As 2020 chimes in it comes with chances for new faces to make names for themselves. For now, it’s good to look back who were the top dogs on Twitter at the end of 2020. Much of the list has remained unchanged for the last few years. Still, there’s always a chance for new blood to creep in. This is especially true in the bottom five entries! For now, these are your top Twitter accounts of the year.

Top 10 Most Popular Twitter Accounts of 2020

While most of the faces on this list are familiar, 2020 could be a year of change. Many of these profiles are close together in followers that they could shuffle! Without further ado, here are your top Twitter accounts of 2020:

#1 Katy Perry: the American Idol Singer

Top Twitter Accounts & Key Facts of 2020
  • Account Name: @katyperry
  • Total Followers: 107.3 million
  • Specialization: Singer
  • Country: USA
  • Total Following: 216
  • Page Created: 2009

About Her: Katy Perry is a famous singer, dancer, and actress. She is currently a TV host for American Idol. Her tweets are almost exclusively brand related. These can be for everything from clothing lines to American Idol shows.

She has an upbeat, quirky musical style. She’s also known for having an eclectic sense of fashion. She sports many fun outfits. A lot are modeled after food like her (in)famous peppermint swirl dress. She grew up in a strict Pentecostal household. Despite this, she is considered a sex symbol by the media. She often leans into this public image in photos and public events.


Twitter Style: As mentioned, most of Perry’s posts are “on a brand.” They are all about currently ongoing ad campaigns and upcoming projects. Care is taken to ensure each post has something fun or funny in it. The page at least tries to feel like Perry is putting her own stamp on each post. This makes it feel closer to her real feelings than most social media pages.

In other words, it is a more interesting read than the average. This helps explain why it remains the #1 spot of top Twitter profiles on the site.

#2 Barack Obama: Former President

Top Twitter Accounts & Key Facts of 2020
  • Account Name: @barackobama
  • Total Followers: 105.9 million
  • Special Area: Politician
  • Country: USA
  • Total Following: 614 500
  • Page Created: 2007

About Him: Barack Obama was the 44th US President. He is the first African American to be elected US President. He has been voted the most respected man of the year for 11 years running. Historians ranked him the 8th greatest President of the United States.

Obama first served as an attorney. He then served as a Democratic senator for a term. He is known for his attempts at progressive social reform. This includes the expansion of rights and protections for LGBT+ people. He is also credited for averting a potential Depression. However, his longest-lasting legacy is the Affordable Care Act. This is a statute that halved the uninsured people of the United States. This is achieved through reform of insurance markets.


Twitter Style: Obama’s profile is highly political. He uses his platform to help raise awareness for Democratic politics. Many of his tweets take the time to share inspiring or motivating posts. An example is the showcase of African American leaders.

The profile can also be fun, as Obama maintains a good sense of humor. This holds up even when discussing serious topics. Some recent videos have tried to take advantage of meme humor. The reactions to these posts are mixed. His Twitter posts are interesting, political, and sometimes funny. As the most popular Twitter accounts go, this is one of the most interesting.

#3 Justin Bieber: Canadian Pop Star

Top Twitter Accounts & Key Facts of 2020
  • Account Name: @justinbieber
  • Total Followers: 105.3 million
  • Special area: Singer
  • Country: Canada
  • Total Following: 295 900
  • Page Cretaed: 2009

About Him: Bieber is a popular pop and R&B artist. He is noted and praised for his singing voice. His songs generally deal with love and romance. His songs are sometimes religious or spiritual. This is because Bieber is a devout Christian (born-again Pentecostal).

His career took off surprisingly fast after his debut in 2009. His initial Youtube presence drove his success. Most of his career he has been an incredibly divisive figure. He had a devoted fanbase that spawned a just as dedicated “hate following.” The clearest marking of this is the video for his hit song “Baby.” It is the 29th most viewed video on Youtube (2.04 billion views). It also has the 2nd most enormous amount of dislikes. They are barely edged out by a slightly more significant amount of likes.

Most such controversy has since died down. This leaves Bieber with the usual amount of celebrity scrutiny. These days he has only occasional breaches of privacy.


Twitter Style: Bieber’s social media is run by himself. His tweets primarily consist of his personal opinions and endorsements. The occasional ad for a current project makes up the rest. His profile otherwise is average for someone his age. A lot of it is tweets and shares of favorite songs and movies. More are simple status updates on feelings or opinions. Most are about current events or his personal life. It seems clear that his large following drives the profile's success.

