List of most-subscribed YouTube channels

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Swedish Let's Player and vlogger PewDiePie is the most subscribed user on YouTube, with over 63 million subscribers as of June 2018.[1][2]
American singer and songwriter Taylor Swift is the most subscribed female user on YouTube, with over 30 million subscribers as of June 2018.[2]

This article lists the fifty most-subscribed channels on the video platform YouTube,[2] the ability to subscribe to channels was introduced by October 2005,[3] and the website began publishing a list of its most-subscribed channels by May 2006, at which time Smosh, with fewer than three thousand subscribers, occupied the number-one position.[4] Since December 22, 2013, the most-subscribed channel has been PewDiePie, with over 63 million as of June 2018.

Top channels[edit]

All-time[edit]

The following table lists the fifty most subscribed channels on YouTube, with each total rounded down to the nearest million subscribers, as well as the network and language of each channel. Channels marked as "Auto-generated by YouTube" (such as Music, Gaming, Sports and Movies) and channels whose content has been transferred (such as JustinBieberVEVO and RihannaVEVO)[note 1] are excluded, as of June 2018, 35 of these channels primarily produce content in English.

  Self-owned channel (without a network)
Rank Chg Channel name Network Primary
language(s)
Subscribers[2]
(millions)
Content
category[2]
1. Steady PewDiePie[5] N/A English 63 Comedy
2. Steady T-Series[6] T-Series Hindi 49 Music
3. Steady Justin Bieber[7] N/A English 39 Entertainment
4. Steady Canal KondZilla[8] ONErpm Portuguese 35 Music
5. Steady HolaSoyGerman.[9] Machinima Spanish 33 Entertainment
6. Steady Ed Sheeran[10] WMG English 31 Music
7. Steady Dude Perfect[11] Whistle Sports Sports
8. Steady Taylor Swift[12] N/A 30 Music
9. Steady Katy Perry[13]
10. Steady whinderssonnunes[14] Portuguese 29 Comedy
11. Steady elrubiusOMG[15] TalentWeb Spanish
12. Steady Rihanna[16] N/A English Entertainment
13. Steady EminemMusic[17] UniversalMC Music
14. Steady Fernanfloo[18] BroadbandTV Spanish 28 Games
15. Increase WWE[19] WWE English Sports
16. Decrease One Direction[20] N/A 27 Music
17. Steady YouTube Spotlight[21] Google News
18. Steady JuegaGerman[22] HolaSoyGerman Spanish 26 Games
19. Steady TheEllenShow[23] Time Warner English Entertainment
20. Steady SET India[24] Sony Pictures Hindi 25 Shows
21. Steady Ariana Grande`[25] N/A English 24 Music
22. Increase 5-Minute Crafts[26] Channel Frederator 23 How-to
23. Decrease Smosh[27] Defy Media Comedy
24. Decrease VanossGaming[28] JETPAK Games
25. Decrease VEGETTA777[29] TalentWeb Spanish 22
26. Increase Felipe Neto[30] Disney Digital Network Portuguese Entertainment
27. Decrease Spinnin' Records[31] Spinnin' Records English 21
28. Increase Shakira[32] N/A Spanish and English People
29. Decrease Bruno Mars[33] WMG English Music
30. Decrease Yuya[34] N/A Spanish How-to
31. Steady nigahiga[35] English Entertainment
32. Steady Markiplier[36] Disney Digital Network 20 Games
33. Steady Trap Nation[37] The District Music
34. Steady Luis Fonsi Oficial[38] N/A Spanish Entertainment
35. Steady jacksepticeye[39] Disney Digital Network English 19 Games
36. Steady DanTDM[40] StyleHaul
37. Steady Selena Gomez[41] N/A Films
38. Steady KSI[42] StyleHaul 18 Entertainment
39. Steady Get Movies[43] N/A Russian Shows
40. Increase Zee Music Company[44] Zee Music Company Hindi Music
41. Decrease JennaMarbles[45] N/A English Comedy
42. Steady ChuChu TV Nursery Rhymes & Kids Songs[46] ChuChu TV Studios Education
43. Increase Maroon 5[47] N/A 17 Music
44. Increase WatchMojo.com[48] WatchMojo Entertainment
45. Decrease Skrillex[49] WMG Music
46. Decrease Logan Paul Vlogs[50] Studio71 Entertainment
47. Decrease David Guetta[51] WMG Music
48. Decrease rezendeevil[52] Disney Digital Network Portuguese Games
49. Decrease Adele[53] N/A English Music
50. Steady FBE[54] FullScreen Entertainment
As of June 21, 2018

By country and territory[edit]

The following table lists the most subscribed YouTube channel in each country and territory from which at least one channel with at least five million subscribers originates, according to social media statistics complier DBase.

