Biggest YouTube Channels: Top 10 Most-Subscribed YouTube Channels

We’ve started our YouTube series with the funniest YouTube channels and the best YouTube history channels, but what are the biggest YouTube channels in the world and the most subscribed across all categories? 

Well, there might be some surprises in there. Just in the top ten most popular YouTube channels, we have three Indian channels revolving around music, four children’s channels, and one professional wrestling channel. Five out of the first top ten most-subscribed YouTube channels are companies and not just creators like in the good old days of YouTube. 

Nevertheless, it’s fascinating to see what billions of people are actually watching and what are the most-viewed YouTube channels of all time. So if I’ve piqued your curiosity, read on to find out more about the top ten biggest YouTube channels, and come back for more, as we’ll keep on adding to this list!

1. T-Series
2. CoComelon – Nursery Rhymes
3. SET India
4. PewDiePie
5. MrBeast
6. Like Nastya
7. Kids Diana Show
8. WWE
9. Zee Music Company
10. Vlad and Niki

Top 10 Biggest YouTube Channels

1. T-Series

Subscribers: 218 million

Total Channel Views: 193.9 billion

Country: India

Primary Language: Hindi

Category: Music

T-Series, an Indian music record label and film production company, is currently both the most-subscribed YouTube channel and the most-viewed YouTube channel, with 218 million subscribers and 193.9 billion views as of June 2022. The second channel on the list of most-subscribed YouTube channels, Cocomelon, is “only” at 137 million subscribers, so T-Series leads with a detached 81 million. However, the number of views per video doesn’t quite match the number of subscribers, with most videos having tens of thousands of views and at most hundreds of thousands of views. Almost all their videos that have reached views in the hundreds of millions are at least a few years old, with very few of their recent videos reaching millions, and even fewer hundreds of millions or even tens of millions. This has led many people in the comments to speculate that their subscriber number is fake and that many of their subscribers are bots. This, of course, is just a speculation, and given that their content is quite diluted, with several daily videos popping in people’s subscription feeds, there is a chance that many subscribers end up ignoring the content, especially since it’s quite repetitive, meaning the same type of videos all the time – music videos and movie clips. Most of their content is in Hindi, but they also post videos in other languages like Bhojpuri, Punjabi, and English. 


2. CoComelon – Nursery Rhymes

Subscribers: 137 million

Total Channel Views: 131.8 billion

Country: United States

Primary Language: English

Category: Education and Kids’ Entertainment

CoComelon – Nursery Rhymes is second on our list of most popular YouTube channels, and it’s no surprise. If you have a small kid, you’ve likely heard of them, as they post 3D-animated videos of original children’s songs, as well as traditional nursery rhymes. Cocomelon was acquired by the British company Moonbug Entertainment, but it is still managed by an American company called Treasure Studio. It is the second most-viewed YouTube channel in the world, behind Indian channel T-Series, but the most viewed in the US, as of July 2021. Since it’s the second most-subscribed channel in the world behind T-Series, which is not a children’s channel, Cocomelon – Nursery Rhymes is also the most-subscribed children’s channel in the world, with 131.8 billion views. Unlike T-Series, they also have millions of views on each video, most of them in the tens of millions, and some of the most popular ones in the hundreds of millions. Cocomelon also has a few other channels in addition to Nursery Rhymes: Furry Friends, It’s Cody Time, and the main version of Cocomelon in 22 other languages. All of their videos include lyrics at the bottom of the screen in the same karaoke style. If you haven’t checked it out yet and you have a small kid, I suggest giving it a try. It’s a good way to keep your kid entertained while busy with house chores. 


3. SET India

Subscribers: 136 million

Total Channel Views: 120.5 billion

Country: India

Primary Language: Hindi

Category: Entertainment

SET India is close behind Cocomelon, at number 3 on the list of biggest YouTube channels in the world, with 136 million subscribers as opposed to Cocomelon’s 137. SET is short for Sony Entertainment Television, which is a Hindi general entertainment TV channel launched in 1995. The YouTube channel was created in September 2006 and offers a mix of TV shows like soap operas, comedy shows, game shows, dance shows, and movies. They post over 50 clips a day, and similarly to T-Series, their most recent clips have thousands and tens of thousands of views, with older clips getting tens of millions and tens of thousands of millions. However, their content is different from T-Series, as SET India offers much more than just music clips, and given that they post so many videos a day, it’s not that surprising that not all of them are watched by millions of subscribers. 


