PewDiePie and Justin Bieber are at the top of the list.
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-to YouTube channels and the stars behind them.
The most subscribed YouTube channels
Who: 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: 56,779,096 million
Who: 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: 32,178,995 million
Who: 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: 30,750,612 million
What: One of YouTube’s own channels, it’s a go-to spot for finding out what’s trending around the world.
Subscribers: 25,592,375 million
Who: 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: 25,281,961 million
Who: Rihanna, the R&B singer, has a deep catalog of modern club bangers and YouTube videos. Everything she touches goes platinum.
Subscribers: 25,215,280 million
Who: Katy Perry, the only pop star on this list who has headlined a Super Bowl performance.
Subscribers: 23,798,916 million
Who: 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: 23,094,275 million
Who: Marshall Bruce Mathers III, better known as Eminem, hasn’t released a full-length album since 2013, but his videos never fail to impress.
Subscribers: 22,921,173 million
Who: 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: 22,807,036 million
Who: 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.
Subscribers: 22,749,147 million
What: 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: 22,698,428 million
Who: The British boy band may have broken up, but One Direction’s YouTube channel remains a popular destination.
Subscribers: 22,402,509 million
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Who: 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: 22,086,967 million
15) Dude Perfect
Who: 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: 21,345,563 million
What: 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.
Subscribers: 21,143,351 million
Who: JuegaGerman is the same YouTuber as HolaSoyGerman; this is just his new channel. Who says you can’t strike gold twice?
Subscribers: 20,888,953 million
Who: 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: 20,370,190 million
Who: Ryan Higa, known as nigahiga, is a comedian and actor who rose to YouTube fame with his “How To Be” series, which mimics popular stereotypes about what it means to be emo or gangster. Higa has had a couple of his videos taken down for copyright issues, but he continues to lead the comedic scene on YouTube.
Subscribers: 19,972,754 million
Who: Yuya, who’s real name is Mariand Castrejon Castañeda, is a beauty vlogger from Cuernavaca, Mexico. Castañeda was named the highest paid beauty vlogger by Bustle in 2015, and she continues to charm the internet.
Subscribers: 19,001,680 million
This article will be updated frequently for relevance.
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