The 25 most-subscribed-to channels on YouTube

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PewDiePie and Justin Bieber are at the top of the list.

Ever wonder what the most subscribed YouTube channel is? It’s PewDiePie, and it’s not even close. The Swedish gamer has been the most subscribed YouTuber since December 2013. But the rest of the top 10 YouTube channels fluctuates constantly.

YouTube now boasts a staggering 1.5 billion users. That means over one-third of the people on the internet visit the video platform daily, generating hundreds of millions of video views every hour.

These days, YouTube’s top vloggers and content creators have an audience size that rivals that of traditional television, with top performers reaching more viewers on a weekly basis than even the most popular cable programs. Some of them have made the jump to the big screen, starring major motion pictures, while others continue to film skits and commentary from their bedrooms. Here’s a rundown of the most subscribed YouTube channels and the stars behind them.


The top 10 YouTube channels

1) PewDiePie


Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg, better known as PewDiePie, is a Swedish-based video game review and vlogger. He’s had YouTube’s most-subscribed-to channel since December 2013 and has been named one of Time’s Most Influential People in 2016, despite coming under fire for anti-Semitic jokes.

Subscribers: 62,600,703

Screengrab via T-Series/YouTube

T-Series is a global music label owned by an Indian music company, Super Cassettes Industries Private Limited. It’s been around since 1960 and it’s effectively cornered its market online by moving heavily into film production as well.

Subscribers: 45,224,250

Screengrab via JustinBieberVEVO/YouTube

Don’t pretend you don’t know. Bieber got his first big break on YouTube and remains one of the platform’s biggest stars. His fans have followed his every move on YouTube for years now.

Subscribers: 34,556,918

Screengrab via HolaSoyGerman/YouTube

Germán Alejandro Garmendia Aranis is a musician, singer, writer, and comedian based in Chile. You might not recognize him in the streets, but the 27-year-old performer has a massive worldwide audience.

Subscribers: 33,783,420

Screengrab via Canal KondZilla/YouTube

A Brazilian music video producer and director, Canal KondZilla has directed more than 300 music videos, helping establish the country’s electronic music worldwide. He’s on a hot streak, too. Since January 2018, he’s added more than 8 million YouTube subscribers, leaping from no. 17 to the no. 4 most subscribed YouTube channel.

Subscribers: 33,151,451

Screengrab via Ed Sheeran/YouTube

The English singer-songwriter and close friend of Taylor Swift is a master in the art of swooning. His heartfelt songs about love have gained him international success and a following of die-hard fans. Since the release of his 2017 album, %, he’s added more than 6 million new YouTube subscribers, which help drive more than 50 million views to his “Happier” video in less than two weeks.

Subscribers: 30,865,457

Screengrab via Dude Perfect/YouTube

Five best friends and an unknown person in a panda suit spend their days doing extreme stunts, trick shots, sports videos, and comedy. Dude Perfect didn’t invent trick shots, but they were the ones who took it mainstream. Now the dudes are is regularly in commercials and even have their own TV show. Their YouTube channel has 2 billion views altogether, and they post a new video every Monday.

Subscribers: 30,131,360 million

Screengrab via TaylorSwiftVEVO/YouTube

The only thing surprising about Taylor Swift, one of the world’s biggest pop stars, being on this list is that she isn’t higher on it.

Subscribers: 28,454,871

Screengrab via KatyPerryVEVO/YouTube

Katy Perry, the only pop star on this list who has headlined a Super Bowl performance.

Subscribers: 26,941,723 

Screengrab via RihannaVEVO/YouTube

Rihanna, the R&B singer, has a deep catalog of modern club bangers and YouTube videos. Everything she touches goes platinum.

Subscribers: 26,728,040 million


The most subscribed YouTube channels

11) elrubiusOMG

Screengrab via elrubiusOMG/YouTube

Rubén Doblas Gundersen, better known by his pseudonym El Rubius or ElRubiusOMG, is a gamer, reviewer, and comedian based in Spain. Noticing a trend yet? YouTube is dominated by gamers and has a global reach.

Subscribers: 29,210,560

Screengrab via whinderssonnunes

Whindersson Nunes Batista is a comedian and vlogger. He boasts the most-subscribed-to YouTube channel in Brazil, where he’s from. He also had a part in the movie Party Crashers 2.

Subscribers: 29,055,110

Screengrab via EminemVEVO/YouTube

Marshall Bruce Mathers III, better known as Eminem, hasn’t released a full-length album since 2013, but his videos never fail to impress.

Subscribers: 26,832,810

Screengrab via Fernanfloo/YouTube

Luis Fernando Flores is a gamer and occasional sketch comedian from El Salvador, and his videos get more views than PewDiePie daily. Most of his audience lives in Peru, Bolivia, and Ecuador.

Subscribers: 27,886,817

Screengrab via OneDirectionVEVO/YouTube

The British boy band may have broken up, but One Direction’s YouTube channel remains a popular destination.

Subscribers: 23,656,225


Screengrab via YouTube Spotlight/YouTube

One of YouTube’s own channels. It’s a go-to spot for finding out what’s trending around the world.

