Top 10 Youtube Channels


YouTube is among the most successful websites of all time. Every day, people are using it to watch 2 billion videos. YouTube users upload hundreds of thousands of videos every day, so a video has to have something special in order to catch the viewer’s attention. That ‘special something’ is usually insanity, as you’ll see from the contents of the ten YouTube channels listed below. Each of these channels has millions of subscribers:

10. The Annoying Orange

The Annoying Orange is a channel that’s all about, well, an orange that’s annoying. It’s a very literal title. Every video features an orange with a person’s eyes and mouth awkwardly edited on. The orange interacts with other talking foodstuffs, but the only real point of the videos is for the orange to be as obnoxious as possible. Each video is pretty much the same: the orange encounters somebody or something and it then proceeds to irritate them. And, by extension, us.

Seriously, that’s the only joke; the orange is supposed to be annoying, and it is. 977, 807 people find that premise appealing for reasons we can’t quite grasp, and its popularity is made all the more baffling by the fact that it’s only taken six months for this channel to acquire that many followers. Will The Annoying Orange be able to maintain that incredible momentum? Probably not.

9. Kev Jumba

Kevin got started on YouTube earlier than most of the others on our list, which may explain why videos of him sitting in front of his camera for a few minutes and joking about standard subjects like racial stereotypes managed to accumulate hundreds of thousands of views. Options were limited back in the dark days of 2007; there just weren’t as many videos of kittens out there.

But hey, YouTube standards were different then, so we should cut the Kev Jumba channel some slack. After all, he’s since moved on to… actually, his newer videos are still pretty much the same. Sometimes he stands in front of his camera instead, and sometimes he goes into a different room or something, but that’s pretty much it. Yet 1,065,962 people tune in to hear his thoughts, because apparently being able to hear somebody’s opinion on the Internet is a rare and precious event. Although to be fair, he does seem like a pretty cool guy.

8. Dave Days

Dave Days is a guy who makes a lot of music. For the past couple of years he’s uploaded one or two songs a month, and they cover all sorts of topics. Some are parodies of current pop songs while others are straight up covers, and he does original work as well. They’re mostly about trivial things like his cat or how his computer sucks, but that still gives them more depth than the pop songs he spoofs. He’s a pretty talented musician, and while some of his work is a little silly it’s no surprise that he’s managed to rack up 1,162,035 subscribers. Also, he got to work with Miley Cyrus, which is something we all secretly dream of.

7. Mystery Guitar Man

Mystery Guitar Man isn’t a mystery, because you can see him clearly in every video he makes. But he does play the guitar, and to the best of our knowledge he is in fact a man, so there’s at least some accuracy in his name.

Much like Dave, Guitar Man’s videos feature him showing off his musical talents, both by playing famous songs and creating his own. He doesn’t just use guitars and drums either, but gets creative with things like pop cans and iPhones. His attempts at acting don’t quite match up to his musical standards, but he’s still clever enough to be well deserving of his 1,175,120 subscribers.

6. The Philip DeFranco Show

Philip DeFranco creates an impressive four videos a week for The Philip DeFranco Show channel, although the sheer quantity is tempered somewhat by a lack of quality. For around four minutes a day, Philip talks very quickly and makes very bad jokes about whatever happens to be in the news. He’s sort of like Kevin Jumba, except not as likable and with an extra hundred thousand videos.

There are 1,214,545 people out there who feel the need to see DeFranco’s opinion on tech news, celebrities and various weird headlines, although his opinion usually boils down to “isn’t this crazy?” Still, his rigorous schedule is admirable. Considering the short attention span of YouTube viewers, it’s impressive that he’s been able to make a daily show work. Now, if only he could use his powers for good instead of inane commentary, because then he’d really be on to something.

