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YouTube boasts a staggering 1.5 billion users. That means over one-third of the people on the internet visit the video platform daily, generating hundreds of millions of video views every hour.
These days, YouTube’s top vloggers and content creators have an audience size that rivals that of traditional television, with top performers reaching more viewers on a weekly basis than even the most popular cable programs. Some of them have made the jump to the big screen, starring major motion pictures, while others continue to film skits and commentary from their bedrooms. Here’s a rundown of the most subscribed YouTube channels and the stars behind them.
The top 10 YouTube channels
Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg, better known as PewDiePie, is a Swedish-based video game review and vlogger. He’s had YouTube’s most-subscribed-to channel since December 2013 and has been named one of Time’s Most Influential People in 2016, despite coming under fire for anti-Semitic jokes.
Subscribers: 92.7 million
T-Series is a global music label owned by an Indian music company, Super Cassettes Industries Private Limited. It’s been around since 1960 and it’s effectively cornered its market online by moving heavily into film production as well.
Subscribers: 92.4 million
From fun snacks and teeth whitening to study hacks and craftable birthday gifts, 5-Minute Crafts is a never-ending trove of everything D-I-Y.
Subscribers: 52.9 million
A Brazilian music video producer and director, Canal KondZilla has directed more than 300 music videos, helping establish the country’s electronic music worldwide. He’s on a hot streak, too. Since January 2018, he’s added more than 8 million YouTube subscribers, leaping from no. 17 to the no. 4 most subscribed YouTube channel.
Subscribers: 48.1 million
5) SET India
SET India is Sony’s 24-hour Hindi channel offering all sorts of entertainment programming, from full-length movies to game shows, dance competitions, and news. It’s basically free live TV.
Subscribers: 45 million
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Don’t pretend you don’t know. Bieber got his first big break on YouTube and remains one of the platform’s biggest stars. His fans have followed his every move on YouTube for years now.
Subscribers: 44.1 million
Formerly ABCKidTv, Cocomelon is a kids’ YouTube channel. Videos are mostly animated cartoons with nursery rhymes or kids songs. You probably know it for the kids-song-turned-meme, the horrifying and mesmerizing Johny John Yes Papa video.
Subscribers: 42.4 million
Never mind the so-called Monday Night Wars. These days the best of World Wrestling Entertainment is on YouTube, which hosts highlights from every episode of Monday Night Raw and SmackDown Live, along with all sorts of backstage highlights and highly entertaining top 10 lists, like this countdown of “brutal barricade attacks.”
Subscribers: 41.4 million
9) Dude Perfect
Five best friends and an unknown person in a panda suit spend their days doing extreme stunts, trick shots, sports videos, and comedy. Dude Perfect didn’t invent trick shots, but they were the ones who took it mainstream. Now the dudes are is regularly in commercials and even have their own TV show. Their YouTube channel has 2 billion views altogether, and they post a new video every Monday.
Subscribers: 40.9 million
Germán Alejandro Garmendia Aranis is a musician, singer, writer, and comedian based in Chile. You might not recognize him in the streets, but the 27-year-old performer has a massive worldwide audience.
Subscribers: 38.6 million
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11) Ed Sheeran
The English singer-songwriter and close friend of Taylor Swift is a master in the art of swooning. His heartfelt songs about love have gained him international success and a following of die-hard fans. Since the release of his 2017 album, %, he’s added more than 6 million new YouTube subscribers, which help drive more than 50 million views to his “Happier” video in less than two weeks.
Subscribers: 37.9 million
Badabun is a Spanish language network channel maintained by the Badabun network.
Subscribers: 37.3 million
Marshall Bruce Mathers III, better known as Eminem, has earned nine consecutive No. 1 albums on the Billboard 200, and his videos never fail to impress.
Subscribers: 36.8 million
Whindersson Nunes Batista is a comedian and vlogger. He boasts the most-subscribed-to YouTube channel in Brazil, where he’s from. He also had a part in the movie Party Crashers 2.
Subscribers: 35.3 million
15) Ariana Grande
The Disney star turned pop idol has a strong YouTube presence, and her “thank u, next” video smashed the platform’s 24-hour music video debut record, scoring 55.4 million views in its first full day.
Subscribers: 34.5 million
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Rubén Doblas Gundersen, better known by his pseudonym El Rubius or ElRubiusOMG, is a gamer, reviewer, and comedian based in Spain. Noticing a trend yet? YouTube is dominated by gamers and has a global reach.
Subscribers: 34.3 million
JuegaGerman is the same YouTuber as HolaSoyGerman; this is just his new channel. Who says you can’t strike gold twice?
Subscribers: 34.2 million
Zee Music is an Indian music company that has dominated the Bollywood music industry in a short amount of time. Some of the channel’s videos only earn about 50,000 views, but those views add up when it routinely releases several videos a day.
Subscribers: 34.1 million
19) Katy Perry
Katy Perry, the only pop star on this list who has headlined a Super Bowl performance.
Subscribers: 32.8 million
20) Taylor Swift
The only thing surprising about Taylor Swift, one of the world’s biggest pop stars, being on this list is that she isn’t higher on it.
Subscribers: 32.6 million
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Luis Fernando Flores is a gamer and occasional sketch comedian from El Salvador, and his videos get more views than PewDiePie daily. Most of his audience lives in Peru, Bolivia, and Ecuador.
Subscribers: 32.5 million
The EDM giant has released several huge chart hits music videos, and even played an epic in-game Fortnite concert in February 2019.
Subscribers: 32.4 million
23) Felipe Neto
Felipe Neto is a Brazilian vlogger, comedian, and gaming Youtuber. Neto started the “Paramaker Network” in 2011, which serves as a network branch for Brazilian Youtube channels such as IGN Brasil Network, as well as thousands of other YouTube channels.
Subscribers: 31.6 million
Rihanna, the R&B singer, has a deep catalog of modern club bangers and YouTube videos. Everything she touches goes platinum.
Subscribers: 31.6 million
Ellen DeGeneres has hosted the Oscars, had a part in two blockbuster animated movies and was given the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Barack Obama. While it might seem surprising that a daytime TV channel ranks higher than her late-night counterparts, DeGeneres has been at it far longer than Jimmy Fallon, Stephen Colbert, or Jimmy Kimmel.
Subscribers: 31.6 million
This article is regularly updated for relevance.
Kristen Hubby is a tech and lifestyle reporter. Her writing focuses on sex, pop culture, streaming entertainment, and social media, with an emphasis on major platforms like Snapchat, YouTube, and Spotify. Her work has also appeared in Austin Monthly and the Austin American-Statesman, where she covered local news and the dining scene in Austin, Texas.