List of most subscribed users on YouTube

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PewDiePie is the most subscribed user on YouTube, with over 55 million subscribers as of May 2017.

This list of most subscribed users on YouTube contains the top 50 channels with the most subscribers on the video platform YouTube.[1] The ability to "subscribe" to a user's channel was added to YouTube by late October 2005,[2] and the "most subscribed" list on YouTube began as a chart by May 2006, at which time Smosh was number one with fewer than 3,000 subscribers.[3] Since December 22, 2013, the most subscribed user has been PewDiePie.

Top channels[edit]

All-time[edit]

The following table lists the top 50 most subscribed channels on YouTube, with each total rounded down to the nearest million subscribers, as well as the network/owner, country of origin and language of each channel. Channels marked as "Auto-generated by YouTube" (such as Music, Gaming, Sports, and Movies) are not included. As of May 24, 2017, 33 out of the 50 top channels originate from English-speaking countries (23 from the United States).[1]

  Vevo channel
  Self-owned channel (without a network)
Rank Chg Channel name Network Country Language Subscribers
(millions)
1. Steady PewDiePie N/A  Sweden English 55
2. Steady HolaSoyGerman.[4] HolaSoyGerman  Chile Spanish 31
3. Steady JustinBieberVEVO[5] Vevo  Canada English 29
4. Steady YouTube Spotlight[6] Google  US 25
5. Steady RihannaVEVO[7] Vevo  Barbados 24
6. Steady elrubiusOMG[8] Mixicom  Spain Spanish
7. Steady Smosh[9] Break  US English 22
8. Steady KatyPerryVEVO[10] Vevo
9. Steady TaylorSwiftVEVO[11]
10. Increase EminemVEVO[12]
11. Decrease OneDirectionVEVO[13]  UK
12. Steady Fernanfloo[14] BroadbandTV  El Salvador Spanish 21
13. Steady VanossGaming[15] N/A  Canada English 20
14. Increase whinderssonnunes[16]  Brazil Portuguese
15. Decrease TheEllenShow[17] Time Warner  US English 19
16. Steady nigahiga[18] N/A
17. Steady JuegaGerman[19] HolaSoyGerman  Chile Spanish
18. Steady T-Series[20] tseriesmusic  India Hindi
19. Increase Dude Perfect[21] N/A  US English 18
20. Decrease Yuya[22]  Mexico Spanish
21. Steady VEGETTA777[23] Mixicom  Spain
22. Steady Markiplier[24] Maker Studios  US English 17
23. Increase Spinnin' Records[25] Spinnin Records  Netherlands
24. Decrease JennaMarbles[26] N/A  US
25. Increase Ed Sheeran[27] WMG  UK
26. Decrease ArianaGrandeVevo[28] Vevo  US 16
27. Increase WWE[29] WWE
28. Decrease KSI[30] StyleHaul  UK
29. Steady Skrillex[31] N/A  US 15
30. Steady jacksepticeye[32] Maker Studios  Ireland
31. Steady FBE[33] N/A  US
32. Steady DanTDM[34] StyleHaul  UK
33. Steady Bruno Mars[35] WMG  US
34. Steady AdeleVEVO[36] Vevo  UK 14
35. Steady WatchMojo.com[37] watchmojo  Canada
36. Steady ERB[38] Maker Studios  US
37. Steady enchufetv[39] N/A  Ecuador Spanish
38. Increase shakiraVEVO[40] Vevo  Colombia English
39. Increase Canal KondZilla[41] ONErpm  Brazil Portuguese
40. Decrease Vevo[42] Vevo  US English 13
41. Decrease Trap Nation[43] The District
42. Decrease The Tonight Show
Starring Jimmy Fallon[44]
NBCU Shows
43. Steady David Guetta[45] Vevo  France
44. Steady Maroon5VEVO[46]  US
45. Steady Werevertumorro[47] sevenludus  Mexico Spanish
46. Steady PTXofficial[48] N/A  US English
47. Steady Porta dos Fundos[49] portadosfundos  Brazil Portuguese
48. Steady CanalCanalha[50] Endemol
beyond Brasil
12
49. Steady Machinima[51] Machinima  US English
50. Steady FailArmy[52] Jukin Media
As of May 24, 2017

By country[edit]

The following table lists the YouTube channels with the greatest number of subscribers by the country that their channel originates from.[1] Only countries that have at least one channel with over 5 million subscribers are included.

