Most Followers on TikTok in 2021

This article has been updated for accuracy with the latest information on August 16, 2021.

Ever since it was released in 2016, TikTok has taken the world by storm. 

Creators from all over the world have rushed in to show their creativity in the form of short 15 to 60 seconds videos. The platform now has over 1 billion users, and U.S. TikTok users spend an average of 858 minutes a month on the platform

But who has the most followers on TikTok and what do they post? What are TikTok followers more attracted to?

I’m sure if you’re at all familiar with TikTok, you’re going to start envisioning teenagers dancing and lip-syncing to trendy songs. And you’re right, some of the most famous TikTokers are indeed teenagers dancing and lip-syncing to catchy tunes. 

But not all.

We also have a few celebrities like Jason Derulo and Will Smith sprinkled among the top TikTokers, an illusionist, a chef, a beatboxer, and comedians. 

But I know not everyone is suited to everyone, so in this article we will find out not only who has the most followers on TikTok, but also what they post, what they’re all about, and if you should follow them or not based on your needs and preferences. 

So let’s check it out. Who has the most followers on TikTok in 2021? 


Rank
TikTok Account OwnerFollower CountProfessionPosting Frequency
1Charli D’Amelio129.4 millionDancer and social media personality1 to 3 days, frequently multiple times a day
2Khabane Lame120.9 millionSocial media personalityDaily or every 2 days
3Addison Rae85.8 millionSinger, dancer and social media personalityTypically 2-3 days, frequently multiple times a day
4Bella Poarch85.1Social media personalityEvery 2-3 days, frequently multiple times a day
5Zach King66.3 millionFilmmaker, illusionist and social media personality2 or 3 times a week
6Will Smith63.5 millionActor and rapperAbout once a week, sometimes less, sometimes more
7TikTok58.3 millionSocial media platform2-3 times a week, sometimes less, sometimes more
8Spencer Polanco Knight54.4 millionBeatboxer and social media personality2-3 times a week, sometimes less, sometimes more
9Dixie D’Amelio54.3 millionSinger and social media personalityEvery few days to 2 weeks, sometimes multiple times a day
10Loren Gray53.7 millionSinger, dancer and social media personalityEvery 2-5 days, sometimes multiple times a day
11Michael Le49.8 millionDancer and social media personalityUsed to post daily, now about 2 to 3 times a week or less
12Kimberly Loaiza48.8 millionSinger and social media personalityTypically daily, frequently multiple times a day
13Jason Derulo48.4 millionSinger-songwriter and dancerEvery 2-3 days, sometimes multiple times a day
14Burak Özdemir45.8 millionSocial media personalityDaily, frequently multiple times a day 
15Riyaz Aly44.3 millionActor and social media personalityDaily, multiple times a day. Hasn’t posted in about a month.

Top 15 Most Famous TikTokers in 2021

1. Charli D’Amelio

Username: @charlidamelio

Number of followers: 129.4 million

Profession: Dancer and social media personality

Country: USA

Best known for: Her dancing. It only makes sense that the person who has the most followers on TikTok is a dancer. I don’t know what you think about when you think about TikTok, but the first thing that comes to my mind when I think of TikTok is teenagers dancing. And that’s exactly what Charli D’Amelio, the current queen of TikTok, does. Before starting her TikTok account, Charli was a competitive dancer for over ten years. Now, she mostly posts videos of herself dancing to popular tracks and has 121.7 million TikTok followers and a total of 9.7 billion likes. Why do people love her so much? Because they feel she’s relatable and authentic. According to HypeAudior, most of her TikTok audience (72.4%) is female, especially teenagers and young women in their early twenties. Teenage girls follow her because she’s a girl just like them having fun, dancing to their favorite tunes and putting on make-up, which is something they can relate to and connect with, while boys follow her because, well, she’s a pretty teenage girl with a beautiful body dancing. 

Why not to follow her: If watching a teenage girl dancing is not your cup of tea or is the main reason why you’re not on TikTok, don’t follow Charli D’Amelio. If you need content with a little more substance or something a little more entertaining, consider following other famous TikTokers like Zach King or Khabane Lame. You should also know that people have heavily criticized Charli for becoming famous for a dance called Renegade that she didn’t credit to the original creator, Jalaiah Harmon, until much later when people wouldn’t stop complaining about it. So if it bothers you that the most followed person on TikTok became famous by copying someone else’s work and not giving credit to it, you may want to look elsewhere. 