#4 Rihanna: Hip Hop Ambassador

Top Twitter Accounts & Key Facts of 2020
  • Account Name: @rihanna
  • Total Followers: 90.7 million
  • Special area: Singer
  • Country: Barbados
  • Total Following: 1 088
  • Page Created: 2009

About Her: Rihanna is a well-known pop, R&B, and, artist. Her image and brand are largely built on her status as a sex symbol. Her sense of style and complex dance numbers are as important as the music.

In addition to being a famous singer, she is a diplomat. She acts as an official ambassador for the country of Barbados. Her charitable acts include the promotion of education and tourism. These are part of her duties as ambassador. She has invested in or created several charities. Many are aimed at fighting terminal illnesses. She is also well known for her social activism. She is most active in the USA.

As a result, she is well respected for her efforts by many people. This includes former President of the United States Barack Obama. She regularly uses her platform to promote the change she’d like to see.


Twitter Style: Rihanna’s profile is like her career. It is a nearly even split between promoting her brand and her politics. Scrolling down her feed, you’ll find a lot of glamour photos. Most are re-posted from her Instagram. These are usually for her various beauty products and fashions. This is sprinkled with endorsements for candidates and political events. A lot is “signal boosting” of events close to her duties as ambassador. As far as social media profiles go, it’s unique and exciting. It’s easy to see why her Twitter and Facebook following is so large.

#5 Taylor Swift: Singer with a Big Reputation

Top Twitter Accounts & Key Facts of 2020
  • Account Name: @taylorswift13
  • Total Followers: 83.2 million
  • Special Area: Singer / Songwriter
  • Country: USA
  • Total Following: 0
  • Page Created: 2008

About Her: Swift is a former country music star. She switched to pop music in 2012 to great success. Already popular, her music easily crossed the divide. It has slowly evolved away from her country music roots. Despite the change, it keeps many of the same themes (love, romance, and reputation). She writes most of her music. This makes her a notable songwriter as well as a singer.

Swift is often a topic of celebrity news. Much of this stems from rumors and speculations about her personal life. Some are outright invasions of her privacy made public. She often responds to criticism through her music. Two of her biggest hits in recent years are built upon exploiting this.
Swift is often involved in charity events. Most of her fundraising goes to disaster relief or cancer research. She also has a wide variety of donations to other causes. These include literacy and education.


Twitter Style: Despite being outspoken about politics, this rarely shows here. Most of her feed is self-promotion or otherwise brand-related topics. They often have a whimsical or fun edge to them. This allows them to read as more interesting or personal. Swift makes heavy use of Twitter’s video feature. She often does vlog style posts or scaled down music videos for new singles. Her attitude on her profile is a strange mix of pride and humility. This lends an endearing quality to many of her posts. Her Instagram (the 9th most followed worldwide) is similar in content.

#6 Lady Gaga: Mother Monster

Top Twitter Accounts & Key Facts of 2020
  • Account Name: @ladygaga
  • Total Followers: 78.5 million
  • Special Area: Singer / Songwriter
  • Country: USA
  • Total Following: 125 000
  • Page Created: 2008

About Her: Gaga is a popular artist and a lauded actress. At first, she wanted to be an actress, but her music career took off first. Later her significant roles on TV and film catapulted her to acting stardom.

She experiments and regularly tries out new music genres and styles. She has released albums in many genres. These include pop, electropop, jazz, and soft rock. Almost as varied as her musical style is her fashion sense. Initially, they were provocative and edgy. At this time she often made celebrity news and gossip. The most famous outfit is a dress made of raw beef.

As a bisexual woman, Gaga is an advocate of LGBT+ rights. Her single most significant contribution is founding the Born This Way Foundation. It is a non-profit that helps youths better their communities.


Profile Style: Gaga’s has an interesting approach to social media. Her tweets have two different distinct kinds. All posts are either personal or brand-related tweets. There is a severe dividing line in tone and type of post between the two. Her career related tweets give off a humble, but excited vibe. More personal posts are different.

An example is her reactions to playing Bayonetta. These instead come across as relatable insights into her off-time. The stark split is an interesting contrast to other profiles. Some more naturally blend the two ideas (such as Taylor Swift’s page). Others embody extreme ends like Katy Perry or Justin Bieber. The first is always on brand, and the second almost never.

