- TikTok is one of the most popular social platforms, particularly among Gen Z.
- Some of the most popular creators have millions of followers who watch them lip-sync, dance, and produce comedy skits.
- These are the 40 most popular TikTok stars who found fame on the platform.
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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 â€” many who are of part of Gen Z themselves â€” 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.
TikTok is both a launchpad for some of the biggest trends on the internet: think Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road,” which set Billboard chart records in 2019, or TikTok’s homebrewed “Ratatouille” musical, which was formed through collaboration on the app in 2020.
However, it’s also proven its worth as a celebrity incubator. In November 2020, 16-year-old Charli D’Amelio became the first TikTok star to hit over 100 million followers, and all of the app’s top stars have follower counts that name in the tens of millions. Now, TikTok stars like D’Amelio or Addison Rae have gone on to secure TV and podcast deals.
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 â€” like former Vine stars Cameron Dallas and Zach King, and JoJo Siwa and Mackenzie Ziegler of “Dance Mums” fame.
These are the 40 biggest stars on TikTok:
40. Kody Antle — 21.4 million
Kody Antle has been a social media star since before his father,Bhagavan “Doc” Antle, appeared on the Netflix series “Tiger King.” He began posting on TikTok before his father appeared on “Tiger King,” and his first video on the app is dated to September 2019.
Referred to as a “real-life Tarzan,” Kody Antle has become one of TikTok’s most popular accounts by posting videos from the Myrtle Beach Safari, which frequently feature tigers and other animals.
39. Beauty Khan — 21.5 million
Beauty Khan became one of India’s most popular TikTok stars through a mix of dance and lip-sync content.
(TIE) 37. WigoFellas —21.7 million
WigoFellas rose to fame through posting comedy and prank content. The pranks frequently include members of WigoFellas’ family.
Little is known about the man behind it, but posts on the account date back to 2018.
(TIE) 37. Naim Darrechi — 21.7 million
Naim Darrechi appears to have begun posting videos on Musical.ly, TikTok’s predecessor, in 2016. Since then, he’s built a significant following by posting dance, lip-sync, and comedy videos, and is a member of creator collective Privé Crew.
Darrechi is also a musician, and most recently released the single “Escápate.”
36. JeanCarlo Leon — 21.8
JeanCarlo León, also known by his TikTok and Instagram handle @jashlem, appears to have begun posting on Musical.ly, TikTok’s predecessor, in 2017.
He posts a variety of lifestyle, vlog, dance, and lip-sync content, and is a member of creator collective Privé Crew.
35. Ondreaz Lopez — 22.1 million
Ondreaz Lopez, 23, is the older brother to Tony Lopez. The pair of brothers rose to fame together with dance content and by association with the Hype House early in 2020.
In late 2020, he released the single “No Baila.”
34. Domelipa (Dominik) — 22.2 million
The creator is from Moterrey, Mexico, and appears to have begun posting on TikTok predecessor Musical.ly in early 2018, and now posts a mix of dance, lifestyle, and lip-sync content.
33. Avneet Kaur — 22.6 million
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. Her most recent TikTok post dates to June 29, the day that TikTok was banned in India.
32. Noah Beck — 22.7 million
A member of the Sway House, he’s a former D-1 soccer player and is known for lifestyle and comedy content.
31. Piyanka Mongia — 22.7 million
Piyanka Mongia, 23, appears to have begun posting on TikTok in 2018 and was one of India’s most popular stars on the app.
She posted predominately lip-sync and dance videos, and her last posts date to June 30, just after TikTok was banned in India.
30. Tony Lopez — 22.8 million
Tony Lopez, 21, rose to fame alongside his older brother Ondreaz Lopez by posting dance videos.
In the past, he’s been associated with the Hype House influencer collective, and in June came under scrutiny for past tweets that contained racist, sexist, and homophobic statements.
(TIE) 28. Junya — 23.3 million
Junya, also known by his TikTok handle @junya1gou, appears to have started posting on TikTok in mid-2019.
In the time since, he’s risen to fame with a variety of wild comedy videos that feature him engaging in ridiculous stunts, performing dances, and generally being extremely funny. Despite having over 23 million followers, his account still hasn’t been verified.
(TIE) 28. Jayden Croes — 23.3 million
Jay Croes, 22, 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.
27. Rodrigo Contreras — 23.5 million
Rodrigo Contreras, 21, is also known by his handle @elrodcontreras.
A Mexican TikTok star, he appears to have started posting on the app when in 2017 (when it was Musical.ly) and posts primarily dance and lip-sync videos.
(TIE) 25. Savannah LaBrant & Family — 23.7 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.”