2. Khabane Lame

Username: @khaby.lame

Number of followers: 120.9 million

Profession: Social media personality

Country: Italy

Best known for: His comedy on TikTok. Khaby is born in Senegal, but lives in Italy. He posts sarcastic comedy skits where he makes fun of other people who are unnecessarily complicating simple tasks. He makes fun of TikTok videos that many of us find annoying in a simple non-mocking way, and that’s why people love him. He states the obvious for all the rest of us so that we don’t have to. People appreciate the comedic relief and feel like they gain back some of the brain cells they lost by watching many of the other top TikTokers’ videos. For example, in one of his TikTok videos, he makes fun of a girl using her teeth to peel a cucumber simply by showing himself using a normal peeler, and then simply pointing to the peeler and shaking his head in disbelief.  

Why not to follow: While many TikTok users find Khaby’s videos very funny given that he is one of the people with the most followers on TikTok, his comedic style may not be for you if you’re not a fan of simple sarcasm. In my experience, it is enough to watch just a couple of his videos to tell if Khaby’s sense of humor is suited to your tastes. 


3. Addison Rae

Username: @addisonre

Number of followers: 85.8 million

Profession: Singer, dancer and social media personality

Country: USA

Best known for: Her dancing and being the new face of clothing retailer American Eagle. Addison has become one of the biggest TikTok stars due to her dancing and lip-syncing videos. She has since launched her first single, “Obsessed”, appeared on “Keeping up with the Kardashians”, launched a Spotify podcast with her mom called “Mama Knows Best”, and will star in the movie “He’s All That” at the end of 2021. According to Forbes, in August 2020 she was the highest earning TikTok star, with $5 million earned up to that point from brand deals and her own make-up line. People love Addison for always having a smile on her face, her dancing skills and her undeniable beauty.

Why not to follow: Many people have complained about Addison using a clear plastic shield over her face instead of a mask during the pandemic while attending Jimmy Fallon’s show. Some people have also accused her of using blackface, while other people defended her saying they were just filters. 


4. Bella Poarch

Username: @bellapoarch

Number of followers: 85.1 million

Profession: Social media personality

Country: USA

Best known for: Her lip-syncing and lively facial expressions. Bella was born in the Philippines and moved to the U.S. with her adoptive family when she was 13. She joined the military to escape her abusive adoptive parents and served for 4 years in the United States Navy. She started actively posting on TikTok in April 2020 and gained people’s attention in August 2020 when she posted the most liked TikTok video. The video shows her zoomed-in face lip-syncing and rhythmically bouncing to British rapper Millie B.’s song “Soph Aspin Send”, and has garnered 50.7 million likes, making it the most viral video on TikTok. People were impressed by her very controlled and animated facial expressions and the fact that she looks like a real-life anime character. Bella has also released her debut single “Build a Bitch” in May 2021.

Why not to follow: Unlike many other girls on TikTok like Charli D’Amelio and Addison Rae who are famous for their dancing, Bella Poarch focuses more on lip-syncing and using intense facial expressions, so if you’re more into the dancing side of TikTok, her account may not be ideal for you.  


5. Zach King

Username: @zachking

Number of followers: 66.3 million

Profession: Filmmaker, illusionist and social media personality

Country: USA

Best known for: Using clever editing and tricks to turn his videos into illusions. Zach King is a filmmaker and illusionist who started his career on YouTube in 2008, moved over to Vine in 2013, and then to TikTok in 2016. People love Zach King for the amount of creativity, production and work that goes behind his illusion videos, and for the little bit of magic and wonder it brings into their lives. TikTok users love that King also shows the behind-the-scenes to his illusion videos, letting people in on the secrets of his “magic tricks”.  

Why not to follow: If you’re not a fan of magic or illusions, Zach King’s TikTok account may not be for you. However, many users who are not usually into magic feel that what he brings to the table is quite special and they love seeing the editing and production that goes into creating these illusions. 


