Rising stars, trending hashtags, and more. Here’s a look back on everyone and everything that made TikTok a source of positivity and inspiration throughout this year.

It hasn’t been the easiest year, but 2020 was not without its good parts, too. In fact, we’ve seen hundreds of Filipinos come to the aid of kababayans in the midst of a pandemic, a string of damaging typhoons, and a volcanic eruption. Many have done what they could to spread happiness and inspiration as well, both online and within their local communities, throughout these troubled times.

On TikTok, countless creators have used their talents and creativity for good, transforming the app into a positive space where people can come together for entertainment, enjoyment, and even learning. Let’s look back at the top 100 accounts, hashtags and trends that stood out on TikTok in 2020, touching and enriching the lives of everyone on the app.  

Top TikTok Stars in 2020

The best, most engaging creators have taken center stage on TikTok this past year. From comedy to video loops, music and dance, there’s truly no limit to the creativity that these individuals have shown on the app. Among all the creators on TikTok, the three most followed for the year are video creator Niana Guerrero, dancer and choreographer Yanyan De Jesus, and singer Zendee.

Here’s a list of the top 10 TikTok stars for 2020:

  1. Niana Guerrero https://www.tiktok.com/@nianaguerrero 
  2. Yanyan De Jesus https://www.tiktok.com/@yanyandejesus1 
  3. Zendee https://www.tiktok.com/@zendeeofficial 
  4. Vladimir Grand https://www.tiktok.com/@callmegrand 
  5. Lennie Enverga https://www.tiktok.com/@lennieenverga 
  6. Marvin Fojas https://www.tiktok.com/@marvsfojas 
  7. Sai Datinguinoo https://www.tiktok.com/@saidatinguinoo_ 
  8. Tyrone Tiaga https://www.tiktok.com/@tyronetiaga01 
  9. Fairy Fajardo Kida https://www.tiktok.com/@fairyfajardokidaaa 
  10. Lite Lamayo https://www.tiktok.com/@maryliteedang 

2020’s Top Rising Stars 

As the community on the app continues to grow, individual creators have the opportunity to gain more fans and followers. Over the past 12 months, the accounts that have shown the most growth, with the highest number of followers gained are Sili Queen, Audrey Despues, and Criselda Alvarez.

Here’s a complete list of the 10 rising stars on TikTok in 2020:

  1. Sili Queen https://www.tiktok.com/@siliqueenofficial 
  2. Audrey Despues https://www.tiktok.com/@ate_audwii 
  3. Criselda Alvarez https://www.tiktok.com/@chickennuggetsop 
  4. Rosemarie Tan https://www.tiktok.com/@rosmartan 
  5. John Gifer Fernandez https://www.tiktok.com/@gifer_fernandez 
  6. Naruto Uzumaki https://www.tiktok.com/@naruto0919 
  7. Buknoy https://www.tiktok.com/@officiallybuknoy 
  8. Jomar Yee https://www.tiktok.com/@jomaryee 
  9. Vanessa Alvarez https://www.tiktok.com/@vanessakate_ 
  10. Vince Alarcon https://www.tiktok.com/@_vincealarcon 

Most Popular Celebrities on TikTok in 2020

This past year, many celebrities have turned to TikTok as a means to connect with their fans on a more personal level. These celebs share snippets of their day-to-day lives and behind the scenes sneak peeks that their followers wouldn’t typically see outside the platform. In 2020, the top three most followed TikTok celebrities are actresses Andrea Brillantes and Sanya Lopez, and comedian Vice Ganda

Here’s a rundown of the 10 most popular celebrities on TikTok in 2020:

