Top 10 Most Popular YouTube Channels by Subscribers

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As a social media marketer, I’m regularly called on to explore what brands are doing on YouTube, and I’d be lying if I didn’t admit to spending a great deal of personal time on there as well. I’ve quickly learned that despite all of the effort brands put into creating viral ads like the Old Spice Guy, the videos that get the most exposure are ones created by individuals. I took a look at the Top 10 YouTube channels by subscribers and provided a few thoughts on why I think they’re so appealing:

10 – FPS Russia (FPSRussia)

Style: Guns & Ammo Member Since: April 19, 2010 Subscribers: 2,645,576 Channel Views: 42.5 Million Video Views: 466.6 Million What’s the appeal? The accent is fake but the guns are real. If you like to see objects get shot, burned or blown up by exotic weaponry, then this is the YouTube channel for you.

9 – Epic Meal Time (epicmealtime)

Style: Comedy/Foodie Member Since: September 2010 Subscribers: 2,739,143 Channel Views: 60.5 Million Video Views: 452.7 Million What’s the appeal? Three words sum up Epic Meal Time: BACON, ALCOHOL and HUMOR. Their motto is “Making dreams come true and then eating them.” It’s a great mixture of humor and all of the foods you’d ever want to eat, but wouldn’t dare (not on a regular basis anyway). They’re a little vulgar, a little immature and very entertaining.

8 – Shane Dawson TV (shanedawsontv)

Style: Sketch Comedy Member Since: March 10, 2008 Subscribers: 2,882,028 Channel Views: 137.5 Million Video Views: 744.5 Million What’s the appeal? Shane Dawson shines light on a lot of truths through sketch comedy, cross-dressing and quirky characters. His fast-paced editing style and great delivery make for extremely funny videos.

7 – College Humor (collegehumor)

Style: Sketch Comedy Member Since: March 2008 Subscribers: 2,908,717 Channel Views: 71.8 Million Video Views: 1.44 Billion What’s the appeal? You may have already noticed a theme in this list….comedy. It continues with the #7 most subscribed to YouTube channel: College Humor. It’s full of great sketch comedy and appears to be the hub for celebrities looking to poke fun at themselves.

6 – Freddie Wong (freddiew)

Style: Video Production Member Since: February 22, 2006 Subscribers: 3,585,486 Channel Views: 72.4 Million Video Views: 710.8 Million What’s the appeal? Take a moment to think back to when you were seven years old, and you spent your days playing with friends. Do you remember some of the stuff you imagined? Now think about what it would be like to still have that type of imagination as an adult, coupled with some mad video editing skills. That’s freddiew.

5 – Jenna Marbles (jennamarbles)

Style: YouTube Personality Member Since: February 16, 2010 Subscribers: 4,161,755 Channel Views: 75.6 Million Video Views: 750.1 Million What’s the appeal? It’s honest and hilarious, some may even say “honestly hilarious” (see what I did there?). Made famous by her “How to Trick People Into Thinking  You’re Attractive” video, Jenna has become one of YouTube’s favorite sweethearts.

4 – Machinima (machinima)

Style: Gaming Member Since: September 2007 Subscribers: 4,833,900 Channel Views: 161.2 Million Video Views: 3.67 Billion What’s the appeal? This site is dedicated to the world of gaming, featuring gameplay videos, trailers and even a few spoofs that have all gaming fanatics giggling. It’s a great one-stop shop for any gamer.

3 – Smosh (smosh)

Style: Sketch Comedy Member Since: November 19, 2005 Subscribers: 5,406,164 Channel Views: 212.8 Million Video Views: 1.73 Billion What’s the appeal? Smosh is the comedic duo of Ian Hecox and Anthony Padilla. Their videos give you the feeling that you’re watching your high school class clowns in action, whenever you want.

2 – Ryan Higa (nigahiga)

Style: Comedy Member Since: Jul 20, 2006 Subscribers: 5,682,159 Channel Views: 201.4 Million Video Views: 1.31 Billion What’s the appeal? Like most of our top-ranked YouTube channels, who doesn’t love a good laugh? And in this situation, it’s a good laugh, plus a little eye candy (for those of us that care). Ryan Higa seems to have what most YouTube viewers seek, a great sense of humor caught on camera.

