Of the many articles you can find online, this Top YouTube channels article is a huge favorite of many. Why? Probably finding out what makes them so popular is awe-inspiring. First of all, people watch videos on YouTube daily. While some people can make lots of money on this website, it is nice to know anyone can. Today, it would be hard to imagine a life without YouTube. Some dump their local cable, buy a device like Roku and watch YouTube for their entertainment. Watching YouTube is a popular past time has become a good part of many people’s lives. You can find and watch so many things on this website. You can spot talent in so many shows. In conclusion, the popular celebrities, and official YouTube channels are not included in this list. So, grab a cup of coffee and sit down and enjoy.
27. David Guetta started David Guetta and is one of the top YouTube channels.
David Guetta uploads videos showing off his DJ-ing, record producing, remixing, and songwriting skills. This man currently has 13,890,043 subscribers and this channel has earned from $530.7K to $8.5M dollars a year. This channel, created on December 11, 2009, gets 320,411 new subscribers monthly. After posting music and lyric videos, this channel received 8,191,348,531 views. The DJ achieved extraordinary success after releasing One Love in 2009. This DJ also released many hit singles. With over 9 million albums and 30 million singles sold, he took the number 1 spot in the DJ Mag 100 DJs’ Fan Poll in 2011, and was number 6 in 2015 and 2016. Billboard wrote, “This DJ has the number one dance-pop collaboration of all time”. When Love Takes Over was the title of the collaboration uploaded. In 2015 Forbes magazine wrote that his estimated yearly income is around $37 million dollars. Out of the top 100 YouTube channels, David Guetta comes in at number 48.
26. Leonardo Robalino, Christian Moya, Martín Domínguez and Jorge Ulloa, created Enchufetv
The YouTube channel Enchufetv is a web series based in Ecuador and produced by Touché Films. Posting comedy, they have 14,239,266 subscribers and this channel has earned from $355.8K to $5.7M annually. On November 13, 2011, Enchufetv created the channel. In the period of one month, they got 214,217 new subscribers. When starting their channel, the four filmmakers started discussing ideas for the show in the back of a pickup truck. After making a few shorts, they decided to post their production on YouTube. Their shows are between 4 to 5 minutes long and in Spanish. When they first started, their viewers came from Ecuador. But on July 23, 2012, they uploaded a video called ME GUSTA, and they received 1.5 million views in less than 48 hours. Uploading this video made their reach go into countries like Russia and the United States. After the release of Compra Condones, that video went viral having over 10 million views. They received the Golden Play Award from the YouTube Music Awards. Afterward, they received the Audience Choice Show of the Year by Streamy Awards. Out of the top 100 YouTube channels, Enchufetv comes in at 46.
25. Nice Peter, epicLLOYD, Dave McCary, and Maker Studios created ERB
ERB stands for Epic Rap Battles of History. Nice Peter is a musician and a comedian. Lloyd Ahlquist is an emcee, actor, and comedian. Nice and Lloyd started bouncing sketch comedy ideas off of each other on a porch in Chicago. The emcee, Lloyd asked Nice to hook up with him and the improv comedy group called Mission IMPROVable. Lloyd helps start the Mission IMPROVable at the University of Massachusetts. Later the group also took roots in other cities across the country. Nice Peter had a high-ranking YouTube channel and asked Lloyd to perform a rap sketch to his audience. Before ERB became popular, Nice Peter asked his channel subscribers to suggest people they would like to see featured in his show. The first battle was John Lennon vs. Bill O’Reilly. That video was an instant success. The next one, Adolf Hitler vs. Darth Vader went viral and today has over 96 million views. This YouTube channel, written up in many magazines gave them lots of exposure. Created on February 8, 2006, ERB has around 14,250,731 subscribers and makes estimated earnings of $61.6K – $986.3K a year. Over 7,139 new people subscribe every month. Out of the top 100 YouTube channels, ERB ranks at number 45.
24. Ashkan Karbasfrooshan, Raphael Daigneault, and Christine Voulieris founded WatchMojo
Produced in Montreal, Quebec, Canada Watch Mojo publishes top 10 list videos. This channel’s topics cover Pop Culture, Celebrity, Movies, Music, TV, Film, Video Games, Politics, News, Comics, and Superheroes. While having around 14,699,250 subscribers, this channel makes $532.9K – $8.5M per year. On June 24, 2005, they launched their first video. In October 2014, Watch Mojo employed 23 full-time workers. Besides the full-time workers, they employed 100 freelance writers and video editors. Watch Mojo takes video suggestions from their YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter pages. This YouTube channel gets around 222,501 new subscribers each month. After publishing five videos a day, they generate 60 to 75 minutes of video content. Losing money at the beginning didn’t discourage this company from moving forward. They started making a profit in 2013. Out of the top 100 YouTube channels, Watch Mojo comes in at number 42.
