After news broke that former President Barack Obama’s August 2017 tweet in response to the Charlottesville clashes became the most liked tweet in the history of Twitter, we took a look at the 5 most liked tweets of all time (as they are in August 2017)
Some quick facts –
3 of the top 5 were posted by former President Barack Obama
4 of the top 5 were posted this year (2017)
5. Barack Obama
Hi everybody! Back to the original handle. Is this thing still on? Michelle and I are off on a quick vacation, then we’ll get back to work.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) January 20, 2017
Barack Obama features in this list more than once as he takes fifth spot with his first tweet since leaving the White House, telling his followers that he and Michelle are off for a quick vacation before getting back to work.
Total likes – 1.88 million
4. Barack Obama
John McCain is an American hero & one of the bravest fighters I've ever known. Cancer doesn't know what it's up against. Give it hell, John.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) July 20, 2017
Obama also takes fourth, as he gives Senator John McCain some encouraging words after finding out the senator from Arizona was diagnosed with an aggressive type of brain tumour.
Total likes – 2.09 million
3. Ellen DeGeneres
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) March 3, 2014
This tweet also held the spot for most retweeted tweet of all time for a while before eventually being beaten by a man on the hunt for a year’s worth of free chicken nuggets. This photo – taken during the 2014 Oscars Ceremony – features a number of high profile celebrities including Brad Pitt and Kevin Spacey.
While Ellen may have posted the photo, as many have previously highlighted, the copyright of the photo belongs to the person who took it – in this case Bradley Cooper.
Total likes – 2.41 million
2. Ariana Grande
from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don't have words.
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) May 23, 2017
Only hours after the tragic bombings in Manchester, UK at an Ariana Grande concert, the headline singer posted this short apology to her fans. It was soon the most liked tweet in the history of Twitter until recently being overtaken by our most liked tweet on Twitter so far.
Total likes – 2.7 million
1. Barack Obama
"No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion…" pic.twitter.com/InZ58zkoAm
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) August 13, 2017
In response to the clashes in Charlottesville, Virgina, Obama posted a series of 4 tweets quoting Nelson Mandela. This was the first in the series, and has accumulated over 4 million likes at the time of writing, which puts this tweet comfortably at the top spot of the most liked tweet in the history of Twitter.
Total likes – – 4.15 million