Updated: Mar 28
Everyone loves a good tweet. Maybe it’s a delightfully funny tweet, a passionate, inspiring tweet, a show of empathy and support, a challenge issued by a public figure. Tweets come in all shapes and sizes and there are some for everyone. So here is a list of the top 25 most retweeted tweets of all time. Which one is your favorite?
1. ZOZOTOWN新春セールが史上最速で取扱高100億円を先ほど突破！！日頃の感謝を込め、僕個人から100名様に100万円【総額1億円のお年玉】を現金でプレゼントします。応募方法は、僕をフォローいただいた上、このツイートをRTするだけ。受付は1/7まで。当選者には僕から直接DMします！ 月に行くならお年玉
Retweets: 4.31 million
Posted: January 5, 2019
Translation: “ZOZOTOWN New Year’s sale is the fastest in history and has exceeded 10 billion yen in transaction volume! !! With my daily gratitude, I will give 100 people a million yen [a total of 100 million yen New Year’s gift] in cash. To apply, just follow me and RT this tweet. Reception is until 1/7. I will DM the winners directly! New Year’s present if you go to the moon”
On January 5, 2019, Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa wrote on Twitter about the success of his company’s New Year’s sale. Due to this success, he promised to give away 100 million yen ($924.3k USD) between 100 random individuals who followed his account and retweeted his tweet. The tweet became incredibly popular in Japan, and surpassed the previous most famous tweet by Carter Wilkerson within 24 hours.
2. 🎍謹賀新年🎍【総額10億円】前澤お年玉 100万円を1000人にプレゼントします！100万円で皆さまの人生がよりハッピーになりますように。応募方法は僕のフォローとこのツイートのリツイート。締切は1月7日23:59まで。企画趣旨や当選条件などはYouTubeで説明してます。
Retweets: 3.68 million
Posted: January 1, 2020
Translation: 🎍 Happy New Year 🎍 [Total 1 billion yen] Maezawa New Year’s gift 1 million yen will be presented to 1000 people! May your life be happier with 1 million yen. To apply, follow me and retweet this tweet. The deadline is 23:59 on January 7th. The purpose of the project and the winning conditions are explained on YouTube.
This is yet another charitable giveaway by Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa. On January 1, 2020, Maezawa wrotea tweet in which he promised to give away 1 billion yen ($9.223 million USD) between 1,000 random individuals who followed his account and retweeted the tweet. The tweet quickly grew in popularity and sits at the top 2 most retweeted tweets of all time with Yusaku Maezawa’s other giveaway tweet.
3. HELP ME PLEASE. A MAN NEEDS HIS NUGGS
Retweets: 3.36 million
Posted: April 5, 2017
On April 5, 2017, Carter Wilkerson, a 17-year-old teenager, tweeted Wendy’s asking how many retweets he needed on his tweet for a year of free chicken nuggets. Wendy’s replied with “18 Million”, and he never thought he would make it but he accepted the challenge anyway. The tweet received overwhelming support, even from several major companies including Microsoft, Amazon and Google, prompting the hashtag NuggsForCarter. His tweet ended up becoming the most-retweeted within 34 days. Since he succeeded, Wendy’s was forced to concede and gave him a year of free nuggets. Here is an article that describes the situation.
4. [It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the passing of Chadwick Boseman. Chadwick was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016, and battled with it these last 4 years as it progressed to stage IV… ]
Family of Chadwick Boseman
Retweets: 3.11 million
Posted: August 28, 2020
This was a tweet from the family of Chadwick Boseman. It was announcing his death. American actor Chadwick Boseman was most known for his role as T’Challa / Black Panther in the Marvel Avengers series. He died after complications with colon cancer, which he had been diagnosed with four years prior. His diagnosis was only made public after his death on August 28th, 2020.
5. If only Bradley’s arm was longer. Best photo ever. oscars
Retweets: 3.08 million
Posted: March 2, 2014
Ellen DeGeneres, an American comedian, and producer, appeared in a star-studded selfie from the 86th Academy Awards which includes Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Kevin Spacey, Julia Roberts, Channing Tatum, Meryl Streep, Lupita Nyong’o, and a few others. This became such a popular tweet that within 35 minutes, it surpassed Barack Obama’s “Four more years” tweet to become in 2014 the most-retweeted tweet of all time. It now sits at number 5. Here is a link to the original picture https://twitter.com/TheEllenShow/status/440322224407314432.
