**Originally published November 22nd, 2019. Updated June 16th, 2021**

For those who remember Vine, the platform left an open wound in the fabric of millennial society when it finally came to an unceremonious end a few years ago. But fast-forward to today, and there is a platform filling the void left behind by the video looping app.

Formerly known as Musical.ly, TikTok was once chock full of cringe-worthy lip syncing clips and embarrassingly awkward dance routines. But over the past year or so, TikTok users have been getting more and more creative, curating content like the short sketches we used to see in the Vine skits that captured our hearts and captivated audiences worldwide.

At 15 seconds in duration, videos on TikTok are more than double the length of those on Vine. And this growing platform isn’t limited to sharing straight recordings of themselves. TikTok users can also add music, effects, and even sound bites to their videos. This has made TikTok a platform where many creators get uber creative with their content. And while we agree that there’s nothing that can replace Vine, TikTok and it’s massive growth make it all but impossible to not compare it to its predecessor.

Gen Z-ers are picking up with TikTok where millennials left off with Vine. The platform lends itself to some hilarious and creative content. If you’re reading this, you likely aren’t super familiar with the platform yet. That’s where we come in! We’ve put together a guide on the best 20 people to follow on TikTok. We also leveraged our relationships with top influencers and utilized one of the members of this list to assist us in curating this collection TikTok superstars. Don’t worry — you can thank us later. Let’s get started!

 

1. Cash Baker

Cash Baker is the ever-so-slightly younger brother of another TikTok superstar: Maverick. Both he and his brother release music, and they rose to fame when they were 16 years old after the release of their record “The Way You Move,” which quickly went viral on TikTok and shot the brothers into the spotlight.

It’s hard to name just one person for this list because the Baker family is a team of social media stars: Maverick, Cash, and their sister Lani collectively have 28.9 million followers on their TikTok accounts. As you will eventually see later in this article, Tik Tok can be a family affair for many.

 

@cashbaker

@Compete_HQ ##Competeapp

♬ original sound – Cash

 

2. Hoddy

Before achieving social media stardom, Hoddy graduated from Navarro College in Texas. He was previously known on TikTok under the username Hoddygaming. Today, he has gone on to garner more than 989,000 followers on the platform. He’s also served as the director of a non-profit organization called U Matter, where both he and his wife Alex work.

 

@hoddy

I swear it’s every time I google something 😤 ##foryou ##hodsquad

♬ BGC Drama Effect – whozmanzz

 

3. Cierra_Mistt

Cierra is a shining personality on the app who achieved fame by vlogging about her personal and professional life – in addition to creating some super cool content. She boasts more than 1.1 million fans on the app and made a personal goal to post every day on the platform until The Ellen DeGeneres Show took notice of her.

Before achieving fame on TikTok, she worked at Gulf World with dolphins, seals, and sea lions. In fact, her first video on TikTok showed a dolphin effortlessly fling a human being into the air as part of a show.

 

@cierra_mistt

DREAMS REALLY CAN COME TRUE!!! And I owe it ALL to you guys!!! WERE ALMOST THERE! 💙😍##28XTREMES ##NightDoneRight ##fyp ##ellenhirecierra

♬ original sound – knock-off sprite

4. Zach King

Like many of these top TikTok influencers, Zach King is yet another social media star who got his start on Vine. His videos have been ‘internet famous’ for years, primarily focusing on what he calls “digital sleight of hand”. These digital magic tricks were so captivating, they led him to win YouTube’s NextUp Creators contest in 2013. He is arguably the “king” of TikTok (pun intended) and has garnered a staggering number of followers on the platform with over 26.7 million.

 

@zachking

It’s an amBUSH! Check out my homemade ##RatchetPS5 Topiary Sprinkler from Rift Apart. @playstation ##summer ##ad

♬ original sound – Zach King

5. Jayde Vincent

Jayde Vincent got her start on TikTok by posting humorous dancing and singing clips with her younger sister. She is also notable for running her own YouTube channel, where she shares a diverse range of content for her followers. This includes a video she posted in February of her dancing inside the world’s largest dinosaur.

 

@jaydecandance

I love this dance so much!! DC: @jamjam_cea ##jaydesdinos

♬ When I Grow Up Showmusik Remix – Showmusik Sounds

6. Jacob Sartorius

Jacob Sartorius was one of the most popular stars on Musical.ly, the original iteration of TikTok. The platform helped a then 16-year-old Jacob to launch a somewhat successful music career. While he is a big star on TikTok, Sartorius also made headlines in 2018 due to his much-publicized relationship with “Stranger Things” star Millie Bobby Brown. Sartorius has over 21.4 million followers on the platform.

 

@jacobsartorius

♬ original sound – pinkitytwinkity

 

7. Thisaintjay

Johnathan Lynch, known more affectionately as Thisaintjay, is a comedy skit creator on TikTok who has earned more than 3.3 million fans on the platform. He was 17 years old when he began finding his audience on TikTok. Jay’s skits are hilarious, and they are also a testament to the creative surge we are currently witnessing with TikTok content.

 

@thisaintjay

Saw this meme a while ago and wanted to make a video version 😁. But imagine that shi tho 😭😭 ##comedy ##foryou

♬ Orwhat – Fero Fahima ✪

8. Joe Albanese

Joe is a TikTok star known for not only his amazing break dancing skills, but also his amazing selection of colored wigs. He has over 6.2 million fans on his account. He recently launched a YouTube channel on March 30, 2019, with a video of him doing one of his patented head spins.

 

@joealbanese

We both got taken out… 🤣

♬ Barney and friends – Trap remix

9. The bentist

Much like Milad Shadrooh – AKA the Singing Dentist – our next entry on the list is a content creator who doubles as a dentist. Thebentist is employed at Westrock Orthodontics and became internationally recognized for his comedic content, much of which often takes place from his office. He has earned more than 1.7 million fans on the platform.