#7 Cristiano Ronaldo: Football Great

Top Twitter Accounts & Key Facts of 2020
  • Account Name: @cristiano
  • Total Followers: 77.7 million
  • Special area: Footballer
  • Country: Portugal
  • Total Following: 51
  • Page Created: 2010

About Him: Ronaldo is widely considered the best footballer in the world. He is potentially one of the greatest of all time. Similarly, he is the third highest paid athlete in the world right now. He is currently the world’s most famous athlete.

His style of play is flashy and aggressive. This makes him effective and fun to watch as an attacking player. His work ethic, training, and dedication have earned him praise over the years.

Despite being popular and wealthy, his career is dotted with scandals. He is considered arrogant and has had troubles with the law. In 2017 he made the news by being charged with and convicted of tax evasion. That same year police began looking into a rape allegation from 2009. The accuser was allegedly paid off by Ronaldo.


Twitter Style: His tweets are almost all posts relating to his current products. Many are also about the outcomes of games that were played recently. The main exceptions are photos of his family having fun together. Most of these are reposts from his Facebook. There he has a much larger following. He is the most followed Facebook in the world, with 120 million+ followers.

Many posts are written in Portuguese (his first language). He tends to get a lot of engagement from his overseas audience with these.
This is when his posts have words at all. A large percentage of his posts are just a photo with an emoji.

#8 Ellen DeGeneres: Queen of Games

Top Twitter Accounts & Key Facts of 2020
  • Account Name: @theellenshow
  • Total Followers: 77.5 million
  • Special Area: Comedian
  • Country: USA
  • Total Following: 33 000
  • Page Created: 2008

About Her: DeGeneres is a stand-up comedian, actress, and TV show host. She has been entertaining audiences since the early ‘80s. Her style of humor is often sarcastic but rarely feels mean-spirited. She has won the most People’s Choice Awards given to any single person (20).

She is perhaps even more well known as an LGBT+ rights activist. Being a lesbian is a large part of her public identity. She came out on the Oprah Winfrey Show in 1997. In the same year, her character on her self-titled comedy came out as well. She has been both criticized and praised for opening up about herself. She is often considered an icon of the gay community. DeGeneres is also a vegan and supports animal rights.


Twitter Style: As might be expected, most of her posts are funny. However, they still do an excellent job of serving their advertising purpose. Many are for her talk show (The Ellen Show). On it she discusses current events and news, among other things). Recently more have been for her new game show and stand-up appearances.

Most of her tweets are about her talk show. It is often hard to distinguish between DeGeneres’ “ad voice” and her real thoughts. They are often closely intertwined by the nature of that type of show. As a result, the feed reads like a miniature slice of The Ellen Show. Overall her the tone is similar in the text as in speech.

#9 YouTube: Viral Media Platform

Top Twitter Accounts & Key Facts of 2020
  • Account Name: @youtube
  • Total Followers: 71.5 million
  • Special Area: Video Sharing Service
  • Country: USA
  • Total Following: 1 021
  • Page Created: 2007

About It: Youtube is a company founded in 2005. It was founded by former Paypal employees. The original idea was for an online dating service. Users could share videos as part of the process. It quickly evolved into a more general purpose video sharing site. This was out of a desire to fill a perceived lack in the market. People immediately began to use it to post viral videos, and the site took off.

Today, Youtube is still the primary video sharing service in the world. It has survived or pushed out most of its competitors (such as Vimeo). It is the most downloaded free app of the year.

Youtube has been widely criticized for many things over the last few years. These are mainly about issues with copyright and fair use. They have also been accused of changing things for the worse on the site.


Twitter Style: Posts on Youtube’s feed fall under three primary types. Most are video showcases, fun social media posts, or notices.

While being a corporate page, the people running the profile are fun. They aren’t above poking fun at the company’s perceived screw-ups. This gives the page a fun, upbeat vibe most of the time. The tone makes it easy to engage with the content.

#10 Justin Timberlake: President of Pop

Top Twitter Accounts & Key Facts of 2020
  • Account Name: @jtimberlake
  • Total Followers: 64.9 million
  • Special area: Singer
  • Country: USA
  • Total Following: 287
  • Page Created: 2009

About Him: Timberlake has a long career as a singer and dancer. He was first made famous as a member of the boy band ensemble NSYNC. He then launched a successful solo career that continues today. His music heavily involves love, sex, and romance. He is a trendsetter concerning fashion and image. He has often been praised for his “effortless cool” look.

