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 62 million subscribers as of May 2018.[1][2]
American singer and songwriter Taylor Swift is the most subscribed female user on YouTube, with over 30 million subscribers as of May 2018.[2]

This article lists the fifty most-subscribed channels on the video platform YouTube,[2] the ability to "subscribe" to a user's channel was added to YouTube by late October 2005,[3] and the "most subscribed" list on YouTube began as a chart by May 2006, at which time Smosh was number one with fewer than three thousand subscribers.[4] Since December 22, 2013, the most subscribed user has been PewDiePie, whose channel has over 62 million subscribers as of May 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 May 2018, 34 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
type[2]
1. Steady PewDiePie[5] N/A English 62 Comedy
2. Steady T-Series[6] T-Series Hindi 46 Music
3. Steady Justin Bieber[7] N/A English 39 Entertainment
4. Steady HolaSoyGerman.[8] Machinima Spanish 33
5. Steady Canal KondZilla[9] ONErpm Portuguese Music
6. Steady Ed Sheeran[10] WMG English 31
7. Increase Dude Perfect[11] Whistle Sports 30 Sports
8. Decrease Taylor Swift[12] N/A Music
9. Steady Katy Perry[13] 29
10. Steady Rihanna[14] Entertainment
11. Steady elrubiusOMG[15] TalentWeb Spanish Comedy
12. Steady whinderssonnunes[16] N/A Portuguese
13. Steady EminemMusic[17] UniversalMC English 28 Music
14. Steady Fernanfloo[18] BroadbandTV Spanish 27 Games
15. Steady One Direction[19] N/A English Music
16. Steady YouTube Spotlight[20] Google News
17. Increase WWE[21] WWE 26 Sports
18. Decrease JuegaGerman[22] HolaSoyGerman Spanish Games
19. Steady TheEllenShow[23] Time Warner English 25 Entertainment
20. Increase SET India[24] Sony Pictures Hindi 23 Shows
21. Decrease Ariana Grande[25] N/A English Music
22. Steady Smosh[26] Defy Media Comedy
23. Steady VanossGaming[27] JETPAK 22 Games
24. Steady VEGETTA777[28] TalentWeb Spanish
25. Steady Spinnin' Records[29] Spinnin' Records English 21 Entertainment
26. Increase Felipe Neto[30] Disney Digital Network Portuguese
27. Decrease Yuya[31] N/A Spanish How-to
28. Steady Bruno Mars[32] WMG English Music
29. Steady Shakira[33] N/A Spanish and English People
30. Steady nigahiga[34] English 20 Entertainment
31. Increase 5-Minute Crafts[35] Channel Frederator How-to
32. Decrease Markiplier[36] Disney Digital Network Games
33. Steady Trap Nation[37] The District Music
34. Decrease Luis Fonsi Oficial[38] N/A Spanish 19 Entertainment
35. Steady jacksepticeye[39] Disney Digital Network English Games
36. Steady DanTDM[40] StyleHaul 18
37. Steady KSI[41] Entertainment
38. Steady Selena Gomez[42] N/A Film
39. Steady JennaMarbles[43] Comedy
40. Steady Get Movies[44] XMedia Digital Russian Shows
41. Steady Skrillex[45] WMG English 17 Music
42. Increase Logan Paul Vlogs[46] Studio71 Entertainment
43. Decrease David Guetta[47] WMG Music
44. Increase WatchMojo.com[48] WatchMojo Entertainment
45. Decrease Adele[49] N/A Music
46. Increase ChuChu TV Nursery Rhymes & Kids Songs[50] KidsCamp Education
47. Decrease FBE[51] FullScreen Entertainment
48. Decrease enchufetv[52] N/A Spanish Comedy
49. Steady rezendeevil[53] Disney Digital Network Portuguese Games
50. Increase Zee Music Company[54] Zee Music Company Hindi Music
As of May 23, 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. Channels whose content has been transferred are not considered or included.

Country or territory Channel Subscribers
(millions)
 Argentina DrossRotzank[55] 13
 Australia Wengie[56] 11
 Austria Red Bull[57] 7
 Brazil Canal KondZilla[58] 33
 Canada VanossGaming[59] 22
 Chile HolaSoyGerman.[60] 33
 Colombia toycantando[61] 6
 El Salvador Fernanfloo[62] 27
 France David Guetta[63] 17
 Germany freekickerz[64] 6
 India T-Series[65] 45
 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] 9
 Puerto Rico Ozuna[72] 15
 Russia Get Movies[73] 18
 Saudi Arabia Rotana[74] 7
 South Korea SMTOWN[75] 14
 Spain elrubiusOMG[76] 29
 Sweden PewDiePie[77] 62
 Thailand GMM GRAMMY OFFICIAL[78] 12
 Turkey netd müzik[79] 9
 Ukraine SlivkiShow[80] 10
 United Arab Emirates Noor Stars[81] 6
 United Kingdom Ed Sheeran[82] 31
 United States Dude Perfect[83] 30
 Uruguay dosogas[84] 5
 Venezuela LA DIVAZA[85] 6
As of May 22, 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 1613 [86]
YouTube Spotlight[20] Google  USA Dec 12, 2013 10 [87][88]
PewDiePie[5] Felix Kjellberg  SWE Dec 8, 2013 4 [86]
YouTube Spotlight[20] Google  USA Nov 2, 2013 36 [89]
PewDiePie[5] Felix Kjellberg  SWE Aug 15, 2013 80 [90]
Smosh[26] Defy Media  USA Jan 12, 2013 215 [91][92]
Ray William Johnson[93] Ray Johnson Jun 28, 2011 564 [94][95]
nigahiga[34] Ryan Higa Aug 20, 2009 677 [96][97]
Fяᴇᴅ[98] Lucas Cruikshank Oct 6, 2008 318 [99]
nigahiga[34] nigahiga Sep 24, 2008 12 [99]
Smosh[26] 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[26] Defy Media May 17, 2006 26 [112]
As of December 22, 2013

Timeline[edit]

Timeline of Most Subscribed Channels (May 2006 – May 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.[113]

Following the third time that Smosh became most subscribed, Ray William Johnson collaborated with the duo.[114] 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.[115]

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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