List of most-subscribed YouTube channels

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The Indian music video channel T-Series is the most-subscribed channel on YouTube, with 130 million subscribers as of February 2020. T-series-logo.svg
The Indian music video channel T-Series is the most-subscribed channel on YouTube, with 130 million subscribers as of February 2020.
Swedish Let's Player and web comedian PewDiePie is the most-subscribed individual user on YouTube, with 103 million subscribers as of January 2020. Pewdiepie head shot.jpg
Swedish Let's Player and web comedian PewDiePie is the most-subscribed individual user on YouTube, with 103 million subscribers as of January 2020.

This article lists the fifty most-subscribed channels on the video platform YouTube. [2] [upper-alpha 1] The ability to subscribe to users was introduced in October 2005, [8] and the website began publishing a list of its "most subscribed Members" in April 2006. [9] 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. [10] Since then, at least ten other YouTube channels have possessed the platform's largest subscriber count; these include Judson Laipply, Brookers, geriatric1927, lonelygirl15, nigahiga, Fred, Ray (formerly RayWilliamJohnson), PewDiePie, and YouTube (formerly YouTube Spotlight). The most-subscribed channel as of February 2020 is T-Series, an Indian music video publisher operated by the entertainment company of the same name. With a subscriber count of 130 million, the channel has held this distinction since April 2019.

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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. The channels are ordered by number of subscribers; those whose displayed subscriber counts are identical are listed alphabetically. 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 February 2020, twenty-five 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.

RankChannelSubscribers [2]
(millions)
Network [upper-alpha 2] Primary
language(s)
Content
category [2]
1 T-Series [11] 130T-Series [12] Hindi [13] [14] Music
2 PewDiePie [15] 103N/A [16] [17] English [18] Games
3 Cocomelon - Nursery Rhymes [19] 74 Fullscreen [20] Education
4 SET India [21] 65 SET [22] Hindi [23] [24] Entertainment
5 5-Minute Crafts [25] 64 Channel Frederator [26] English How-to
6 Canal KondZilla [27] 55 ONErpm [28] Portuguese [13] Music
7 WWE [29] WWE [30] English [31] [32] Sports
8 Justin Bieber [33] 51N/A [upper-alpha 3] [34] [35] Entertainment
9 Zee Music Company [36] 50Zee Music Company [37] Hindi [38] [39] Music
10 Dude Perfect [40] 49N/A [41] English [42] Sports
11 Like Nastya Vlog [43] 48 Russian Entertainment
12 ✿ Kids Diana Show [44] 47AIR [45] English [46]
13 Ed Sheeran [47] 43N/A [48] Music
14 Marshmello [49] Monstercat Media [50] Entertainment
15Badabun [51] 42N/A Spanish
16 EminemMusic [52] 41 UniversalMC [upper-alpha 4] [53] English Music
16 Zee TV [54] DMCL [55] Hindi [56] [57] Entertainment
18 HolaSoyGerman. [58] 40HolaSoyGerman [59] Spanish [13]
19 Ariana Grande [60] 39N/A [upper-alpha 5] [61] English Music
20 whinderssonnunes [62] 38Fullscreen [63] Portuguese Comedy
21 JuegaGerman [64] HolaSoyGerman [65] Spanish Entertainment
22 Taylor Swift [66] 37N/A [upper-alpha 6] [67] English Music
23 elrubiusOMG [68] Mixicom [69] Spanish Entertainment
24 TheEllenShow [70] 36 WarnerMedia [upper-alpha 7] [71] English
25 Felipe Neto [72] Maker Studios [73] Portuguese
26 Katy Perry [74] N/A [upper-alpha 8] [75] English
27 Fernanfloo [76] 35 BroadbandTV [77] Spanish Games
28 Vlad and Nikita [78] 34N/A English Entertainment
29 Movieclips [79] Movieclips [80] Film
30 Rihanna [81] 33N/A [upper-alpha 9] [82] Entertainment
31 Bright Side [83] How-to
32 Blackpink [84] YG Entertainment [85] Korean Music
33 Big Hit Labels [86] LOEN Entertainment [upper-alpha 10] [87]
34 Alan Walker [88] 32RouteNote [89] English
34 Shemaroo Filmi Gaane [90] Shemaroo Music [91] Hindi [92]
36Goldmines Telefilms [93] Goldmines [94] Film
37 ChuChu TV Nursery Rhymes & Kids Songs [95] 31ChuChu TV Studios [96] English Education
38Você Sabia? [97] Maker Studios [98] Portuguese Entertainment
38Wave Music [99] HT Mobile [100] Bhojpuri Music
40 Sony Music India [101] Sony BMG [102] Hindi
41El Reino Infantil [103] 30Leader Music [104] Spanish
41 MrBeast [105] ScaleLab [106] English Entertainment
41 One Direction [107] N/A [upper-alpha 11] [108] Music
44Get Movies [109] LetsonCorp [110] Russian Entertainment
45 Luisito Comunica [111] 29MiTú [112] Spanish Comedy
45 Maroon 5 [113] N/A [upper-alpha 12] [114] English Music
45 Pinkfong! Kids' Stories & Songs [115] SmartStudy [116] Education
45 YouTube [117] Google [118] Entertainment
49 Vegetta777 [119] Mixicom [120] Spanish Games
50 Luccas Neto - Luccas Toon [121] 28BroadbandTV [122] Portuguese Entertainment
As of February 25, 2020 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 nameDate achievedDays heldReference
Smosh May 17, 200626 [10] [123]
Judson Laipply Jun 12, 200621 [124] [125] [126]
Brookers Jul 3, 200645 [127] [128] [129]
geriatric1927 Aug 17, 200631 [130] [131]
lonelygirl15 Sep 17, 2006221 [132] [133] [134] [135]
SmoshApr 26, 2007517 [123] [136]
nigahiga Sep 24, 200812 [137] [138]
Fяᴇᴅ Oct 6, 2008318 [138] [139]
nigahigaAug 20, 2009677 [137] [140] [141]
Ray William Johnson Jun 28, 2011564 [142] [143] [144]
SmoshJan 12, 2013215 [123] [145] [146]
PewDiePie Aug 15, 201380 [15] [147]
YouTube Spotlight Nov 2, 201336 [117] [148]
PewDiePieDec 8, 20134 [15] [125]
YouTube SpotlightDec 12, 201311 [117] [149] [150]
PewDiePieDec 23, 20131920 [15] [151] [152]
T-Series [upper-alpha 13] Mar 27, 20195 [156] [158]
PewDiePieApr 1, 201913 [157] [159] [160]
T-SeriesApr 14, 2019317 [161] [162]
As of February 25, 2020 UTC

