PewDiePie and Justin Bieber are at the top of the list.
Ever wonder what the most subscribed YouTube channel is? It’s PewDiePie, and it’s not even close. The Swedish gamer has been the most subscribed YouTuber since December 2013. But the rest of the top 10 YouTube channels fluctuates constantly.
YouTube now 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
6) 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.
7) 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: 30,131,360 million
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.
Katy Perry, the only pop star on this list who has headlined a Super Bowl performance.
Rihanna, the R&B singer, has a deep catalog of modern club bangers and YouTube videos. Everything she touches goes platinum.
Subscribers: 26,728,040 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.
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.
Marshall Bruce Mathers III, better known as Eminem, hasn’t released a full-length album since 2013, but his videos never fail to impress.
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.
The British boy band may have broken up, but One Direction’s YouTube channel remains a popular destination.
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One of YouTube’s own channels. It’s a go-to spot for finding out what’s trending around the world.
Subscribers: 27,219,716 subscribers
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.”
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JuegaGerman is the same YouTuber as HolaSoyGerman; this is just his new channel. Who says you can’t strike gold twice?
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.
20) 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. Plus, the
The Disney star turned pop idol has a strong YouTube presence, and her latest video, “No Tears to Cry,” already has more than 151 million views in just three weeks.
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Ian Andrew Hecox and Daniel Anthony Padilla are two best friends who post comedic sketches. The duo started in their own movie, fittingly titled Smosh: The Movie about two bros trying to take down a regrettable YouTube video.
Evan Fong, known online as VanossGaming, is a video game commentator who mixes jokes and conversation with special guests to make his tutorials worth the watch.
Samuel de Luque, also known on the internet as VEGETTA777, is a vlogger famous for his movie-like narration during of gameplays of Minecraft, Battlefield, and others. Luque is the second most-subscribed user in Spain and often teams up with other known gamers across the world.
25) Spinnin’ Records
Most subscribed YouTube channel list
If you’re looking for a quick reference guide, here are the top YouTube channels as of May 14, 2018, according to Wikipedia.
- PewDiePie, 62 million
- T-Series, 44 million
- Justin Bieber, 38 million
- HolaSoyGerman, 33 million
- Canal KondZilla, 33 million
- Ed Sheeran, 30 million
- Dude Perfect, 30 million
- Taylor Swift, 29 million
- Katy Perry, 29 million
- Rihanna, 29 million
- elrubiusOMG, 29 million
- Whinderssonnunes, 29 million
- EminemMusic, 28 million
- Fernanfloo, 27 million
- One Direction, 27 million
- YouTube Spotlight, 27 million
- WWE, 26 million
- JuegaGerman, 26 million
- TheEllenShow, 25 million
- SET India, 23 million
- Ariana Grande, 23 million
- Smosh, 23 million
- VanossGaming, 22 million
- VEGETTA777, 22 million
- Spinnin’ Records, 21 million
- Yuya, 21 million
- Felipe Neto, 21 million
- Bruno Mars, 21 million
- Shakira, 21 million
- Nigahiga, 21 million
- Markiplier, 20 million
- Trap Nation, 19 million
- Luis Fonsi Oficial, 19 million
- 5-Minute Crafts, 19 million
- Jacksepticeye, 18 million
- DanTDM, 18 million
- KSI, 18 million
- Selena Gomez, 18 million
- JennaMarbles, 18 million
- Get Movies, 17 million
- Skrillex, 17 million
- David Guetta, 17 million
- Logan Paul Vlogs, 17 million
- WatchMojo.com, 17 million
- Adele, 17 million
- FBE, 17 million
- ChuChu TV Nursery Rhymes & Kid Songs, 17 million
- enchufetv, 17 million
- Rezendeevil, 16 million
- Maroon 5, 16 million
This article is regularly updated for relevance.