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- The Unicode Consortium has announced the most popular emoji of 2021.
- The number one and number two emoji of the year are the same as in 2019, but the rest of the lineup sees some changes.
- UC also has a ton of other stats related to overall Emoji System usage.
The Unicode Consortium is the non-profit organization responsible for digitizing the languages of the world. This means that he is in charge of managing Emoji, a “language” used by over 92% of the world’s population.
Today, the consortium announced the top ten most popular emoji in the world for 2021. It’s funny news every year, but this year is particularly notable because the consortium did not make this announcement in 2020. It is so the first time since 2019 that we’ve been able to see this data.
Check out the top ten (left to right) below and how it compares to 2019:
2019: 😂 ❤️ 😍 🤣 😊 🙏 💕 😭 😘 👍
2021: 😂 ❤️ 🤣 👍 😭 🙏 😘 🥰 😍 😊
Interestingly, the number one most popular emoji of 2021 is the same as in 2019: Face with Tears of Joy. According to the data, this emoji has barely changed rank in the past two years.
Likewise, the second-place emoji – ❤️ red heart – has hardly changed in use. The rest of the lineup, however, is undergoing some upheaval. Notably, 💕 two hearts were kicked out of seventh place in 2019 so as not to even make the top ten at all in 2021. Meanwhile, 👍 thumbs up went from tenth place to fourth.
Most popular emoji 2021: even more data
Apart from the top ten emoji of 2021, the Unicode Consortium released a ton of data this year related to the use of the Emoji system. You can see all the data here, but we’ve summarized some interesting information for you below:
- The most used emoji related to clothing is 👑 crown.
- For animals, the most popular emoji is 🦋 butterfly.
- The various flower emoji (💐 🌹 🥀 🌺, etc.) dominate both the Animal and Nature categories. This is probably due to their wide appeal and multiple use cases.
- The least popular emoji category is flags. The least popular subcategory is country flags. People just don’t care about the flags!
- Although it didn’t make the top ten this year, 🥺 pleading face jumped from 97 to 14 between 2019 and 2021. It’s the little emoji that could!