23. Daniel Middleton runs DanTDM
Filmed in Aldershot, England, DanTDM consists of various video games. He mainly focuses on the game Minecraft. Created on July 14, 2012, DanTDM has 15,418,363 and makes approximately $826.9K – $13.2M dollars a year. Over the course of 30 days, this channel obtains around 343,234 new subscribers a month. DanTDM popularity grew after obtaining the Kids’ Choice Award. This man also set a Guinness World Record for gaming. This gamer released a novel called DanTDM: Trayaurus and the Enchanted Crystal. After the book was published, he toured the UK and New York City. Going on tour to the US 21 times has increased his popularity. Out of the top 100 YouTube video channels, DanTDM comes in at number 39.
22. Benny Fine and Rafi Fine run FBE
From Brooklyn, New York, Benny and Rafi produce, write and direct their show. They have a REACT series, which showcases people reacting to different things. The YouTube channel started on June 4, 2007. Having 15,584,052 subscribers, the brothers currently make approximately $367.5K – $5.9M dollars a year. FBE lost thousands of subscribers due to licensing and trademarking issues with the name REACT. After fixing the licensing and trademarking issues, FBE climbed the ladder of their recent success and reach where they were previously by May 2016. Their programming acquired sponsors like Ford and Comedy Central. They also collaborated with top YouTube channels like Smosh and PewDiePie. When the web series Internet Icon came out, they were judges on the second season. This YouTube channel, featured in many magazines, is ranked at number 38.
21. Peter Gene Hernandez runs Bruno Mars
Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, Peter aka Bruno Mars comes from a family of musicians. Produced in Los Angeles, California, this singer is also a songwriter. He plays many instruments, is a record producer, and a choreographer. Starting on September 19, 2016, Bruno Mars grew his subscribers to 15,599,590 people. Making an annual income of approximately $1.1M – $16.8M, he gets 618,190 new subscribers a month. Just the Way You Are and Grenade were on the top US Billboard Hot 100. After being such a success on YouTube, Peter won many awards. Peter received 5 Grammy Awards, 3 Brit Awards, and 3 MTV Europe Music Awards. Time magazine featured Bruno Mars and in 2011, Billboard wrote that Peter is one of the best songwriters of our time. Bruno Mars currently ranks in at number 37 out of the top 100 YouTube channels.
20. Seán William McLoughlin runs Jacksepticeye
Born in Ireland, Sean is a producer and game commentator. This YouTuber, recognized by his funny Let’s Play series, is climbing the ranks. Sean gets 254,070 new subscribers monthly. Created on February 24, 2007, he currently has 15,767,374 subscribers with estimated yearly earnings of $591.4K – $9.5M. The show currently receives around 254,070 new subscribers every month. PewDiePie mentioned Jacksepticeye on his show, then Sean skyrocketed to fame. His YouTube channel’s rank is 36 out of the top 100 YouTube channels.
19. Sonny John Moore runs Skrillex
Sonny is from Los Angeles, California and makes a living as an electronic dance music producer and DJ. This songwriter has attracted 15,825,280 subscribers. This YouTube channel also features him playing many instruments and makes around $168.3K – $2.7M a year. Starting his YouTube channel on April 6, 2010, this DJ brings in about 140,433 new subscribers a month. In 2004, Sonny joined an American post-hardcore band, From First to Last, as the lead singer. After Sonny recorded two albums in 2007, he left the band to pursue a solo career. Nominated for 5 Grammy Awards in 2011, Sonny walked away with 3 awards. He won Best Dance Electronica Album, Best Dance Recording, and Best Remixed Recording. Having the world record for the most Grammys won by an Electronic Dance Music artist, got him noticed more on YouTube.
18. Olajide William “JJ” Olatunji runs KSI
Olajide, born in Watford, Hertfordshire, England, is a rapper, comedian, and actor. Having 16,136,826 subscribers, this YouTube channel makes about $4.5 Million dollars a year. Olajide started uploading videos on July 25, 2009. Currently ranking at number 34, this YouTube channel gets 30,184 new subscribers a month. Appearing at the Xbox One launch party in downtown London got him into trouble as some attendees made accusations that he was sexually harassing women in one of his videos. Afterward, Microsoft cut ties with him and banned him from the Eurogamer Expo for life. After taking down the controversial video that caused problems, things changed for the rapper. KSI signed a contract with Maker Studios in 2013 and put out a rap album.
17. Ariana Grande runs ArianaGrandeVevo
Ariana Grande started her career in the Broadway musical 13. She started her YouTube channel on October 21, 2010 and is ranked 32nd with 17,079,766 subscribers. The singer brings in a monthly income of around $46K – $735.7K. Starting her music career in 2011, she released a soundtrack Music from Victorious. Shortly afterward, the singer signed a recording contract with Republic Records. In 2013, Ariana released her first album, called Yours Truly. It hit number 1 on the US Billboard 200. When she released her second album My Everything in 2014, the album hit number 1 in the US. In 24 other countries, it made the top 10 charts. The singer received many awards. They are 3 American Music Awards, an MTV Video Music Award and 3 MTV Europe Music Awards. Ariana also received 4 Grammy Award nominations.
