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Swedish Let's Player and vlogger PewDiePie is the most-subscribed user on YouTube, with over 66 million subscribers as of October 2018.[1][2]
American singer and songwriter Katy Perry is the most-subscribed female user on YouTube, with over 31 million subscribers as of October 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 66 million as of October 2018.

Top channels

All-time

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 September 2018, 31 of these channels primarily produce content in English.

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Self-owned channel (without a network)

Rank Chg Channel name Network[A] Primary
language(s)
Subscribers[2]
(millions)
Content
category[2]
1. Steady PewDiePie[5] N/A[6][7] English 66 Comedy
2. Steady T-Series[8] T-Series[9] Hindi 65 Music
3. Steady Justin Bieber[10] N/A[B][11] English 41 Entertainment
4. Steady Canal KondZilla[12] ONErpm[13] Portuguese Music
5. Steady 5-Minute Crafts[14] Channel Frederator[15] English 37 How-to
6. Steady Dude Perfect[16] N/A[17][18] 35 Sports
7. Increase Ed Sheeran[19] 34 Music
8. Decrease HolaSoyGerman.[20] HolaSoyGerman.[21] Spanish Entertainment
9. Steady WWE[22] WWE[23] English Sports
10. Steady SET India[24] SET[25] Hindi 33 Shows
11. Steady EminemMusic[26] UniversalMC[C][27] English Music
12. Steady whinderssonnunes[28] Fullscreen[29] Portuguese 31 Comedy
13. Increase elrubiusOMG[30] Mixicom[31] Spanish
14. Decrease Katy Perry[32] N/A[D][33][E][34][F][35] English Music
15. Decrease Taylor Swift[36]
16. Steady Rihanna[37] 30 Entertainment
17. Steady Fernanfloo[38] BroadbandTV[39] Spanish 29 Games
18. Steady JuegaGerman[40] HolaSoyGerman.[41]
19. Steady TheEllenShow[42] WarnerMedia[G][43] English 28 Entertainment
20. Steady One Direction[44] N/A[45] Music
21. Steady YouTube Spotlight[46] Google[47] 27 News
22. Steady Ariana Grande`[48] N/A[H][49] 26 Music
23. Steady Felipe Neto[50] Maker Studios[51] Portuguese Entertainment
24. Steady Badabun[52] N/A[I][53] Spanish 25
25. Steady Zee Music Company[54] Zee Music Company[55] Hindi Music
26. Steady VEGETTA777[56] Mixicom[57] Spanish 24 Games
27. Steady VanossGaming[58] N/A[59] English 23
28. Steady Smosh[60] Break[61] Comedy
29. Steady Shakira[62] N/A[J][63] Spanish and English People
30. Steady Spinnin' Records[64] Spinnin' Records[65] English Entertainment
31. Steady Trap Nation[66] N/A[K][67] Music
32. Increase Cocomelon - Nursery Rhymes[68] Fullscreen[69] 22 Education
33. Increase Bruno Mars[70] N/A[71][72] Music
34. Decrease Yuya[73] Spanish How-to
35. Decrease Luis Fonsi[74] Entertainment
36. Decrease Markiplier[75] Maker Studios[76] English Games
37. Steady nigahiga[77] N/A[78] 21 Entertainment
38. Increase Marshmello[79] Monstercat Media[80] 20 Music
39. Decrease Get Movies[81] LetsonCorp[82] Russian Shows
40. Steady Maroon 5[83] N/A[L][84] English Music
41. Decrease jacksepticeye[85] Disney Digital Network[M][86] Games
42. Decrease DanTDM[87] StyleHaul[88]
43. Steady ChuChu TV Nursery Rhymes & Kids Songs[89] ChuChu TV Studios[90] Education
44. Increase Zee TV[91] DMCL[92] Hindi Entertainment
45. Increase Ozuna[93] Rimas Entertainment[94] Spanish 19 Music
46. Steady rezendeevil[95] Disney Digital Network[N][96] Portuguese Games
47. Decrease Selena Gomez[97] N/A[O][98] English Film
48. Increase Luccas Neto[99] BroadbandTV[100] Portuguese People
49. Decrease KSI[101] StyleHaul[102] English Entertainment
50. Decrease ToyPudding TV[103] Machinima[104]
As of October 14, 2018

By country and territory

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 analytics website DBase.

