What Are the Most Popular Emojis?

Find Out Which Emoji Are Used the Most, and Where

Woman texting with emojis

Emoji is really a language all of its own these days. Even though you see them everywhere in text messages and on social media, you can now even find games, apps, social networks, and books based entirely off of the emoji trend.

There are lots of different emoji to help spice up your bland messages, but really only a handful are favored by the masses, among the rest. Can you guess which ones they might be?

The Most Popular Emoji Used on Twitter

To see which ones are the most popular, at least on Twitter, you can look at EmojiTracker -- a tool that tracks emoji use across Twitter in real time. While the exact rankings may be shifted around every so often, the most popular emoji at this point in time include:

  1. The face with tears of joy
  2. The black heart suit
  3. The heavy black heart (red heart)
  4. The smiling face with heart-shaped eyes
  5. The unamused face
  6. The smiling face with smiling eyes
  7. The loudly crying face
  8. The OK hand sign
  9. The white smiling face
  10. The face throwing a kiss

The hearts, happy crying face, ​and face with heart-shaped eyes almost always dominate the top spots. This could change over time, especially as additional emoji are introduced and embraced by more platforms around the web.

Go ahead and check out where these rankings stand in real time by visiting EmojiTracker yourself. Keep in mind that this tracker doesn't include all the emoji used on other social networking sites, text messages, and elsewhere on the web, other than Twitter.

The Most Popular Emoji by Country

Although EmojiTracker suggests that the masses of Twitter tend to favour hearts and the face with tears of joy, a study from SwiftKey reveals other ways we tend to use emoji. Using over one billion pieces of data in several different categories, some of the most popular emoji used in specific countries were revealed.

  • The number one emoji in the U.S. is the eggplant, followed by others like the poultry leg, the birthday cake, the bag of money, the iPhone and others.
  • Canada uses the smiling poop emoji the most, followed surprisingly by other emoji in categories that are more typically American -- like violent emoji, raunchy emoji, and sports emoji.
  • Russian speakers actually revealed themselves as being the most romantic, accounting for three times as many romance-themed emoji as the average person.
  • The French aren't far behind Russia and live up to its romantic reputation being the culture that used heart emoji four times more than any other.
  • Australia has the most care-free emoji report, being leading users of emoji for alcohol, drugs, junk food and holiday celebrations.

Happy face emoji account for about 44 percent of all that are used, followed by sad faces at 14 percent, hearts at 13 percent, hand gestures at 5 percent, and the rest at very small percentages. French happened to be the only language where its top emoji was a heart and not a smiley face.

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