Best Instagram moments 2016: what everyone was snapping, hashtagging and liking this year

Likes galore

Best Instagram Moments 2016
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Likes galore

Seeing as Instagram has over 500 million users, it's no surprise that the social media platform has managed to document some of the year's most memorable moments. From Fashion Weeks to the US election, here's what peaked on Instagram in 2016...

The most liked Instagram photos of 2016

Louis Tomlinson introduces his newborn son to the world

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Harry Styles cuts off his hair for the Little Princess Trust

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Cara Delevingne encourages women to ‘Do You’

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Zayn shares a selfie 

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Zayn posts an image of himself & Gigi Hadid

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Cara Delevingne posts pic from a private jet

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Cara Delevingne on the streets of NYC

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Emma Watson from the boxing ring, fighting for gender equality

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Louis Tomlinson shares intimate photo of himself and son Freddie

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 Most Instagrammed days of 2016

1. Halloween – 31st October

2. The 15th Anniversary of 9/11 – 11th September

3. EURO 2016 Final - 7/10/16

4. United States Election - 11/6/16

5. Olympics (Celebratory posts about Team GV and Usain Bolts' big wins) - 8/14/15

6. US Father’s Day - 6/19/16

7. Paris Fashion Week - 10/1/16

8. US Mother’s Day - 5/8/16

9. New Year’s Day - 1/1/16

10. Easter Sunday - 3/27/16

The top Instagram hashtag of 2016


Most-followed celebrities of 2016: 

1. Selena Gomez (@selenagomez) 103 million followers

2. Taylor Swift (@taylorswift) - 93.9 million followers

3. Ariana Grande (@arianagrande) - 90.2 million followers

4. Beyoncé (@beyonce) - 89.2 million followers

5. Kim Kardashian (@kimkardashian) - 88.2 million followers

6. Cristiano Ronaldo (@cristiano) - 82.8 million followers

7. Kylie Jenner (@kyliejenner) - 80 million followers

8. Dwayne Johnson (@therock) - 71.5 million followers

9. Nicki Minaj (@nickiminaj) - 69.4 million followers

10. Kendall Jenner (@kendalljenner) - 69.2 million followers

Public figures who joined Instagram in 2016:

Pope Francis (@franciscus)

Kanye West (@kanyewest)

Halle Berry (@halleberry

Kirsten Dunst (@kirstendunst)

Kevin Spacey (@kevinspacey)

Simon Cowell (@simoncowell)

Shailene Woodley (@shailenewoodley

Kristen Bell (@kristenanniebell

Gerard Butler (@gerardbutler)

James Corden (@j_corden

Taylor Lautner (@taylorlautner

Kate Beckinsale (@katebeckinsale

Matt LeBlanc (@mleblanc

Tom Hiddleston (@twhiddleston

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