Here Are the Top 15 Artists With The Most Mentions On Instagram in 2016

Selena Gomez arrives at the 2016 American Music Awards
Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File

Selena Gomez arrives at the 2016 American Music Awards in Los Angeles.

Instagram popularity may appear to be represented by the number of followers a user has, but there's another element that can make anyone seem as in-demand as the Selena Gomezes of the world: mentions.

As 2016 nears its end, the folks at the photo-sharing app did some research focused on the amount of times an artist was referred to in a photo's caption or comment and determined the top 15 for the year.

While Gomez still tops this list -- she's the most-followed person on Instagram with 103 million and counting -- and five of the top 10 most-followed are also some of the most-mentioned, there are a few not-so-likely names that spice up this roster (you go, Ne-Yo!).

Take a look at the 15 artists with the most mentions in 2016 below:

1. Selena Gomez
2. One Direction
3. Beyoncé
4. Rihanna
5. Ariana Grande
6. Twenty One Pilots
7. Taylor Swift
8. Drake
9. Coldplay
10. Sia
11. Ne-Yo
12. Jennifer Lopez
13. Kanye West
14. Wale
15. Madonna


The Biz premium subscriber content has moved to

To simplify subscriber access, we have temporarily disabled the password requirement.