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This is not our top 10 of Instagram. It’s actually the top 10 accounts based entirely on the amount of followers each one of them has. Data was collected on September 21, 2013, via Webstagram’s Hot List, and while this is subject to change at any time, the current list is a nice portrayal of who is really using Instagram.

We have the evidence — these are definitely the top 10 Instagram accounts in the world. Do they merit the hype? Should you follow them too?

10. Kylie Jenner


Followers: 5,907,168 / Following: 185

Kylie Jenner is the younger sister of Kendall Jenner and half-sister of the Kardashians, all of who are of Keeping Up With The Kardashian’s fame.

Kylie, like her sisters, is typically associated with fashion and modeling, and her Instagram account reflects it. You’ll see quite a few of her top clothing picks as well as a few revealing images to go along with them…

Be careful, though. This girl is only 16, but her account makes it obvious that she is trying to pass for much, much older.

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9. Khloe Kardashian


Followers: 6,241,358 / Following: 81

Surprisingly, another Kardashian show-member takes a top 10 spot on the list. Khloe is considered to be a socialite, television personality, businesswoman, fashion designer, author, actress, and presenter, and she is also the wife of NBA’s Lamar Odom, who played for the Los Angeles Lakers at the time of their wedding.

Khloe’s image posts are a little less design and fashion focused than her family counterparts. You’ll find that her account is much more, well, real. The album is essentially a small slice of her big life.

8. Beyoncé


Followers: 6,515,223 / Following: 0

Original member of Destiny’s Child, wife of popular rap artist Jay-Z, and number 15 on Billboard’s Top 50 R&B/Hip-Hop Artists of the Past 25 Years, this performer has sold 13 million albums in the US and over 75 million records around the globe.

Beyoncé’s current Instagram posts include standard artist promotional material, photos of her fashion choices, and images throughout her (and her husband’s) music career. As of September 2013, it seems like she has started opening up the world of Instagram to her baby, Ivy Blue. One could say that Beyoncé’s Instagram account is a bit “classier” than most, but by no means is it too interesting.

Fans of the artist would find quite a bit of worthy material on her account, but other than that, there’s not much else.

7. Taylor Swift


Followers: 6,543,194 / Following: 9

Do you follow any teen female cousins, daughters, sisters, etc. on Instagram? Well, imagine giving them a record deal, every celebrity boyfriend they could ever want, and about $220 million dollars. Then imagine what their Instagram posts would be like. Essentially, you have Ms. Swift’s Instagram account in a nutshell, but with an added flavor of maturity.

Her posts certainly aren’t obnoxious. In fact, one could go as far as to say that they are cute. Paired with cat pictures and the occasional photo of herself with her fellow musically-talented friends, Swift’s Instagram might — dare I say — be pleasant to follow. Her posts are real rather than of the fabricated, PR variety.

Besides the occasional artist promotion fare, Taylor Swift’s Instagram does give an inside look at the life of an artist.

6. Kendall Jenner


Followers: 6,620,755 / Following: 159

Sister of Kylie Jenner and half-sister of the Kardashians, Kendall Jenner somehow found her way into the Top 10 list. The television personality and model is very fashion-oriented, going as far as to start her runway modeling career in 2011 and working as a brand ambassador for Seventeen Magazine.

What will you find on Kendall’s account? Lots and lots of fashion. Furthermore, most of the time, she’ll be modeling it. With that said, if you’re a fashion fanatic, then her account may very well be worth following.

5. Ariana Grande


Followers: 7,150,544 / Following: 99

Nickelodeon sensation Ariana Grande takes the number 5 spot of the Top 10 Instagram accounts, which may leave you with one question: why?

Her successful song “The Way” made it to the top 10 of Billboard’s Top 100 in March 2013, and she has experienced quite a bit of fame through the stage. Furthermore, her character from Nick’s show Victorious will be moving to a spin-off entitled Sam & Cat.