Country Channel Subscribers
(millions)
 Sweden PewDiePie 55
 Chile HolaSoyGerman.[4] 31
 Canada JustinBieberVEVO[5] 29
 US YouTube Spotlight[6] 25
 Barbados RihannaVEVO[7] 24
 Spain elrubiusOMG[8]
 UK OneDirectionVEVO[13] 22
 El Salvador Fernanfloo[14] 21
 Brazil whinderssonnunes[16] 19
 India T-Series[20]
 Mexico Yuya[22] 18
 Netherlands Spinnin' Records[25] 17
 Ireland jacksepticeye[32] 15
 Ecuador enchufetv[39] 14
 Colombia shakiraVEVO[40]
 France David Guetta[45] 13
 Ukraine EeOneGuy[53] 11
 Russia Get Movies[54]
 Venezuela Dross Rotzank[55] 10
 South Korea SMTOWN[56]
 Thailand GMM GRAMMY OFFICIAL[57] 9
 Australia HowToBasic[58]
 Jamaica majorlazer[59] 7
 Italy Marzia[60]
 Argentina El Reino Infantil[61] 6
 Norway Alan Walker[62]
 Austria Red Bull[63]
 Belgium Tomorrowland[64] 5
 Turkey netd müzik[65]
 Philippines ABS-CBN Entertainment[66]
 Germany freekickerz[67]
 Japan はじめしゃちょー (hajime)[68]
As of May 24, 2017

Historical most subscribed channels[edit]

The following table lists the last 16 channels to become YouTube's most subscribed channel, from May 2006 to the present.

  Current record
  Former record
Channel name Network / owner Country Date achieved Days held Ref(s)
PewDiePie[69] Felix Kjellberg  Sweden Dec 22, 2013 1,249 [citation needed]
YouTube Spotlight[6] Google  United States Dec 12, 2013 10 [70][71]
PewDiePie[69] Felix Kjellberg  Sweden Dec 8, 2013 4 [citation needed]
YouTube Spotlight[6] Google  United States Nov 2, 2013 36 [72]
PewDiePie[69] Felix Kjellberg  Sweden Aug 15, 2013 80 [73]
Smosh[74] Defy Media  United States Jan 12, 2013 215 [75][76]
Ray William Johnson[77] Ray Johnson Jun 28, 2011 564 [78][79]
nigahiga[18] Ryan Higa Aug 20, 2009 677 [80][81]
Fяᴇᴅ[82] Lucas Cruikshank Oct 6, 2008 318 [83]
nigahiga[18] Ryan Higa Sep 24, 2008 12 [83]
Smosh[74] Defy Media Apr 26, 2007 517 [84]
lonelygirl15[85] Mesh Flinders Sep 17, 2006 221 [86][87][88]
geriatric1927[89] Peter Oakley  United Kingdom Aug 17, 2006 31 [90]
Brookers[91] Brooke Brodack  United States Jul 3, 2006 45 [92][93]
Judson Laipply[94] Judson Laipply Jun 12, 2006 21 [citation needed]
Smosh[74] Defy Media May 17, 2006 26 [95]
As of May 24, 2017


Timeline[edit]

Timeline of YouTube's most subscribed channels (May 2006 - May 2017)

YouTube Spotlight PewDiePie Ray William Johnson Fred Figglehorn Ryan Higa Lonelygirl15 Peter Oakley Brooke Brodack Judson Laipply Smosh

Reactions[edit]

In late 2006, when Peter Oakley, aka Geriatric1927, became most subscribed, a number of TV channels wanted to interview him on his rise to fame. The Daily Mail and TechBlog did an article about him and his success. In 2009, the FRED channel was the first to have over one million subscribers.

Following the third time that Smosh became most subscribed, Ray William Johnson collaborated with the duo.[96] A flurry of top YouTubers including Ryan Higa, Shane Dawson, Felix Kjellberg, Michael Buckley, Kassem Gharaibeh, The Fine Brothers, and Johnson himself, congratulated the duo shortly after they surpassed Johnson as the most subscribed channel.[97]

Following PewDiePie's ascension to the most subscribed channel on YouTube in 2013, Variety heavily criticized his videos.[98]

See also[edit]

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