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Swedish Let's Player and vlogger PewDiePie is the most-subscribed user on YouTube, with more than 91 million subscribers as of March 2019[1][2]
American singer Ariana Grande is the most-subscribed female user on YouTube, with more than 34 million subscribers as of March 2019.[2]

This article lists the fifty most-subscribed channels on the video platform YouTube.[2] The ability to subscribe to users was introduced in October 2005,[3] and the website began publishing a list of its "most subscribed Members" in April 2006.[4] An early archive of the list dates to May 2006, at which time Smosh, with fewer than three thousand subscribers, occupied the number-one position.[5] The most-subscribed channel is PewDiePie, with more than 91 million subscribers as of March 23, 2019.

There are eleven channels known to have been the most-subscribed on YouTube: Smosh, Judson Laipply, Brookers, geriatric1927, lonelygirl15, nigahiga, FRED, Ray (formerly Ray William Johnson), PewDiePie, YouTube (formerly YouTube Spotlight), and T-Series.

Most-subscribed channels

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, primary language, and content category of each channel. Automatically-generated channels that lack their own videos (such as Music and News) and channels that have been made effectively obsolete as a result of the transferral of their content (such as JustinBieberVEVO and RihannaVEVO)[note 1] are excluded. As of March 2019, twenty-eight of the fifty channels primarily produce content in English.

"N/A" signifies that the channel is self-owned and unaffiliated with any multi-channel network.

Rank Chg. Channel Subscribers[2]
(millions)
Network[A] Primary
language(s)
Content
category[2]
1. Steady PewDiePie[6] 91 N/A[7][8] English[9] Comedy
2. Steady T-Series[10] T-Series[11] Hindi[12][13] Music
3. Steady 5-Minute Crafts[14] 52 Channel Frederator[15] English How-to
4. Steady Canal KondZilla[16] 47 ONErpm[17] Portuguese[12] Music
5. Increase SET India[18] 44 SET[19] Hindi[20][21] Entertainment
6. Decrease Justin Bieber[22] 43 N/A[B][23] English[24][25][26]
7. Increase Cocomelon - Nursery Rhymes[27] 41 Fullscreen[28] Education
8. Decrease WWE[29] 40 WWE[30] Sports
9. Decrease Dude Perfect[31] N/A[32]
10. Steady HolaSoyGerman.[33] 38 HolaSoyGerman.[34] Spanish[12] Entertainment
11. Steady Ed Sheeran[35] 37 N/A[36][C][37] English[38] Music
12. Steady Badabun[D][40] Spanish Entertainment
13. Steady EminemMusic[41] 36 UniversalMC[E][42] English Music
14. Steady whinderssonnunes[43] 35 Fullscreen[44] Portuguese Comedy
15. Steady elrubiusOMG[45] 34 Mixicom[46] Spanish
16. Increase Ariana Grande`[47] N/A[F][48] English Music
17. Decrease JuegaGerman[49] 33 HolaSoyGerman.[50] Spanish Games
18. Steady Zee Music Company[51] Zee Music Company[52] Hindi[53][54] Music
19. Steady Katy Perry[55] 32 N/A[G][56][H][57] English
20. Steady Taylor Swift[58]
21. Steady Fernanfloo[59] BroadbandTV[60] Spanish Games
22. Increase Marshmello[61] 31 Monstercat Media[62] English Music
23. Decrease Rihanna[63] N/A[I][64] Entertainment
24. Steady Felipe Neto[65] Maker Studios[66] Portuguese
25. Decrease TheEllenShow[67] WarnerMedia[J][68] English
26. Steady One Direction[69] 28 N/A[70] Music
27. Steady YouTube[71] Google[72] News
28. Steady VEGETTA777[73] 26 Mixicom[74] Spanish Games
29. Steady Trap Nation[75] 25 N/A[K][76] English Music
30. Steady Zee TV[77] DMCL[78] Hindi[79][80] Entertainment
31. Steady Spinnin' Records[81] 24 Spinnin' Records[82] English
32. Steady Shakira[83] N/A[L][84][M][85][86][87][N][88][89] Spanish and English People
33. Steady Maroon 5[90] English Music
34. Increase BRIGHT SIDE[91] How-to
35. Decrease Luis Fonsi[92] Spanish Entertainment
36. Decrease VanossGaming[93] English Games
37. Decrease Bruno Mars[94] Music
38. Steady Smosh[95] Comedy
39. Steady Sony Music India[96] Sony BMG[97] Hindi Music
40. Steady Movieclips[98] Movieclips[99] English Films
41. Increase Ozuna[100] 23 Rimas Entertainment[101] Spanish Music
42. Decrease Yuya[102] N/A[103] How-to
43. Increase LUCCAS NETO - LUNE[104] BroadbandTV[105] Portuguese People
44. Decrease Markiplier[106] Maker Studios[107] English Games
45. Increase Você Sabia?[108] Maker Studios[109] Portuguese Entertainment
46. Decrease Get Movies[110] LetsonCorp[111] Russian
47. Increase Wave Music[112] 22 HT Mobile[113] Bhojpuri Music
48. Steady ToyPudding TV[114] Machinima[115] English Entertainment
49. Decrease rezendeevil[116] Disney Digital Network[O][117] Portuguese Games
50. Decrease ChuChu TV Nursery Rhymes & Kids Songs[118] ChuChu TV Studios[119] English Education
As of March 23, 2019

