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[Data] The 100 most popular tags on AO3

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1. Fluff: 465450 —

2. Alternate Universe: 414922 —

3. Angst: 402554 —

4. Sexual Content: 296640 —

5. Relationship(s): 248507 —

6. Sex: 222536 —

7. Hurt/Comfort: 208902 —

8. Family: 158992 ↑2

9. Friendship: 152395 ↓1

10. Smut: 142641 ↓1

11. Love: 137055 —

12. Alternate Canon: 131665 ↑1

13. Romance: 124495 ↓1

14. Alternate Universe - Canon: 116819 —

15. Deviates From Canon: 116077 ↑1

16. Violence: 114752 ↓1

17. Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence: 114045 —

18. Oral Sex: 105449 ↑1

19. Humor: 104484 ↓1

20. Happy Ending: 98824 —

21. Death: 98109 ↑3

22. Established Relationship: 96051 —

23. Kissing: 95036 ↓2

24. LGBTQ Themes: 94554 ↓1

25. BDSM: 88065 ↑2

26. Firsts: 85249 ↓1

27. Pining: 84132 ↑1

28. Fluff and Angst: 82896 ↑1

29. Slow Build: 79012 ↓3

30. Abuse: 77796 —

31. Light-Hearted: 77070 ↑3

32. Mental Health Issues: 76654 —

33. Anal: 75482 ↑2

34. Porn: 73448 ↑2

35. Not Beta Read: 72495 ↑31

36. Slow Burn: 71770 ↓5

37. Blood: 71137 ↑8

38. Supernatural Elements: 70808 ↓5

39. Modern Era: 69612 ↓2

40. LGBTQ Character: 68484 ↑4

41. Friendship/Love: 67495 ↓2

42. Alternate Universe - Modern Setting: 67399 ↓4

43. One Shot: 66741 ↓3

44. Anal Sex: 65921 ↓2

45. Character Death: 64959 ↑1

46. Other Additional Tags to Be Added: 64625 ↓5

47. Parenthood: 64048 ↑4

48. Angst with a Happy Ending: 63107 ↓5

49. Light Angst: 61063 —

50. Friends to Lovers: 59154 ↓2

51. Emotional Hurt/Comfort: 57857 ↓1

52. Language: 57196 ↓5

53. Protectiveness: 56979 ↑4

54. Hurt: 55011 ↑24

55. Domestic: 54385 ↓1

56. Fingerfucking: 54320 ↓1

57. Trauma: 54171 ↓4

58. Non-Consensual: 53413 ↓6

59. Sad: 53043 ↓1

60. Injury: 48924 ↑20

61. Marriage: 48759 ↓5

62. Dom/sub: 47932 ↑1

63. Canon Universe: 47733 ↑2

64. Alcohol: 46589 ↓4

65. Plot What Plot/Porn Without Plot: 46504 ↓4

66. Post-Canon: 46475 ↓7

67. Blow Jobs: 46065 ↓3

68. Suicide: 45555 ↓1

69. Domestic Fluff: 45132 ↑12

70. Rape/Non-con Elements: 44936 ↓8

71. Consent: 44003 ↓2

72. Mutual Pining: 43939 ↓4

73. Sweet: 43893 ↑1

74. Canon Compliant: 43101 ↑8

75. Harm to Children: 42588 ↓3

76. Familial Abuse: 42127 ↓1

77. Fluff and Smut: 41385 ↓4

78. Child Abuse: 41363 ↓1

79. Confessions: 41020 ↓3

80. Siblings: 40938 ↑24 [New]

81. Education: 37886 ↓2

82. Canon-Typical Violence: 37519 ↑13

83. Magic: 37355 ↓12

84. Feels: 37168 ↓1

85. Drabble: 36839 ↓15

86. Kinks: 36787 ↑14

87. Crack: 36669 ↑14 [New]

88. Feelings: 36159 ↑6

89. First Kiss: 36114 ↓3

90. Background Relationships: 35889 ↑21 [New]

91. College: 35810 ↓6

92. Holidays: 35581 ↑1

93. Homosexuality: 35488 ↓1

94. Falling In Love: 34943 ↑15 [New]

95. University: 34881 ↓6

96. Fix-It: 34565 ↓5

97. Alpha/Beta/Omega Dynamics: 34507 ↓13

98. Drugs: 34454 ↓8

99. Gay: 33885 —

100. Fantasy: 32785 ↓4

 

 

[Bonus] Out of Rank Tags:

Format:

Rank in 2021. Tag Name   Change of Rank (Rank in 2020)


103. Alternate Universe - College/University: 32559  ↓6 (97)

109. Pregnancy: 31431 ↓11  (98)

114. Drama & Romance: 30910 ↓26  (88)

115. Drama: 30908 ↓28  (87)