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On the video platform YouTube, a subscriber to a channel is a user who, by selecting that channel's subscribe button, has chosen to receive content released by the channel. Each user's subscription feed consists of videos recently published by channels to which the account is subscribed.[1] The ability to subscribe to users was introduced in October 2005,[2] and the website began publishing a list of its "most subscribed Members" in April 2006.[3]

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.[4] Since then, at least ten other YouTube channels have possessed the platform's largest subscriber count; these include Judson Laipply, Brookers, geriatric1927, lonelygirl15, Ryan Higa, Fred, Ray William Johnson and PewDiePie. The most-subscribed channel as of July 2021 is T-Series, an Indian music video publisher operated by the entertainment company of the same name. With a subscriber count of 189 million, the channel has held this distinction since April 14, 2019.

Most-subscribed channels

The Indian music video channel T-Series[5] is the most-subscribed YouTube channel, with 189 million subscribers as of July 2021.[6]
Swedish Let's Player and web comedian PewDiePie[7][8] is the most-subscribed individual user on YouTube,[9][10] and the fourth most-subscribed YouTube channel overall, with 110 million subscribers as of July 2021.[6]

The following table lists the fifty most-subscribed YouTube channels,[A][6] as well as the primary language and content category of each channel. The channels are ordered by number of subscribers; those whose displayed subscriber counts are identical are listed so that the channel whose current growth rate indicates that its displayed subscriber count will exceed that of the other channel is listed first. 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 May 2021, 21 of the 50 channels listed primarily produce content in English while 14 of them produce content primarily in Hindi.

Rank Channel Subscribers[6]
(millions)
Primary
language(s)
Content
category[6]
1 T-Series[11] 189 Hindi/Urdu[12][13] Music
2 Cocomelon[14] 116 English Education
3 SET India[15] 111 Hindi[16] Entertainment
4 PewDiePie[17]

110

English[18] Entertainment
5 Kids Diana Show[19] 81.7 English Entertainment
6 WWE[20] 79.6 English[21] Sports
7 Like Nastya[22] 75.8 Russian[23] Entertainment
8 Zee Music Company[24] 75.3 Hindi[25][26] Music
9 5-Minute Crafts[27] 73.1 English[28] Entertainment
10 Vlad and Niki[29] 70.3 English[30] Entertainment
11 MrBeast[31] 65.5 English Entertainment
12 Canal KondZilla[32] 64.6 Portuguese Music
13 Justin Bieber[33] 64.4 English[34] Music
14 Blackpink[35] 63.4 Korean Music
15 HYBE LABELS[36] 59.8 Korean Music
16 Zee TV[37] 58.5 Hindi[38][39] Entertainment
17 Goldmines Telefilms[40] 56.6 Hindi[41] Film
18 Dude Perfect[42] 56.5 English Sports
19 BangtanTV[43] 55 Korean[44] Music
20 Sony SAB[45] 54.5 Hindi Entertainment
21 Shemaroo Filmi Gaane[46] 54 Hindi Music
22 Marshmello[47] 53.5 English[48] Music
23 Movieclips[49] 53.4 English Film
24 Pinkfong! Kids' Stories & Songs[50] 50.7 English Entertainment
25 ChuChu TV Nursery Rhymes & Kids Songs[51] 50.1 Hindi[52] Entertainment
26 Ariana Grande[53] 49 English Music
27 EminemMusic[54] 48.4 English Music
28 Ed Sheeran[55] 48.2 English[56] Music
29 Aaj Tak[57] 47 Hindi News
30 Wave Music[58] 46.3 Bhojpuri Entertainment
31 Sony Music India[59] 44.6 Hindi Music
32 Badabun[60] 44.5 Spanish Entertainment
33 LooLoo Kids - Nursery Rhymes and Children's Songs[61] English Entertainment
34 Tips Official[62] 44 Hindi Music
35 JuegaGerman[63] 43.9 Spanish Entertainment
36 El Reino Infantil[64] Spanish Music
37 Taylor Swift[65] 43 English Music
38 whinderssonnunes[66] 42.8 Portuguese Entertainment
39 HolaSoyGerman.[67] 42.7 Spanish[12] Entertainment
40 Felipe Neto[68] 42.6 Portuguese Entertainment
41 Fernanfloo[69] 42.5 Spanish Games
42 Colors TV[70] 42.4 Hindi Entertainment
43 T-Series Bhakti Sagar[71] 42.2 Hindi Music
44 Billie Eilish[72] 42.1 English Music
45 BRIGHT SIDE[73] 41.3 English Entertainment
46 Katy Perry[74] 41.1 English Music
47 Você Sabia?[75] 41 Portuguese Music
48 YRF[76] 40.9 Hindi[77] Music
49 elrubiusOMG[78] 40 Spanish Entertainment
50 Alan Walker[79] 39.8 English Music
As of July 26, 2021 UTC

