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This article lists the fifty most-subscribed channels on the video platform YouTube. The ability to subscribe to users was introduced in October 2005, and the website began publishing a list of its "most subscribed Members" in April 2006. An early archive of the list dates to May 2006, at which time Smosh, with fewer than three thousand subscribers, occupied the number-one position. Since December 23, 2013, the most-subscribed channel has been PewDiePie, with over 85 million as of February 2019.
This article lists the fifty most-subscribed channels on the video platform YouTube. The ability to subscribe to users was introduced in October 2005, and the website began publishing a list of its "most subscribed Members" in April 2006. An early archive of the list dates to May 2006, at which time Smosh, with fewer than three thousand subscribers, occupied the number-one position. Since December 23, 2013, the most-subscribed channel has been PewDiePie, with over 85 million as of February 2019[update].
There are ten channels known to have been the most-subscribed on YouTube: Smosh, Judson Laipply, Brookers, geriatric1927, lonelygirl15, nigahiga, FRED, Ray (formerly Ray William Johnson), PewDiePie, and YouTube Spotlight.
The following table lists the fifty most-subscribed channels on YouTube, with each total rounded down to the nearest million subscribers, as well as the network, primary language, and content category of each channel. Channels marked as "Auto-generated by YouTube" (such as Music, Gaming, Sports and Movies) and channels whose content has been transferred (such as JustinBieberVEVO and RihannaVEVO) are excluded. As of February 2019[update], 29 of these channels primarily produce content in English.
Self-owned channel (without a network)
|3.||5-Minute Crafts||49||Channel Frederator||English||How-to|
|11.||Cocomelon - Nursery Rhymes||36||Fullscreen||Education|
|21.||Zee Music Company||31||Zee Music Company||Hindi||Music|
|24.||Felipe Neto||Maker Studios||Portuguese|
|30.||Shakira||24||Spanish and English||People|
|31.||Spinnin' Records||Spinnin' Records||English||Entertainment|
|40.||Sony Music India||Sony BMG||Hindi||Music|
|46.||rezendeevil||Disney Digital Network||Portuguese||Games|
|47.||ChuChu TV Nursery Rhymes & Kids Songs||ChuChu TV Studios||English||Education|
|49.||Você Sabia?||Maker Studios||Portuguese|
|50.||BillionSurpriseToys - Nursery Rhymes & Songs||21||N/A||English||Education|
|As of February 15, 2019|
The following table lists the most-subscribed YouTube channel in each country and territory from which at least one channel with at least five million subscribers originates, according to social media analytics website DBase. Channels that have been made effectively obsolete as a result of the transferal of their content are excluded.
|Country or territory||Most-subscribed channel||Subscribers|
|办公室小野官方频道 Ms Yeah
|Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell||7|
|Saad Lamjarred | سعد لمجرد||6|
|As of February 13, 2019|
The following table lists the sixteen YouTube channels that have most recently been the most-subscribed on the website, since May 2006.
|Channel name||Date achieved||Days held||Reference|
|Smosh||May 17, 2006||26|
|Judson Laipply||Jun 12, 2006||21|
|Brookers||Jul 3, 2006||45|
|geriatric1927||Aug 17, 2006||31|
|lonelygirl15||Sep 17, 2006||221|
|Smosh||Apr 26, 2007||517|
|nigahiga||Sep 24, 2008||12|
|Fяᴇᴅ||Oct 6, 2008||318|
|nigahiga||Aug 20, 2009||677|
|Ray William Johnson||Jun 28, 2011||564|
|Smosh||Jan 12, 2013||215|
|PewDiePie||Aug 15, 2013||80|
|YouTube Spotlight||Nov 2, 2013||36|
|PewDiePie||Dec 8, 2013||4|
|YouTube Spotlight||Dec 12, 2013||10|
|PewDiePie||Dec 23, 2013||1882|
|As of January 26, 2019[update]|
Timeline of the most-subscribed YouTube channels (May 2006 – January 2019)
This section needs to be updated. In particular: information regarding events from 2013 onwards. Please update this article to reflect recent events or newly available information. (November 2018)
In 2009, the FRED channel became the first to attain one million subscribers.
Following the third time that Smosh became the most-subscribed YouTube channel, Ray William Johnson collaborated with the duo. A flurry of top YouTubers including Ryan Higa, Shane Dawson, Felix Kjellberg, Michael Buckley, Kassem Gharaibeh, The Fine Brothers, and Johnson himself, congratulated the duo shortly after they surpassed Johnson as the most-subscribed channel.
Following an increase in the subscriber count of T-Series starting in January 2018, T-Series has been accumulating millions of subscribers at a very rapid rate. At the end of September 2018, T-Series gained almost as many subscribers as PewDiePie, the most-subscribed YouTube channel, with PewDiePie only being ahead by a few thousand at times. As a response, PewDiePie fans and other YouTubers have shown their support for PewDiePie in the PewDiePie vs T-Series competition. During the competition, both channels have been gaining a large amount of subscribers at a rapid rate.
In the early days, anyone who made a big viral video could enter the top ten, with “Evolution of Dance” performer Judson Laipply even holding the top spot for a bit.