  1. Andrea Brillantes https://www.tiktok.com/@blythe 
  2. Sanya Lopez https://www.tiktok.com/@sanya_lopez 
  3. Vice Ganda https://www.tiktok.com/@unkabogableviceganda 
  4. Sofia Pablo https://www.tiktok.com/@sofiapablo 
  5. Jodi Sta.Maria https://www.tiktok.com/@jodi_stamaria 
  6. Maja Salvador https://www.tiktok.com/@majasalvador88 
  7. Maymay Entrata https://www.tiktok.com/@maymayentrata 
  8. Ella Cruz https://www.tiktok.com/@queenellacruz 
  9. Heart Evangelista https://www.tiktok.com/@lme85 
  10. Kyline Alcantara https://www.tiktok.com/@itskylinealcantara3 

Top 10 Trending Hashtags for the Year

TikTok is truly the platform where viral trends are born. In 2020, these 10 hashtags made it to the top of the trending list:

  1. #GenTiktokPH
  2. #enjoyathome
  3. #wipeitdown
  4. #pictureinpicture
  5. #binibiningmarikit
  6. #Itreallyhurts
  7. Malditangclassmate
  8. #sirenbeatchallenge
  9. #marikitdancechallenge
  10. #talachallenge

Top 10 Most Popular Stickers in 2020

TikTok stickers add extra flair to videos shared on the app. This past year, the 10 most used stickers on the platform are:

  1. BlingBling
  2. Face Time
  3. Film Filture
  4. Green Screen
  5. Pink Orange
  6. Blink of an Eye Love
  7. Glitch
  8. Clone Squad
  9. Green Screen Video
  10. Emoji Imitation

Top Edu Creators of the Year

Educational creators revolutionized TikTok content in 2020, providing an enriched browsing experience for their followers on the app. Millions of videos containing life lessons, DIY tutorials and hacks, advice for entrepreneurs and career professionals, inspiration and more, were shared by these Edu Creators. Among them, the most popular include motivational speaker Kilimanguru, Pastor Arshie Larga, and Small Talk Podcast host Jen Barangan

The Top 10 Edu Creators of the Year on TikTok are:

  1. Kilimanguru (Medicine) - https://www.tiktok.com/@kilimanguru  
  2. Arshie Larga (Pharmacy) - https://www.tiktok.com/@arshielife  
  3. Jen Barangan (Flight Attendant) - https://www.tiktok.com/@jenbarangan   
  4. Chezka Carandang (Pilot) - https://www.tiktok.com/@pilotchezka   
  5. Saira Margarita (Architect) - https://www.tiktok.com/@studiosaira.ph  
  6. Gian Borlongan (Architect) - https://www.tiktok.com/@gianborlongan  
  7. Janice Hung (Kung Fu Tutorials) - https://www.tiktok.com/@janicehung  
  8. Alley Alcantara (Medical Technician) - https://www.tiktok.com/@alley_rmt  
  9. Cher Alcantara (Attorney) - https://www.tiktok.com/@attorneycher  
  10. Louie Liza Calma (Health Tips) - https://www.tiktok.com/@dash.bee  

2020’s Top Food Creators

Food and cooking videos are always a big hit online, and this goes the same for TikTok, too. From the best recipes to make at home, the newest restaurants to visit, and the most delicious dishes to try, these are the creators to follow. The top three food creators on TikTok in 2020 are Forkspoonmanila, Bok Cabanting, and Cynthia Alambatin

Here’s the full list of TikTok’s top food creators for 2020:

  1. Forkspoonmanila - https://www.tiktok.com/@forkspoonmanila 
  2. Bok Cabanting - https://www.tiktok.com/@mr.cabanting 
  3. Cynthia Alambatin - https://www.tiktok.com/@mscynthia_25.gorg 
  4. Erwan Heusaff - https://www.tiktok.com/@erwan 
  5. The Bald Baker Ph - https://www.tiktok.com/@thebaldbakerph 
  6. Samuel Agnas - https://www.tiktok.com/@agnassamuel 
  7. Chef Mark Joseph -https://www.tiktok.com/@chefmarkjoseph 
  8. Matthew Carpio -https://www.tiktok.com/@matt.carpio 
  9. Diana Franchesca de Castro - https://www.tiktok.com/@shineeedee 
  10. Heyeatsteppi - https://www.tiktok.com/@istayfunny19 