5. Smosh

Smosh is a sketch comedy duo, but unlike most of their contemporaries they forego traditional standards of writing and comedic timing. They pump out a new video every week, which takes serious dedication, but despite being active for a few years they’re still struggling with the comedy part. 1,705,254 subscribers think otherwise though, and surely that many people can’t be wrong. Maybe we’ve misjudged Smosh; videos about a plastic lizard attacking the actors or the adventures of a profane, drunken guinea pig probably just grow on you with time, right?

4. Ray William Johnson

Ray Johnson is a man who likes viral videos. He likes them so much that they’re all his own videos are about; twice a week he puts together a compilation of them, then adds in his own unique brand of commentary. Somehow his videos manage to attract more views than most of the viral ones he talks about, because apparently there are a lot of people out there who get more out of viral videos if a creepy, fast talking guy with anime hair rambles on about them while they watch. 1,718,173 people, to be precise. Hey, it’s hard to argue with valuable insight like “win” and “squirrel AIDS up in your mouth.”

3. Shane Dawson TV


Shane Dawson TV blends commentary on pop culture and life in general with sketch comedy, and the results are disturbing. For example, one video features Shane talking about the Paris Hilton sex tape. First he acts it out, and then he segues into a discussion about how stress is bad. Next he advertises his clothing line (available at Hot Topic now!) and he follows that up with a sketch about Kevin Jonas. Then there’s another anti-stress pep talk, and that about wraps up your typical Shane video in just under five minutes. It’s a baffling combination, made much, much worse by the fact that he’s not very funny. He has 1,794,678 subscribers who would disagree with us on that point though.

2. Fred

Fred is a character created by Lucas Cruikshank, a young man who clearly hates humanity. Fred’s gimmick is that he talks in a loud, shrill and fast voice… and that’s pretty much all he does in each of his dozens of videos. There’s little plot and few supporting characters; the only “attraction” is Fred’s incredibly irritating voice.

1,895,633 people follow Fred’s antics, and his popularity has spawned a made for TV movie that’s set to appear on Nickelodeon this year. Nickelodeon hopes to turn Fred into a major franchise, so if you’re lucky enough to not be familiar with him yet, be warned: you will be soon.

1. Nigahiga

We’re not sure what the name means, but maybe that’s appropriate, because we’re not sure how this channel managed to attract a mindboggling 2,546,832 subscribers either. Nigahiga is another comedy channel, and the majority of the videos are made by one guy, Ryan Higa. Well, that explains the second half of the name, but the first half is either racist or a mystery. Anyway, in Higa’s own words, his comedy is  “CrazyFastUpbeatNonstopADHDmomentsFullOfSarcasm-AndStupidNoobsThatGetPwned…” Well, that clears things up.

Higa is a lot more likable than Fred or the talking orange, although that’s a pretty backhanded compliment. But regardless of what we think, Higa’s popularity shows no signs of slowing down: he’s been at this since 2006 and is miles ahead of his rival YouTubers in terms of subscribers. We’d call Ryan Higa the King of YouTube, but that may be another insulting compliment.

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  1. Stephen Malinowski on

    I’m not saying my animated graphical score of Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring” ought to be “top ten” of all video on the web .. but … top 20? … top 100? … it seems like it ought to be in there somewhere:

  2. This must be old, nobody watches Fred, Smosh is the most popular now they have 10,000,000 subscribers, next is ray William Johnson and then after that its nigahiga

  3. This is a rather cynical view. Every YouTuber you’ve mentioned has pros and cons, but you have mentioned nothing but cons. This article is sad…

  4. Not Really these days people like Paulie G & Tracey O and taking over! Shane Dawson is still high up and so is ray william but I’ve become bored of them myself

  5. Niga translated in Chinese means “that”…well at least that’s what I think its implied.

  6. Veloxization on

    Where’s PewDiePie? He has been #1 fastest to gather subscribers (or that’s what he says).

      • Veloxization on

        Ah. Okay.

        That “only 1 000 000 subscribers” sounds somehow funny. Like really. ONLY 1 million. 😀
        Well. I guess that’s a small amount if you think that some channels have a couple of millions.

