Instagram Loves Famous People, Beautiful People And Cats

2015's "Most Liked Photos" on Instagram prove that girls run the world

Dec 22, 2015 at 6:12 PM ET

The results are in and it turns out one of the best ways to get millions of likes on Instagram is to be a cat, preferably belonging to Taylor Swift. The photo-sharing app put out its list of most-liked photos of 2015 and Meredith the Cat stars in two of the top ten—along with her owner and a handful of other young superstars.

2015 was a pretty epic year for Instagram, which continued to cement its hold as one of the most vital social-media apps out there. After introducing its “Search And Explore” update back in June, the photo social network opened their platform to a wider fan base looking to follow the hottest celeb-generated trends and social chatter.

Vocativ analyzed the program’s year-end roundup of the “Most Liked Photos” and found out what it takes to have your image “liked” millions of times over.

A photo posted by Kendall Jenner (@kendalljenner) on

The first step to Insta-fame? Be female. Of the 99 images included in the roundup, 90 featured female celebrities. The nine male images were split between Justin Beiber, Leo Messi, and Cristiano Ronaldo. The next determining factor of fame? Be a musician. Just over 25 percent of the images came from Selena Gomez, followed by Taylor Swift. Fashion models and TV personalities did well, too. Kylie and Kendall Jenner came in third and fourth, followed by the queen of “being famous for being famous,” their sister Kim Kardashian. Beyonce and Ariana Grande had 5 images apiece on the top list.  

😏 A photo posted by Selena Gomez (@selenagomez) on

As far as style is concerned, each account takes a different approach. Taylor Swift treats her account like the average user, as a place to share fun, casual images that make her seem like any other normal millennial—piggyback rides at the beach with cute guys, cuddles with her cat Meredith, bonding with her Godson Leo.

Although her most-liked image is a pile of flowers sent by Kanye West, so the message is clear: “I’m just like everyone else! Except not.”

Awwww Kanye sent me the coolest flowers!! #KanTay2020 #BFFs

A photo posted by Taylor Swift (@taylorswift) on

Selena Gomez’s shots up the glam factor, with styled portraits or full-body shots, usually from photo shoots. Several even include squad-pal Taylor Swift. The Jenner girls, however, bank on sex appeal, with even Kylie’s high school graduation selfie revealing a woman ready to take on the adult world with perfectly manicured brows and cleavage displayed as prominently as diploma.

Being a mom seems to win Insta-affection. Both Beyonce and Kim Kardashian show off their little ones. Kim’s pregnant bod has been the source of major discussions about beauty standards over the past year, but Instagram’s roundup shows a glowing mom-to-be.

Happy Valentine’s Day 🐝🐝💋💋

A photo posted by Beyoncé (@beyonce) on

Good night baby A photo posted by Kim Kardashian West (@kimkardashian) on

Here is the breakdown for which Instagram stars you liked the most in 2015:

Selena Gomez: 25 images, 2,323,196 likes

Taylor Swift: 24 images, 2,647,864 likes

Kylie Jenner: 13 images, 2, 358,835 likes

Kendall Jenner: 11 images, 3,360,010 likes

Kim Kardashian: 7 images, 1,997,037 likes

Beyonce: 5 images, 2,380,640 likes

Ariana Grande: 5 images 1,939,709 likes

Justin Beiber: 5 images, 2,090,734 likes

Leo Messi: 3 images, 1,941,921 likes

Cristiano Ronaldo: 1 image, 1,994,778 likes