4. PewDiePie

Subscribers: 111 million

Total Channel Views: 28.4 billion

Country: Sweden

Primary Language: English

Category: Gaming and Entertainment

For the longest time, from August 2013 to March 2019, PewDiePie was the most-subscribed YouTube channel in the world, which is amazing given that there’s just one creator behind it, the Swede Felix Kjellberg. In fact, that’s probably why Felix fought so hard to remain no. 1 in the fierce subscriber competition between him and T-Series in 2018 and 2019. There used to be a time when YouTube was led by creators like him and Jennas Marbles, before the age of huge companies and celebrities taking over YouTube. Well maybe I’m exaggerating, nobody took over YouTube, but the three biggest YouTube channels right now belong to large conglomerates, and I, like many people I’m sure, think that’s sad. YouTube was made for creators, and while creators are still at the forefront of YouTube, especially in terms of subscriber loyalty, I believe it’s a bit disheartening to think that the three biggest YouTube channels are basically TV channels. If you’d like to know more about PewDiePie, I wrote more about him and his channel here, in our article about the funniest YouTube channels.


5. MrBeast

Subscribers: 97.4 million

Total Channel Views: 16 billion

Country: United States

Primary Language: English

Category: Entertainment

MrBeast is a 24-year-old YouTuber who’s been on YouTube since February 2012, when he was 13. In 2022, Forbes named him the highest-earning YouTube creator, with an estimated $54 million earned in 2021. He started posting “Let’s Play” videos mainly focused on Minecraft and Call of Duty, videos estimating the wealth of other YouTubers, reactions to YouTube drama, and tips for other creators. His 2017 video where he counted to 100,000 went viral, and he has become known for his expensive stunt videos, which are centered around challenging people to go through difficult and even dangerous situations in order to gain a certain amount of money ranging from thousands of dollars to millions. This has labeled him as being one of the most generous YouTubers, with accomplishments like raising $20 million to plant 20 million trees, giving millions to charity, donating over 100 cars, and giving away a private island. Some other fun challenges include watching paint dry, reading the dictionary, and running the marathon in the world’s largest shoes. If any of these sound interesting to you, I suggest checking out his channel, it’s quite entertaining. 


6. Like Nastya

Subscribers: 96.7 million

Total Channel Views: 79.4 billion

Country: Russia

Primary Language: English

Category: Kids’ Entertainment and Education

Like Nastya was created in 2016 by Anna Radzinskaya and Yuri Radzinskij, parents of Anastasia Radzinskaya, who is now 8 years old. The channel features Nastya as the main character in children-oriented stories and sketches that are meant to be both fun and educational. Nastya, her parents, and her friends explore and share their life experiences through songs and educational roleplays on bullying, how to eat healthily, how to be a good friend and more. It became one of the fastest-growing channels due to videos in seven languages, and the third highest-paid, with an estimated $18 in 2019, according to Forbes. 


7. Kids Diana Show

Subscribers: 96.6 million

Total Channel Views: 76.6 billion

Country: Ukraine

Primary Language: English

Category: Kids’ Entertainment and Education

Kids Diana Show is another children’s channel, with very similar content to Like Nastya. Kids Diana Show was created in 2015, and similarly to Like Nastya, it is dubbed in several different languages, including Russian, Japanese, Spanish, Hindi, German, Portuguese, Arabic, and Indonesian. The channel was created by Volodymyr and Olena Kidisyuk and it features Diana and her brother Roma (8 and 9 years old) in videos focused on kids’ play, songs, vlogging, unboxings, and educational content. Roma also has a channel called Kids Roma Show, which features similar content, and is currently at 18.7 million subscribers.


8. WWE

Subscribers: 89.1 million

Total Channel Views: 69.4 billion

Country: United States

Primary Language: English

Category: Sports

WWE, also known as World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc., is an American professional wrestling company that regularly performs professional wrestling shows that are entertainment-based and feature scripted stories and choreographies. The channel features mostly wrestling matches and celebrity interviews. 


9. Zee Music Company

Subscribers: 84.9 million

Total Channel Views: 47.7 billion

Country: India

Primary Language: Hindi

Category: Music

Zee Music Company is an Indian music company that has captured a large chunk of the Bollywood music market shares and has become one of India’s largest TV and entertainment companies. Their movie library features over 3,800 titles of the most known Hindi movies, and their YouTube channel features music clips from these movies. Even if it’s a smaller channel than T-Series, some of Zee Music Company’s recent videos have millions of views, and many have hundreds of thousands. 


10. Vlad and Niki

Subscribers: 83.1 million

Total Channel Views: 64.6 billion

Country: Russia

Primary Language: English

Category: Kids Entertainment and Education

Vlad and Niki is a Russian-American YouTube channel featuring brothers Vladislav and Nikita Vashketov, as well as their parents Sergey and Victoria. Originally from Moscow, Russia, they now live in Miami, Florida, just like the families of Kids Diana Show and Like Nastya, who also moved to Miami. “Vlad and Niki” features similar content to these other two channels, with sketches and vlogs focused on fun content for children. The channel is dubbed in other languages, and the parents run a total of 21 YouTube channels in 18 languages. 

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