Timeline

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

T-Series (company)YouTube SpotlightPewDiePieRay William JohnsonFred FigglehornRyan Higalonelygirl15Peter OakleyBrooke BrodackJudson LaipplySmoshList of most-subscribed YouTube channels

Milestones and reactions

ChannelSubscriber milestoneDate achievedReference
geriatric1927 25,000September 3, 2006 [163]
lonelygirl15 50,000November 2006 [164]
Smosh 100,000June 2007 [165]
FRED 1 millionApril 7, 2009 [166]
nigahiga 2 millionMarch 13, 2010 [167]
RayWilliamJohnson 5 millionNovember 15, 2011 [168]
Smosh10 millionMay 25, 2013 [169]
PewDiePie 20 millionJanuary 9, 2014 [170]
50 millionDecember 8, 2016 [171]
T-Series 100 millionMay 29, 2019 [172]

Following the third time that Smosh became the most-subscribed YouTube channel, Ray William Johnson collaborated with the duo. [173] 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. [174]

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. [175] [176] 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 amount of subscribers at a rapid rate. The two channels surpassed each other in subscriber count on a number of occasions in February, March, and April 2019. [153] [154] [155] [157]

See also

Notes

  1. These are not to be mistaken for the channels Justin Bieber and Rihanna, both of which are included.
  1. On 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. [7]
  2. All entries are as of February 2017 except where noted.
  3. As of May 2016
  4. As of May 2017
  5. As of December 2016
  6. As of July 2016
  7. Time Warner was renamed WarnerMedia in June 2018.
  8. As of June 2017
  9. As of November 2016
  10. As of March 2017
  11. As of January 2017
  12. As of November 2015
  13. T-Series surpassed PewDiePie in subscriber count on numerous occasions, each lasting fewer than 24 hours, from February to late March 2019. [153] [154] [155] The first incident to last at least 24 hours began on March 27 and ended on April 1. [156] [157]

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