Indian record label T-Series is the most-subscribed channel, with over 236 million subscribers as of January 2023.
American YouTube personality MrBeast is the most-subscribed individual and fourth most-subscribed channel overall, with over 130 million subscribers as of January 2023.

A subscriber to a channel on the video-sharing YouTube is a user who has chosen to receive the channel's content by clicking on that channel's "Subscribe" button, and each user's subscription feed consists of videos published by channels to which the user is subscribed.[1] The ability to subscribe to users was introduced in October 2005.[2] YouTube began publishing a list of its most-subscribed channels in April 2006.[3] An early archive of the list dates to May 2006.[4]

Since mid-2006, when Smosh occupied the top position with less than 3,000 subscribers,[4] at least 10 other YouTube channels have held the top spot; these include American fictional character Bree Avery, American comedian Brooke "Brookers" Brodack, American fictional character Fred Figglehorn, Swedish gamer Felix "PewDiePie" Kjellberg, American comedian Ryan Higa, American media personality Ray William Johnson, American public speaker Judson Laipply, and English geriatric Peter Oakley.

The most-subscribed channel is that of Indian record label T-Series, which hosts its music videos on its channel. With over 236 million subscribers as of January 2023, the channel has held the top position since April 14, 2019.[5][6] The most-subscribed channel which does not belong to an organization or company is that of American YouTuber MrBeast, who is also the fourth most-subscribed channel overall, with over 130 million subscribers as of January 2023.[6]

50 most-subscribed channels

The following table lists the 50 most-subscribed YouTube channels,[A][6] as well as the primary language and content category of each channel. The channels are ordered by number of subscribers; those whose displayed subscriber counts are identical are listed so that the channel whose current growth rate indicates that its displayed subscriber count will exceed that of the other channel is listed first. Automatically-generated channels that lack their own videos (such as Music and News) and channels that have been made effectively obsolete as a result of the transferal of their content (such as JustinBieberVEVO and TaylorSwiftVEVO)[B] are excluded. As of January 2023, 21 of the 50 channels listed primarily produce content in English while 16 primarily produce content in Hindi.

Rank Name Link Brand channel Subscribers (millions) Primary language Category Country
1 T-Series Link Yes 235 Hindi[7][8] Music  India
2 Cocomelon Link Yes 152 English Education  United States
3 Sony Entertainment Television India Link Yes 150 Hindi[9] Entertainment  India
4 MrBeast Link No 130 English Entertainment  United States
5 PewDiePie Link No 111 English Games  Sweden
6 Kids Diana Show Link Yes 107 English[10][11][12] Entertainment  Ukraine
7 Like Nastya Link No 104 English Entertainment  United States
8 WWE Link Yes 93 English Sports  United States
9 Vlad and Niki Link No 92.9 English Entertainment  Russia
10 Zee Music Company Link Yes 91.8 Hindi[13][14] Music  India
11 Blackpink Link Yes 84.1 Korean Music  South Korea
12 Goldmines Link Yes 81.5 Hindi Film  India
13 5-Minute Crafts Link Yes 78.5 English How-to  Cyprus[a]
14 Sony SAB Link Yes 76.6 Hindi Entertainment  India
15 BangtanTV Link No 73.3 Korean Music  South Korea
16 Justin Bieber Link No 70.9 English Music  Canada
17 Hybe Labels Link Yes 69.7 Korean Music  South Korea
18 Canal KondZilla Link Yes 66.3 Portuguese Music  Brazil
19 Zee TV Link Yes 65.5 Hindi Entertainment  India
20 Pinkfong Link Yes 64.9 English Education  South Korea
21 Shemaroo Entertainment Link Yes 63.6 Hindi Music  India
22 ChuChu TV Link Yes 61.3 Hindi[16] Education  India
23 Colors TV Link Yes 59.5 Hindi Entertainment  India
24 Dude Perfect Link No 58.6 English Sports  United States
25 Movieclips Link Yes 58.6 English Film  United States
26 T-Series Bhakti Sagar Link Yes 57.4 Hindi Music  India
27 Tips Industries Link Yes 56.5 Hindi Entertainment  India
28 Marshmello Link No 56.1 English Music  United States
29 Wave Music Link Yes 55.9 Bhojpuri Music  India
30 Sony Music India Link Yes 55.5 Hindi Music  India
31 Aaj Tak Link Yes 55.4 Hindi News  India
33 El Reino Infantil Link Yes 55.2 Spanish Music  Argentina
32 Eminem Link No 55.1 English Music  United States
34 Ed Sheeran Link No 52.9 English Music  United Kingdom
35 Ariana Grande Link No 52.2 English Music  United States
36 LooLoo Kids Link Yes 52.5 English Music  Romania
37 Yash Raj Films Link Yes 51.3 Hindi Music  India
38 Taylor Swift Link No 50.8 English Music  United States
39 BillionSurpriseToys Link Yes 50 English Entertainment  United States
40 Infobells Link Yes 48.6 Hindi Education  India
41 Billie Eilish Link No 47.3 English Music  United States
42 JuegaGerman Link No 47.1 Spanish Games  Chile
43 Badabun Link Yes 46.4 Spanish Entertainment  Mexico
44 Fernanfloo Link No 45.6 Spanish Games  El Salvador
45 Bad Bunny Link No 45.1 Spanish Music  United States ( Puerto Rico)
47 SonyMusicIndiaVEVO Link Yes 44.9 Hindi Music  India
46 Felipe Neto Link No 44.8 Portuguese Entertainment  Brazil
48 Bright Side Link Yes 44.3 English Entertainment  Cyprus[a]
49 Você Sabia? Link No 44.1 Portuguese Entertainment  Brazil
50 Whindersson Nunes Link No 43.9 Portuguese Comedy  Brazil
As of January 15, 2023 UTC
  1. ^ a b TheSoul Publishing is currently based in Cyprus; it was originally based in Russia and is still Russian-owned.[15]

