When YouTube first began, the top channels were largely reuploads of content from elsewhere. Some of the top YouTube channels were involved in the Korean drama subbing community. Later, the traditional vloggers began to take shape. Then, YouTube was purchased by Google, who has subsequently built a business model around the site. Since then, YouTube has grown to become the second most popular website on the internet.
YouTube is one of the world's largest social networks. It has just under 2.6 billion active users, and its content has grown to appeal to a younger demographic. Gen-Z vloggers like Shane Dawson and PewDiePie are among the most popular YouTube channels.
In January 2013, Smosh and RayWilliamJohnson surpassed each other as the most popular YouTubers. In less than a month, Judson Laipply became the second most popular channel. Within three weeks, he passed Brookers. His 'Evolution of Dance' video has over 296 million views.
The list of most popular channels is constantly evolving and will likely never be complete. In May 2006, Smosh had less than 3,000 subscribers. In June 2010, the top channels were T-Series, an entertainment company in India with nearly 120 million subscribers. The top five most popular channels are general entertainment channels, brand channels, and Hindi channels. Some of these channels have more than one billion views and have been in the top ten for a long time.
Ryan Nigahiga and PewDiePie have more subscribers than any other YouTuber at any point in 2008. While Ryan Nigahiga's "How to Be" series was the main catalyst for his rise to the top spot, it did not last long. Nigahiga, MrBeast, and Vlad and Niki are also very popular.
PewDiePie has more than 110 million subscribers. His closest competitor is a child vlogger named Like Nastya. MrBeast started making YouTube videos in 2012 and has multiple channels. He also produces comedy videos. These videos have over two billion views. In addition, he has influenced the development of indie video games.
PewDiePie has held the title for 19 times. In fact, his channel has the most subscribers on YouTube since December 2017. He has surpassed T-Series twice in the last few years. The previous record holder, Ray William Johnson, has held the top spot for four consecutive years.
The top ten YouTube channels have over 890 million subscribers, and they produce videos in a variety of categories. Combined, these top 10 channels have generated over half a trillion views! The top two channels have 277 million subscribers, which is more than the next three channels combined!
The second most subscribed YouTube channel is Cocomelon - Nursery Rhymes, a YouTube channel aimed at young children. The channel has over 139 million subscribers and is one of the most popular in the UK. Its name is also the name of a Swedish YouTuber, Felix Kjellberg. His videos are popular and often have comedic elements.