        • lol, i didnt mean like that only, i know 1 million its amazing and a lot than i could ever get, but i said only because ray william jonson nigahiga and smosh have 5 million, and after them people with 3-4….

  7. This is tottaly wrong…. or maybe its right about then but now ray william jonson is first, nigahiga, smosh, machinima, toboscus (if all of hes channels toghther) shane dawson,real annoying orange, kevjumba. mysteryguitarman, the smoething show. fred is not in the list while tuboscus is between the first as it should be…..

  8. this list is quiet lame, it should be called top 10 most popular channels not very funny stuff.

  9. Smosh is AMAZING! They deserve to be most subscribed, along with nigahiga, kevjumba, and jennamarbles. 🙂

  10. These are the top youtubers but they are no where near the best. I like DailyGrace, TheArchfiend, CatherineReitmen, JamesNintendoNerd, DeStorm, VSauce, CharlieIsSoCoolLike, WheezyWaiter, KSicsFaces, SimonsCat, SteveSpanglerScience, Vihart, WhatYouOughtToKnow, JoshSundquist, JeepersMedia, DeniseVlogs, alltime10s, FreddieW, Nick and finally Beck. There are a few more but that is my list of my favorite youtubes right now.

  11. smosh is probably one of the best. they’re insanely clever. and their pokemon references and other video games i used to play and tv shows i used to watch as a kid really give me a sense of nostalgia.

  12. I agree with 654684313.

    WHAT ABOUT TOBUSCUS?!?!? And TobyGames and TobyTurner? Those should take the 1, 2, and 3 spot. This is a fail. This is a not-including-any-of-Toby’s-channels-on-a-top-ten-list FAIL! Roll the next clip, Steven!

  13. Only immature, jr high aged drug addicts find Shane Dawson funny. This disgusting looking weasel is a waste of sperm.

  14. I can’t believe I have to be the first person to point this out, this list was made in order of most subscribed, not the writers opinion of the most talented. In my opinion, TheAnnoyingOragne, Fred, and ShaneDawson deserved to get ripped on. Smosh and RayWilliamJohnson aren’t that talented, but I can’t say that they don’t deserve their subscribers, and KevJumba, SxePhil and MysteryGuitarMan acutally deserve what they have.

  15. Commerce Dept. on

    All the channels are my favorite but i think “A secret agent” channel must be in this list. I love hat channel.

  16. I’m very pleasantly surprised that most of the comments were regarding the negative tone of the article. It gave me faith in humanity that some people out there don’t find everything negative and sarcastic to be automatically better! It was uncalled for for the author to bash pretty much each one of these guys. I can understand poking fun, but this had almost nothing positive to say about the youtubers in it. I dont like the fact that people try to be sarcastic and insulting in everything they do for the sake of “comedy.” The author is less funny than s/he claims these guys to be.

    Anyway, I like most of these youtubers, execpt maybe the Orange. I used to like Fred, but I havnt watched him in a long time, and I found that when his movie came out, he wasnt as funny to me any more. That, and the fact that anyone who likes him is suddenly an idiot who must be mercilessly mocked for the rest of eternity. Sure he’s annoying, but why so hated?

    Phil Defranco is funny, and informative, and generally a well-meaning guy, but sometimes he can get pretty ignorant. Especially regarding other people’s health problems, such as weight and depression (he mocks them a lot).

    Kevjumba, I agree, can get pretty boring and repetative, but I enjoy his videos enough to stay subscribed. It’s kind of like checkin in with a friend, to watch his stuff. He’s just a cool guy.

    Nigahiga, I will admit, I hated at first. I think I assumed his username was racist. Plus, the first video of his I saw was “How to be emo” and I thought it was supposed to be insulting. Once I found out he was doing the same for other stereotypes and realized it was a series of jokes, I lightened up, and now he cracks me up. I wish he’d make his video’s more often, though!