He studied at the University of Oklahoma and proceeded to attend the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry. Additionally, outside of studying dentistry, he has also trained to be a personal trainer.

 

@thebentist

##duet with @donnydust so cool! Toothbrushes like these have been made for 1,000s of years! ##learnontiktok ##tiktokpartner ##toothbrush

♬ original sound – DonnyDust

 

10. JiffPom

There’s no rule that says all the members of our list have to be human. So it’s only fitting that we throw the internet’s favorite Pomeranian into the mix. JiffPom is a tiny dog who happens to hold two Guinness world records for his speed on two of his four little legs. Outside of his undeniable cuteness and charm, he’s also very trendy and has made multiple celebrity appearances, including in the music video for Katy Perry’s song “Dark Horse.”

 

@jiffpom

♬ I Could Be The One – Donna Lewis

 

11. dougmar

This member of our list was famous for his 6-second, comedic videos during Vine’s heyday. He was able to accumulate more than 60,000 followers and 30 million loops over the life of the app. Fast forward to today, and after becoming active on TikTok, he has earned over 1 million fans on the platform. Doug grew up in Pennsylvania and is one of TikTok’s rising stars.

 

@dougmar

why did i actually try this? 😂 (how did my sun burn look like that at the END)

♬ original sound – dougmar

 

12. Yeah I’m Caroline

Most notably known for her comedic montages, overdubs, and duets, social media star YeahI’mCaroline has gained fame on her TikTok channel, earning over 3.2 million fans to date. She is often hilarious, always spunky, and a ton of fun to watch on the platform.

 

@yeahimcaroline

@youthpastorryan @thesnikle were a little nervous 🥴

♬ IM GOING IN – Ianthemoon

13. Muslimthicc

Zahra is a social media starlet who achieved fame under the handle MuslimThicc on her TikTok channel. Her lip syncs to popular songs paired alongside her comedic clips have helped her attain more than 1.6 million followers on TikTok. She began posting frequently to TikTok in January of this year and has also amassed more than 171,000 followers to her zahr4 Instagram account.

 

@muslimthicc

@converse a useful skill!!! ##conversebyme ##paidbyconverse

♬ original sound – zahra

 

14. Jason Coffee & Family

For some, TikTok is a family affair. This is especially true for creators like Jason Coffee, who has shared the entertaining antics of his family online and gained a massive following for him and his children: Peyton, Isaac, and Caleb. Jason’s online pseudonym “Coffee” was derived from his time as a Starbucks barista before he began making videos on Vine (are we sensing a theme here?) and later switching over to TikTok.

 

@jasoncoffee

Man’s bestie 🐶

♬ demarcus makes bedroom pop – gaptooth girl

 

15. Kristen Hancher

Countless lip-syncing videos and dozens of hair color changes have defined Kristen Hancher on TikTok. They have also greatly contributed to her gaining the incredibly large fanbase she has today. Millions have watched her through years lip-sync her way to stardom, and it’s paid off. Hancher is a member of Jake Paul’s Team 10 squad and lives in the infamous Los Angeles mansion full of other social media celebrities. Oh, what a life.

 

@khancherz

Anyways

♬ original sound – Kristen Hancher

16. Newton Nguyen

The list would be incomplete without a cooking-related handle and Newton Nguyen does exactly that. His 6.6 million followers are treated to short cooking videos that are described as part how-to and part Vlog. His easy-to-follow recipes are a fan favorite. His innovative titles are also much talked about. From cooking fried rice to grilled cheese and pesto, he has a wide range. He has an engaging style of presentation that makes his videos an entertaining watch.

 

@milktpapi

♬ original sound – Newton Nguyen

17. Spencer X

Spencer X is a beatbox musician who has inspired his followers with his smooth beatboxing. He is a rising star on Tik Tok and has one of the largest fan bases on TikTok, with over 51 million followers.

He has also found fame outside TikTok and performs events and collaborates with hip-hop musicians and others for shows.

 

@spencerx

Beatbox foley artist 🗣 Ratatouille Edition 🧑🏻‍🍳🐀

♬ Rasputin (Single Version) – Boney M.

18. Nick Cho

Imagine dads with TikTok. That’s what Nick Cho is known for. He creates and shares wholesome content as a Korean American dad. The 47 Year old’s videos are a sweet watch and involve scenarios like navigating through a car wash, grocery shopping, and more. He also weighs in on mental health and transracial adoptions as well.

 

@yourkoreandad

I did this all in one 24 hour day. Whew! ##YourKoreanDad ##Butter ##BTSArmy ##SF ##BayArea ##Sneakerhead

♬ Butter – 방탄소년단 (BTS)

19. Riyaz Aly

A 16-year-old with 44 million followers- that’s the short story of Riyaz Aly, the Indian Tik Tok Star. He is an actor, model, and fashion influencer and is best knows for his music videos and lip-sync videos.

He collaborates with a range of personalities on TikTok and the list extends to Bollywood stars and popular singers.

 

@riyaz.14

Oy hoy! ❤️🌹 ##riyaz ##duetwithriyaz ib: @sujanrae123

♬ MEMBA & EVAN GIIA – For Aisha (Featured in “The Sky Is Pink”) – Shweta Bhintade⚡️🖤

20. Anita Groowe

A rising star of Tik Tok with her dance videos, Anita has commanded a following of 3.4 million followers. Her dance videos in a range of fantastic outfits are very popular. She also had some viral moments in the past when she created a video of her dance set to the theme of Disney’s Shake Up, which became a viral dance challenge on Tik Tok.

@anitagroowe

🍀

♬ Max and Ruby – Anita

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