Since it was first founded in 2005, YouTube has become one of the largest sites on the web and THE way to share video content with a mass audience. With so much content and so many different Youtubers uploading music and videos – among other things – it has never been easier to share such media on a global scale.
Those who’ve been able to capitalize on this have become pseudo-celebrities of sorts.
This list focuses solely on these “YouTubers”. That means no celebrity VEVOs, or multi-channel networks like Machinima. This list focuses on the individuals who’ve separated themselves from the pack and left their own mark on the YouTube community.
Top 5 Most Subscribed Youtubers
1) PewDiePie – 28,349,380 Subscribers
In 2013 the rising star’s channel went from 3.5 million subscribers to 19 million. None of the other YouTubers have that much subscribers. His popularity lies in his ability to connect and entertain viewers while providing humorous commentary when playing games. He refers to his audience as the “Bro Army” and ends every video with a “Brofist” – basically a fist bump – and encourages his viewers to do the same.
2. HolaSoyGerman – 18,289,447 Subscribers
Germán Alejandro Garmendia Aranis (born 25 April 1990), known by his youtube channels HolaSoyGerman. and JuegaGerman, is aChilean Youtuber, comedian, musician, singer, and writer. He has produced a variety of songs together with his band, all available on YouTube. .His channels are currently the 2nd and 17th most subscribed on YouTube having a combined total of over 50 million subscribers. He was the first YouTuber to obtain two Diamond Play Buttons.
3) Smosh – 18,131,434 Subscribers
The duo of Anthony Padilla and Ian Hecox first gained recognition on YouTube by lip-synching the Pokémon anime, and Mortal Kombat theme songs. Over time they started to diversify and eventually began writing skits. Their annual series “Food Battle” is one of their most popular series, gaining the channel a lot of traffic in its early years.
4) JennaMarbles – 13,440,159 Subscribers
Jenna Mourey’s YouTube persona JennaMarbles has become one of the most recognizable on YouTube as well as the most subscribed female-run channel on the site. Her videos are known for their raunchy humour and she first found success with her video “How to trick people into thinking you’re good looking”.
5. Nigahiga – 12,484,756 Subscribers