16. Jenna Marbles runs JennaMarbles
Jenna uploads funny, interesting things every day. Using colorful language makes her popular. Her YouTube channel ranks in at number 31 with 17,401,516 subscribers and makes approximately $108.4K – $1.7M a year. After creating her show in 2010, this comedian attracts 123,036 new subscribers a month. On July 9, 2010, Marbles uploaded a video called How To Trick People Into Thinking You’re Good Looking and received over 5.3 million views in its first week. Uploading, How To Avoid Talking To People You Don’t Want To Talk To, went viral and has around 35,924,588 views today. Jenna, who was asked to appear on other YouTube channels, played in the following shows:
- Eve in season 2 of Epic Rap Battles of History.
- Episode 13 of Adam vs. Eve.
- A banana in The Annoying Orange.
- Miley Cyrus in Wrecking Ball.
- Season 4 of Ridiculousness.
- Appeared as herself in Smosh: The Movie.
15. Eelko van Wooten and Roger de Graaf run Spinnin’ Records
Based in the Netherlands, the Spinnin’ Records is also an independent record label. After inventing the talent pool, it fixed the problems of musicians not getting heard. Receiving music daily, they discovered a way of giving proper feedback to songs. Spinnin’ Records uploads these songs on their YouTube channel. Created on July 12, 2007, Spinnin’ Records have 17,588,669 subscribers and makes $644.6K – $10.3M dollars a year. Their channel ranks at number 30. This music YouTube channel obtains approximately 289,056 new subscribers a month.
They play the following music:
- Electro House
- Dutch House
- Big Room House
- Progressive House
- Deep House
- Tech House Future Base
- Trap Trance
14. Mark Edward Fischbach runs Markiplier
This YouTube channel uploads: Funny video games, original comedy sketches, animated parodies and other forms of entertainment. This programming has skyrocketed this channel to fame. They acquired around 17,685,901 subscribers. Created on May 26, 2012, Markiplier ranks at 29, receives 232,706 new subscribers every month and makes $537.6K – $8.6M a year. Mark does a series of gaming videos which includes a commentary by the gamer while playing the game. The way this player puts together his videos are different. They have a sense of humor that keeps the viewer glued to the screen. Yelling, screaming, colorful language and crying are extremely popular with his fans.
13. Edward Christopher Sheeran runs Ed Sheeran
This English singer, songwriter, guitarist and record producer has 18,247,950 subscribers. He ranks at number 28, receives 1,099,754 new subscribers every month and makes about $1.9M – $30.6M dollars a year. After releasing extended plays and graduating from the Academy of Contemporary Music, Ed signed with Asylum Records. When creating his YouTube channel, he instantly became famous. Appearing on Taylor Swift’s 4th studio album Red, caused him to win the Brit Award for Album of the Year. His 2nd album, Multiply, hit number one in England and America.
12. Mariand Castrejon Castañeda runs Yuya
Not much information is available on Mariand except she comes from Mexico and is a beauty vlogger. Bustle magazine wrote in 2015 that she was the highest-paid beauty blogger of all time. Yuya has 18,522,166 subscribers and ranks at number 26. She has 179,252 new subscribers every 30 days and makes approximately $83.7K – $1.3M dollars a year. Mariand joined the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Action Campaign. She joined this organization to “achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls”.
11. Coby and Cory Cotton, Garrett Hilbert, Cody Jones and Tyler Toney run Dude Perfect
This American sports entertainment group created this YouTube channel on March 17, 2009. The men are famous for their extreme sports methods and one-of-a-kind stunt trick shots. They also perform comedy in the video series Stereotypes. Dude Perfect ranks at number 25 and receives 1,157,985 new subscribers every month. The team earns approximately $432.2K – $6.9M dollars a year. The boys also have broken several Guinness World Records.
10. Ryan Higa runs Nigahiga
Ryan started making videos at the age of 14 while living in Hawaii. While starting to post lip-synching videos to songs, he managed to get 19,776,171 subscribers. Starting this channel in high school on June 21, 2006, he ranks in as the 24th most popular YouTube channel. He receives 111,571 new subscribers every 30 days and brings in approximately $105.7K – $1.7M a year. People that appear on his YouTube channel are Sean Fujiyoshi, Tim Enos and Tarynn Nago. Videos, banned due to copyright violations, caused their account to be temporarily suspended. When How to be a Ninja, How to be a Gangster and How to be an Emo hit YouTube, the videos went viral. Releasing these popular videos are how Ryan regained the success that he lost.