1 – Ray William Johnson (raywilliamjohnson)

Style: Comedy Member Since: May 5, 2008 Subscribers: 5,853,794 Channel Views: 398.8 Million Video Views: 1.99 Billion What’s the appeal? Following the formula of clip shows such as The Soup and Tosh.0, Ray William Johnson has used the combination of popular Internet clips and humorous comments to propel himself to YouTube’s most subscribed to channel of all time. Well, there you have it. The 10 YouTube channels with the most subscribers. Which ones do you like that aren’t on the list? All data is sourced from VidStatsX and accurate as of Wednesday, September 19, 2012.

59 Comments

Anonymous says:

September 21, 2012 at 7:31 pm

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Gabriel Fritz says:

October 21, 2012 at 9:23 pm

Where did you find this list in the new interface of youtube? i cant make it out anymore. i like this list, it clearly showes how comedy dominates the interests of people. happy culture we got going here.

Gabriel Fritz says:

October 21, 2012 at 9:23 pm

Where did you find this list in the new interface of youtube? i cant make it out anymore. i like this list, it clearly showes how comedy dominates the interests of people. happy culture we got going here.

Craig Carter says:

November 19, 2012 at 6:13 pm

We couldn’t find these stats within YouTube itself. However, this website is filled with great data: http://vidstatsx.com/

Craig Carter says:

November 19, 2012 at 6:13 pm

We couldn’t find these stats within YouTube itself. However, this website is filled with great data: http://vidstatsx.com/

Arda Taşar says:

November 26, 2012 at 12:27 pm

where is the muyap? Muyap has got 1.91 billion views

Arda Taşar says:

November 26, 2012 at 12:27 pm

where is the muyap? Muyap has got 1.91 billion views

Jake Mayer says:

December 1, 2012 at 9:02 pm

They are ranked by number of subscribers, not views.

Jake Mayer says:

December 1, 2012 at 9:02 pm

They are ranked by number of subscribers, not views.

Harold says:

December 1, 2012 at 11:38 pm

Pewdiepie? Hes has 2.91 subs

Harold says:

December 1, 2012 at 11:38 pm

Pewdiepie? Hes has 2.91 subs

Aiman says:

December 6, 2012 at 6:47 pm

where the hell is Pewdiepie he got 3M SUBS

Aiman says:

December 6, 2012 at 6:47 pm

where the hell is Pewdiepie he got 3M SUBS

Kate says:

December 7, 2012 at 12:50 am

PewDiePie!!!!!!!!!!! :)

Kate says:

December 7, 2012 at 12:50 am

PewDiePie!!!!!!!!!!! :)

ChillaZone says:

December 8, 2012 at 12:05 pm

where is PewDiePie ?!

ChillaZone says:

December 8, 2012 at 12:05 pm

where is PewDiePie ?!

Chloe Subden says:

December 9, 2012 at 11:05 pm

Wheres pewdie and yogscast…they are legends!

Chloe Subden says:

December 9, 2012 at 11:05 pm

Wheres pewdie and yogscast…they are legends!

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December 12, 2012 at 7:26 am

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December 12, 2012 at 7:26 am

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Raphaël de Champlain says:

December 15, 2012 at 2:47 am

That’s kind of funny, lots of them are the ones I mentionned on a blog post which regrouped my personal favourite channels, I guess I’m in the trend!! :p http://raphsallyoucanknow.blogspot.com/2012/11/youtube-channels-you-should-know-about.html

Jidvasrjirnvi says:

December 29, 2012 at 2:02 pm

This was before he got that many

Jidvasrjirnvi says:

December 29, 2012 at 2:02 pm

This was before he got that many

Jidvasrjirnvi says:

December 29, 2012 at 2:04 pm

I’m surprised machinima aren’t 1st. I heard that 1 in 4 videos watched on youtube are in the machinima network.

Jidvasrjirnvi says:

December 29, 2012 at 2:04 pm

I’m surprised machinima aren’t 1st. I heard that 1 in 4 videos watched on youtube are in the machinima network.