We wouldn’t consider Grande to be an “A-list” celebrity, but the amount of her followers say otherwise. With that said, perhaps this is a sign of things to come for Ariana Grande. Regardless, her Instagram account is more focused on self promotion. She’s young and relatively green when it comes to industry (despite having much success with younger audiences), so chances are this is a great way to get to know her.

Hopefully, we’ll see her on the big screen and Billboard more often in a variety of ways.

4. Rihanna


Followers: 9,783,752 / Following: 1,078

Recording artist, actress, and fashion designer Rihanna is an expected hit for the Top 5 Instagram accounts. With seven albums released since her start in 2005 and four movies under her belt, one might say that the Barbados-born performer is doing quite well for herself.

So what will you find on Rihanna’s Instagram account? Answer: pictures of Rihanna.

We wouldn’t say that the account is self-absorbed, but 95% of the images found here will have herself in them in one way or another. Sure, there are some cool pictures of Thailand’s scenery on her account, but right in the middle of every single one is Rihanna flaunting her bikini.

Why would you follow this account? To look at Rihanna. That’s pretty much the only reason.

3. Kim Kardashian


Followers: 9,935,306 / Following: 85

Let it be said now: the Kardashians own Instagram.

From Kylie to Kim, this family takes up nearly half of the top ten Instagram users. How crazy is that? Kim — socialite, television star, home video enthusiast, and wife of Kanye West — is an avid Instagram user, so there’s no doubt that she would be on this list.

Her account is purely for self-promotion, though. Like Rihanna, most images are of herself, however, the images are less in volume. Perhaps the reasoning is that she is now mother to her’s and Kayne’s child, North West, and this likely takes some time out of her day (besides all of the cameras that are around).

2. Justin Bieber


Followers: 10,822,685 / Following: 0

Yeah, we don’t get it either.

Moving on.

1. Instagram


Followers: 38,022,266 / Following: 286

We’ve written a bit about Instagram’s own Instagram before on MakeUseOf Tired Of Boring Selfies? 10 Instagram Gems You Don't Want To Miss Tired Of Boring Selfies? 10 Instagram Gems You Don't Want To Miss Instagram has more than 100 million active users. How do you find the really awesome users to follow? The ones that upload photos that are actually worth your time? We found 10. Read More , and our opinion still stands: it’s pretty cool.

Essentially, this account pulls from all the photos that the app’s users post and publishes the best ones that they can find. This means you can find a ton of awesome content from a variety of Instagram users around the world. From art to technology, this may be the most useful Instagram account out there.

Your Turn

Let’s be real for a second: the top ten accounts of Instagram aren’t that useful (except for Instagram’s account itself).

With that said, this possibly says quite a bit about our world! I mean, when half of Instagram’s top ten users are in Keeping Up With The Kardashians, things might be a little off.

What do you think? Could Instagram have a more useful top 10 list? How many of these do you follow? Who are your top Instagram follows? Let’s hear what you have to say.

Image Credit: Ted Court

  1. blahhhhhh
    September 27, 2016 at 3:09 pm

    actually #1 is now Selena Gomez!!! she just hit 100M

    • Cheshta rawat
      October 18, 2016 at 2:52 pm

      U r right. She is PERSON... with highest follower more then 101 m

    • Cheshta rawat
      October 18, 2016 at 2:55 pm

      U r right.... Selena has highest follower in person..... Instagram is not a person

  2. Jaylah
    March 12, 2016 at 4:09 am

    Follow me on Instagram @baddiejay_____

  3. WeAre
    February 24, 2016 at 3:55 pm

    Cristiano Ronaldo has nearly 50M followers, this list is hardly comprehensive.

  4. Raynner Patry
    January 25, 2016 at 12:45 am

    I would like some opinions about my instagram. I would like to improve my photo skills. Some one can help me and said me something that I could improve. Thanks

  5. HerculesFTW Gaming
    June 24, 2015 at 4:31 am

    Lebron has 10 mil now also

  6. Toni
    May 24, 2015 at 3:31 pm

    Beyoncé has 34 million followers ....