9. Germán Alejandro Garmendia Aranis runs JuegaGerman
Germán runs two YouTube channels. He started JuegaGerman on May 19, 2013. JuegaGerman ranks in at number 22 and has 20,091,907 subscribers. With 523,982 new subscribers a month, this channel currently earns around $629.9K – $10.1M dollars a year. See number 2, HolaSoyGerman for a full biography.
8. Bhushan Kumar and Krishan Kumar run T-Series
This Indian music label features the best music from India. Founded by Gulshan Kumar, who got shot outside the Jeeteshwar Mahadev Mandir. The sons run the company now. Both men believe that music can change the world. They featured Indian music artists over the past 30 years. T-Series also produces films. Ranking at number 21, T-Series has 20,372,777 subscribers and receives 1,017,162 new subscribers a month. They bring in somewhere between $3M – $48.6M dollars a year.
7. Whindersson Nunes Batista runs Whinderssonnunes
Whindersson is from Brazil and is a comedian and singer. Starting at 15, he tried to post videos on YouTube. They went nowhere. He added video production to new videos, then received more views. Alô vó, tô reproved released in 2012, had over 5 million views in less than a week. After gaining popularity, on January 20, 2013, a hacker broke in and deleted everything. Not letting an incident like this stop him, he started again from scratch. Afterward, he received more than 17 million subscribers. Doing parodies, vlogs, songwriting and movie reviews got him, 20,866,386 subscribers. He receives 766,355 new subscribers a month, ranks at number 19 and makes approximately $239.4K – $3.8M a year.
6. Evan Fong runs VanossGaming
Evan is a Canadian video game critic. His material focuses on him playing well-known video games with other YouTube collaborators. As of June 30, 2017, he has 20,865,907 and ranks as the 20th most popular channel on YouTube. Viewers love this channel because of the reliable material that others can relate to. VanossGaming started on September 15, 2001, and he gets 212,277 new subscribers a month. This channel makes $546.9K — 8.8M dollars a year.
5. Luis Fernando Flores Alvarado runs Fernanfloo
Uploading videos on YouTube at 18, Luis posts gameplays. He narrates his videos in the weirdest way and has managed to attract 22,231,089 subscribers. With 567,762 new subscribers a month, this YouTube channel currently has yearly earnings of $468.7K – $7.5M. Besides gameplays, he creates vlogs, challenges, questions, and answers. This formula had him rise to the 17th most popular channel on YouTube.
4. Ian Andrew Hecox and Daniel Anthony Padilla run Smosh
In 2003, Anthony started uploading flash animations on Newgrounds. Ian joined Anthony and started posting videos on November 19, 2005. They quickly became an overnight sensation. The channel does various forms of comedy and currently, includes a full range of actors. In 2015, Smosh: The Movie came out on the big screen. Later Smosh started nine other YouTube channels. With 22,717,736 subscribers Smosh gains 50,607 new subscribers a month. This YouTube channel currently ranks in at number 14 and makes approximately $193.4K – $3.1M a year.
3. El Rubies runs ElrubiusOMG
El has two channels. His first channel couldn’t take part in the YouTube partner program. Now, this YouTube channel is the most popular channel in Spain. ElrubiusOMG ranks at number 12 and has 24,767,933 subscribers. The YouTube channel gets 310,130 new subscribers a month and makes $247.9K – $4M dollars a year. Even though ElRubiusOMG mainly consists of game plays, El Rubius posts vlogs, challenges, answers to fan questions and some sketch comedy skits. When El uploaded The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, his subscriber fan base skyrocketed. Later Chatroulette posted one of his videos, and he gained even more of a following.
2. Germán Alejandro Garmendia Aranis runs HolaSoyGerman
This next YouTuber comes from Chile and is a comedian, musician, singer, and writer. At 13, he started a band named Zudex and uploaded his first YouTube video in 2011. HolaSoyGerman is the most subscribed to Spanish language YouTube channel. After being such a smash on the Internet, he received the Icon of the Year Award. This award was given to him by MTV Millennial Awards in 2014. Afterward, this YouTuber became an author. He is also featured at number 9 on this list.
1. Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg runs PewDiePie
This YouTube channel has Felix talking to his subscribers about popular topics. He also comments on gameplays. Earlier in his YouTube career, he uploaded and played horror and action video games. Now as the channel has grown, he uploads live action animated comedy shorts and various vlogs talking plainly to the audience. His shows contains lots of colorful language. Created on April 29, 2010, PewDiePie has 55,897,394 of subscribers and gains 688,959 new subscribers a month. He ranks at number four and his estimated yearly earnings are $623.4K – $10M. Living in England, he currently edits all of his videos. He has no producers, no writers, and no camera guy. When he started his YouTube channel, he never thought he’d be so popular.