    I really love Shane Dawson. I find him hilarious, despite the raunchiness of his stuff. Also, his pep-talks? Gains him +100,000 points in my book. I cant tell you how many times watching Shane’s videos has made me feel better when I was upset. I’d say he’s my very favorite. I do wish he’s bath and comb his hair more, though.

    WhatTheBuck does the same for me. Really any youtuber that does comedy, and is also positive and cares about people are great to me, and I dont understand why the author felt the need to put these people down. Just uncalled for.

  17. I personally don’t understand the appeal or Shane Dawson or Fred. I get the impression that the majority of their subs are teenagers or younger, though.

  18. venetian princess is another- she is managed to outrank all the female singers she parodies on youtube (including the even chipmunk-looking Miley…)

  19. Sorry for the profanity but what the f*** is wrong with the person who wrote this article? Is he/she like trying to sound fun sarcastic? Well, the person didn’t pull it off at all. This is very unprofessional, subjectively written and full of opinions that we don’t care about. Have some style man. As a fellow writer, this is making my blood pressure rise.

  20. Yeah I actually like to know this list
    And i like Shane dawson the best. don’t care if you say he’s not very funny
    he’s funny for me though

  21. I would respect the work but you were seriously just trolling. Sure everyone has an opinion and wants to be heard but u don’t need to act like a troll. An article btw should be more informational than opinionated, all i was hearing was “omg this person sucks”. try again

  22. Brandon Brownson on

    Congratz on acting like a douche the whole time. Seriously, I don’t think you had one positive thing to say about any of these channels. Now, in some cases, the harsh commentary was acceptable, but with most of them, you was trollin’.

  23. where is Phillip Defranco Show. He is like number 1 and is not even here.. Please check your sources.

    • Phillip DeFranco isn’t number one, raywilliamjohnson is. Also, this list goes solely off of subscribers, not humor or talent.

    • Wow hes not close to the first place. hes suppost to be the last with 2000000 and something subscirbers while nigahiga smosh and raywilliamjhonson are with 4500000+ subscibers.

    • Totally!!! SHANE IS THE BEST, HE TOPS EVERYONE HERE!!! MAYBE he should tie with nigahiga, but hes WAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY better than fred!!

  24. Very, very opionated article.
    Not quite the quality of the other ones, but getting there nevertheless. 🙂

  25. I think that the person who wrote this needs to have a serious attitude adjustment. He was rude to everyone on the list except NigaHiga.

    • I am bit embarrassed to admit I like the Kev Jumba channel too. I discovered it about 2 months ago while I was sick at home. Took out my ipad and started watching youtube videos at random and saw one of his videos with his Dad. Hilarious.

  26. this isn't a very positive article at all. you basically insult every single person on here. sure, maybe some aren't funny in your opinion. i hate fred and several others on this list, but i dont think you should insult them if you're making a list of the top 10 youtube channels. your snide comments are just annoying and are perhaps less funny than the annoying orange. very unprofessional. still was interesting to figure out what the top 10 youtube channels are though.

  27. There seems to be an undertone of ****-talking throughout this entire article that comes off as really unnecessary and unprofessional.

    • Well, that’s true…
      You shouldn’t add your own comment like that
      [think that they’re not funny or whatever]
      because that’s unprofessional like ssodaro said

  28. I've never watched the videos of the other people, but I agree with Ryan Higa being in the number one spot. He and his friends that appear in his videos are very, very funny and are far more talented than a lot of the other people on Youtube that do comedy videos.

    This is a good list overall, but the tone of the person writing this seemed to be pretty rude. It kind of ruined the fun of the list, but hey, that's just me.

    • Yeah nigahiga is definitely number one material but he owes a lot of his fame to his past partners in crime. I miss fujiyoshi and kyle chan. That was way back in the day.

    • Oh…hell no! No! No! No! No! No! Gosh! No no no! Come on! It’s
      ! Thank you very much….:D

    • No, Smosh should be right behind Nigahiga. Cimorelli wasn’t that popular. And I have no clue who the other person is.