YouTube celebrities — most notably ones like Logan Paul — have been at the forefront of our cultural conscience recently. From the content they produce to their widespread influence and reach — and, in Paul’s case, controversy — the people who create and post videos on YouTube have been the topic of discussion for quite a while. But with billions of users and 400 hours of content being uploaded to the video-sharing platform every minute, which YouTubers are viewers interacting with the most?
The ability to subscribe to content on YouTube and stay up-to-date on new videos has been around for years, but more people are utilizing this feature to filter through the sheer number of videos on the site. Subscribing to a channel makes it easier to find videos from specific creators by compiling them all under the “Subscriptions” tab in your YouTube account. From musicians to streamers, pranksters to reviewers, and more, these are the 10 most subscribed YouTube channels out there (excluding YouTube-generated channels like Music or Spotlight).
Numbers are based on Social Blade findings as of October 2018. Justin Bieber’s VEVO channel technically comes in ninth, but we’ve removed it from this list because, well, the Beebs doesn’t need to be mentioned twice.
At a glance
|YouTube Channel||Number of Subscribers|
|SET India||32.7 million|
|Ed Sheeran||34.5 million|
|Dude Perfect||35 million|
|5-Minute Crafts||35.9 million|
|Channel KondZilla||40.7 million|
|Justin Bieber||41.2 million|
10. SET India (32.7 million subscribers)
Sony Entertainment Television India is a 24-hour Hindi-specific channel that provides hours of content for the entire family — if your family enjoys Indian entertainment. With 32.2 million subscribers this channel took out artists Taylor Swift and Katy Perry from the top 10. Launched as a station in 1995, SET India has been on YouTube since 2006.
This channel includes comedy specials like The Kapil Sharma Show and police drams like Crime Patrol. With over 27,000 videos to choose from the SET India is 10th most subscribed YouTube channel.
9. WWE (34 million subscribers)
World Wrestling Entertainment, or better known as WWE, is the ninth most-subscribed YouTube channel, with 34 million subscribers (if we don’t count Justin Bieber’s VEVO channel, which has roughly the same number of subs as WWE). It features all episodes from Monday Night Raw, TV’s longest running weekly episodic program. WWE has over 1,500 videos to choose from. The channel started in 2005, although the WWE (previously known as WWF) was founded in 1979.
WWE features behind the scenes footage and SmackDown LIVE every Tuesday night. With updated content nearly everyday WWE is slowly climbing the most subscribed YouTube channel list.
8. Ed Sheeran (34.5 million subscribers)
Popular English singer Ed Sheeran has the eighth most-subscribed channel on YouTube. The Suffolk-raised musician received international success due in part to the streaming platform, which allowed more people to see his work over the internet. He has since released three studio albums, + (2011), x (2014), and ÷ (2017), videos for which can be found on the Sheeran’s YouTube channel.
Featuring official music videos, remixes, and behind-the-scenes videos, Sheeran’s channel has over 34 million subscribers, who have watched his videos nearly 15 billion times. His song Shape of You has been viewed on YouTube over 3.8 billion times, making it the second most-viewed video on the site.
7. HolaSoyGerman (34.6 million subscribers)
Germán Alejandro Garmendia Aranis is a Chilean writer, comedian, and host of the HolaSoyGerman YouTube channel. Garmendia Aranis is also part of the band Ancud, whose songs are available on YouTube and Spotify. Despite the fact Aranis hasn’t posted to his main channel in over a year, it remains the seventh most-subscribed channel on the platform. His secondary channel, JuegaGerman, where he posts more often, is the 18th most-popular channel, with 29 million subscribers.
This guy has got some serious YouTube skills, with a combined following of 60 million subscribers across his various channels. He is also the first YouTuber to obtain two Diamond Play buttons, a part of the YouTuber Creator Rewards, for his high follower count.
6. Dude Perfect (35 million subscribers)
Dude Perfect is a comedy sports group that consists of “5 Best Friends and a Panda.” Twins Coby and Cory Cotton, Garrett Hilbert, Cody Jones, and Tyler Toney — all former roommates and high school basketball players — started the channel in 2009. Since then, the group has uploaded over 180 videos. The members of the group also hold several Guinness World Records, including several basketball-related records, as well as records for the most T-shirts hung on a washing line using pegs in one minute, and most pencils snapped in one minute.