Top 10 Most Subscribed YouTube Channels That You May Not Expect

October 4, 2019

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We’ve all heard influencers tell us to engage with their video content on YouTube, but do you know which YouTubers have the most subscribers? Let’s find out.

While some names on this list you may recognize, chances are some are completely new to you! Content is created by YouTube accounts constantly, and 400 hours of video are uploaded every minute, so it can be hard to keep up.

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To be better informed as to who is winning the YouTube popularity contest, we compiled this list of the top 10 YouTubers with the most subscribers.

Writer's Note: This list was last updated on May 22, 2020.

The top 10 most subscribed YouTubers

Everyone goes to YouTube for something different. Whether it’s life hacks, makeup tutorials, or the latest viral music video, you are sure to find your exact niche out there.

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No matter if you’re interested in discovering new content creators or are just curious about which YouTuber has the most subscribers, we’re here to break it down.

1. T-Series: 137 million subscribers

Coming in hot as the most subscribed YouTube channel is T-Series, India’s largest music label and movie studio. Their official slogan is: “Music can change the world,” and they have the belief that they’re bringing the world closer together through music.

By doing so, they put a swift end to the 1,920-day streak that PewDiePie held as the most followed YouTube channel. T-Series posts content on their channel ranging from music videos, films, clips, and even trailers for upcoming content.

The steady growth of the T-Series channel is due in part to India’s emerging online population, which consists of 500 million internet users. It can also be attributed to their growing audience outside of India, as 40% of their traffic comes from other countries - 12% in the US alone.

Their most-watched video, the Punjabi song High Rated Gabru by Guru Randhawa, tops the charts with over 915 million views.


The numbers: Joined YouTube on March 13, 2006. First video uploaded in late 2010. Currently at 108 trillion views. 14,357 videos uploaded.

2. PewDiePie: 104 million subscribers

Sitting pretty at number two is PewDiePie. The channel is run by Swedish comedian Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg, and is best known for the “Let’s Play” gaming videos and blogs. During his early YouTube career, his commentaries of horror games were his best-known content before expanding to other video genres, such as vlogs and comedy shorts. His content is certainly not for the faint of heart as it’s often filled with profanity.

His goofy and sometimes obnoxious content certainly makes headlines. PewDiePie is the first individual contributor on YouTube to cross 100 million subscribers. He’s also encountered his fair share of controversy, including a video in January 2017 that “appeared to show” him using a racial slur, followed closely by the #PewdiepieIsOverParty hashtag that trended on Twitter. He also has one of the most disliked videos on YouTube.

The most viewed video PewDiePie has uploaded is titled bitch lasagna, which was originally named “TSERIES DISS TRACK” and has a total of 251 million views. Not surprisingly, it’s a response to their YouTube channel surpassing his. Salty, much?


The numbers: Joined YouTube April 29, 2010. Currently at 25 billion views. 4,147 videos uploaded.

3. Cocomelon - Nursery Rhymes: 82 million subscribers

From the controversial to the tame, the third most subscribed YouTube channel goes to Cocomelon - Nursery Rhymes. Founded in 2005, this YouTube account creates content for children with the goal of making learning a fun and enjoyable experience with 3D animation, education lyrics, and catchy music.

As the only children’s account in the top 10 list, Cocomelon provides an easy way for parents to keep their children entertained. It was originally titled ABCkidTV and boasts an average of 3 million new subscribers each month.

Its most viewed video, titled Bath Song, has 2.5 billion views and teaches children the importance of bath time. Interestingly enough, the video is also one of the most disliked videos on the platform with 3.4 million “thumbs down” reactions from viewers.


The numbers: Joined YouTube September 1, 2006. Currently at 62 billion views. 531 videos uploaded.

4. SET India: 72 million subscribers

Standing for Sony Entertainment Television, SET India is number four on the list of most-subscribed YouTube channels. This Hindi-language channel mainly consists of full episodes of television shows, teaser trailers, and clips of various episodes.

With content for the entire family, you’ll also find comedy specials like The Kapil Sharma Show and police dramas like Crime Patrol.

The most-viewed YouTube video on SET India is episode 25 of Crime Patrol. This 42-minute episode has over 143 million views and allows the audience to follow along with the story of a criminal lawyer who has an extramarital affair with her secretary. Scandalous!


The numbers: Joined September 20, 2006. Currently at 55 billion views. 37,253 videos uploaded.

