Thanks to YouTube, millions of videos are freely available for you to enjoy across dozens of genres. And for many people, creating content for YouTube is a full-time job.
Have you ever wondered who the most popular YouTube stars are? You know, the ones who make millions of dollars. In this article we count down the most-subscribed channels on YouTube, and help you decide whether you should subscribe to them too.
Note: These subscriber counts were correct at the time of writing but are obviously subject to change.
Subscribers: 27.795 million | Views: 2.259 billion | Genre: Comedy
One of only two channels in the top 10 that’s not associated with a network, this channel is owned by Whindersson Nunes Batista. He’s a Brazilian entertainer, and uploads a variety of content like song parodies, movie reviews, and vlogs.
The vlogs use a simple style, with Batista appearing shirtless in a simple room with little editing. The most popular video on the channel is “Qual é a Senha Do Wifi (What is the Wi-Fi Password?)”, a parody of Adele’s “Hello”.
Should you subscribe? As Batista is from Brazil, you won’t be able to enjoy his content unless you speak Portuguese. Thus, it’s probably not worth subscribing for most people since there are no subtitles available.
Subscribers: 28.053 million | Views: 6.360 billion | Genre: Gaming, Comedy
Owned by Spanish YouTuber Rubén Doblas Gundersen, elrubiusOMG is primarily a gaming channel. Gaming channels are amongst the most popular genres on YouTube, and Gunderson plays a variety of video games while offering commentary on them. You’ll also find vlogs and various comedy videos here.
Since elrubiusOMG speaks Spanish, you might think that you can’t enjoy it if you don’t know the language. However, fans have translated many of his videos and provided English captions. Look for the CC icon on his videos to know which ones have subtitles. Select English in the Subtitles category and you can enjoy his videos.
Should you subscribe? If you enjoy watching silly commentary on gameplay and don’t mind reading subtitles, give this one a look.
Subscribers: 28.094 million | Views: 14.517 billion | Genre: Music
Vevo is a video hosting service owned by the biggest three record companies: Universal, Sony, and Warner. On YouTube, Vevo hosts official music videos with individual channels for different artists.
As Taylor Swift is one of the most popular musicians in the world, it’s no surprise her Vevo YouTube channel has so many subscribers. Swift may have been wrong about Spotify, but we’re sure she’s made millions of dollars from YouTube as well.
Should you subscribe? If you like Taylor Swift, this is a great place to check out her music videos. Those who don’t care for her music should pass this up.
7. Dude Perfect
Subscribers: 28.236 million | Views: 4.939 billion | Genre: Sports, Comedy
Dude Perfect is a sports and entertainment channel hosted by friends who were college roommates. Most of their videos fall into three categories: stunt/trick shots in various sports, battles between the guys, and comedic stereotypes of various events.
The group holds many Guinness World Records related to their exploits on the channel. Despite being around since 2009 and their popularity, they have relatively few uploads. This lends the channel an air of quality and shows they don’t try to pump out videos just for the sake of it.
Should you subscribe? Unless you hate sports and don’t find this group funny, you’ll find something to enjoy here. The tricks are cool, and the stereotypes ring true.
6. Ed Sheeran
Subscribers: 28.975 million | Views: 12.580 billion | Genre: Music
Ed Sheeran is a wildly popular musician, and his channel enjoys an according subscriber count. This isn’t a Vevo channel, but it contains similar content. You’ll mainly find music videos and official audio for Sheeran’s music, along with a few live performances and promotions.
Should you subscribe? Like most music, this one depends on how you feel about Ed Sheeran. If you enjoy his work, you should enjoy seeing more from him on YouTube—especially since Ed Sheeran doesn’t use Twitter any more.
Subscribers: 29.687 million | Views: 14.522 billion | Genre: Music
KondZilla is the stage name of Konrad Cunha Dantas. He’s a music video producer and director from Brazil. That being the case, his channel uploads are all in Portuguese. Unfortunately, you won’t find any subtitles here.
