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List of most-subscribed YouTube channels

The Indian music video channel T-Series[1] is the most-subscribed channel on YouTube, with more than 112 million subscribers as of September 2019.[2]

This article lists the fifty-one most-subscribed channels on the video platform YouTube.[2][A] The ability to subscribe to users was introduced in October 2005,[4] and the website began publishing a list of its "most subscribed Members" in April 2006.[5] 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.[6] The most-subscribed channel as of September 2019 is T-Series, which has accumulated more than 112 million subscribers since 2006.

More than ten different channels have been the most-subscribed in the history of 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-one 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 August 2019, 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.

Channel Subscribers[2]
(millions)
Network[B] Primary
language(s)
Content
category[2]
T-Series[7] 112 T-Series[8] Hindi[9][10] Music
PewDiePie[11] 101 N/A[12][13] English[14] Entertainment
5-Minute Crafts[15] 60 Channel Frederator[16] How-to
Cocomelon - Nursery Rhymes[17] Fullscreen[18] Education
SET India[19] 56 SET[20] Hindi[21][22] Entertainment
Canal KondZilla[23] 52 ONErpm[24] Portuguese[9] Music
WWE[25] 48 WWE[26] English[27][28][29] Sports
Justin Bieber[30] 46 N/A[C][31][32] Entertainment
Dude Perfect[33] 45 Sports
Zee Music Company[34] 43 Zee Music Company[35] Hindi[36][37] Music
Badabun[38] 42 N/A[D][39][40] Spanish Entertainment
Ed Sheeran[41] English[42] Music
HolaSoyGerman.[43] 39 HolaSoyGerman[44] Spanish[9] Entertainment
EminemMusic[45] UniversalMC[E][46] English Music
Marshmello[47] Monstercat Media[48]
Ariana Grande[49] 38 N/A[F][50]
whinderssonnunes[51] 36 Fullscreen[52] Portuguese Comedy
JuegaGerman[53] HolaSoyGerman[54] Spanish Games
elrubiusOMG[55] 35 Mixicom[56] Comedy
Taylor Swift[57] N/A[G][58] English Music
Zee TV[59] DMCL[60] Hindi[61][62] Entertainment
Katy Perry[63] N/A[H][64] English
✿ Kids Diana Show[65] 34 AIR[66]
Felipe Neto[67] Maker Studios[68] Portuguese
TheEllenShow[69] WarnerMedia[I][70] English
Fernanfloo[71] 33 BroadbandTV[72] Spanish Games
Like Nastya Vlog[73] N/A[J][74][K] Russian People
Rihanna[75] 32 English Entertainment
Blackpink[76] 30 YG Entertainment[77] Korean People
One Direction[78] 29 N/A[79] English Music
Bright Side[80] How-to
Alan Walker[81] RouteNote[82] Music
Movieclips[83] Movieclips[84] Film
ibighit[85] 28 LOEN Entertainment[L][86] Korean Music
Get Movies[87] LetsonCorp[88] Russian Entertainment
YouTube[89] Google[90] English News
Wave Music[91] 27 HT Mobile[92] Bhojpuri Music
Shemaroo Filmi Gaane[93] Shemaroo Music[94] Hindi
Você Sabia?[95] Maker Studios[96] Portuguese Entertainment
Goldmines Telefilms[97] Goldmines[98] Hindi[99] Film
Sony Music India[100] Sony BMG[101] Music
Vegetta777[102] Mixicom[103] Spanish Games
Trap Nation[104] N/A[M][105][N][106] English Music
Maroon 5[107]
ChuChu TV Nursery Rhymes & Kids Songs[108] 26 ChuChu TV Studios[109] Education
Luccas Neto - Luccas Toon[110] BroadbandTV[111] Portuguese People
Luisito Comunica[112] MiTú[113] Spanish Comedy
Shakira[114] N/A[O][115] Spanish and English People
Vlad and Nikita[116] English Entertainment
El Reino Infantil[117] Leader Music[118] Spanish Music
Luis Fonsi[119] N/A Entertainment
As of September 19, 2019 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 [120][6]
Judson Laipply Jun 12, 2006 21 [121][122][123]
Brookers Jul 3, 2006 45 [124][125][126]
geriatric1927 Aug 17, 2006 31 [127][128]
lonelygirl15 Sep 17, 2006 221 [129][130][131][132]
Smosh Apr 26, 2007 517 [120][133]
nigahiga Sep 24, 2008 12 [134][135]
Fяᴇᴅ Oct 6, 2008 318 [136][135]
nigahiga Aug 20, 2009 677 [134][137][138]
Ray William Johnson Jun 28, 2011 564 [139][140][141]
Smosh Jan 12, 2013 215 [120][142][143]
PewDiePie Aug 15, 2013 80 [11][144]
YouTube Spotlight Nov 2, 2013 36 [89][145]
PewDiePie Dec 8, 2013 4 [11][122]
YouTube Spotlight Dec 12, 2013 11 [89][146][147]
PewDiePie Dec 23, 2013 1920 [11][148][149]
T-Series[P] Mar 27, 2019 5 [155][153]
PewDiePie Apr 1, 2019 13 [154][156][157]
T-Series Apr 14, 2019 158 [158][159]
As of September 19, 2019 UTC

Timeline

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

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

Milestones and reactions

Channel Subscriber milestone Date achieved Reference
geriatric1927 25,000 September 3, 2006 [160]
lonelygirl15 50,000 November 2006 [161]
Smosh 100,000 June 2007 [162]
FRED 1 million April 7, 2009 [163]
nigahiga 2 million March 13, 2010 [164]
RayWilliamJohnson 5 million November 15, 2011 [165]
Smosh 10 million May 25, 2013 [166]
PewDiePie 20 million January 9, 2014 [167]
50 million December 8, 2016 [168]
T-Series 100 million May 29, 2019 [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]

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.[172][173] 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.[150][151][152][154]

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.[3]
  2. ^ All entries are as of February 2017 except where noted.
  3. ^ As of May 2016
  4. ^ As of January 2017
  5. ^ As of May 2017
  6. ^ As of December 2016
  7. ^ As of July 2016
  8. ^ As of June 2017
  9. ^ Time Warner was renamed WarnerMedia in June 2018.
  10. ^ As of November 2016
  11. ^ As of January 2017
  12. ^ As of March 2017
  13. ^ As of August 2017
  14. ^ As of November 2015
  15. ^ As of December 2016
  16. ^ T-Series surpassed PewDiePie in subscriber count on numerous occasions, each lasting fewer than 24 hours, from February to late March 2019.[150][151][152] The first incident to last at least 24 hours began on March 27 and ended on April 1.[153][154]

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