Since YouTube 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 people 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. With all the waves of content out there, there are some on YouTube who’ve been able to gain a following of their own and really stick out from other “YouTubers” with their channels. Although there are a ton of people doing much of the same thing, the ones who succeed online are the ones that can entertain us with what’s familiar while bringing on their own twist. 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. Theses are the top 10 most subscribed YouTubers online.
5. Nigahiga – 12,484,756 Subscribers
Ryan Higa, better known by his online alias Nigahiga created his YouTube channel along with Sean Fujiyoshi, Tim Enos and Tarynn Nago in 2006. Mainly comedic content, the Nigahiga channel is home to a variety of different video series. Movies in Minutes; a parady series of popular Hollywood films, Off the Pill; where Higa rants without having taken his ADHD pills, Dear Ryan: where Higa replies to fans’ questions and How to Be: where Higa comedically informs the audience on how to be someone or how to do something, as well as other series. Higa also uploads music content to his channel and in 2008 starred in the film Ryan and Sean’s Not So Excellent Adventure.
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. In the four years since joining the site JennaMarbles quickly shot up as one of its most popular stars. 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”. Her second YouTube channel JennaMarblesVlog is infrequently updated and like many other secondary channels on YouTube is not assuccessful as the primary channel.
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. Smosh’s skits focus on over-the-top scenarios and intentional overacting that’s become their trademark since joining YouTube. The two have also put out a number of music videos, and have released four albums under the Smosh moniker. The popularity of the channel led to the creation of seven other channels including Smosh 2nd Channel; mainly consisting of vlogs, Shut Up! Cartoons; consisting of a number of ten episode animated series made by different animators and Smosh Games; a channel dedicated completely to the gaming world.
2. HolaSoyGerman – 18,289,447 Subscribers
German Garmendia joined the YouTube community as HolaSoyGerman back in 2011 and since then has not only become the most subscribed Spanish-speaking channel on YouTube, but one of the site’s most successful vloggers as well. His videos focus on humorous ways to approach everyday issues which helped attract a large amount of Spanish viewers and steadily increased his popularity with viewers. Apart from his main channel Garmendia started two other channels in January of 2014, HolaSoyGerman2 and JuegaGerman, the former being vlogs and blooper videos while the latter is a gaming channel.
1. PewDiePie – 28,349,380 Subscribers
At the heart of the Let’s Play craze on YouTube right now is the Swedish gamer they call PewDiePie. In 2013 the rising star’s channel went from 3.5 million subscribers to 19 million. 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. PewDiePie is known for enjoying the horror genre, and some of his most popular Let’s Plays – such as Amnesia – are part of this genre of video games. He’s also teamed up with a number of other popular Let’s Players such as ChaoticMonki and CinnamonToastKen.