This is one of the least varied channels on this list. Nearly every upload is a music video. KondZilla also uploads quite frequently, with at least two dozen videos released in the past month.
Should you subscribe? The audience for this one is pretty limited for English-speaking audiences. If you don’t speak Portuguese, there’s not much to see here unless you enjoy the music.
Subscribers: 33.482 million | Views: 3.438 billion | Genre: Comedy
Run by Chilean Germán Alejandro Garmendia Aranis, HolaSoyGerman is the most subscribed-to Spanish-speaking channel on YouTube. He also holds the honor of being the first YouTuber to earn two Diamond Play Buttons (an award given by YouTube when a channel earns 10 million subscribers). The channel focuses on comedy videos about everyday topics in a relatable way.
Unfortunately, HolaSoyGerman’s story has a sad end. Despite its popularity, the channel hasn’t seen any uploads since November 2016. This is due to him and his girlfriend being incessantly harassed by fans outside their home. He uploaded an hour-long video discussing this on his secondary channel, JuegaGerman (which is the 16th most subscribed-to YouTube channel).
Fortunately, if you enjoy his content, that channel is still active. Many of the videos there are gaming-related, but he also uploads various commentary videos similar to PewDiePie’s.
Should you subscribe? Since it seems HolaSoyGerman isn’t uploading anymore, there’s not much point in subscribing. However, most of that channel’s videos have subtitles, while JuegaGerman’s do not. Thus, if you don’t speak Spanish, you can happily browse HolaSoyGerman’s archives.
Subscribers: 34.505 million | Views: 17.086 billion | Genre: Music
Justin Bieber has the honor of appearing on the top 10 most popular lists for Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. However, his video for “Baby” is still the most-disliked YouTube video ever.
The childhood pop star still has some of the most popular music videos in the world. On Bieber’s Vevo channel, you’ll find everything from old songs like “Never Say Never” to songs from his latest album like “Company”. The channel hasn’t seen any updates in over a year, so expect new videos when he announces a new album.
Should you subscribe? If you’re on the edge of your seat waiting for Bieber’s new album, subscribe here so you’re the first to know. Everyone else probably doesn’t need any more Bieber in their life.
Subscribers: 39.191 million | Views: 33.739 billion | Genre: Music
T-Series is an Indian music company, mostly known for Bollywood soundtracks. Although it’s a long way behind #1 in terms of subscriber count, this channel holds the honor of having the most views on YouTube. Being from India, the channel’s videos are in Hindi, and don’t contain English subtitles.
Given the company’s industry, it’s no surprise that this channel primarily uploads music videos and official audio. You’ll also find some promos for upcoming shows. T-Series uploads a staggering amount of content, with over 40 videos released in the last week alone.
Should you subscribe? If you have an interest in India, its films, or its distinctive music, definitely give this a look. Most others won’t be too interested, though you can still enjoy some of the music even if you don’t speak Hindi.
Subscribers: 61.533 million | Views: 17.363 billion | Genre: Comedy, Gaming
Felix Kjellberg, better known as PewDiePie, is by far the world’s most popular YouTuber. His channel has had the most subscribers on YouTube since December 22, 2013. He built his popularity on Let’s Play-style gaming videos, but also uploads goofy meme reviews and vlogs.
PewDiePie has considerable influence in the games industry. Indie games he plays have become more popular thanks to his huge audience finding out about them. Though he garnered some controversy in 2017, there’s no question that PewDiePie has a certain charm that attracts millions to his videos.
Should you subscribe? If you enjoy various funny videos and/or gaming content, or just want to see what has made PewDiePie so popular, you should definitely subscribe.
What Are Your Top YouTube Channels?
We’ve taken a tour of the most popular YouTube channels. Of course, these are only a small slice of what the service has to offer. There are tons of smaller channels out there waiting to be discovered, and some contain crazy content you need to see to believe.