6. Will Smith

Username: @willsmith

Number of followers: 63.5 million

Profession: Actor and rapper

Country: USA

Best known for: His acting, music and sense of humor. Will Smith has starred in many movies like “Bad Boys”, “Men in Black”, “Independence Day”, and the TV series “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”, has been nominated for 2 Oscars and 5 Golden Globes, and has won 4 Grammys. People especially love him for his action comedies, and now he gets to show off some of that comedic gene on TikTok, as he has become one of the most famous TikTokers. While his celebrity friend Jason Derulo has seen a much more rapid growth on TikTok in 2020 (469% compared to Will’s 212%), Will Smith still has the most followers on TikTok out of the two (60.1 vs. 47.6 million as of August 2021). 

Why not to follow: Some people might find Will Smith a little outdated. His TikTok seems to capture some of the 90’s magic combined with today’s modern vibes and technology, so if you’re not a fan of that or of his self-deprecating sense of humor, you should consider not following. 


7. TikTok

Username: @tiktok

Number of followers: 58.3 million

Profession: Social media platform

Country: USA

Best known for: Being one of the most popular video-sharing social media platforms, with 1.1 billion users. TikTok is owned by Chinese company ByteDance and is the international version of Chinese app Douyin. TikTok creators post short-form videos on the platform in a variety of different fields and genres like music, dancing, comedy, magic, medicine and education. The length of a TikTok video used to be between 15 and 60 seconds, but starting from July 2021 TikTok increased its maximum video length to 3 minutes. 

Why not to follow: While many people love TikTok, TikTok’s own account may be a different story. On their own TikTok account, TikTok posts mostly about the events organized by them and about their creators, so if you’re looking for more direct content from TikTok creators, this account may not be suited to your needs. 


8. Dixie D’Amelio

Username: @dixiedamelio

Number of followers: 55.7 million

Profession: Singer and social media personality

Country: USA

Best known for: Being Charli D’Amelio’s elder sister and a singer. Dixie launched her TikTok account and singing career after her little sister’s TikTok account gained popularity. She has released a few singles that she includes in her TikTok videos, like “One Whole Day”, featuring Wiz Khalifa, and “Psycho”, featuring rapper Rubi Rose. TikTok users love her catchy singles and they love her for being relatable, just like her sister. Unlike Charli, however, she mostly posts videos of herself lip-syncing to her music rather than dancing videos.  

Why not to follow: If you’re not into watching a teenager lip-syncing to her own songs or try to do cool dance moves like her sister, consider not following Dixie D’Amelio. People have also complained about her being rude multiple times.


9. Kimberly Loaiza

Username: @kimberly.loaiza

Number of followers: 55.3 million

Profession: Singer and social media personality

Country: Mexico

Best known for: Being a very popular Mexican YouTuber, with 32.7 million subscribers. She posts vlogs, challenges, tags and tutorials on her Spanish YouTube channel and went viral for the first time with a couple’s Yoga challenge video. She is also very popular on Instagram, where she has 29.5 million followers, and has also released a few successful singles in 2019 and 2020. On TikTok, followers admire her dancing and sketches. 

Why not to follow: While many people love Kim for being beautiful, confident and funny, some TikTok users have criticized her for undergoing plastic surgeries and becoming just another fake Instagram model. 


10. Spencer Polanco Knight

Username: @spencerx

Number of followers: 55.1 million

Profession: Beatboxer and social media personality

Country: USA

Best known for: Spencer Polanco Knight, or Spencer X, is best known for his fast-paced beatboxing. Spencer has had an inclination towards music since he was a child and experimented with percussion, bass, and the trumpet. He was later introduced to beatboxing by a friend and was completely hooked. He first caught people’s attention in 2014 with his YouTube video called “One Beatboxer, 14 Genres”, and has since collaborated with famous musicians like Alicia Keys, Marshmello and Sean Kingston.  

Why not to follow: People love Spencer X for his beatboxing skills and being a down-to-earth guy, but if you’re not a fan of beatboxing yourself, consider not following his account. 


11. Loren Gray

Username: @lorengray

Number of followers: 54.2 million

Profession: Singer, dancer and social media personality

Country: USA

Best known for: Being the former queen of TikTok and most followed person on TikTok from March 2019 to March 2020, when she was dethroned by Charli D’Amelio. Loren is best known for her singing, dancing and make-up videos on TikTok. So far, she has released 9 solo singles and 5 collaborations with other artists, as well as appeared in a few music videos, including one for Taylor Swift. She also has a beauty YouTube channel with 3.83 million subscribers and has launched her own jewelry brand at the end of 2020. Followers generally like Loren because she’s beautiful, has a positive attitude, calls her fans angels, and has overcome a sexual assault when she was young.  

