no doubt that Stormi added the sunshine to 2020. The beauty entrepreneur shared a number of images and clips of Travis Scott on his birthday primarily with their daughter, calling him ‘daddy of the year’. “Happy birthday to daddy of the year! I’m slowly but surely starting to accept the fact that Storm is a daddy’s girl,” Jenner wrote.
3. Lionel Messi’s message for Maradona, Likes: 16.3 million
On November 25th, the world bid adieu to yet another sports legend, one of football’s greatest players Diego Maradona. Argentine footballer Messi shared two photos of himself with Maradona, writing: “He leaves us but does not go away, because Diego is eternal.”
2. Wakanda forever, Likes: 19.1 million
Chadwick Boseman’s death sent waves of shock and devastation around the world. The family of Black Panther star shared a black-and-white shot on Instagram, divulging news of his four-year-long battle with colon cancer. The heart-wrenching caption revealed, “From Marshall to Da 5 Bloods, August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and several more, all were filmed during and between countless surgeries and chemotherapy. ”
1. Cristiano Ronaldo paid tribute to Maradona, Likes: 19.6 million
Ronaldo too shared an image with the icon of the sports world, Maradona. The photo with the late Maradona went on to win the top spot as the most-liked photo of 2020. “Today I say goodbye to a friend and the world says goodbye to an eternal genius,” Ronaldo wrote. “One of the best ever. An unparalleled magician.”