5. 5-Minute Crafts: 66 million subscribers

For all of the hacks you’ll ever need, plus DIY projects and crafts, check out number five on the list: 5-Minute Crafts.

Launched fewer than three years ago, this how-to channel has nearly 3,000 videos for both parents and children alike. Their videos range from magic tricks to beauty and life hacks, and even breaks down some educational science experiments.

Their most-viewed video has 278 million views, is over 18 minutes long, and features 42 hacks that will save you money.


The numbers: Joined November 15, 2016. Currently at 17 billion views. 4,185 videos uploaded.

6. WWE: 60 million subscribers

If you’re ready for a smackdown then you'll love that the sixth most-subscribed to YouTube channel is the WWE, also known as World Wrestling Entertainment.

Fans of this channel can watch episodes of Monday Night Raw, TV’s longest-running weekly program. There’s also behind the scenes footage of SmackDown LIVE, classic fights, historic interviews, and more.

With over 196 million views, their most-watched video features Randy Orton as he kisses an unconscious Stephanie McMahon in front of Triple H. Yikes.


The numbers: Joined May 10, 2007. Currently at 43 billion views. 47,727 videos uploaded.

7. Canal KondZilla: 57 million subscribers

Going back to music, at number seven we have Canal KondZilla. This channel is run by Konrad Cunha Dantas, a Brazilian music producer who owns KondZilla Records. He’s also a writer and director of over 700 music videos.

This YouTube channel centers around the funk ostentação genre, which features a wide range of music videos and behind-the-scenes footage. It’s the largest YouTube channel in Brazil and Latin America, and the second-largest music channel in the world. Dantas is also the creator and director of the Netflix drama Sintonia.

With 1.4 billion views, the top-viewed video is the song Bum Bum Tam Tam by MC Fioti.


The numbers: Joined March 21, 2012. Currently at 30 billion views. 1,419 videos uploaded.

8. Zee Music Company: 55 million subscribers

Coming in at number eight is more music. Zee Music Company is part of India’s leading television and entertainment companies, in addition to being amongst one of the largest producers of Hindi programming in the world.

The content on Zee Music Company’s channel is mainly music videos, but there are some films and television shows, too. According to the channel, there are over 220,000 hours of content for their audience’s viewing pleasure.

The most-viewed video, Mile Ho Tum, has over 922 million views.


The numbers: Joined March 12, 2014. Currently at 26 billion views. 4,751 videos uploaded.

9. Like Nastya: 54.8 million subscribers

Coming in at number nine is the Russian-American YouTube channel Like Nastya. The star of the YouTube channel is Anastasia Radzinskaya. She and her parents run six family-friendly YouTube channels for children.

The videos on this channel focus on Nastya and her father playing, learning, dressing up, and going to amusement parks. They also reenact popular children's tales and nursery rhymes.

The video with the most views on the channel is called Nastya and papa sleeping at farm sheep Family fun trip, which was uploaded June 11, 2018. It boasts 815 million views.


The numbers: Joined December 6, 2016. Currently at 34 billion views. 423 videos uploaded.

9. Justin Bieber: 54.2 million subscribers

Whether you love him or you hate him, I’m here to tell you that Justin Bieber is the tenth most subscribed to YouTube channel.

After posting dozens of homemade videos back in 2007, Bieber rapidly went from a cute 12-year old Canadian singing on the sidewalk with an acoustic guitar to a megastar and a Grammy winner. Not surprisingly, his channel features music videos, live performances, and interviews.

As one of the most-watched artists on YouTube, the video with the most views is Sorry (PURPOSE: The Movement) with 3.2 billion views. This video also places seventh of the most viewed YouTube videos of all time.


The numbers: Joined January 15, 2007. Currently has 998 million views. 172 videos uploaded.

Tips and resources to become a most-subscribed to YouTuber

Every single one of these YouTube accounts had to start somewhere - with zero subscribers. It took time and effort to climb their way to the top 10 list, but that doesn’t mean that the next great YouTuber isn’t out there creating an account from scratch right now.

First things first, you’ll need to create a YouTube channel. More goes into it than you may think, and it’s important that you make it look professional for it to have peak success.

Next, it’s time to start creating content. Whether you’re going the funny route in the hopes of trending or are sticking to informative videos, make sure to do it right the first time. Once the video is filmed, it’s time to edit and publish it to your adoring (or soon to be) audience.

Success! Your content is out there for the masses! And hopefully, you’re gaining new subscribers every day. It’s in your best interest to learn everything there is to know about YouTube and the data available to you.

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