Harry Styles is responsible for crafting Twitter’s most retweeted tweet of 2015, and he didn’t even come close to the 140-character limit set by the social media platform — Harry’s popular message was composed of just five words. Harry Styles might be a pro at dreaming up short-but-sweet tweets that delight Directioners, but it will be hard for him to ever top the number of retweets that Louis Tomlinson continues to score for a heartfelt message that is 4-years-old.
TIME magazine recently revealed the top 10 most retweeted tweets of 2015, and five of the top social media messages on the list were generated by current and former members of One Direction. Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne, and Zayn Malik all made the list. The top ten also included Caitlyn Jenner’s first tweet, Barack Obama’s response to the SCOTUS ruling on gay marriage, and actor Leonard Nimoy’s last tweet before his death. Most of the One Direction tweets, including Harry Styles’ top tweet, concerned Zayn Malik’s exit from the band.
The first 1D tweet to make the top ten list landed in the seventh slot. It was a birthday message from Niall Horan to Liam Payne, and it included a photo of the guys making silly faces during a performance.
— Niall Horan (@NiallOfficial) August 29, 2015
A tweet by Louis Tomlinson came in at No. 5. The singer simply thanked his fans for their support in the tweet, but his love for Directioners isn’t want made the message so popular. According to People, Louis Tomlinson sent the tweet out shortly after he, Zayn Malik, and Naughty Boy got in a Twitter tiff. Zayn had left One Direction a few weeks earlier, and tensions were still running high at the time.
Our fans support really has been a different class! Huge love to you guys!!
— Louis Tomlinson (@Louis_Tomlinson) May 7, 2015
Liam Payne’s tweet about One Direction’s fifth anniversary scored the number three spot, and Zayn Malik’s supportive message about “Drag Me Down” was the second-most popular tweet of the year.
Wowwwww 5 years 5 boys what an amazing journey I couldn’t thank you all ever enough and thank you Louis Niall Harry and zayn for everything
— Liam (@Real_Liam_Payne) July 23, 2015
Proud of my boys the new single is sick. Big love. :) x
— zayn (@zaynmalik) August 1, 2015
Harry Styles kept things simple when he used Twitter to respond to Zayn Malik’s decision to leave One Direction, and fans loved him for it. Harry topped the list with a tweet that has been retweeted over 700,000 times.
All the love as always. H
— Harry Styles. (@Harry_Styles) March 26, 2015
Harry Styles’ heartfelt message was tweeted on the same day that Zayn Malik’s departure from One Direction was announced.
Fans might love Harry’s “All the love” tweet because it can be interrupted a few different ways: Some fans might believe that it was aimed at Zayn Malik, and others might think that Harry was trying to make devastated Directioners feel better about Zayn’s defection by sharing a little love with the grieving group. It’s also possible that fans were using retweeting the tweet as some sort of coping mechanism, or maybe there’s just something about the word “always” that appeals to Directioners — Harry Styles isn’t the first member of the group to use the word in a massively popular tweet.
As the Inquisitr previously reported, a sweet tweet from Louis Tomlinson to Harry Styles is actually the second most retweeted tweet of all time. The social media message in question has been retweeted over 1.6 million times, and the only tweet that has topped it is Ellen DeGeneres’ epic Oscar selfie with its 3 million+ views.
Always in my heart @Harry_Styles. Yours sincerely, Louis
— Louis Tomlinson (@Louis_Tomlinson) October 2, 2011
The tweet likely continues to charm some One Direction fans, because it makes them nostalgic for the days when Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson weren’t afraid to let the world know that they were BFFs. However, other Directioners probably love the “Always in my heart” message because they’re convinced that the sweet tweet is evidence that “Larry Stylinson” is real. Some 1D fans believe that Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson are secretly gay lovers, and “Larry Stylinson” is the boys’ celebrity couple name.
Louis has never been a big Larry fan, and he’s not afraid to let Directioners know this — he once labeled Larry “the biggest load of bulls**t” in response to a tweet from a Larry shipper, and he’s said that the gay rumors have affected the way that he and Harry Styles act around one another in public. However, he and Harry Styles might still be best bros — Harry recently put a smile on Louis’ face by seemingly poking fun at Zayn Malik’s tattoos.
Are you surprised that Harry Styles’ five words about Zayn Malik were retweeted more than another other message in 2015?
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