- TikTok is one of the most popular social platforms, particularly among Gen Z, where users can watch short-form video clips and create something that could go viral.
- Some of the most popular creators have millions of followers who watch them lip-sync, dance, and produce comedy skits as they grow into high-profile influencers.
- These are the 40 most popular TikTok stars, who found fame on the platform and racked millions of followers.
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The most popular figures on social media platforms like TikTok are well beyond mega-celebrity status in the eyes of their teen fans.
These TikTok stars claim millions of followers – many who are of part of Gen Z themselves – and found fame by creating short video clips lip-syncing to soundbites, showing off viral dances, and crafting comedy skits that get shared thousands of times. Even if you’ve never heard of the app, it’s worth getting familiar with. TikTok has more than 1.5 billion all-time downloads, and its popularity and influence only continues to spread.
The hottest accounts on the 2-year-old TikTok don’t have nearly as many followers as the top channels on the more established YouTube (where PewDiePie has blown past 100 million subscribers). However, TikTok can be credited as the launchpad for many of the memes and songs that dominate the internet and often cross over to mainstream popularity, including Lil Nas X’s chart-smashing hit “Old Town Road.”
At one point, a pair of German twins named Lisa and Lena had the most popular account on TikTok, but they deleted their account at the end of March 2019 to “break new ground.” Now Charli D’Amelio has taken over the platform as its biggest creator.
Note that this list consists of independent creators who blew up online thanks to TikTok or its predecessor, Musical.ly. The rankings exclude accounts run by companies, and those from users who got famous first through other means – like former Vine stars Cameron Dallas and Zach King, and JoJo Siwa and Mackenzie Ziegler of “Dance Moms” fame.
These are the 40 biggest stars on TikTok:
40. Sky & Tami — 13.5 million
Sky Odin and Tami Tomo are a couple from Spain who jointly run a TikTok account. They post videos dancing with their friends, playing pranks on each other, and showing behind-the-scenes views of how they create their more complex clips.
(Tied) 38. Joey Klaasen — 14.1 million
Before TikTok, Joey Klaasen may have only been known as the younger brother of Jon Klaasen, who gained fame as a member of a boy band on US version of “The X Factor.” However, Joey Klaasen, 20, has since taken off on TikTok on his own, and recently signed with an up-and-coming talent agency called TalentX, the company behind collab house Swag LA.
(Tied) 38. Suraj Pal Singh — 14.1 million
37. Avani Gregg — 14.4 million
Avani Gregg is one of the several teens on this list who shot into the TikTok elite in 2020 thanks to the launch of the collective Hype House, a group of 2020 up-and-coming creators who often collaborate on videos and viral challenges thanks to a shared house in Los Angeles. Besides dance videos, Gregg, 17, also shows off her makeup looks on TikTok.
36. Jordi Koalitic — 14.6 million
Jordi Koalitic is a photographer, but has been able to transition his still photos into moving videos adaptable for TikTok. Koalitic films behind-the-scenes snippets of how he sets up and captures his creative works, and the result – which he shows at the end of each TikTok – is always surprising. He also uses his TikTok and YouTube accounts to share tips and tricks for other aspiring photographers.
35. Aashika Bhatia — 14.9 million
34. Josh Richards — 15.1 million
33. Cash Baker — 15.2 million
Cash Baker is the younger brother of fellow TikTok star Maverick Baker, who he releases music with. The 16-year-old rose to fame with the song “The Way You Move,” a collaboration with his brother, which went viral on TikTok. The Oklahoma-born Baker brothers also have a TikTok famous sister, Lani.
(Tied) 31. Oye Indori (aka Robin Jindal) — 15.6 million
Oye Indori, whose real name is Robin Jindal, is one of the most famous Indian comedians on TikTok. While his TikTok feed is made up of funny skits with his prominent TikTok friends, his YouTube channel is filled with pranks and song parodies.
(Tied) 31. Annie LeBlanc — 15.6 million
Annie LeBlanc’s brand was first tied to her family, since she got her start as one of children in her family’s YouTube channel Bratayley, which has over 7 million subscribers. The 15-year-old was propelled to Gen Z fame, however, after starting her Musical.ly channel and landing a role as one of the lead cast members on the popular YouTube series “Chicken Girls,” produced by teen-beloved media company Brat.