6. Always in my heart @Harry_Styles. Yours sincerely, Louis
Retweets: 2.75 million
Posted: October 2, 2011
This tweet by One Direction member Louis Tomlinson is a reference to the relationship between himself and fellow band member Harry Styles, also known as Larry Stylinson. Their relationship was hinted at to fans, yet never fully admitted and so this tweet quickly grew in popularity. It surpassed 770,000 retweets in January 2015 and overtook Barack Obama’s “Four more years” tweet to become the then second most-retweeted tweet of all time, only behind Ellen Degeneres’s Oscar selfie tweet. The post’s retweet count continued to increase as the band’s popularity kept growing.
7. LIMONADA 🗿
Retweets: 1.79 million
Posted: August 20, 2016
This is yet another tweet issuing a challenge. El Rubius, a Spanish YouTube influencer, mentioned in one of his videos that his followers would be able to enter a drawing for prizes by retweeting the tweet that consisted of the Spanish word for lemonade and a Moái Easter Island emoji.
8. “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion…”
Retweets: 1.62 million
Posted: August 12, 2017
This one definitely falls into the passionate, inspiring category of tweets. This tweet was the first of a collection of three written by former US President Barack Obama. He was quoting a passage from Nelson Mandela’s autobiography, “Long Walk to Freedom”, in response to the 2017 Charlottesville attack. The Charlottesville attack refers to the racist events that followed a white supremacist rally inspired and organized by Richard Spencer, where 3 people were killed and over 30 were injured. The accompanying picture, taken in 2011 by former White House photographer Pete Souza, shows Obama visiting a day care center in Bethesda, Maryland. On August 16, 2017, it had become the new most-liked tweet on the platform ever with over 3.3 million likes at the time of announcement. The tweet surpassed the previous record-holder Ariana Grande’s Manchester tweet on August 15, 2017, when it reached 2.7 million likes three days after being posted.
9. Never Not 💜
Retweets: 1.61 million
Posted: May 3, 2020
This tweet is in reference to the video clip of BTS band member Jungkook singing a cover of “Never Not” by American singer Lauv. The tweet reached 1 million likes within two hours and it was the fastest tweet to reach 1 million views in 2020.
10. LIMONADA 2.0 🗿
Retweets: 1.54 million
Posted: September 29, 2018
El Rubius, a Spanish YouTube influencer, said in a video that his followers could enter a drawing for prizes by retweeting the tweet that consisted of the Spanish word for lemonade and a Moái Easter Island emoji.
Retweets: 1.35 million
Posted: June 9, 2019
This is yet another BTS tweet. It portrays a video clip of BTS band member Jungkook dancing to “Bad Guy” by American singer Billie Eilish. Initially ranked as the second most retweeted tweet globally of 2019, it became the most retweeted tweet of the year in less than an hour of Twitter announcing its year-end list.
12. This is just… 우리아미상받았네
Retweets: 1.26 million
Posted: September 8, 2020
BTS tweeted a video of the band celebrating upon hearing that their latest single “Dynamite”, which was released on August 21, 2020, had remained at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 for a second consecutive week.
13. Hi Army😊
Retweets: 1.24 million
Posted: August 16, 2020
A member of the BTS band posted two selfies while on the hair and makeup chair. He captioned the selfies with the words “Hi Army” followed by an emoji, meant as a greeting to their millions and millions of followers.
14. 정국이 생일축하해요이?
Retweets: 1.18 million
Posted: September 1, 2020
Translation: Jungkook happy birthday?
BTS member V tweeted this video of him wishing fellow member Jungkook a happy birthday in Korean, celebrating Jungkook turning 23 that day.
15. Savage Love 🎶 SavageLoveRemix
Retweets: 1.17 million
Posted: October 8, 2020
Video clip of BTS member Jungkook singing the BTS remix version of “Savage Love (Laxed – Siren Beat)” by New Zealand music producer Jawsh 685 and American singer Jason Derulo.
