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youtube most watched videosBefore I sat down to write this piece, my initial inkling was that the most subscribed channels on YouTube would be populated by internet media biggies. Something like a BBC or an eHow. But to my surprise, it’s mostly the individuals who have the gloating rights on the leaderboard (though BBC is at a respectable place).

The second belief that I had to strike off was a highly subscribed channel must have page loads of videos. Two on our list have a collection below 100.  Again there are two orders on YouTube. You can go by the most subscribed channels or you can follow the most viewed ones. Apart from the numbers, it shouldn’t really matter.

So, let’s talk about the most subscribed channels on YouTube with the most watched videos, and see what they are about. They are certainly about individual enterprise and a big idea.

Nigahiga

youtube most watched videos

Number of subscribers: 2,837,305
Number of views: 449,959,151
Category: Comedy

Ryan Higa is a Japanese American and the videos are mostly solo efforts and sometimes in collaboration with Sean Fujiyoshi and other friends. The videos are little acts on anything and everything. The About page on his website gives you an idea of the guy behind the videos (He started with videos when he was 14!). The videos veer from the slapstick to popular culture spoofs and movie parodies (Movies in Minutes).

RayWilliamJohnson

youtube most viewed videos all time

Number of subscribers: 2,233,445
Number of views: 527,480,860
Category: Comedy

If you like to catch up with viral videos, then Ray William Johnson’s video blog could be a worth a dekko. The Number 2 YouTube channel is about twice a week witty look at videos that have gone viral. The shows name is =3 (Equals 3). Ray calls himself a regular guy but he has quite a fan following and in my opinion, his brand of humor is slightly more appealing than that of the first channel we looked at.

ShaneDawsonTV

youtube most viewed videos all time

Number of subscribers: 2,068,642
Number of views: 413,600,416
Category: Comedy

Shane Dawson & Friends is surprisingly popular for a show that comes on YouTube just once a week. So you have about 140 videos to find out whether the humor tickles you or leaves you flat. The shows are on characters called Ned the Nerd, Deezy, Shanaynay, and Aunt Hilda. Caricatures of popular icons like Paris Hilton are also staple on the channel. Most of the videos are about teen grade (not suitable for any age group below that).

Fred Figglehorn

youtube most viewed videos all time

Number of subscribers: 2,039,457
Number of views: 619,476,918
Category: Entertainment

A six year old with a disturbed home life with a mother on rehab”¦that’s Fred played by American actor Lucas Cruikshank. The character has “˜anger management issues’ and he takes it out on life and other characters in general. The series of videos parody life in general as seen through the eyes of a six year old. The videos do feature some cool music.

Smosh

youtube most watched videos

Number of subscribers: 1,940,080
Number of views: 481,215,792
Category: Entertainment

The comedy partnership of Ian Hecox and Anthony Padilla brings you Smosh and 142 videos worth of funny skits and shorts. Usually Ian Hecox acts as the dumber half of the duo. The fanbase is comprised mostly of teens.

The one common thread that runs through the Top 5 shows that humor works like nothing else. We might have different angles to what’s funny, but these five channels manage to cover them to a degree. What’s your take on these five top subscribed YouTube channels?

  1. Mike
    March 15, 2016 at 6:27 am

    Pewdiepie is the most subscribed channel dummies

  2. Frankrowley0808
    December 2, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    Most Youtube users are probably below 30 years old, with a large proportion of them being teenagers.

    Therefore the comedy is targeted to younger people, and not funny for all the older people. It's marketing really.

  3. Anonymous
    November 29, 2010 at 9:11 am

    machinima rocks!

  4. Mian Uddin
    November 24, 2010 at 7:02 am

    No Wheezy Waiter D:

  5. Guest
    November 24, 2010 at 6:02 am

    Say it ain't so. This lowers my estimation of humanity -- or of YouTube users, anyway. Also, where are the girls? For that matter, where are the adults?

    • Saikat Basu
      November 24, 2010 at 6:29 am

      YouTube seems to be more of a youth medium, like the MTV for the web. That's why these channels dominate. But at the end of the day, these are just numbers. YouTube has loads of great videos on every subject on Earth. We just have to browse them and subscribe to them as per our interest. The numbers be damned.

    • Frankrowley0808
      December 2, 2010 at 1:19 pm

      Most Youtube users are probably below 30 years old, with a large proportion of them being teenagers.

      Therefore the comedy is targeted to younger people, and not funny for all the older people. It's marketing really.

  6. Anna Iochovici
    November 23, 2010 at 10:21 am

    I thought that Obama channel is the powerful one, well, apparently not! :))) Good job guys.

  7. Guest
    November 22, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    Yep. That confirms it. I am officially too old for Make Use Of.

    • Saikat Basu
      November 23, 2010 at 9:45 am

      Ha..ha...believe me, I felt the same and I am only 35.

      • Anonymous
        November 23, 2010 at 3:22 pm

        Yep. All of these are incredibly DUMB. Guess I'm not a teenie bopper though.

        • Sarveshwar
          November 23, 2010 at 7:53 pm

          And how come are these dumb? U must be putting a lot of things on your "DUMB" list then...

        • Aibek
          November 28, 2010 at 8:36 am

          I personally find some Nigahiga episodes very entertaining just like millions of other people :-)

  8. Anonymous
    November 22, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    Very insightful. I follow Shane and Ray (or I've viewed his video's). The real world of tomorrow if rarely populated with the Leader of today, but the leaders of tomorrow. As a comment to your initial thought that the bigs dogs of today would monopolize Youtube was a reasonable conclusion, but big dogs rarely stray from their comfort zone. This a good thing for the up and comings. They would find it hard to compete the the deep pockets of the big dogs. I've worked for 2 of Forbes top 10 companies and they only reluctantly engage in new technology or anything new for that matter.
    The main goal of their CEO's is to maintain the status quo. They are only there long enough to take home a pant load of cash.

    • Saikat Basu
      November 23, 2010 at 9:42 am

      Thanks for your insight. That clears away my initial perception of why are the biggies not right up there on YouTube.

  9. kittycatman2
    November 22, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    Very insightful. I follow Shane and Ray (or I've viewed his video's). The real world of tomorrow if rarely populated with the Leader of today, but the leaders of tomorrow. As a comment to your initial thought that the bigs dogs of today would monopolize Youtube was a reasonable conclusion, but big dogs rarely stray from their comfort zone. This a good thing for the up and comings. They would find it hard to compete the the deep pockets of the big dogs. I've worked for 2 of Forbes top 10 companies and they only reluctantly engage in new technology or anything new for that matter.
    The main goal of their CEO's is to maintain the status quo. They are only there long enough to take home a pant load of cash.

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