YouTube has become one of the most popular websites in the world today, with millions of people around the world logging on to view new content. With that in mind, here are the 20 YouTube channels with the most subscribers.
While viewing numbers are the most important statistic on YouTube, many content creators encourage their fanbase to subscribe to their channels, in the hope that they will keep coming back to watch their content in the future.
As YouTube has continued to grow, so have the fan bases of channels across the site, with some channels amassing millions of subscribers throughout their time on the site.
Throughout most of 2018 and into 2019, subscribers have been the talk of the YouTube community, as Felix ‘PewDiePie’ Kjellberg battles against Indian production company T-Series to remain on top of the list.
Other YouTubers have even chosen to interject themselves into the contest, with creators like Jimmy ‘Mr Beast’ Donaldson paying for billboards to promote the Swede in his battle.
But who are the top 20 most subscribed to channels on YouTube? Here’s a full list of the names at the top of the site.
Top 20 most subscribed YouTube channels - Updated February 15, 2019.
1) PewDiePie - 85,684,829 subscribers
Felix ‘PewDiePie’ Kjellberg has been at the top of YouTube for some time now, but it appears that the Swede might be losing his grip on the top spot. Kjellberg, who rose to fame by posting gaming videos on his channel has moved into producing more commentary-driven content, regularly taking aim at fellow creators on the site.
The streamer currently sits 60,000 subscribers ahead of his nearest rival, but how long can he stay in front? You can check our amazing PewDiePie vs T-Series subscriber live counter to keep updated.
2) T-Series - 85,627,343 subscribers
T-Series are an Indian production company who specialize in Bollywood music and movies. It was widely expected that the company would overtake PewDiePie in September 2018, but thanks to efforts from fans of the Swede, he has managed to keep T-Series at bay.
T-Series is one of the fastest growing channels on the site though, so it’s only a matter of time before they eventually reign in Kjellberg.
3) 5-Minute Crafts - 49,477,931 subscribers
5-Minute Crafts is an instructional YouTube channel that gives viewers tips and tricks to help them complete tasks or make items and gifts from scratch.
The channel uploads multiple videos per day, meaning that if you need to find out how to do something, it’s likely that 5-Minute Crafts will have a tutorial to help you.
4) Canal Kondzilla - 46,701,482 subscribers
Konrad Cunha Dantas, better known by his alias Kondzilla, is a Brazilian music video producer.
His channel features music videos from some of the biggest Portuguese-speaking artists in the world, who use his channel as a place to showcase their newest singles.
5) Justin Bieber - 43,364,403 subscriber
While Justin Bieber is now one of the biggest names in music worldwide, it’s easy to forgot that the superstar started his musical career on YouTube.
As a kid, Bieber would upload videos of him covering popular songs, eventually leading to music producer Scooter Braun discovering him and flying him out to Atlanta to work on demo tracks. Bieber’s track ‘Baby’ featuring Ludacris was the most disliked video on YouTube until the 2018 edition of YouTube Rewind usurped it.
6) SET India - 41,901,539 subscribers
Sony Entertainment India comes in at number six, and is the most popular Hindi channel in the country.
Launched in 1995, the network mostly broadcasts reality TV shows and soaps, and uploads clips from their broadcasts to YouTube.
7) WWE - 39,685,065 subscribers
WWE is the number one pro-wrestling organization in the world, and their YouTube channel is the biggest sports channel on the site.
The American-based company uses the channel to promote upcoming events and storylines, upload highlights from their weekly shows like Raw, Smackdown Live and NXT, and also give fans a behind-the-scenes look at their favorite WWE Superstars.
8) Dude Perfect - 39,067,278 subscribers
Made up of Texas A&M alumni Coby and Cory Cotton, Garrett Hilbert, Cody Jones, and Tyler Toney, Dude Perfect are a trickshotting crew who upload incredible videos highlighting their skills at sports and their jaw-dropping trickshots.
The group hold a number of Guinness World Records to their names, and own the biggest YouTube channel in the United States.
9) HolaSoyGerman - 37,990,306 subscribers
Germán Alejandro Garmendia Aranis is the brains behind HolaSoyGerman, a channel where the Chilean produces comedy sketches and vlogs.
The YouTuber is also part of a band called Ancud, and owns the most subscribed-to Spanish language channel on the site.
10) Ed Sheeran - 37,092,140 subscribers
One of the biggest musicians in the United Kingdom is Ed Sheeran, and his incredible success has transferred over to YouTube, where he sits as the tenth biggest channel on the site.
Sheeran exploded into the limelight with his 2011 hit ‘The A Team’, and has gone from strength to strength thanks to future hits like ‘Shape of You’ and ‘Galway Girl’.
11) Cocomelon - Nursery Rhymes - 36,899,377 subscribers
Cocomelon is an American channel aimed at young children, that regularly posts nursery rhymes and music videos aimed at a young audience.
12) Badabun - 36,203,595 subscribers
Badabun is a Spanish-language YouTube channel managed and controlled by the Badabun Network. The channel is linked with a number of large Spanish speaking YouTubers like Werevertumorro and Rayito, and is the fastest growing network channel on the platform.
13) Eminem - 36,062,485 subscribers
Marshall Mathers, better known as Eminem, is an American rapper and actor, and widely regarded as one of the most influential musicians of all time. The rapper became a household name back in 1999 when he released ‘The Slim Shady LP’, and released his latest album, ‘Kamikaze’ in 2018.
14) Whinderssonnunes - 34,543,505 subscribers
Whindersson Nunes Batista is a Brazilian comedian and singer who has been making videos on YouTube since 2013. In a survey released by Google, Batista was ranked as the second most influential Brazilian personality among 14-17 year olds.
15) elrubiusOMG - 33,767,590 subscribers
Rubén ‘elrubiusOMG’ Gundersen is a Spanish-Norwegian YouTuber who focuses primarily on gameplay videos and vlogs.
16) JuegaGerman - 33,380,000 subscribers
JuegaGerman is the second channel of HolaSoyGerman, where the YouTuber uploads videos of him reacting to clips, music and more.
17) Ariana Grande - 32,690,382 subscribers
Ariana Grande is an American singer, with her 2018 album ‘Sweetener’ producing smash hit singles such as ‘God is a woman’ and ‘No tears left to cry.’
18) Katy Perry - 32,311,185 subscribers
Katy Perry has won five American Music Awards throughout her career, and released a documentary in 2012 called ‘Katy Perry: Part of Me’ in 2012.
19) Taylor Swift - 32,300,185 subscribers
Former country singer Taylor Swift’s move to pop music proved to be an incredible success, and has sold 50 million albums worldwide.
20) Fernanfloo - 32,052,586 subscribers
Luis Fernando Flores Alvarado, better known as Fernanfloo, is a YouTuber from El Salvador who primarily uploads gaming content to his channel.