16. InMyFeelingsChallenge HopeOnTheStreet
Retweets: 1.15 million
Posted: July 23, 2018
BTS member J-Hope posted a video of him doing the InMyFeelingsChallenge. The “In My Feelings Challenge” was a viral internet dance trend created by social-media comedian Shiggy for Canadian rapper Drake’s song, “In My Feelings”. Users are meant to film themselves dancing in front of an open car door. The clip was Twitter’s most liked tweet of 2018, as well as the most liked and retweeted tweet in South Korea that year.
17. teamwork makes the dream work.
Retweets: 1.14 million
Posted: March 19, 2013
This tweet, written by the Korean band BTS contains a common phrase that would eventually be adopted as the official slogan for the fanbase.
18. I’m going give someone random who retweets this tweet $10,000 because it’s my birthday and I feel like being nice 😊 (you have to be following me so I can dm you the code if you win)
Jimmy Donaldson (MrBeast)
Retweets: 1.10 million
Posted: May 7, 2019
Jimmy Donaldson, known online as MrBeast, is the owner of a YouTube channel that is well-known for over-the-top, expensive stunts and sometimes giving large amounts of money to strangers for his videos. In this tweet, Donaldson was promising to give USD$10,000 to a random Twitter user that would retweet the tweet and was also following his Twitter account. This was done in celebration of his birthday.
19.Ohmmmmmmyyyyyyyyggghghhhhhhhgggggggggdhdhsjsixudbslsogbdsisgshdbxidjdbdidhdifjfiri GRAMMYs BTS
Jimin, Jungkook, RM & V
Retweets: 1.10 million
Posted: November 24, 2020
BTS posted a video of the members of the band reacting to the live announcement of their song “Dynamite” receiving a nomination for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance at the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards. They are overjoyed.
20. ready? vcut
Retweets: 1.09 million
Posted: August 21, 2020
A BTS band member posted a series of professional black and white photos from a photoshoot in what appears to be an empty club, with the caption ”ready? vcut”.
21. teamwork makes the dream work!
Retweets: 1.08 million
Posted: September 8, 2020
As mentioned in the caption to the 17th most retweeted tweet, the phrase “teamwork makes the dream work” was adopted by BTS fans as their new slogan. BTS tweets this phrase every time that they achieve certain milestones. They have tweeted the phrase seven times in seven years.
22. 증국아 24살 생일 축하한다
형이 사랑한다 JIMIN 정국생일ㅊㅋ
Retweets: 1.08 million
Posted: August 31, 2020
Translation: Congratulations on your 24th birthday. Brother loves JIMIN Jungkook’s birthday
This tweet is yet another happy birthday tweet from and to BTS band members, Jimin and Jungkook. Jimin is wishing Jungkook a happy 24th birthday on August 31, 2020.
23. 🎂 Happy Birthday to me 🎂
Retweets: 1.06 million
September 11, 2020
Yet another tweet from members of the Korean BTS band. This tweet is RM wishing himself a happy birthday on September 11, 2020.
24. With the current devastation in Houston, we are pledging $0.15 for every RT this gets! Please forward this along to help out those in need!
Penn State Interfraternity Council
Retweets: 1.02 million
August 30, 2017
Pennsylvania State University’s Interfraternity Council was pledging to donate $0.15 for every retweet that they received on their tweet. They did this in order to both support and further encourage relief efforts in Houston following the event of Hurricane Harvey, a devastating Category 4 hurricane that made landfall on Texas and Louisiana in August 2017. They caused 68 direct fatalities and 39 indirect fatalities, as well as destroyed homes and businesses.
from the bottom of my heart, I am so so sorry. I don’t have words.
Retweets: 1.00 million
Posted: May 22, 2017
American singer Ariana Grande tweeted this several hours after her performance at Manchester Arena on May 22, 2017. This was in reference to a suicide bombing that had occurred after the end of the concert in the foyer of the arena. This explosion led to 23 people being killed (including the attacker) and injured 250 more. She tweeted kind and apologetic words to express empathy and support for the victims and their families.