(TIE) 25. Josh Richards — 23.7 million
24. Jacob Sartorius — 24 million
Sartorius also made headlines in 2018 as part of a much-publicized relationship with “Stranger Things” star Millie Bobby Brown.
23. Sameeksha Sud — 24.5 million
22. Kristen Hancher — 24.7 million
Kristen Hancher has gained an incredibly large fanbase who have watched the 21-year-old through years of lip-syncing videos and dozens of hair colour changes.
21. Awez Darbar — 26 million
Awez Darbar is a 27-year-old dancer from India known for posting videos showing his original choreography to viral hits.
20. The Dobre Twins — 26.8 million
Lucas and Marcus Dobre are a pair of 21-year-old twins whose TikTok videos comprise comedic skits, pranks, gymnastics, and vlogs.
19. Joe Albanese — 27.6 million
Joe Albanese, 19, rose to fame with his breakdance skills and an assortment of coloured wigs.
The first video on his TikTok account is dated to December 2018, and in the time since, he’s become one of the app’s most-followed stars by posting videos that frequently feature members of his family and focus on dance and comedy.
18. Nisha Guragain — 28 million
Nisha Guragain is a 22-year-old from India who capitalises on viral trends by recording lip-sync videos to songs growing in popularity on TikTok.
17. Jannat Zubair Rahmani — 28.2 million
Jannat Zubair Rahmani is a 19-year-old actress whose career started at 8 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.
(TIE) 15. Lilhuddy (aka Chase Hudson) — 28.6 million
Chase Hudson, 18, 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.
(TIE) 15. Arishfa Khan — 28.6 million
Arishfa Khan is a 17-year-old creator 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.
14. The Stokes Twins — 28.7 million
“It’s the same reason why couples channels do well,” Alan Stokes told The Atlantic in 2019. “Twins are the closest you can get to someone without it being a couple thing.”
13. Czn Burak (aka Burak Özdemir) — 29.8 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.
12. Avani Gregg — 29.9 million
Avani Gregg, 18, 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 up-and-coming creators who often collaborated on videos and viral challenges thanks to a shared house in Los Angeles.
Now with her own TV show available to view using Facebook Messenger’s “watch together” feature, Gregg continues to post dance and makeup videos on TikTok.
11. Gilmher Croes — 31.4 million
Gil Croes is the other half of the wildly popular Croes Brothers and is one of the older stars on TikTok at age 27. Croes told Business Insider 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.”
10. Mr. Faisu (aka Faisal Shaikh) — 32.1 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 one of India’s most popular creators.
His last video posted on TikTok is dated June 28, one day before TikTok was banned in India.
9. Baby Ariel (aka Ariel Martin) — 35.2 million
The 20-year-old’s illustrious TikTok fame has led to multiple gigs on Disney Channel and Nickelodeon TV shows.
8. Michael Le — 43.4 million
Michael Le began posting videos to TikTok’s predecessor Musical.ly back in 2016 and has been growing his fame on the app ever since.
Known for dance videos and choreography, TikTok named him one of its top creators of 2020. Le is also the “ceo of escalator tiktoks” (as he once described himself in a video caption), regularly posting videos that show him dancing on escalators in public.
7. Riyaz Afreen — 43.7 million
Riyaz Afreen is only 17, but established himself as an actor and star by going viral on TikTok.
6. Dixie D’Amelio — 47 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.
5. Bella Poarch — 49.1 million
Bella Poarch was one of TikTok’s breakout stars in 2020 and came to possess its most liked video – a zoomed-in lip-sync to British rapper Millie B’s “M to the B.”
Poarch came into TikTok fame in the latter half of 2020, posting lip-sync, dance, singing, and gaming-focused videos. While some of Poarch’s personal details like her real name and age remain unclear, she’s become one of TikTok’s biggest stars.
4. Loren Grey — 50.2 million
Loren Grey was a star on TikTok’s predecessor, Musical.ly, at only 13. Grey 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.
3. Spencer X (aka Spencer Knight) — 50.3 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.
2. Addison Rae (aka Addison Easterling) — 51.3 million
Addison Rae – as 20-year-old Addison Easterling is known online – quickly rose to fame after joining TikTok in the summer of 2019.
She regularly draws hundreds of thousands of views on videos where she dances and lip-syncs to popular songs on the app and hosts a Spotify-exclusive podcast called “Mama Knows Best” with her mother, Sheri Nicole.
1. Charli D’Amelio — 103.6 million
Charli D’Amelio is officially TikTok’s biggest star. After launching her channel in June 2019, the 16-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. Now, her family is getting their own documentary TV show on Hulu in 2021.