  7. AWTF
    April 25, 2015 at 12:43 pm

    I agree with this guy, JB sucks!

  8. Alison
    April 24, 2015 at 7:41 am

    I would be interested to see who the biggest accounts are on Instagram once you remove all the celebrities - ie the ones who are there purely for their photography!

  9. Dana
    April 17, 2015 at 9:29 pm

    Why not write a page @Digallery - this account really the most beautiful photos and 100 times better and more colorful than @Natgeo.

  10. Josh
    April 12, 2015 at 1:11 am

    Ya I don't get why justin beiber is so popular and really no male s in the top 10

  11. Nihan
    February 23, 2015 at 3:47 pm

    All the celebrities are flooded with spam Instagram comments. I am tired of seeing LB, follow 4 follow, check out my shop under Kendall's photos. I read that there is a new app coming, Spotless. It will delete spam instagram comments automatically. Looking forward to it!

  12. Faith
    January 13, 2015 at 12:07 pm

    You seriously need to update the list man. Gomez has more than 20million followers

  13. Anonymous
    December 20, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    kim jb and ari now have like 20m something how long ago was this

  14. ceecee
    March 24, 2014 at 9:50 pm

    beyonce has like 10 million or sumthing now and Rihanna has like 12 million

    • Toni
      May 24, 2015 at 3:32 pm

      Beyoncé has 34 million followers

  15. Howard Koor
    March 23, 2014 at 10:48 pm

    It's a sad commentary on what's important. To much emphasis on the K sisters. At least the musicians make music and have talent.

  16. Likiana
    March 13, 2014 at 6:21 am

    This is wrong, Miley has 9.9 million

  17. Pheebs
    March 5, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    Very depressing, not one notable human being among them. Just goes to show Instagram is for the vapid..........

  18. Anonymous
    February 23, 2014 at 1:34 am

    I honestly think it's kind of sad the Kardashians are on this list. They take up so much spot light by sitting on their butts while the singers and actors get 1/4 of that spot light!

  19. Some random dude
    February 14, 2014 at 7:56 am

    What a journalist. Funny piece but, a little hypocritical to take the time to describe all the vastly similar kardashian pages but somehow can't be bothered to describe bieber's.

  20. ARUSHI
    February 13, 2014 at 9:28 am


    • ghjuffvhh
      February 23, 2015 at 12:58 am

      Haters these days...smh

  21. nillon
    February 12, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    nixonfiller on intagram

  22. bailey
    February 10, 2014 at 2:12 am


  23. Julia
    February 7, 2014 at 7:40 pm

    ha ha the justin bieber one is just like "moving on"

  24. Crystals dad
    February 3, 2014 at 8:31 pm

    Crystal sounds extremely fat and I'm sure the apple didnt fall far from the tree

  25. Crystal
    February 1, 2014 at 12:17 am

    You have no respect, Justin is a human being and im sure you wouldn't like to be treated like that. And also saying you dont know why he has so many followers shows how stupid you are because obviously people have some sort of an interest towards Justin Bieber even if they say they dont like him so sorry but you just made yourself look like a fool

  26. Angel
    January 21, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    Gotta give Justin Bieber credit , lol it's so pathetic that most guys are jealous of him. I think the guy has worked hard and deserves to be on top.

  27. Anonymous
    January 21, 2014 at 4:11 am

    Why is it mostly about the KK sisters, but on another websites it ITS"NT

  28. tray
    January 16, 2014 at 6:04 pm


  29. Rodrigo
    January 11, 2014 at 9:22 pm

    seens half the people here follow bieber hahaha

    • Fhaterz
      January 21, 2014 at 6:22 pm

      well if u read the article, he is the most followed celebrity, so this should be no surprise -.-

  30. Brittany
    January 2, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    Why are little girls making a deal out of the Justin beiber thing like you already know who he is. I'm not a hater but its not that serious sorry

  31. Gustavo
    January 1, 2014 at 6:06 pm

    another Bieber hater, he thinks he will be respected doin that. Poor guy.

