With more than 83.1 million YouTube subscribers, PewDiePie remains one of the most subscribed YouTube channels for the second year in a row. In 2016, PewDiePie's annual income was reported to be roughly $15 million. In this article, we'll cover some of the world's most successful YouTube stars as well as detail what makes them all so popular.
Despite the controversy surrounding Logan Paul's ‘suicide forest' controversy, the YouTube star continues to skyrocket in the amount of subscribers. Currently Logan Paul Vlogs sits at roughly 16.9 million subscribers.
From comedians to beauty vloggers to gamers, YouTubers have built their followings outside of media giants, even if they do tend to sign deals with companies for sponsorships from time to time. The YouTuber generation has quickly changed social media as YouTube stars have direct relationships with their fans.
Most Subscribed YouTube Channels
To get a closer look into which stars dominate YouTube, we looked at SocialBlade rankings to see who has the most YouTube subscribers in 2019.
1. Pewdiepie – 83.1 million subscribers
Subscribers: 83.1 million
Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg, known as PewDiePie online, is a Swedish-based comedian and video producers. PewDiePie, age 28, first began his YouTube channel in 2010. By July of 2012, PewDiePie acquired 1 million fans. Despite a number of controversial subjects through his years, PewDiePie remains one of YouTube's most prized YouTube accounts.
2. T-Series – 82.8 million subscribers
Subscribers: 82.8 million
T-Series is India's largest Music Label & Movie Studio. Throughout the three past decades, T-Series has owned and operated one of the biggest music and movie studios in India.
3. 5-Minute Crafts – 48 million subscribers
4. Canal KondZilla – 46 million subscribers
Subscribers: 46 million
Canal “KondZilla” is a Brazilian music video producer, screenwriter, and director. To date, KondZilla has directed more than 300 Music Videos and lands himself at the 5th most subscribed to YouTuber. Each video on KondZilla's YouTube page typically receives anywhere from 500,000 to 100 million views. Since just 18 years old, KondZilla has pursued a career in video production, which seems to be paying off quite well for the Brazilian director.
5. Justin Bieber – 43 million subscribers
Subscribers: 43 million
Ever since Justin Bieber was discovered on YouTube back in 2008, Justin Bieber has become one of the most iconic pop stars today. Justin Bieber's release of “Baby” featuring Ludacris sits at 1.8 billion views, but is still not Justin Bieber's most viewed song. “What Do You Mean?” has slightly more views, but Justin Bieber's “Sorry” has more than 2.8 billion views to date. Of all of the YouTubers on this list, Justin Bieber reigns at the number one most subscribed to musicians on YouTube.
6. SET India – 40.6 million subscribers
7. WWE – 39.1 million subscribers
Subscribers: 39.1 million
World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. aka the WWE is an American sports entertainment company. Founded by Jess McMahon and Toots Mondt in 1952, the WWE is one of the most watched sporting events in history. The WWE's loyal fanbase has catapulted many of their videos above 50 million views, while the 41-man battle royal holds the title with 75 million total views.
8. Dude Perfect – 38.7 million subscribers
Subscribers: 38.7 million
Dude Perfect is a sports entertainment group which routinely uploads new videos consisting of twins Coby and Cory Cotton, Garrett Hibert, Cody Jones, and Tyler Toney, all of whom are former high school basketball players. As of March of 2018, Dude Perfect has accumulated 27.8 million YouTube subscribers and is one of the most popular Sports YouTube channels. By working with a number of sponsorships as well as NFL, NBA, and Olympic team members, Dude Perfect is one of the fastest growing YouTube channels.
9. HolaSoyGerman. – 36.9 million subscribers
Subscribers: 36.9 million
Germán Alejandro Garmendia Aranis otherwise known by his YouTube channel as HolaSoyGerman. and JuegaGerman, is a Chilean YouTuber, comedian, and writer. In addition to his YouTube career, Garmendia is part of the band Ancud. With more than 60.8 million subscribers combined for both of his channels, Gamendia is technically the second most subscribed to YouTuber. Aside from some controversy surrounding some social media bot websites being bookmarked on his computer, Garmendia is one of the most consistent YouTubers with each video receiving more than 10 million views.
10. Ed Sheeran – 36.8 million subscribers
Subscribers: 36.8 million
Ed Sheeran lands himself at the number 6 position on YouTube's most subscribed to list. The English songwriter, singer, and guitarist has made quite the name for himself over his short career from 2004 to today. To date, Ed Sheeran's “Shape of You” has been streamed more than 3.3 billion times, while “Thinking Out Loud” has been viewed more than 2.1 billion times.