Historical progression of most-subscribed channels

The following table lists the 19 distinct runs as the most-subscribed YouTube channel recorded since May 2006. Only runs lasting at least 24 hours are included. 11 different channels have held the position, with PewDiePie holding the title a record four times. In second place is Smosh, which held it three times, while third place is tied between nigahiga, T-Series, and YouTube's own channel, which have all held it twice each.

  Former record for days held
  Current record for days held
Channel name Date achieved Days held Reference
Smosh (1) May 17, 2006 18 [4][17]
Judson Laipply June 4, 2006 29 [18][19][20]
Brookers July 3, 2006 45 [21][22][23]
geriatric1927 August 17, 2006 26 [24][25]
lonelygirl15 September 12, 2006 226 [26][27][28][29]
Smosh (2) April 26, 2007 517 [17][30]
nigahiga September 24, 2008 12 [31][32]
FЯED October 6, 2008 318 [32][33]
nigahiga (2) August 20, 2009 677 [31][34][35]
Ray William Johnson June 28, 2011 564 [36][37][38]
Smosh (3) January 12, 2013 215 [17][39][40]
PewDiePie (1) August 15, 2013 79 [41][42]
YouTube Spotlight[C] (1) November 2, 2013 36 [43][44][45]
PewDiePie (2) December 8, 2013 4 [46][47]
YouTube Spotlight (2) December 12, 2013 11 [48][47]
PewDiePie (3) December 23, 2013 1920 [49][50][51]
T-Series (1) March 27, 2019[D] 5 [55][57]
PewDiePie (4) April 1, 2019 13 [56][58][59]
T-Series (2) April 14, 2019 1386 [60][61]
As of January 29, 2023 UTC

Timeline

Timeline of the most-subscribed YouTube channels (May 2006 – present)

T-Series (company)YouTube (channel)PewDiePieRay William JohnsonFred FigglehornRyan Higalonelygirl15Peter OakleyBrooke BrodackJudson LaipplySmosh

Milestones and reactions

Channel Subscriber milestone Date achieved Reference
Brookers 10,000 July 7, 2006 [62]
geriatric1927 20,000 August 18, 2006 [63]
lonelygirl15 50,000 October 23, 2006 [64]
Smosh 100,000 May 15, 2007 [65]
FЯED 1 million April 7, 2009 [66]
nigahiga 2 million March 13, 2010 [67]
RayWilliamJohnson 5 million November 15, 2011 [68]
Smosh 10 million May 25, 2013 [69]
PewDiePie 20 million January 9, 2014 [70]
50 million December 8, 2016 [71]
T-Series 100 million May 29, 2019 [72]
200 million November 30, 2021 [73]

Following the third time that Smosh became the most-subscribed YouTube channel, Ray William Johnson collaborated with the duo.[74] 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.[75]

PewDiePie vs T-Series

Main article: PewDiePie vs T-Series

In mid-2018, the subscriber count of the Indian music video channel T-Series rapidly approached that of Swedish web comedian and Let's Player PewDiePie, who was the most-subscribed user on YouTube at the time.[76][77] As a result, fans of PewDiePie and T-Series, other YouTubers, and celebrities showed their support for both channels. During the competition, both channels gained a large number of subscribers at a rapid rate, and surpassed each other's subscriber count on multiple occasions in February, March, and April 2019.[52][53][54][56] T-Series eventually permanently surpassed PewDiePie, and on May 29, it became the first channel to gain 100 million subscribers.[72]

See also

Notes

  1. ^ The total number of channels listed may exceed 50 if a tie exists for the 50th-highest subscriber count.
  2. ^ These are not to be mistaken for the channels Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift, both of which are included.
  3. ^ Although now called simply "YouTube", YouTube's official channel was named "YouTube Spotlight" in 2013.
  4. ^ T-Series surpassed PewDiePie in subscriber count on numerous occasions, each lasting fewer than 24 hours, from February to late March 2019.[52][53][54] The first incident to last at least 24 hours began on March 27 and ended on April 1.[55][56]

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