YouTube is one of the most visited websites on the internet, and as a result has many creators and channels with millions of subscribers. Here are the top 20 most subscribed YouTube channels.
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 and in return earn more money.
Of course, for many the race between Swedish YouTuber Felix 'PewDiePie' Kjellberg and Indian production company T-Series is the first thing you think of when you consider the site's most subscribed channels, with their war raging on for months, even prompting the Swede to drop two diss tracks on T-Series.
Even other YouTubers were determined to help the creator in his fight, with creators like Jimmy ‘Mr Beast’ Donaldson paying for billboards to promote the Swede in his battle. Eventually though, the war came to an end, with T-Series cementing their place as the top channel on the platform, although Pewds can still celebrate his status as the largest content creator on the platform.
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 August 28, 2020.
1) T-Series - 151,000,000 subscribers
T-Series is an Indian production company that specializes in Bollywood music and movies, but for YouTube viewers in the western hemisphere, T-Series is perhaps best known for the well-documented sub war with PewDiePie. Their war finally came to an end in early 2019, and the company also beat the Swede to another major milestone, becoming the first channel to hit 100 million subscribers in May 2019.
2) PewDiePie - 106,000,000 subscribers
While Felix ‘PewDiePie’ Kjellberg may not sit at the top of YouTube any longer, he remains the platform's biggest content creator, with millions of viewers tuning in to watch his videos.
3) Cocomelon - Nursery Rhymes - 91,000,000 subscribers
Cocomelon, formerly known as ABC Kids, is an American channel aimed at young children, that regularly posts nursery rhymes and music videos. Chances are if you have a child you'll find something they enjoy on the channel, and clearly many parents have, with Cocomelon now boasting 82 million subscribers.
4) SET India - 80,000,000 subscribers
Sony Entertainment India 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.
5) 5-Minute Crafts - 67,000,000 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 completely 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.
6) WWE - 64,000,000 subscribers
WWE remains the biggest sporting channel on YouTube, with the world's most popular pro-wrestling company boasting an impressive 60 million subscribers. WWE regularly uploads highlights from their weekly shows including Raw, SmackDown, and NXT, along with original content from some of the company's biggest stars like Becky Lynch, Seth Rollins, and Daniel Bryan.
7) Kids Diana Show - 61,000,000
Another channel aimed at children, Kids Diana Show has skyrocketed in popularity since its launch in 2018. and often feature Diana playing and eating with her brother Roma.
8) Zee Music Company - 60,000,000 subscribers
Zee Music Company (ZMC) is an Indian music company founded in 2014 and has already made its way onto the list.
The company has been building on its success while also being a direct competitor to T-Series. So, PewDiePie, you aren't alone.
9) Canal KondZilla - 59,000,000 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. As a result, he is one of the biggest YouTubers out there.
10) Like Nastya - 59,000,000 subscribers
Like Nastya is a Russian-American children's channel, focused on videos of 6-year-old Anastasia playing with her family.
11) Justin Bieber - 56,000,000 subscribers
While Justin Bieber is now one of the biggest names in music worldwide, it’s easy to forget that the superstar started his musical career on YouTube many years ago.
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.
12) Dude Perfect - 53,000,000 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 holds a number of Guinness World Records to their names and owns the biggest YouTube channel in the United States.
13) Vlad and Niki - 50,000,000 subscribers
Another kids channel, Russian duo Vlad and Nikita upload videos that see them pretend to play, travel, or take on other activites.
14) Zee TV - 49,000,000 subscribers
Zee TV is a Hindi-language entertainment channel based in India, with a number of specialized stations on Indian TV.
15) Marshmello - 47,000,000 subscribers
Marshmello is one of the biggest electronic music producers and DJs in the world, with multiple smash hit songs. The artist has become so popular, he even has his own skin in Fortnite.
16) Ed Sheeran - 45,000,000 subscribers
One of the biggest musicians in the United Kingdom is Ed Sheeran, and his incredible success has transferred over to YouTube.
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’. He has since gained worldwide fame for his work.
17) Blackpink - 45,000,000 subscribers
Blackpink is a Korean pop group comprised of four women, who regularly smash YouTube records with their catchy hits.
18) EminemMusic - 45,000,000 subscribers
Marshall Mathers, better known as Eminem, is an American rapper 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.
19) Badabun - 43,000,000 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.
20) Ariana Grande - 42,000,000 subscribers
Ariana Grande is an American singer who seems to become more popular by the day. Her recent hits such as 'God is a woman', 'thank u, next' and 'NASA' have all propelled her higher on the YouTube charts.