As someone who loves Instagram, I have to say that this year was definitely a win for the photo-sharing app. Sure, there was some weird stuff that happened on Instagram in 2016, but some of that weird stuff actually helped us not completely fall apart this year. There were a ton of hilarious, out-there, and downright ICONIC posts that, IMO, totally defined the year. And, if there was ever a year where we needed amazing Instagram posts to distract us from our everyday lives, it was this one. So, as someone who is always scrolling through her feed, I decided it would be appropriate to round up the best and most iconic Instagram posts of 2016.
Not to be dramatic, but Selena Gomez literally won Instagram in 2016, which is pretty impressive for someone who was absent from the spotlight for most of the year. But, as much as I would love to do a post of the most-liked Insta pics of 2016, eight out of 10 of them would be Selena’s and I don’t think that accurately sums up the year. So, I decided to show you the most iconic posts of 2016 instead. What do I mean by iconic, you may ask? Even if you aren’t asking, I’ll tell you. The most iconic images are posts that made both an impact and an influence on our culture, whether it be good or bad. So, maybe it was because of how weird they were, or because they were truly hilarious, but check out the most iconic Instagram posts of 2016:
1. Selena’s Revival tour photo:
I mean, how epic is this? Selena manages to look powerful and amazing and vulnerable all at the same time. I mean…HOW does she do it? This was right before she announced her mini-hiatus and honestly, she went out with a bang.
2. Taylor Swift’s Fourth Of July party/ most extravagant get together of all time:
A photo posted by Taylor Swift (@taylorswift) on
Okay, it anyone can get this insane collection of people to celebrate July 4th together, it’s T. Swift. If anyone can get this perfectly-timed firework photo taken, it’s T. Swift. Or her photographer, probably.
3. This…AMAZING Scott Disick moment:
In which Scott Disick copied and pasted the email from the skinny tea marketing team onto his Instagram caption pic.twitter.com/ocVdxi4jaZ
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Sure, he deleted the sponsored Instagram post, but not before millions of people saw it. Honestly, put this in the MOMA. It’s iconic.
4. When Kylie Jenner FINALLY realized that her realizing stuff was what we realized in 2016:
A photo posted by Kylie (@kyliejenner) on
Honestly…an important moment for all of us. Kylie helped us realize…everything. And then she realizes it herself. Confused? Same. Impressed? Same.
5. Selena meeting her biggest fan:
Selena met one of her biggest fans, 7-year-old Audrey Nethery, backstage at one of her concerts, and they sang the classic Gomez song “Love You Like A Long Song.” Audrey became popular on the internet after bringing awareness to her rare bone disease, Diamond-Blackfan anemia. This moment was just TOO adorable.
6. The SAVAGE post from Fifth Harmony:
I mean, how could we forget when Fifth Harmony called out Camila Cabello for being a snake and quitting the band without telling any of them in person?
7. And Camila’s Response:
Camila came back to assure everyone this was not how she wanted to end things with 5H but, let’s be real, the damage was done.
8. Uh…whatever this was?:
A photo posted by champagnepapi (@champagnepapi) on
One of the weirdest parts of 2016 was the weird relationship/friendship/whatever that was going on between Drake and Taylor. It all led up to his Apple music commercial where he sang along to Bad Blood. Okay, sure.
9. Nicki Minaj ‘just chillin’:
If I ever posted a video of me in a pharmacy and got two million views I just…don’t know what I would do. And yet, Nicki did it. And was cool AF.
10. That time when Nicki Minaj very outwardly gave Demi the side-eye…and she ‘grammed it:
This picture pretty much summed up my first and probably last met ??? #cool #sofuckingawkward #notforme #sweatpants #forensicfiles #whatsgood p.s. some of y’all need to learn how to take a joke.. I’m obviously laughing at the fact that 1. I look incredibly awkward and 2. That the shade being thrown in this picture actually gives me life ???
A photo posted by Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) on
To be fair, if I was ever in a photo with Nicki Minaj, even just in the background, I would also Insta it. But, this pic and its caption was…weird.
11. Ariana Grande and Mac Miller’s Halloween costumes:
Ugh…I hate how much I love this but…they do look SO cute in their Halloween costumes.
12. This, the most liked instagram post of all time:
A photo posted by Selena Gomez (@selenagomez) on
I do sincerely wonder if Coca-Cola got any extra business from this post? IDK, but it became the most liked Instagram of all time. #Goals.
13. BEYONCE’S POST AFTER SHE DROPPED LEMONADE WITH NO WARNING:
It’s hard to believe there was a time when we didn’t all listen to Beyonce’s Lemonade, but it only came out a mere 38 weeks ago, when this photo hit the internet. ICONIC.
A photo posted by Kim Kardashian West (@kimkardashian) on
Remember when Kim K posted a pic of herself in a bikini with a Happy Birthday message to her assistant? I have to admit…this was when I began to love her.
15. Uh…This too:
I’m not sure when Britney Spears’ Instagram account became a collection of inspiring/creepy AF memes but…it did. And I still love it.
16. Rihanna proving she is BADASS:
A photo posted by badgalriri (@badgalriri) on
This cryptic pic was posted after her supposed breakup (?) with Drake. Nobody knows for sure who it was about but, many people speculated it’s referring to her ex, Chris Brown.
17. Bonus: Me and Carly Rae Jepsen:
A photo posted by Nina Braca (@ninabraca) on
SORRY NOT SORRY. This was the best night of my life, and probably my most liked instagram to date. Just let me bask in this moment for a little while longer, please?
What was the most iconic Instagram of 2016 in your opinion? What did we miss? Tell us in the comments!