30. Lucky Dancer (aka Arhan Khan) — 16.4 million
29. Holly H — 16.5 million
Holly H had a moderate following on Vine before it shut down, but has built most of her fanbase through TikTok. The 23-year-old is Britain’s biggest TikTok star, and The Times referred to her in a recent profile as the “virtual best friend/big sister/confidante/girl crush” to millions.
28. Jason Coffee & Family — 16.8 million
Jason Coffee has shared the antics of his family online to gain a massive following for him and his children: Peyton, Isaac, and Caleb. Coffee’s online pseudonym comes from his time as a Starbucks barista before he started making videos on Vine, and later TikTok.
27. Danielle Cohn — 16.9 million
Danielle Cohn became one of the most popular creators at the age of 13 on Musical.ly. Cohn, now 15, was the subject of much anger and concern earlier this month after she produced a video saying she was married to her 16-year-old boyfriend, fellow influencer Mikey Tua, and pregnant with his child. Cohn later revealed that the video was just a joke for attention, but it has helped to bring more followers to her YouTube channel and Instagram account.
26. Czn Burak (aka Burak Özdemir) — 17 million
CZN Burak – whose real name is Burak Özdemir – is the most famous chef on TikTok. He’s known for cooking elaborate Turkish meals while his face features a seemingly permanent, unmoving smile.
(Tied) 24. Dixie D’Amelio — 17.3 million
Dixie D’Amelio is the older sister of TikTok’s biggest star, Charli. Dixie, 18, is also known for her dance videos and choreography. D’Amelio is also a member of Hype House, and signed a contract with a major talent agency alongside her younger sister in late 2019.
(Tied) 24. Lilhuddy (aka Chase Hudson) — 17.3 million
Chase Hudson, 17, has rocketed to fame as another member of the Los Angles-based creator collective, Hype House. Hudson, who goes by Lilhuddy online, is perhaps just as well known for dating Charli D’Amelio, the 15-year-old who recently took over as the most followed creator on TikTok.
23. Savannah LaBrant & Family — 18 million
Savannah Labrant is the matriarch of a family with a wildly popular social media presence. Her husband, Cole, is a former Vine star known as part of a dancing trio dubbed “Dem White Boyz.” The couple’s YouTube channel about their family has more than 10 million subscribers, and their two children – age 6 and 7 months – each have Instagram followings over 1 million.
22. Lauren Godwin — 18.7 million
Lauren Godwin frequently produces comedic content based on life as a “normal gal going to school in Houston,” the 19-year-old told Business Insider in July. She is dating fellow TikTok star Sebastian Bails, and the two often produce prank and challenge videos together.
21. Garima Chaurasia — 18.8 million
20. The Stokes Twins — 20.4 million
“It’s the same reason why couples channels do well,” Alan Stokes told The Atlantic this year. “Twins are the closest you can get to someone without it being a couple thing.”
19. Avneet Kaur — 20 million
Avneet Kaur first emerged on the scene as a contestant on an Indian reality dance competition in 2010 at nine years old, but has since went on to be a popular actress and choreographer. The 18-year-old Kaur frequently features on her TikTok behind-the-scenes footage from her time on set, and lipsync videos with family and friends.
18. Sameeksha Sud — 20.5 million
Sameeksha Sud is known for her comedic sketches alongside two other India TikTok stars, and the three of them altogether run a successful YouTube channel called TeenTigada. The 26-year-old Sud is also an actress, but has gained in popularity thanks to TikTok.
(Tied) 16. Jannat Zubair Rahmani — 20.8 million
Jannat Zubair Rahmani is an 18-year-old actress whose career started at eight years old. She has since found success on TikTok as one of India’s most popular accounts, where she shares music she produces and shares lip-syncing videos.
(Tied) 16. JiffPom — 20.8 million
JiffPom is a tiny Pomeranian dog who holds two Guinness world records for his speed on only two of his four tiny legs. He’s often spotted in trendy outfits in his multiple celebrity appearances, including in the music video for Katy Perry’s song “Dark Horse.”
15. The Dobre Twins — 20.9 million
Lucas and Marcus Dobre are a pair of 20-year-old twins whose TikTok videos comprise comedic skits, pranks, gymnastics, and vlogs. The twin brothers also create content for YouTube with their older brothers Cyrus and Darius, and the four are embarking on a cross-country tour this summer to meet fans.