Rachael Smith says:

December 29, 2012 at 5:59 pm

BlueXephos?!?!?!?!?!?!? (a.k.a. Yogscast)

Rachael Smith says:

December 29, 2012 at 5:59 pm

BlueXephos?!?!?!?!?!?!? (a.k.a. Yogscast)

Brigit Sajna Stephen says:

January 1, 2013 at 1:02 am

He have 3.6 million subscribers. Period. What do you mean that was before?

Brigit Sajna Stephen says:

January 1, 2013 at 1:02 am

He have 3.6 million subscribers. Period. What do you mean that was before?

ilyatous says:

January 18, 2013 at 8:19 pm

the list is not up to date, there some famous channels not listen in here, like PVP and soldierknowsbest …

ilyatous says:

January 18, 2013 at 8:19 pm

the list is not up to date, there some famous channels not listen in here, like PVP and soldierknowsbest …

Shoaib Aziz says:

January 27, 2013 at 3:04 pm

He has 4.3 Million now

Shoaib Aziz says:

January 27, 2013 at 3:04 pm

He has 4.3 Million now

disqus_mbcfhA5Wpo says:

February 2, 2013 at 3:14 am

Pewds has nearly 5 million.

Chris says:

February 19, 2013 at 10:08 am

now he have 5 Million 😀

Chris says:

February 19, 2013 at 10:08 am

PewDiePie! he have 5milions subs/bros!!!!!

Butter says:

March 4, 2013 at 10:45 am

uhh…Wheres skydoesminecraft?

saegesgcea says:

March 9, 2013 at 11:13 am

Hahah now he has nearly 5.5million…

Hkjili132 says:

March 28, 2013 at 7:37 pm

Pewdiepie has 9 million subs!!!

dre williams says:

March 31, 2013 at 2:38 pm

pewdiepie actually has 6 million as of 30 march 2013 bitch

dre williams says:

March 31, 2013 at 2:39 pm

not the fu*k true

asd says:

April 1, 2013 at 1:10 pm

wtf?This is old

Lee Yong Jin says:

April 3, 2013 at 9:07 am

6 million now. 😀

DamnedDude says:

April 12, 2013 at 8:04 am

6.5 mil now

Sabrina Davydova says:

April 21, 2013 at 1:45 pm

I thought Smosh was in first.

Look here–> http://vidstatsx.com/youtube-top-100-most-subscribed-channels

AMRDYS says:

April 28, 2013 at 3:10 pm

Now he got 7.2m 😀

Amvicious says:

May 4, 2013 at 4:46 pm

i like Jimmy Tatro and Timothy Delaghetto (1 118 000 and 1 813 000 subscribers respectively)

叫哦色的脸蓦然阿里 says:

May 10, 2013 at 11:43 am

We are keeping track of this top 10 and it keeps changing: http://www.alianzo.com/fr/top-ranking/Youtube/people

PERSON says:

May 28, 2013 at 12:58 pm

lol

Naveen says:

December 22, 2013 at 6:21 pm

He now has 18.47 million! And get’s:

-6 to 8 million views everyday!
-50k to 150k subscribers everyday!
-Is averaging 600,000,000 million views every 3 months.
-Get’s 2 million views for each video in under 5 days!

AMRDYS says:

December 22, 2013 at 7:02 pm

LOL he is now in the phase that no one else can catch up with him. can anyone determine howmuch money he gains for each video?

Naveen says:

December 24, 2013 at 12:45 am

According to SocialBlade, PewDiePie currently earns around:

$102.4K – $1.2M: ESTIMATED MONTHLY EARNINGS
$1.2M – $14.8M: ESTIMATED YEARLY EARNINGS

But these figures and my figures are now out of date! His videos get 2,000,000+ views in less than 3 days!

Biggus Diggus says:

December 27, 2013 at 9:43 pm

You’re comment is old.

Adam says:

February 1, 2014 at 9:47 pm

pewds is at 22 million

Emma Gordon says:

April 3, 2014 at 9:37 pm

WHERE IS PEW DIE PIE 25 MIL SUBS!!!

Emma Gordon says:

April 3, 2014 at 9:38 pm

He has 25 mil subs now

Brandon Roberts says:

April 22, 2014 at 2:21 pm

i like and am subscribed to machinima. i like college humor but shane dawson how the hell does this douche have views on his channel

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