In addition to his musical career, he also has a film career. Many films he’s involved with have mixed reviews from critics and audiences. Several other ventures round out his dabbling in other industries. This includes fashion lines and buying a sports team. Some of the profits from his concerts and tours often go to charities. These make up most of his charity donations.


Twitter Style: The profile is often surprisingly funny. Timberlake sports a joking mood a lot of the time. This remains even when promoting his brands. Despite his image as a pop idol, he’s not afraid to look goofy in posts. This is especially true when it involves his kids. A good sense of humor and some silliness make the page fun to read. This helps with the otherwise dull content (mostly ads).

Top Twitter Accounts We’ve Reviewed…

1Katy Perry@katyperry107.3 mSingerUSA2009
2Barack Obama@barackobama105.9 mPoliticianUSA2007
3Justin Bieber@justinbieber105.3 mSingerCanada2009
4Rihanna@rihanna90.7 mSingerBarbados2009
5Taylor Swift@taylorswift1383.2 mSinger/SongwriterUSA2008
6Lady Gaga@ladygaga78.5 mSinger/SongwriterUSA2008
7Cristiano Ronaldo@cristiano77.7 mFootballerPortugal2010
8Ellen DeGeneres@theellenshow77.5 mComedianUSA2008
9YouTube@youtube71.5 mVideo ServiceUSA2007
10Justin Timberlake@jtimberlake64.9 mSingerUSA2009


FAQ Section

Who Is the Most Followed Person on Twitter?

Katy Perry, who has had the top spot locked down since near the end of 2013. Her poppy, upbeat music and sense of style are paired with a bubbly attitude. This has given her a strong lead it would take a miracle to dislodge her from. The only real contenders are Justin Bieber and Barack Obama. They are “only” a few million followers from being the most popular. Everyone else trails by a considerable margin. Many could stand to imitate her and make advertising more engaging.

What Are Good Accounts to Follow from Different Industries?

Music is covered a lot in the list, with Katy Perry holding the #1 spot. Other great profiles to follow are Nasa (30 mil) or Bill Gates (46 mil) for science posts. Oprah Winfrey (42 mil) is good for lifestyle and current events. CNN (55 mil) and the BBC (39 mil) are the two news networks on the top 50 list for followers. Other industries (such as automotive, computing, gaming, etc.) are far less represented on the platform than music. Singers make up a large percentage of the best or most followed accounts with 6 of the top 10 Twitter accounts.

Who Are the Most Popular in the USA Alone?

Katy Perry, Barack Obama, and Taylor Swift are the most followed. They have a combined 294 mil followers. Katy Perry and Taylor Swift are both artists of a similar genre (pop). Perry leans more toward upbeat and inspiring songs. Swift’s music is often melancholic, wistful, or bitter. Barack Obama is the former President of the United States. He has been voted the most respected man in the country for 11 years straight. This is for his service to American society.

Who Are the Most Popular Politicians on Twitter?


  1. Barack Obama (former President of the United States, 104 mil).
  2. Donald Trump (current President of the United States, 57 mil).
  3. Pope Francis (Head of the Catholic Church, 54 mil).
  4. Narendra Modi (Prime Minister of India, 45 mil).
  5. Recep Tayyip Erdogan (President of Turkey, 13 mil).

Two can be considered liberal-leaning (Barack Obama and Pope Francis). The other three are socially conservative. Donald Trump is the only economic conservative of the group. All have differing political motivations and views. All are on different parts of a complex political spectrum. Donald Trump and Narendra Modi may have more followers than listed. Both have multiple profiles. Modi holds two, and Trump arguably has three. It is impossible to tell how many unique users those profiles share.

The Final Word

And that’s the list, plus some other interesting factoids! Everyone should keep a close eye on the bottom seven entries on this list. Those are the most prominent hotspots for change in the coming year. It wouldn’t be surprising to see shuffling between accounts tied or nearly tied. Some profiles may fall off completely to be replaced. Youtube especially is in a position that has swapped several times. Only time will tell!

Published: April 26, 2019 | Updated: January 06, 2020
Megan Green

Megan Green

Megan is a writer who works at the junctures of science and stories. Previously, she has been the editor of a fashion magazine, an educator, mom, and a baker. She is keen on working with brands and lifestyle products, and outdoor tasks. Megan is outgoing, optimistic and has a great personality. She delivers top-notch content with a unique view on usual things.


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