14. Jayden Croes — 21.2 million
Jay Croes, 21, is the younger half of popular social media sibling duo Croes Bros. The two brothers grew up in Aruba, where life was “pure and simple,” then started to grow their fanbase on Musical.ly in 2015.
(Tied) 12. Nisha Guragain — 22.8 million
Nisha Guragain is a 22-year-old from India who capitalizes on viral trends by recording lip-sync videos to songs growing in popularity on TikTok.
(Tied) 12. Jacob Sartorius — 22.8 million
Jacob Sartorius was one of the most popular stars on Musical.ly, which has helped the 16-year-old launch a mildly successful career in music. Sartorius also graced headlines in 2018 as part of a much-publicized relationship with “Stranger Things” star Millie Bobby Brown.
11. Awez Darbar — 23.2 million
Awez Darbar is a 26-year-old dancer from India known for posting videos showing his original choreography to viral hits.
(Tied) 9. Arishfa Khan — 23.5 million
Arishfa Khan is a 16-year-old girl from India who got her start as a child actress at age 9. However, she gained a major following for her lip-syncing videos on her TikTok account, and has since created a beauty and makeup-centric YouTube channel. Her videos often feature fellow TikTok star Lucky Dancer.
(Tied) 9. Kristen Hancher — 23.5 million
Kristen Hancher has gained an incredibly large fanbase who have watched the 20-year-old through years of lip-syncing videos and dozens of hair color changes. Now, Hancher is a member of Jake Paul’s Team 10 squad, and lives in the infamous Los Angeles mansion full of social media stars.
8. Gilmher Croes — 24.7 million
Gil Croes is the other half of the wildly popular Croes Brothers, and is one of the older stars on TikTok at age 26. Croes told Business Insider last month that since starting to make videos in 2015, the brothers have been forced to change and adapt in order to maintain popularity on the platform.
“We never get comfortable, can never do the same thing that we were doing before,” Croes said. “You can’t please everyone, but we try to adapt in a way where people enjoy our content.”
7. Mr. Faisu (aka Faisal Shaikh) — 25.3 million
Mr Faisu is part of a squad of Indian creators dubbed Team 07. After he was suspended from TikTok in 2019 for violating its community guidelines, he returned in early 2020 to continue making videos and maintaining his spot as India’s most popular creator.
6. Spencer X (aka Spencer Knight) — 25.9 million
Spencer X is the stage name for Spencer Knight, a beatboxer who shows off his skills to millions on TikTok. The 27-year-old artist has been able to turn professional thanks to a sponsorship from energy drink brand Moster Energy.
5. Addison Rae (aka Addison Easterling) — 27.8 million
Addison Rae – as 19-year-old Addison Easterling is known online – quickly rose to fame after joining TikTok in the summer of 2019. She’s now a member of Hype House, and regularly draws hundreds of thousands of views on videos where she dances and lip-syncs to popular songs on the app.
4. Baby Ariel — 31.3 million
Baby Ariel, aka Ariel Martin, was the first individual to surpass the 20-million-followers mark on Musical.ly, and her fame has only grown from there. The 19-year-old’s illustrious TikTok fame has led to multiple gigs on Disney Channel and Nickelodeon TV shows.
3. Riyaz Afreen — 32.9 million
Riyaz Afreen is only 16, but has established himself as an actor and star through going viral on TikTok. He often features other popular Indian TikTok stars on his accounts, including Mr. Faisu and Aashika Bhatia.
2. Loren Gray — 41.3 million
Loren Gray was a star on TikTok’s predecessor, Musical.ly, at only 13. Gray has been a frequent part of TikTok’s lip-dubbing trends and viral dance challenges, and has garnered nominations at the Teen Choice Awards and People’s Choice Awards for her social media presence. She recently told Insider she was planning on focusing more on her career in music, which she’s been producing since 2017. She most recently released the single “Can’t Do It” in May 2019.
1. Charli D’Amelio — 41.4 million
Charli D’Amelio is officially TikTok’s biggest star. After launching her channel in June 2019, the 15-year-old from Connecticut rocketed to the top of TikTok in just a matter of months through choreographed dances to viral songs. Her breakout success has led her to a spot in Hype House, a cameo appearance in a Super Bowl commercial, and a contract with a premier talent agency.
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