Country or territory Most-subscribed channel Subscribers
(millions)
 Argentina DrossRotzank[105] 15
 Australia Wengie[106] 12
 Austria Red Bull[107] 7
 Brazil Canal KondZilla[108] 41
 Canada VanossGaming[109] 23
 Chile HolaSoyGerman.[110] 34
 Colombia toycantando[111] 8
 El Salvador Fernanfloo[112] 29
 France David Guetta[113] 18
 Germany freekickerz[114] 7
 India T-Series[115] 65
 Indonesia Ricis Official[116] 5
 Iraq الرماس ميوزك[117] 8
 Ireland jacksepticeye[118] 20
 Japan Fischer's-フィッシャーズ-[119] 5
 Jordan toyorbabytv[120]
 Latvia TrapMusicHDTV[121]
 Mexico Badabun[122] 25
 Morocco Saad Lamjarred | سعد لمجرد[123] 6
 Netherlands Trap City[124] 11
 Norway Alan Walker[125] 18
 Philippines ABS-CBN Entertainment[126] 12
 Puerto Rico Ozuna[127] 19
 Russia Get Movies[128] 20
 Saudi Arabia Rotana[129] 8
 South Korea ibighit[130] 17
 Spain elrubiusOMG[131] 31
 Sweden PewDiePie[132] 66
  Switzerland FIFATV[133] 7
 Thailand WorkpointOfficial[134] 18
 Turkey netd müzik[135] 11
 Ukraine SlivkiShow[136]
 United Arab Emirates Noor Stars[137] 8
 United Kingdom Ed Sheeran[138] 34
 United States Dude Perfect[139] 35
 Uruguay dosogas[140] 5
 Venezuela LA DIVAZA[141] 7
 Vietnam FAP TV[142]
As of October 9, 2018

Historical progression of most-subscribed channels

The following table lists the sixteen YouTube channels that have most recently been the most-subscribed on the website, since May 2006.

  Current record
  Former record
Channel name Network / owner Country Date achieved Days held Reference
PewDiePie[5] Felix Kjellberg  SWE Dec 22, 2013 1758 [143]
YouTube Spotlight[46] Google  USA Dec 12, 2013 10 [144][145]
PewDiePie[5] Felix Kjellberg  SWE Dec 8, 2013 4 [143]
YouTube Spotlight[46] Google  USA Nov 2, 2013 36 [146]
PewDiePie[5] Felix Kjellberg  SWE Aug 15, 2013 80 [147]
Smosh[60] Defy Media  USA Jan 12, 2013 215 [148][149]
Ray William Johnson[150] Ray Johnson Jun 28, 2011 564 [151][152]
nigahiga[77] Ryan Higa Aug 20, 2009 677 [153][154]
Fяᴇᴅ[155] Lucas Cruikshank Oct 6, 2008 318 [156]
nigahiga[77] Ryan Higa Sep 24, 2008 12 [156]
Smosh[60] Defy Media Apr 26, 2007 517 [157]
lonelygirl15[158] Mesh Flinders Sep 17, 2006 221 [159][160][161]
geriatric1927[162] Peter Oakley  GBR Aug 17, 2006 31 [163]
Brookers[164] Brooke Brodack  USA Jul 3, 2006 45 [165][166]
Judson Laipply[167] Judson Laipply Jun 12, 2006 21 [143][168]
Smosh[60] Defy Media May 17, 2006 26 [4]
As of December 22, 2013

Timeline

Timeline of the most-subscribed YouTube channels (May 2006 – October 2018)

YouTube SpotlightPewDiePieRay William JohnsonFred FigglehornRyan Higalonelygirl15Peter OakleyBrooke BrodackJudson LaipplySmosh

Reactions

In late 2006, when Peter Oakley's channel Geriatric1927 became the most-subscribed on YouTube, a number of television channels expressed interest in interviewing him on his rise to fame.[citation needed] The Daily Mail and TechBlog published an article about him and his success.[citation needed] In 2009, the FRED channel became the first to attain one million subscribers.[169]

Following the third time that Smosh became the most-subscribed YouTube channel, Ray William Johnson collaborated with the duo.[170] 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.[171]

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 May 2017
  4. ^ As of July 2016
  5. ^ As of November 2016
  6. ^ As of June 2017
  7. ^ Time Warner was renamed WarnerMedia in June 2017.
  8. ^ As of December 2016
  9. ^ As of January 2017
  10. ^ As of December 2016
  11. ^ As of August 2017
  12. ^ As of November 2015
  13. ^ As of August 2017. Maker Studios was absorbed into the Disney Digital Network in May 2017.
  14. ^ As of July 2017. Maker Studios was absorbed into the Disney Digital Network in May 2017.
  15. ^ As of January 2017

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