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The Indian music video channel T-Series[1] is the most-subscribed channel on YouTube, with more than 95 million subscribers as of April 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 as of April 2019 is T-Series, which has accumulated more than 95 million subscribers since 2006.

More than ten different channels have been the most-subscribed on YouTube: Smosh, Judson Laipply, Brookers, geriatric1927, lonelygirl15, nigahiga, Fred, Ray (formerly RayWilliamJohnson), 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 April 2019, twenty-nine 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. Increase T-Series[6] 95 T-Series[7] Hindi[8][9] Music
2. Decrease PewDiePie[10] 94 N/A[11][12] English[13] Comedy
3. Steady 5-Minute Crafts[14] 54 Channel Frederator[15] How-to
4. Steady Canal KondZilla[16] 48 ONErpm[17] Portuguese[8] Music
5. Steady SET India[18] 46 SET[19] Hindi[20][21] Entertainment
6. Increase Cocomelon - Nursery Rhymes[22] 45 Fullscreen[23] English[24][25][26] Education
7. Decrease Justin Bieber[27] 44 N/A[B][28] Entertainment
8. Steady WWE[29] 42 WWE[30] Sports
9. Steady Dude Perfect[31] 41 N/A[32][C][33]
10. Increase Badabun[34] 38 Spanish[8] Entertainment
11. Decrease HolaSoyGerman.[35] HolaSoyGerman.[36]
12. Steady Ed Sheeran[37] N/A[38] English[39] Music
13. Steady EminemMusic[40] 37 UniversalMC[D][41]
14. Increase Zee Music Company[42] 35 Zee Music Company[43] Hindi[44][45]
15. Decrease whinderssonnunes[46] Fullscreen[47] Portuguese Comedy
16. Decrease Ariana Grande`[48] N/A[E][49] English Music
17. Increase JuegaGerman[50] 34 HolaSoyGerman.[51] Spanish Games
18. Decrease elrubiusOMG[52] Mixicom[53] Comedy
19. Increase Marshmello[54] 33 Monstercat Media[55] English Music
20. Decrease Katy Perry[56] N/A[F][57][G][58]
21. Steady Taylor Swift[59] 32
22. Steady Fernanfloo[60] BroadbandTV[61] Spanish Games
23. Increase TheEllenShow[62] WarnerMedia[H][63] English Entertainment
24. Decrease Felipe Neto[64] Maker Studios[65] Portuguese
25. Steady Rihanna[66] 31 N/A[I][67][J][68] English
26. Steady One Direction[69] 29 Music
27. Steady YouTube[70] 28 Google[71] News
28. Steady Zee TV[72] 27 DMCL[73] Hindi[74][75] Entertainment
29. Steady Vegetta777[76] 26 Mixicom[77] Spanish Games
30. Steady Trap Nation[78] N/A[K][79][L][80] English Music
31. Increase Bright Side[81] 25 How-to
32. Decrease Maroon 5[82] Music
33. Increase Movieclips[83] Movieclips[84] Films
34. Decrease Spinnin' Records[85] Spinnin' Records[86] Entertainment
35. Decrease Shakira[87] N/A[M][88] Spanish and English People
36. Decrease Luis Fonsi[89] Spanish Entertainment
37. Increase ibighit[90] 24 LOEN Entertainment[N][91] Korean Music
37. Decrease Sony Music India[92] Sony BMG[93] Hindi
39. Increase ✿ Kids Diana Show[94] AIR[95] English Entertainment
40. Increase Alan Walker[96] RouteNote[97] Music
41. Decrease Bruno Mars[98] N/A[99][100][O][101][102]
42. Decrease VanossGaming[103] Games
43. Decrease Smosh[104] Comedy
44. Decrease Você Sabia?[105] Maker Studios[106] Portuguese Entertainment
45. Decrease Ozuna[107] Rimas Entertainment[108] Spanish Music
46. Decrease Luccas Neto - Lunes[109] BroadbandTV[110] Portuguese People
47. Steady Wave Music[111] HT Mobile[112] Bhojpuri Music
48. Increase Blackpink[113] 23 YG Entertainment[114] Korean People
49. Increase ToyPudding TV[115] Machinima[116] English Entertainment
50. Decrease Markiplier[117] Maker Studios[118] Games
As of April 25, 2019 UTC

Historical progression of most-subscribed channels

The following table lists the eighteen 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 [104][5]
Judson Laipply Jun 12, 2006 21 [119][120][121]
Brookers Jul 3, 2006 45 [122][123][124]
geriatric1927 Aug 17, 2006 31 [125][126]
lonelygirl15 Sep 17, 2006 221 [127][128][129][130]
Smosh Apr 26, 2007 517 [104][131]
nigahiga Sep 24, 2008 12 [132][133]
Fяᴇᴅ Oct 6, 2008 318 [134][133]
nigahiga Aug 20, 2009 677 [132][135][136]
Ray William Johnson Jun 28, 2011 564 [137][138][139]
Smosh Jan 12, 2013 215 [104][140][141]
PewDiePie Aug 15, 2013 80 [10][142]
YouTube Spotlight Nov 2, 2013 36 [70][143]
PewDiePie Dec 8, 2013 4 [10][120]
YouTube Spotlight Dec 12, 2013 11 [70][144][145]
PewDiePie Dec 23, 2013 1920 [10][146][147]
T-Series[P] Mar 27, 2019 5 [153][151]
PewDiePie Apr 1, 2019 13 [152][154][155]
T-Series Apr 14, 2019 11 [156][157]
As of April 25, 2019 UTC

Timeline

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

T-Series (company)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.[158]

Following the third time that Smosh became the most-subscribed YouTube channel, Ray William Johnson collaborated with the duo.[159] 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.[160]

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 at the time was the most-subscribed user on YouTube.[161][162] As a response, PewDiePie fans and other YouTubers have shown their support for PewDiePie, while T-Series fans and other YouTubers have shown support for T-Series, in the PewDiePie vs T-Series competition. During the competition, both channels have been gaining a large amount of subscribers at a rapid rate. The two channels have surpassed each other in subscriber count on a number of occasions in February, March, and April 2019.[148][149][150][152]

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. ^ As of May 2017
  5. ^ As of December 2016
  6. ^ As of June 2017
  7. ^ As of July 2016
  8. ^ Time Warner was renamed WarnerMedia in June 2018.
  9. ^ As of November 2016
  10. ^ As of January 2017
  11. ^ As of August 2017
  12. ^ As of November 2015
  13. ^ As of December 2016
  14. ^ As of March 2017
  15. ^ As of November 2018
  16. ^ T-Series surpassed PewDiePie in subscriber count on numerous occasions, each lasting fewer than 24 hours, from February to late March 2019.[148][149][150] The first incident to last the length of a day began on March 27 and ended on April 1.[151][152]

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