Top Fitness Creators for 2020

Keeping fit while staying home was made easier this past year through the help of fitness creators who shared their exercise routines and regimens online. On TikTok, the top fitness creators for the year are Coach Anne Aniag, AR Resurreccion and Camille Medina

The 10 most followed fitness creators on TikTok in 2020 are:

  1. Coach Anne Aniag - https://www.tiktok.com/@fitmomprojectph 
  2. AR Resurreccion - https://www.tiktok.com/@ar.resurreccion 
  3. Camille Medina - https://www.tiktok.com/@_camillemedina 
  4. Sofia Po - https://www.tiktok.com/@sofia.popo
  5. Brent Seniedo - https://www.tiktok.com/@brenthlete 
  6. Doc Jet Fitness - https://www.tiktok.com/@doc_jet_fitness 
  7. Kristina Luisa - https://www.tiktok.com/@kristinaluisa 
  8. Kathy Amurao-Herrera - https://www.tiktok.com/@kathyamuraoherrera 
  9. Isaiah Escarilla - https://www.tiktok.com/@icetips 
  10. DanBathanFitness - https://www.tiktok.com/@danbathanfitness 

OPM Songs Most Listened To in 2020

One of the best things about creating videos on TikTok is the huge music library that you can access on the app. In 2020, these OPM songs were used the most as soundtracks for various content on TikTok

The 10 most popular OPM songs on TikTok in 2020 are:

  1. Pangga (Matthaios)  - https://www.tiktok.com/music/Pangga-6825444243671108353 
  2. Marikit (Juan Caoile ft. Kyle) - https://www.tiktok.com/music/Marikit-6827296579536291842 
  3. Dyosa (Yumi) - https://www.tiktok.com/music/Dyosa-6586533057900055297 
  4. Chinita Girl (Lil Vinceyy) - https://www.tiktok.com/music/Chinita-Girl-6800370396810971138 
  5. Wag Na Lang (MC Einstein and Skusta Clee) - https://www.tiktok.com/music/Wag-Na-Lang-6859573391200880642 
  6. Filipina Aye (Je) - https://www.tiktok.com/music/Filipina-Aye-6835407346479400962 
  7. Bambambam  (Karencitta) - https://www.tiktok.com/music/BamBambam-6709405613580879873 
  8. Binibini - Matthaios - https://www.tiktok.com/music/Binibini-6806974204257389313 
  9. Magandang Dilag (JM Bales) - https://www.tiktok.com/music/Magandang-Dilag-6888114174698719233 
  10. Kabilang Buhay (Bandang Lapis) - https://www.tiktok.com/music/Kabilang-Buhay-6803029847032465409 

Top Media Accounts in 2020 

Media organizations have also established themselves as must-follow accounts on Tiktok. The content they share include news and information, snippets from favorite TV programs, celebrity updates, and even nostalgic clips of films and shows from years gone by. Among the most followed media accounts on TikTok are noontime show It’s Showtime, music channel MYX PH, and variety program All Out Sundays.

These are the top 10 most followed media accounts on TikTok in 2020:

  1. It's Showtime https://www.tiktok.com/@itsshowtimena 
  2. MYX PH https://www.tiktok.com/@myx.philippines 
  3. All Out Sundays https://www.tiktok.com/@alloutsundays 
  4. GMA Public Affairs https://www.tiktok.com/@gmapublicaffairs 
  5. Jeepney TV https://www.tiktok.com/@jeepneytv 
  6. GMA Network https://www.tiktok.com/@gmanetworkofficial 
  7. GMA Artist Center https://www.tiktok.com/@artistcenter 
  8. Star Hunt Academy https://www.tiktok.com/@starhuntacademy 
  9. Viva Records https://www.tiktok.com/@viva_records 
  10. Eat Bulaga! https://www.tiktok.com/@ebdabarkads