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From Selena to Bowie, the most liked Instagram posts of 2016

Katie Wright reveals the year's highs and lows and movers and shakers on the social media site

Instagram has revealed its Year in Review data, chronicling the biggest moments and the ultimate movers and shakers on the photo-sharing site from the last 12 months.

Selena Gomez remains the undisputed Instaqueen, her 104 million followers putting her miles ahead of the next most-followed account, pal and fellow singer Taylor Swift, who has 94.1 million (Ariana Grande, Beyonce and Kim Kardashian complete the top five).

Gomez also nabbed eight of the 10 most-liked posts of the year; a sponsored image of the 24-year-old holding a Coca-Cola bottle, emblazoned with her lyrics, garnered 5.9 million likes, taking the top spot.

Cristiano Ronaldo made up the rest of the top 10, with a pair of photos celebrating Portugal's Euro 2016 triumph.

The Euros final in July was the third most Instagrammed day of the year, behind the 15th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks and, in first place, Halloween, as users took to the site to show off their scary costumes and gruesome make-up.

While the EU referendum didn't make it into the global top 10, the US election did, as celebs and mere mortals alike, shared pics from the polls, while the likes of Lady Gaga and comedian Amy Schumer used the platform to show support for Hillary Clinton.

Clinton didn't succeed in her bid for America's top job, of course, but fictional president Frank Underwood (played by Kevin Spacey in House Of Cards), chose a selfie outside the White House for his inaugural Instagram post.

Other high-profile joiners included, Kanye West (whose frankly boring account is mainly used to promote his fashion line), football legend Pele and the Pope, with all three newbies racking up more than a million followers, but choosing not to follow anyone themselves.

We said hello to a bunch of celebrity babies, too, unveiled on their parents' pages, including Kim Kardashian's second child, Saint West, One Direction star Louis Tomlinson's son, Freddie, and John Legend and Chrissy Teigen's little girl, Luna, who has since starred in a series of unbelievably cute Halloween costume pics, orchestrated by her model mum.

And we said goodbye to a staggering number of famous faces this year, with millions of people paying tribute online to the likes of David Bowie, Terry Wogan and Alan Rickman - all in January alone.

The deaths of Prince and Leonard Cohen later in the year, also saw fans expressing sadness at the passing of their idols.

There's been a lot of doom and gloom in the news in 2016, but, on the whole, Instagram remains a place for celebrating the good, rather than denigrating the bad (that and showing off, obviously).

That's why, with nearly a billion mentions, the most used hashtag on the site is still #love.

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