  32. Juju
    December 30, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    Everybody chill out about Justin bieber hahaha. Silly 13 year old girls don't know how to take a joke!

  33. Bobby
    December 25, 2013 at 5:31 am

    This list is sad

  34. Anonymous
    December 22, 2013 at 1:33 am

    So this is a list of people not to follow?

  35. Anonymous
    December 16, 2013 at 11:25 pm

    LOLOLOL THE JUSTIN ONE!!! hahahahha

  36. Anonymous
    December 7, 2013 at 9:55 am

    Why isn't Harry on there?!

    • Anonymous
      December 10, 2013 at 7:32 pm


    • Anonymous
      February 16, 2014 at 5:33 am

      So sorry but I'm afraid I don't think Harry Potter actually has an Instagram account. Yeah, I know it's dissappo

  37. @MenWithStyle
    December 6, 2013 at 2:58 am

    Lmbo i laugh so hard at the JB post. I wouldve said the same thing! Seriously whats the hype with this kid?

  38. Edward
    December 3, 2013 at 8:07 am

    hey Joshua Lockhart I want you to know that insecurity kills. It's not fair that you describe justin bieber like that.

  39. Alex
    November 30, 2013 at 11:16 pm

    You have time to explain the "Kardashians" but not Justin? Not a fan but still.

    • Julia
      February 7, 2014 at 7:43 pm

      hey, the justin thing is true

  40. Cleo vii
    November 15, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    Follow cleo_vii @Cleo_vii on instagram has amazing jewelry

  41. Lance
    November 10, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    How is he sexist against men for only having 1 guy on the list? It's a top 10 list- not a list of people he is suggesting to follow.

    • Anonymous
      February 9, 2014 at 1:06 pm

      Actually it was an all girls list except for maybe instagram

  42. svaneem
    November 9, 2013 at 4:30 am

    LOL Im not a hater against JB but I found it kinda funny xD

  43. Lily
    November 4, 2013 at 2:52 am

    Wowww. You couldn't even take the time to explain Justin's Instagram but you could explain FOUR of the Kardashians. That's judgemental and rude. Remind me to never read another article written by Joshua Lockhart. He needs help.

    • Joshua Lockhart
      November 4, 2013 at 2:55 am

      Will seek help ASAP.

    • Jeni Pippiline
      November 8, 2013 at 6:04 am

      Sexist too. Da Beeb was the only dude he suggested.

    • Joshua Lockhart
      November 17, 2013 at 5:25 am

      "This is not our top 10 of Instagram. It’s actually the top 10 accounts based entirely on the amount of followers each one of them has. Data was collected on September 21, 2013, via Webstagram’s Hot List, and while this is subject to change at any time, the current list is a nice portrayal of who is really using Instagram."

    • Liz
      November 26, 2013 at 1:17 pm

      Guys its not that serious . . . Just like Justin isn't that serious . . .

    • Anonymous
      February 4, 2014 at 3:41 am

      This person who put this up her might only do it for girls.not many people like justin

  44. Brendenn Princeyly
    October 10, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    i couldnt help but laugh at the description of Justin Bieber "yeah we dont get it either" LOL

    • Meggs
      November 4, 2013 at 2:55 am

      That's kind of mean. It's not fair that he would take the time to explain everybody else's Instagram except for Justin. I totally agree with Lily's comment!

  45. ale
    September 28, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    1. read "... the list is a nice portrayal of who is really using Instagram".
    2. read the list.
    3. laugh.

    • Anonymous
      January 23, 2015 at 3:35 am

      Ts has like 19 mill now

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