Subscribers: 27,219,716 subscribers

17) WWE

Never mind the so-called Monday Night Wars. These days the best of World Wrestling Entertainment is on YouTube, which hosts highlights from every episode of Monday Night Raw and SmackDown Live, along with all sorts of backstage highlights and highly entertaining top 10 lists, like this countdown of “brutal barricade attacks.”

Subscribers: 26,399,518


Screengrab via JuegaGerman/YouTube

JuegaGerman is the same YouTuber as HolaSoyGerman; this is just his new channel. Who says you can’t strike gold twice?

Subscribers: 26,183,287

Ellen DeGeneres has hosted the Oscars, had a part in two blockbuster animated movies and was given the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Barack Obama. While it might seem surprising that a daytime TV channel ranks higher than her late-night counterparts, DeGeneres has been at it far longer than Jimmy Fallon, Stephen Colbert, or Jimmy Kimmel.

Subscribers: 25,389,980

20) SET India

SET India/YouTube

SET India is Sony’s 24-hour Hindi channel offering all sorts of entertainment programming, from full-length movies to game shows, dance competitions, and news. It’s basically free live TV. Plus, the

Subscribers: 23,596,113

21) ArianaGrandeVevo


The Disney star turned pop idol has a strong YouTube presence, and her latest video, “No Tears to Cry,” already has more than 151 million views in just three weeks.

Subscribers: 19,318,296


22) Smosh

Screengrab via Smosh/YouTube

Ian Andrew Hecox and Daniel Anthony Padilla are two best friends who post comedic sketches. The duo started in their own movie, fittingly titled Smosh: The Movie about two bros trying to take down a regrettable YouTube video.

Subscribers: 23,012,102

Screengrab via VanossGaming/YouTube

Evan Fong, known online as VanossGaming, is a video game commentator who mixes jokes and conversation with special guests to make his tutorials worth the watch.

Subscribers: 22,884,705

Screengrab via VEGETTA777/YouTube

Samuel de Luque, also known on the internet as VEGETTA777, is a vlogger famous for his movie-like narration during of gameplays of Minecraft, Battlefield, and others.  Luque is the second most-subscribed user in Spain and often teams up with other known gamers across the world.

Subscribers: 22,291,433

Screengrab via Spinnin' Records/YouTube

Spinnin’ Records is a Dutch record label known for its collection of electronic dance music. The record label has produced works from DJs like Avicii, Calvin Harris, Kaskade, and more.

Subscribers: 21,394,955

Most subscribed YouTube channel list

If you’re looking for a quick reference guide, here are the top YouTube channels as of May 14, 2018, according to Wikipedia.


  1. PewDiePie, 62 million
  2. T-Series, 44 million
  3. Justin Bieber, 38 million
  4. HolaSoyGerman, 33 million
  5. Canal KondZilla, 33 million
  6. Ed Sheeran, 30 million
  7. Dude Perfect, 30 million
  8. Taylor Swift, 29 million
  9. Katy Perry, 29 million
  10. Rihanna, 29 million
  11. elrubiusOMG, 29 million
  12. Whinderssonnunes, 29 million
  13. EminemMusic, 28 million
  14. Fernanfloo, 27 million
  15. One Direction, 27 million
  16. YouTube Spotlight, 27 million
  17. WWE, 26 million
  18. JuegaGerman, 26 million
  19. TheEllenShow, 25 million
  20. SET India, 23 million
  21. Ariana Grande, 23 million
  22. Smosh, 23 million
  23. VanossGaming, 22 million
  24. VEGETTA777, 22 million
  25. Spinnin’ Records, 21 million
  26. Yuya, 21 million
  27. Felipe Neto, 21 million
  28. Bruno Mars, 21 million
  29. Shakira, 21 million
  30. Nigahiga, 21 million
  31. Markiplier, 20 million
  32. Trap Nation, 19 million
  33. Luis Fonsi Oficial, 19 million
  34. 5-Minute Crafts, 19 million
  35. Jacksepticeye, 18 million
  36. DanTDM, 18 million
  37. KSI, 18 million
  38. Selena Gomez, 18 million
  39. JennaMarbles, 18 million
  40. Get Movies, 17 million
  41. Skrillex, 17 million
  42. David Guetta, 17 million
  43. Logan Paul Vlogs, 17 million
  44., 17 million
  45. Adele, 17 million
  46. FBE, 17 million
  47. ChuChu TV Nursery Rhymes & Kid Songs, 17 million
  48. enchufetv, 17 million
  49. Rezendeevil, 16 million
  50. Maroon 5, 16 million

This article is regularly updated for relevance.

Kristen Hubby is a tech and lifestyle reporter at the Daily Dot. Her writing focuses on women, sex, pop culture, and social media, with an emphasis on major playforms like Snapchat, YouTube, and Spotify. Her work has also appeared in Austin Monthly and the Austin American-Statesman, where she covered local news and the dining scene in Austin, Texas.

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Ever wonder what the most subscribed YouTube channel is? It’s PewDiePie, and it’s not even close. The Swedish gamer has been the most subscribed YouTuber since December 2013. But the rest of the top 10 YouTube channels fluctuates constantly.