Fandom 250: Beyoncé’s fans named best in music

Beyoncé’s fans were ranked atop the music category in this year’s Fandom 250, the ultimate ranking of fanbases worldwide.

Every year, the Fandom 250 seeks to rank the best fanbases in the world. Not only does this include sports franchises, movies and television shows, but the individual actors and athletes.

This year, the winner of the Fandom 250 Music category are the fans of Beyoncé. It’s the second consecutive year atop the music category for Beyoncé fans. The Beyhive ranked seventh overall on the full Fandom 250.

Why Beyonce?

The Beyhive’s dominance amongst the top of the music category shouldn’t come as a surprise, it’s the second consecutive year her fans claimed the throne. Beyoncé did, however, drop four spots from third overall in 2016.

And while it was a quiet year from Beyoncé, she did not release an album in 2017, her fans found other ways to dominate.

Beyoncé announced she was pregnant with twins on Instagram and it was the most liked photo in the history of Instagram, with over 11.2 million likes. When Queen Bey gave birth in July, her announcement post was the fourth most-liked Instagram post with over 10.3 million likes. Beyoncé is the only person with over 10 million likes on two different Instagram posts.

Beyoncé also boasts a following of 109 million on Instagram (fourth highest amongst users) and 63 million likes on Facebook.

Buzz plays a huge part in gauging fandom and her Instagram posts are a good measuring stick. Beyoncé’s 2016 album Lemonade also got a second life when husband Jay Z dropped the 4:44 album because of his references and confirmations of details pertaining to their personal relationship originally mentioned on Lemonade.

Purchasing power has always been an indicator of fan enthusiasm, and Beyoncé raked in $105 million in 2017, counting the end of her “Formation World Tour,” which grossed a quarter of a billion dollars. Wow.

Full Category List:

  1. Beyonce
  2. Taylor Swift
  3. Kanye West
  4. Justin Bieber
  5. Rihanna
  6. Kendrick Lamar
  7. Ed Sheeran
  8. Jay-Z
  9. Chance the Rapper
  10. Lady Gaga
  11. Drake
  12. Katy Perry
  13. Harry Styles
  14. Adele
  15. Ke$ha
  16. Ariana Grande
  17. Justin Timberlake
  18. Carrie Underwood
  19. DJ Khaled
  20. Selena Gomez
  21. Miley Cyrus
  22. The Beatles
  23. Demi Lovato
  24. Eminem
  25. Sam Hunt
  26. Shania Twain
  27. Migos

To see where these 27 music fanbases rank amongst the other fandoms on the list, check out the full Fandom 250 list.

What is the FanSided Fandom 250?

The Fandom 250 is the ultimate ranking of fandoms. From sports teams and movie franchises to Instagram celebrities and brands, if something has an avid, sometimes rabid, fanbase, FanSided wants to honor those fans and — in the spirit of healthy competition — rank ‘em.

The Fandom 250 is divided into 16 categories: NBA, MLB, NFL, NHL, Soccer, NCAA, Sports Figures, Celebrities, Music, Movies, TV Shows, Comics, Gaming, Brands, Internet Famous and Other. All 250 qualifying fandoms will be ranked both within their categories and against the field, so fans can see how the object of their devotion stacks up against its peers and in the fan landscape at large.