Country or territory Channel Subscribers
(millions)
 Argentina DrossRotzank[55] 13
 Australia Wengie[56] 11
 Austria Red Bull[57] 7
 Brazil Canal KondZilla[58] 34
 Canada VanossGaming[59] 23
 Chile HolaSoyGerman.[60] 33
 Colombia toycantando[61] 7
 El Salvador Fernanfloo[62] 28
 France David Guetta[63] 17
 Germany freekickerz[64] 6
 India T-Series[65] 49
 Iraq الرماس ميوزك[66] 6
 Ireland jacksepticeye[67] 19
 Mexico Yuya[68] 21
 Netherlands Trap City[69] 10
 Norway Alan Walker[70] 14
 Philippines ABS-CBN Entertainment[71] 10
 Puerto Rico Ozuna[72] 16
 Russia Get Movies[73] 18
 Saudi Arabia Rotana[74] 7
 South Korea SMTOWN[75] 14
 Spain elrubiusOMG[76] 29
 Sweden PewDiePie[77] 63
 Thailand GMM GRAMMY OFFICIAL[78] 12
 Turkey netd müzik[79] 10
 Ukraine SlivkiShow[80]
 United Arab Emirates Noor Stars[81] 7
 United Kingdom Ed Sheeran[82] 31
 United States Dude Perfect[83]
 Uruguay dosogas[84] 5
 Venezuela LA DIVAZA[85] 6
As of June 20, 2018

Historical most subscribed channels[edit]

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

  Current record
  Former record
Channel name Network / owner Country Date achieved Days held Reference
PewDiePie[5] Felix Kjellberg  SWE Dec 22, 2013 1644 [86]
YouTube Spotlight[21] Google  USA Dec 12, 2013 10 [87][88]
PewDiePie[5] Felix Kjellberg  SWE Dec 8, 2013 4 [86]
YouTube Spotlight[21] Google  USA Nov 2, 2013 36 [89]
PewDiePie[5] Felix Kjellberg  SWE Aug 15, 2013 80 [90]
Smosh[27] Defy Media  USA Jan 12, 2013 215 [91][92]
Ray William Johnson[93] Ray Johnson Jun 28, 2011 564 [94][95]
nigahiga[35] Ryan Higa Aug 20, 2009 677 [96][97]
Fяᴇᴅ[98] Lucas Cruikshank Oct 6, 2008 318 [99]
nigahiga[35] nigahiga Sep 24, 2008 12 [99]
Smosh[27] Defy Media Apr 26, 2007 517 [100]
lonelygirl15[101] Mesh Flinders Sep 17, 2006 221 [102][103][104]
geriatric1927[105] Peter Oakley  GBR Aug 17, 2006 31 [106]
Brookers[107] Brooke Brodack  USA Jul 3, 2006 45 [108][109]
Judson Laipply[110] Judson Laipply Jun 12, 2006 21 [86][111]
Smosh[27] Defy Media May 17, 2006 26 [4]
As of December 22, 2013

Timeline[edit]

Timeline of Most Subscribed Channels (May 2006 – June 2018)

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, also known as Geriatric1927, became most subscribed, a number of TV channels wanted to interview him on his rise to fame.[citation needed] The Daily Mail and TechBlog published an article about him and his success. In 2009, the FRED channel was the first to have over one million subscribers.[112]

Following the third time that Smosh became most subscribed, Ray William Johnson collaborated with the duo.[113] 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.[114]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ These are not to be mistaken for the channels Justin Bieber and Rihanna, both of which are included.
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