2016's Top Fan Armies, Songs, Music Moments on Instagram


It's no surprise that five out of Instagram's top 10 most-followed accounts are music-related and the list of the most-liked snaps from musical celebs in 2016 features a lot of the names you might expect (Beyoncé, Katy Perry, Drake, Selena Gomez, etc.) But what were the biggest trends, hashtags, most 'grammed festivals, which fan groups ruled the service, what songs got the most mentions and what were the top Instagram music moments of the year? (All data provided by Instagram.)

Billboard has that all for you, as well as a run-down of who joined the service for the first time this year, including:

Kanye West


A photo posted by Kanye West (@kanyewest) on Sep 18, 2016 at 8:23am PDT


America's Got Talent judge Simon Cowell


Brit Awards 2016

A photo posted by @simoncowell on Feb 24, 2016 at 1:10pm PST


And cartoon rockers the Gorillaz​



A video posted by Gorillaz (@gorillaz) on Oct 7, 2016 at 8:54am PDT


Artists with most mentions

Selena GomezOne DirectionBeyoncéRihannaAriana GrandeTwenty One PilotsTaylor SwiftDrakeColdplaySiaNe-YoJennifer LopezKanye WestWaleMadonna


Top 15 songs with most mentions on Instagram in 2016 (based on total global number of mentions for a sampling of the year's top Billboard-charting songs, in captions, comments or photos):

"Formation" - Beyoncé"Sorry" - Justin Bieber"Work" - Rihanna ft. Drake"Ride" - Twenty One Pilots"Pillowtalk" - Zayn"Perfect" - One Direction"Heathens" - Twenty One Pilots"Hello" - Adele"My Boo" - Ghost Town DJ's"Panda" - Desiigner"Love Yourself" - Justin Bieber"Stitches" - Shawn Mendes"Dangerous Woman" - Ariana Grande"Sorry" - Beyoncé"Purple Rain" - Prince


Most Instagrammed moments

The death of David Bowie


The world loves you David.

A video posted by xoxo, Joanne (@ladygaga) on Feb 15, 2016 at 3:08pm PST



@gucci #Fall2016

A photo posted by IMAN (@the_real_iman) on Feb 15, 2016 at 2:40pm PST



Heart ----

A photo posted by Kate Hudson (@katehudson) on Jan 11, 2016 at 2:06am PST


Prince's death


My musical brother... My friend... The one who showed me the possibilities within myself, changed everything, and kept his integrity until the end, is gone. I am heartbroken.

A photo posted by Lenny Kravitz (@lennykravitz) on Apr 21, 2016 at 10:52am PDT



an artist who showed true creative freedom and challenged all barriers. there are a million things to say. rip, beautiful.

A photo posted by Ariana Grande (@arianagrande) on Apr 21, 2016 at 11:07am PDT




A photo posted by Kylie (@kyliejenner) on Apr 21, 2016 at 10:31am PDT


10 Most active Fan Armies 

Selenators (Selena Gomez)Team Drake (Drake)Beyhive (Beyonce)Arianators (Ariana Grande)Harmonizers (Fifth Harmony)Little Monsters (Lady Gaga)Barbz (Nicki Minaj)Swifties (Taylor Swift)Directioners (One Direction)Rihanna Navy (Rihanna)


Most buzzed-about U.S. music trends and hashtags


Artists who gained the most new followers

Selena Gomez (@selenagomez) - Gained more than 50 million followers.Ariana Grande (@ariangrande) - Gained for than 40 million followers.Taylor Swift (@taylorswift) - Gained more than 38.3 million followersBeyonce (@beyonce) - Gained more than 37 million followersNicki Minaj (@nickiminaj) - Gained fore than 29 million followersKaty Perry (@katyperry) - Gained more than 25.1 million followersMiley Cyrus (@mileycyrus) - Gained more than 24.3 million followersDemi Lovato (@ddlovato) - Gained more than 22 million followersJennifer Lopez (@jlo) - Gained more than 20 million followersJustin Timberlake (@justintimberlake) - Gained more than 18 million followers


Most Instagrammed music festivals

LollapaloozaUltra Music FestivalGlastonbury FestivalFuji Rock FestivalSXSW MusicCoachella


5 Artists who used Instagram to announce new music



A video posted by Beyoncé (@beyonce) on Apr 16, 2016 at 9:00am PDT



To the city I love and the people in it...Thank you for everything #VIEWS

A photo posted by champagnepapi (@champagnepapi) on Apr 24, 2016 at 6:04pm PDT



A video posted by Radiohead (@radiohead) on May 2, 2016 at 10:01pm PDT



Been workin in the studio, wanted to share this song I just wrote with u guys. thank you for always being there. (Link in bio)

A video posted by Niall Horan (@niallhoran) on Sep 29, 2016 at 8:02am PDT



#MindOfMine .. yours now !!!! -- ------

A photo posted by Zayn Malik (@zayn) on Mar 24, 2016 at 8:51pm PDT