Historical progression of most-subscribed channels

The following table lists the nineteen distinct runs as the most-subscribed YouTube channel recorded since May 2006. Only runs lasting at least 24 hours are included.

  Former record
  Current record
Channel name Date achieved Days held Reference
Smosh May 17, 2006 26 [4][80]
Judson Laipply June 4, 2006 23 [81][82][83]
Brookers July 3, 2006 45 [84][85][86]
geriatric1927 August 17, 2006 31 [87][88]
lonelygirl15 September 12, 2006 226 [89][90][91][92]
Smosh April 26, 2007 517 [80][93]
nigahiga September 24, 2008 12 [94][95]
FЯED October 6, 2008 318 [95][96]
nigahiga August 20, 2009 677 [94][97][98]
Ray William Johnson June 28, 2011 564 [99][100][101]
Smosh January 12, 2013 215 [80][102][103]
PewDiePie August 15, 2013 2050 [17][104]
T-Series[B] March 27, 2019 5 [108][110]
PewDiePie April 1, 2019 13 [109][111][112]
T-Series April 14, 2019 840 [113][114]
As of August 1, 2021 UTC

Timeline

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

T-Series (company)PewDiePieRay William JohnsonFred FigglehornRyan Higalonelygirl15Peter OakleyBrooke BrodackJudson LaipplySmosh

Milestones and reactions

Channel Subscriber milestone Date achieved Reference
Brookers 10,000 July 7, 2006 [115]
geriatric1927 20,000 August 18, 2006 [116]
lonelygirl15 50,000 October 23, 2006 [117]
Smosh 100,000 May 15, 2007 [118]
FЯED 1 million April 7, 2009 [119]
nigahiga 2 million March 13, 2010 [120]
RayWilliamJohnson 5 million November 15, 2011 [121]
Smosh 10 million May 25, 2013 [122]
PewDiePie 20 million January 9, 2014 [123]
50 million December 8, 2016 [124]
T-Series 100 million May 29, 2019 [125]
150 Million August 19, 2020 [126]

Following the third time that Smosh became the most-subscribed YouTube channel, Ray William Johnson collaborated with the duo.[127] 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.[128]

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, who was the most-subscribed user on YouTube at the time.[129][130] As a result, fans of PewDiePie and T-Series, other YouTubers, and celebrities showed their support for both channels. During the competition, both channels gained a large number of subscribers at a rapid rate, and surpassed each other's subscriber count on multiple occasions in February, March, and April 2019.[105][106][107][109] In the end, T-Series won the race and became the first channel to cross the 100 million subscribers mark.

See also

Notes

  1. ^ The total number of channels listed may exceed fifty if a tie exists for the fiftieth-highest subscriber count.
  2. ^ T-Series surpassed PewDiePie in subscriber count on numerous occasions, each lasting fewer than 24 hours, from February to late March 2019.[105][106][107] The first incident to last at least 24 hours began on March 27 and ended on April 1.[108][109]
  1. ^ These are not to be mistaken for the channels Justin Bieber and Rihanna, both of which are included.

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