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10 Most Popular YouTube Channels by Subscribers

It’s been a while since we last updated our list of the top 10 YouTube channels with the most subscribers. So, here they are as of May 9, 2013:

10. Movies

YouTube’s own channel where you can buy and rent movies online has cracked the Top 10 list. I have to say I’m a little confused as to what the benefit of subscribing is. There is no original content that you can view for free. Maybe YouTube has plans to change that.

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9. One Direction VEVO

One Direction wins the efficiency award with the lowest amount of videos (70) of any channel in the top 10. Despite not having published a video in over a month, the band continues to gain tons of views and subscribers probably from having such a rabid and loyal fan base.

8. Hola Soy German

For those of you unfamiliar with this YouTuber, no, he is not a Spanish-speaking German person. His name is pronounced “hair mon” and he does speak Spanish. In fact, he only speaks Spanish, and his rapid fire, comedic approach has earned him more than 6.5 million subscribers.

7. Pew Die Pie

This hilarious Swede has gained the 7th most subscribers by pointing a camera at himself and playing video games. I highly recommend watching him play scary games. Seeing him scream is quite entertaining. Warning: NSFW Language:

6. Machinima

Machinima earns the honor of “They have how many videos?!” with a staggering 23K+ published videos. Honestly though, if you produce over 23 thousand videos and you don’t have at least a million subscribers, you have no hope. Machinima has acquired their near 7.5 million subscribers through fun and informative videos catered towards gamers. Warning, most videos have NSFW language:

5. Rihanna VEVO

The Barbadian bombshell is by far the most-subscribed to musical artist on YouTube. She has multiple music videos with 100+ million views. Also, I imagine having a video where she sings in a bathtub has something to do with her place on this list.

4. nigahiga

Ryan Higa has acquired the 4th most subscriptions of any YouTube channel with entertaining observational humor. He combines the quick-cutting monologue style you see common on YouTube with fun cutaways illustrating the situations he talks about. You’ll notice his earlier videos are much shorter. If you’re starting out, it’s always good to have short videos. Then once you build up a solid following, you can get into 5-10 minute territory.

3. Ray William Johnson

Ray William Johnson uses a formula that has served many comedy shows such as Best Week Ever, The Soup, and Tosh.0. Step 1: Curate a bunch of funny clips. Step 2: Make commentary. Step 3: Profit.

2. Jenna Marbles

My personal favorite, Jenna Marbles’ brand of insight is unique and hilarious. She has a way of taking the ordinary and making observations like will make you think and laugh. Like in this example below, who knew there were so many variations of women’s makeup and meanings behind them? (Warning: NSFW Content – you’re probably noticing a theme here; YouTube’s lack of censorship means you can get away with a lot more than traditional media)

1. Smosh

Smosh is kind of an enigma in that it’s production values are very high and it’s well-edited; however, the humor is somewhat… low brow. I guess they’re targeting the teen demographic. Whatever the case may be, they’re doing something right as they have more YouTube subscribers than anyone else.

Which YouTube channels not in the Top 10 are your favorites?

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  • Dayngr
    Posted at 11:18h, 10 May

    Wow! I enjoyed checking each of these out. German was pretty funny!

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    Posted at 06:34h, 01 June

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  • Sarah Surace
    Posted at 01:24h, 13 June

    communitychannel should be here! I suppose it doesn’t help that her uploads have been quite irregular of late and she lives in a country with a relatively small population.

  • Breanna483
    Posted at 16:31h, 01 July

    Danisnotonfire and Amazingphil!!!!!!!

  • pearcy3
    Posted at 13:09h, 05 July

    Pretty good list. How about the “Street Academy” sitcom?

  • pearcy3
    Posted at 13:18h, 05 July

    Pretty good list. I think an up and comer is “Street Academy”; A brand-new original sitcom about recent college graduates who fall for the sexy world of Social Media.

    Posted at 01:16h, 07 July


  • kiwiuchiha
    Posted at 03:51h, 07 July

    wheres shane dawson

  • wastedgenius
    Posted at 23:56h, 09 July

    pewdiepie has more subscribers than nigahiga, raywilliamjohnson, jennamarbles, rihanna, and machinima. cmon bro

  • thechosenone
    Posted at 23:59h, 17 July

    Where is Dailygrace? And danisnotonfire, and amazingphil, and joeygraceffa, and Shane, collegehumor and ALL the best ones? Come on people, get these vevos out of the top ten!

  • Mike Cole
    Posted at 06:09h, 13 August

    Amzing videos, that is why these were in the list of top 10!! Thanks

  • Explopix
    Posted at 10:45h, 26 August

    No 1st is PewDiePie 😉

  • scott
    Posted at 19:33h, 01 September

    I vote smosh

  • darkangelights
    Posted at 18:33h, 30 September

    Any one know any more good youtube movie channels like this one?

  • darkangelights
    Posted at 01:44h, 02 October

    What about movie channels?

  • lukeit
    Posted at 14:18h, 03 December

    look this stupid channel but funny

  • Miss Karolaina
    Posted at 12:22h, 29 January

    Yep! That’s true! They are popular! You forgot this channel though ha ha ha

  • Austint30
    Posted at 19:05h, 15 February

    I hate smosh, they are perverted or something

  • Emiy Stewart
    Posted at 08:58h, 23 February

    Venturiantale should be on there!

  • Brandon Roberts
    Posted at 17:32h, 02 April

    that’s all awesome some of my faves are tamashiihiroka katie wilson SSSniperwolf etc. yes i like the pretty girls kay

  • Faith Cantaloupe
    Posted at 20:45h, 10 June

    You are forgetting the SHAYTARDS!!!!!! Really! I was very disappointed when I saw that they weren’t there! PUT SHAYTARDS ON NOW!!!!!!

  • latest
    Posted at 07:21h, 20 June

    TOP 30 youtube videos

  • Phineas Crumpy
    Posted at 14:33h, 27 January

    I’ll check these out. I obviously like weird Youtube vids. Similar to these:

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