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The Most Used Emoji in 2021 Revealed

most used emoji of 2021

A list of the most used emoji's in 2021 has been revealed! Can you guess the number one ranked emoji for the year?

Not-for-profit organisation Unicode Consortium, who is responsible for gathering information on digital languages and emoji use has released an analysis on the frequency of use of each emoji.

2021's emoji of the year has been rewarded to the "tears of joy" 😂 emoji with over 5% of all emoji use. The "red heart" emoji came in a close second. These are followed by "rolling on the floor laughing", "thumbs up", "loudly crying face", "folded hands", "face blowing a kiss", "smiling face with hearts", and "smiling face with smiling eyes."

emoji of the year 2021
2021's Emoji of the year goes to "tears of joy."
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The top ten emoji's of 2021 worldwide are as follows, 😂 ❤️ 🤣 👍 😭 🙏 😘 🥰 😍 😊.

According to the Unicode Consortium there are currently a total of 3,663 emoji's, and 92% of the world's population use them.

Compared to 2019, the top two most used emoji's remained the same. The top ten mostly stayed the same but with different rankings and a replacement of the "two hearts" emoji with the "face blowing a kiss" emoji. The top ten comparison of 2021 to 2019 is as follows:

2019: 😂 ❤️ 😍 🤣 😊 🙏 💕 😭 😘 👍

2021: 😂 ❤️ 🤣 👍 😭 🙏 😘 🥰 😍 😊

Although COVID has become a part of our lives in recent years, health-related emoji's were used more often however not many made the top list. In 2021 🥵 and 🥴 made it into the top 100. The mask emoji 😷 moved up from 186 to 156 and the virus emoji 🦠 only just made it into the Top 500.

The full list of emoji rankings can be found at the official Emoji Frequency article below:

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