Why not to follow: A common reason for dissatisfaction among TikTok followers is Loren using too much make-up and setting unrealistic beauty standards for young girls. While Loren looks pretty without make-up as well, she’s almost unrecognizable, a totally different person, which might send a message of lack of self-acceptance as you are to young girls and women.


12. Michael Le

Username: @justmaiko

Number of followers: 51.3 million

Profession: Dancer and social media personality

Country: USA

Best known for: Michael Le, known as JustMaiko, is one of the most popular TikTok boys, best known for his dancing and choreography skills. He started using TikTok in 2016 while it was still called Musical.ly. He also likes documenting his life on his blog and taking photos for it. People love his dancing tutorials and his collaborations with his brothers and sister, as well as those with other celebrities and creators like Jason Derulo and James Charles. His video of him dancing to Shakira’s “Hips Don’t Lie” on an escalator in the mall is one of the most viewed TikTok videos, with 249 million views.

Why not to follow: If you want to stay away from the dancing part of TikTok, you may want to consider not following Michael. However, you should also consider that his family, who is regularly featured in his videos, is very cute, so you might want to try a few of his videos to see if his style matches your preferences. 


13. Jason Derulo

Username: @jasonderulo

Number of followers: 50.7 million

Profession: Singer-songwriter and dancer

Country: USA

Best known for: His music and dancing, and as of 2020, being the king of TikTok, as many people have started to call him. Derulo’s TikTok account has seen a massive increase, going from 6 million followers in March 2020 to 47.6 now, in August 2021, being the fastest growing TikTok account among already-established celebrities. In fact, Derulo has dived so deep into mastering the art of TikTok that he’s actually writing a book on social media strategy. What people like most about Jason Derulo’s TikTok is his creativity and sense of humor, the ability to participate in athletic challenges and stunts, and the special effects he uses, as well as his music and dancing. People also love his Milli Meals, which are meals he creates typically from a unique combination of snack foods to celebrate each million TikTok followers he gains. Jason has also created a superhero character, Uzo, that he wrote a graphic novel about and plans to turn into a movie franchise. 

Why not to follow: While many people find Jason Derulo’s TikTok content original and entertaining, some people feel he is too corny and over-the-top with his stunts and food creations. Also, if you’re not a fan of Jason Derulo’s music, his account may not be ideal for you, as he uses his music quite frequently as background for his videos. 


14. Burak Özdemir

Username: @cznburak

Number of followers: 50 million

Profession: Social media personality

Country: Turkey

Best known for: Burak Özdemir, by his popular name of CZN Burak, is a chef and restaurateur from Turkey, best known for the giant portions of Turkish and Middle Eastern foods he prepares, as well as the giant grin he has while he’s cooking. The chef became popular after 9GAG reposted a video of him cooking a giant-sized kebab using giant utensils. People love his smile, as well as his quick chopping skills and dough-rolling techniques. 

Why not to follow: If you don’t normally enjoy cooking videos, Burak’s account is not suitable for you.


15. Riyaz Aly

Username: @riyaz.14

Number of followers: 44.5 million

Profession: Actor and social media personality

Country: India

Best known for: His lip-sync videos and being a fashion icon on TikTok. He is currently the most famous TikToker in India and aspires to be a Bollywwod actor. Riyaz has been seen in many Hindi an Punjabi music videos and has collaborated with Indian celebrities like Avneet Kaur, Jannat Zubair Rahmani and Neha Kakkar. TikTok followers love his fashion style and comedic skits. 

Why not to follow: If you don’t speak or understand Hindi, Riyaz Aly’s TikTok account may not be ideal for you, as you will not get many of the jokes and actual message of his videos.   

But speaking of what’s suitable for you, who do you follow on TikTok? Do you follow any of these top TikTokers? What topics and genres are you interested in on TikTok?Don’t forget to share this article with your friends and, if you’re on Instagram, also check out our top 20 most followed Instagram accounts.

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