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2015’s Most-Liked Instagram Posts by Pop Stars

From Rihanna’s beach bod to Taylor Swift’s gift from Kanye

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Check out 25 of the year's most-liked Instagram posts by pop stars from Taylor Swift to Rihanna.

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Over the course of the last year, musicians have made Instagram their space to tease new projects, show off their stunning awards show outfits and give their fans a glimpse into their lives and sometimes the lives of their famous friends as well. Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande and Beyoncé are just a few of the stars who’s pictures average millions of views as they give unprecedented access to their worlds. In case you missed them, or just want to take another peek, here are 25 of 2015’s most-liked Instagram posts by musicians. 

The beef between Taylor Swift and Kanye West is now all in the past. Since West interrupted Swift’s acceptance speech after she won Best Female Video at the 2009 MTV VMAs, the pair have wiped up any bad blood and even reunited for a more touching moment at the 2015 VMAs when the pop star introduced the rapper for his Video Vanguard Award acceptance monologue. As a thank you, he sent her his signature gift of white roses.


Awwww Kanye sent me the coolest flowers!! #KanTay2020 #BFFs

A photo posted by Taylor Swift (@taylorswift) on

Taylor and Calvin
Though Swift and superstar DJ Calvin Harris have yet to publicly confirm a relationship, the pair have been seen getting cozy exclusively through their social media channels. This summery, piggy-back snap is just one of several cute moments the pair shared with fans via Instagram.


Friendly relations between Scotland and America. @calvinharris

A photo posted by Taylor Swift (@taylorswift) on

Maudlin Meredith
Swift’s cats Meredith and Olivia have become social media stars thanks to the singer’s many posts about her feline companions. She even paid homage to them in her “Bad Blood” video by securing guest spots from Ellen Pompeo and Mariska Hargity who play the fictional characters — Meredith Grey and Olivia Benson — after whom the pets are named.


Meredith is allergic to joy.

A photo posted by Taylor Swift (@taylorswift) on

Cover Girl
Beyoncé shared a throwback to her 2013 Vogue cover and the special lady who stole the show: her daughter Blue Ivy. At the time of the photo, Blue was a mere 11 months old.


The real cover girl. My delicious Blue Blue at 11 months.

A photo posted by Beyoncé (@beyonce) on

Grown Woman
In a June photo, Beyoncé again showed off her daughter in this sweet, cozy-looking picture


A photo posted by Beyoncé (@beyonce) on

Justin Bieber’s career had been briefly on hold before he joined friend and former tourmate Ariana Grande at her Miami show in March. It was the first large audience he had performed in front of in some time, so maybe nerves were to blame when he forgot the words to Grande’s Weeknd-assisted single “Love Me Harder.” At the show, Bieber also performed his track “All That Matters.”


Had fun with u Ariana, even tho I forgot all the words haha

A photo posted by Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) on

Bubblegum Pop
Grande proved her bubble-blowing prowess while repping Scream Queens, the new horror-comedy TV series she guest-starred on this year.


( @ screem queens )

A photo posted by Ariana Grande (@arianagrande) on

Honey B’s
The relentlessly adorable mother-daughter pair smooched at a camera while covered in tiny, fake bees on Valentine’s Day.


Happy Valentine’s Day

A photo posted by Beyoncé (@beyonce) on

Grammy Night
Grande gave a special post-Grammy Awards thank you to her now ex-boyfriend Big Sean following her time at the show.

Pool Boys
Bieber made a new friend this summer when he was joined at the pool by none other than Mason Disick, the young son of Scott Disick and Kourtney Kardashian.


Mason is cool as a fan

A photo posted by Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) on

Very Berry
Grande gave a behind-the-scenes exclusive with a throwback to a photo from an old shoot done by photographer Jones Crow. In the picture, the pop star is wearing lace bunny ears that cover most of her face and enjoying a strawberry.


from an old @jonescrow shoot. he’s mad it took me this long to post lol

A photo posted by Ariana Grande (@arianagrande) on

After a bitter break-up that inspired two of this year’s newest LPs, Justin Bieber teased fans of his relationship with Selena Gomez by posting a throwback image of the pair on an ATV. He insisted that everyone should “calm down” in the image caption, though fans of the former couple — including Drake, according to a fansite — commented with hopefulness for a renewed spark.


Just a throwback calm down

A photo posted by Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) on

Mirror Mirror
Demi Lovato kept it simple with a bathroom selfie earlier this year, but it was enough for fans who made it her most-liked post of 2015. 


A photo posted by Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) on

Baby Bieber
Bieber has grown up in the public eye and illustrated his maturation with a side-by-side image of him as a tot and him now. 


A photo posted by Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) on

Black and White
Lovato showed off a cute outfit on her Instagram earlier this year. Not surprisingly, her followers loved it.


A photo posted by Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) on

Island Girl
Rihanna enjoyed the company of a baby monkey on a gorgeous, sunny day while on vacation in Barbados, and fans enjoyed the view.


A photo posted by badgalriri (@badgalriri) on

Take a Shine
Budding Disney superstar Zendaya found her perfect lighting while taking this simple selfie. 


Catch the light

A photo posted by Zendaya (@zendaya) on

Feeling Themselves
Nicki Minaj and Beyoncé gave fans a sweet treat when they surprised them with the playful, fun video for their collaboration “Feeling Myself.” After releasing it exclusively on Tidal, Minaj teased stills of the Coachella-shot clip on her Instagram. 


#FeelingMyself #FeelingMyselfVIDEOonTIDAL

A photo posted by Nicki Minaj (@nickiminaj) on

Same Old Love
Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez have been friends almost their entire lives, having met on the set of Barney & Friends. They grew up in the spotlight during the same early-Aughts Disney era and both released new, more mature albums this year. After Lovato indicated during an interview with Complex that they had not spoken in a while, she decided to prove that the two stars were still pals by posting a selfie with her longtime friend while promoting their singles in the caption.


Look at how #coolforthesummer we are.. Friends for years, #sameoldlove

A photo posted by Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) on

Following Rihanna on Instagram means getting to know her best friend Melissa Forde extremely well. The pair are nearly inseparable, and while on vacation, they were all smiles in bikinis and sunglasses. 


Daz my be$$.fren

A photo posted by badgalriri (@badgalriri) on

Driving Glam
Zendaya showed off her glamorous make-up while taking a casual car selfie. 


A photo posted by Zendaya (@zendaya) on

Only Girl in the World
Rihanna tends to enjoy posting more playful photos of her daily life and time with friends that make her seem like every other twentysomething girl. But then she’ll share her gorgeous portraits and photos from her many magazine spreads to remind us that she is still Rihanna. This simple, gorgeous portrait was shot by photographer Dennis Leupold. 


saturdayz : by @dennisleupold

A photo posted by badgalriri (@badgalriri) on

The “Feeling Myself” video not only gave us a collaboration between two of music’s biggest stars but it also gave a glimpse into the friendship between Minaj and Beyoncé. “When u and bestie know yall poppin,” Minaj wrote in the caption of a still image she posted on Instagram.

Without You
One Direction’s most-liked photo of the year comes with a sad backstory: It’s the last photo of all five original members on stage together to be posted on the group’s Instagram. The picture was snapped at the Bangkok show in March that also served as one of Zayn Malik’s last with the boy band. 


Bangkok #OnTheRoadAgain2015

A photo posted by One Direction (@onedirection) on

Game Face
Katy Perry played the Super Bowl halftime show earlier this year, but it was her cute pic with a furry friend that grabbed her fans’ attention on Instagram. 


V important puppy bowl meeting

A photo posted by KATY PERRY (@katyperry) on

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