On Tuesday night, President Obama celebrated his re-election victory with an innocuous tweet sent at 11:16 p.m. EST — just shortly after media outlets called Ohio in his favor to secure him the win. Within 20 minutes, the message, which simply reads "Four more years" and features the commander-in-chief embracing his wife Michelle, became the most popular of all time as indicated by retweets. (Another tweet thanking voters also went on to crack the top 10, according to BuzzFeed.) Here, in order, are Obama's record setter and nine more of the most popular tweets of all time:
1. Barack Obama (600,000+)
Obama's victory cigar quickly shattered the previous Twitter record. It currently has nearly three times as many retweets as the next runner-up:
Four more years. twitter.com/BarackObama/st…
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) November 7, 2012
2. Justin Bieber (200,000+)
Justin Bieber's unrivaled social media powers could practically account for the remainder of this list alone. But this message mourning the death of a young Belieber who lost her battle with cancer is currently his most passed-along:
RIP Avalanna. i love you
— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) September 26, 2012
3. T.J. Lang (98,000+)
After a heartbreaking, controversial loss to the Seattle Seahawks, Green Bay Packers guard T.J. Lang had some choice words for the replacement referees who blew the game-altering, final-play call. It wasn't long after until the real NFL refs got their whistles back:
Fuck it NFL.. Fine me and use the money to pay the regular refs.
— TJ Lang (@TJLang70) September 25, 2012
4. Floyd Mayweather (89,000+)
It's the super fight the world wants to see, and this tweet sent out by boxing's reigning five-division world champion Floyd Mayweather challenging Manny Pacquiao — for a match-up of two once-in-a-generation talents that still hasn't materialized — stands as one of the most retweeted ever… thanks to a small boost from Bieber:
Manny Pacquiao I'm calling you out let's fight May 5th and give the world what they want to see.
— Floyd Mayweather (@FloydMayweather) January 10, 2012
5. Kim Kardashian (68,000+)
The reality star's most viewed message fulfilled one of the last wishes of a teenager diagnosed with Hodgkins lymphoma:
A 15 year old girl who is terminal w/ cancer has made a bucket list. 1 of her wishes is to trend on Twitter. Give a RT #alicebucketlist
— Kim Kardashian (@KimKardashian) November 27, 2011
6. Lady Gaga (35,000+)
Mama Monster's passionate drove of followers gave this nugget of wisdom some formidable social-media momentum:
Never be afraid to dream.
— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) June 17, 2011
7. Katy Perry (35,000+)
Katy Perry's praise for fellow songstress Demi Lovato drove thousands of pop-loving tweens to press the reweet button:
The new song Skyscraper by @ddlovato is pure perfection. Her voice is one of the BEST undiscovered beauties. Can't wait for the full record.
— Katy Perry (@katyperry) July 13, 2011
8. Selena Gomez (33,000+)
Justin Bieber's current girlfriend also piled on the accolades for her pal Demi:
— Selena Gomez (@selenagomez) July 12, 2011
9. Rihanna (29,000+)
The birth of Jay-Z and Beyonce's first child, Blue Ivy Carter — who already has her own hit song with her dad — earned the newborn a social-media shout out from one of her parents' closest pals, "Aunty Rih":
Welcome to the world princess Carter! Love Aunty Rih
— Rihanna (@rihanna) January 8, 2012
10. Taylor Swift (25,000+)
The country-pop superstar celebrated her most recent birthday with this pithy, tongue-in-cheek tweet:
I'm so 22 right now.
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) December 13, 2011