Historical progression of most-subscribed channels

The following table lists the sixteen distinct runs as the most-subscribed YouTube channel recorded since May 2006.

  Former record
  Current record
Channel name Date achieved Days held Reference
Smosh May 17, 2006 26 [95][5]
Judson Laipply Jun 12, 2006 21 [120][121][122]
Brookers Jul 3, 2006 45 [123][124][125]
geriatric1927 Aug 17, 2006 31 [126][127]
lonelygirl15 Sep 17, 2006 221 [128][129][130][131]
Smosh Apr 26, 2007 517 [95][132]
nigahiga Sep 24, 2008 12 [133][134]
Fяᴇᴅ Oct 6, 2008 318 [135][134]
nigahiga Aug 20, 2009 677 [133][136][137]
Ray William Johnson Jun 28, 2011 564 [138][139][140]
Smosh Jan 12, 2013 215 [95][141][142]
PewDiePie Aug 15, 2013 80 [6][143]
YouTube Spotlight Nov 2, 2013 36 [71][144]
PewDiePie Dec 8, 2013 4 [6][121]
YouTube Spotlight Dec 12, 2013 11 [71][145][146]
PewDiePie[P] Dec 23, 2013 1916 [6][150][151]
As of March 23, 2019

Timeline

Timeline of the most-subscribed YouTube channels (May 2006 – March 2019)

YouTube SpotlightPewDiePieRay William JohnsonFred FigglehornRyan Higalonelygirl15Peter OakleyBrooke BrodackJudson LaipplySmosh

Milestones and reactions

In 2009, the FRED channel became the first to attain one million subscribers.[152]

Following the third time that Smosh became the most-subscribed YouTube channel, Ray William Johnson collaborated with the duo.[153] 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.[154]

PewDiePie vs T-Series

In mid-2018, the subscriber count of the Indian music video channel T-Series rapidly approached that of Swedish web comedian and Let's Player PewDiePie, the most-subscribed user on YouTube.[155][156] As a response, PewDiePie fans and other YouTubers have shown their support for PewDiePie in the PewDiePie vs T-Series competition. During the competition, both channels have been gaining a large amount of subscribers at a rapid rate. T-Series has on rare occasions overtaken PewDiePie for short amounts of time, with the longest of these spanning several hours.[157][158][159]

See also

Notes

  1. ^ These are not to be mistaken for the channels Justin Bieber and Rihanna, both of which are included.
  1. ^ All entries are as of February 2017 except where noted.
  2. ^ As of May 2016
  3. ^ As of January 2017
  4. ^ Badabun's subscriber count has not been publicly available since March 6, 2019. The last recorded total for the channel was 37.292 million.[39]
  5. ^ As of May 2017
  6. ^ As of December 2016
  7. ^ As of July 2016
  8. ^ As of June 2017
  9. ^ As of November 2016
  10. ^ Time Warner was renamed WarnerMedia in June 2018.
  11. ^ As of August 2017
  12. ^ As of December 2016
  13. ^ As of November 2015
  14. ^ As of November 2018
  15. ^ As of July 2017. Maker Studios was absorbed into the Disney Digital Network in May 2017.
  16. ^ PewDiePie has been surpassed in subscriber count by T-Series on numerous occasions in February and March 2019, ranging in duration from minutes to several hours.[147][148][149]

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