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11. Eminem – 35.5 million subscribers
Subscribers: 35.5 million
Marshall Bruce Mathers III, better known as his stage name Eminem, is an American singer, rapper, songwriter, record producer, and actor. To date, Eminem is the best-selling artist of the 2000s in the United States. Eminem's “Love The Way You Lie” currently has 1.5 billion views, while “Not Afraid” trails behind with more than 1 billion views.
14. whinderssonnunes – 34.2 million subscribers
Subscribers: 34.2 million
Whindersson Nunes Batista, also known as whinderssonnunes, is a Brazilian YouTuber, singer, and comedian. In October of 2016, Whindersson Nunes became the most subscribed to YouTube channel in all of Brazil. He was dethroned by Canal KondZilla in February 2018 and currently sits at the 10th most subscribed to channel on YouTube. Whindersson is best known for his simplistic editing and usually filming himself shirtless in a messy room.
17. elrubiusOMG – 33.5 million subscribers
Subscribers: 33.5 million
Rubén Doblas Gundersen, better known on YouTube as ElRubiusOMG, is a Spanish YouTube. In fact, ElRubiusOMG is one of the most followed Spanish YouTubers today. ElRubiusOMG often does walk-throughs of different video games, reviews, and more.
18. JuegaGerman – 32.7 million subscribers
Subscribers: 32.7 million
JuegaGerman aka German Garmendia aka HolaSoyGerman. once again lands himself on the most subscribed to YouTube channels.
19. Taylor Swift – 32.1 million subscribers
Subscribers: 32.1 million
Born and raised in Pennsylvania, Taylor Swift, is one music's most popular artists. Even with quite a few controversies throughout her career, Taylor Swift continues to be one of the most standout artists among her peers. To date, Taylor Swift's “Shake It Off” has received more than 2.5 billion views, while “Blank Space” has received 2.2 billion views.
20. Katy Perry – 32.1 million subscribers
Subscribers: 32.1 million
Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson, also known by his stage name as Katy Perry, is an American singer and songwriter. After singing in church in her early childhood, Katy Perry has exploded to become on the most popular musicians and YouTubers as well. To date, Katy Perry's VEVO YouTube account has more than 26.6 million subscribers and her most watched video is “Roar” with more than 2.4 billion views. Katy Perry's “Dark Horse” also breaks 2 billion views, while “Firework” still stands at one billion total views.
21. Fernanfloo – 31.8 million subscribers
Subscribers: 31.8 million
Luis Fernando Flores Alvarado, better known as Fernanfloo, is a gaming YouTuber from Salvadore. With a total of 6.1 billion views on his channel, Fernanfloo has amassed more than 26.7 million followers since his launch back in 2011.
23. Rihanna – 31.1 million subscribers
Subscribers: 31.1 million
Rihanna lands at number 13 on the most subscribed to YouTubers list. With more than 26.6 million subscribers, Rihanna shows no signs of slowing down due to innovative singing, songwriting, rapping, and dancing music videos. To date, Rihanna's “Diamonds” has more than 1.1 billion views while “Work” featuring Drake has 983 million total views.
24. The Ellen Show – 30.5 million subscribers
Subscribers: 30.5 million
Ellen Lee Degeneres is an American television host, actress, writer, and comedian. In addition to being one of the most popular television shows, The Ellen Show has amassed more than 23.7 million subscribers. Nicki Minaj singing “Super Bass” currently has 127 million views, while Adam Levine's new girlfriend has over 74 million.
28. One Direction – 28.7 million subscribers
Subscribers: 28.7 million
One Direction, commonly abbreviated as 1D, is an English-Irish pop boy band. Composed of Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, and Niall Horan, One Direction is one of the biggest boy bands in existence today. With more than 23 million subscribers, One Direction is a force to be reckoned with on YouTube. One Direction's YouTube page has more than 100 uploads, but “What Makes You Beautiful” is closing in on one billion views, while “Drag Me Down” has 688 million.
39. Smosh – 24 million subscribers
Subscribers: 24 million
Smosh began as a comedy between Ian Andrew Hecox and Daniel Anthony Padilla. Despite Padilla's departure from Smosh in June of 2017, the Smosh brand continues to dominate with more than 22.9 million subscribers worldwide. With an estimated $7 million salary each year, the duo's slapstick comedy videos parody pop cultuyre and video games.
38. VanossGaming – 24.1 million subscribers
Subscribers: 24.1 million
VanossGaming (or Vanoss) is the YouTube alias for Evan Fong. While Fong doesn't post much about his personal life, Fong posts comedy videos that often show him playing various video games online. With a total of 22.5 million subscribers, Vanoss' top videos include Gmod Sandbox with 42 million views and GTA 5 Best Moments with 41 million total views.