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The top Youtube channels

Top youtube channels

The top Youtube channels, and the youtubers behind them have created an opportunity for anyone with a video camera, a little charisma, and personality to make an amazing amount of money.  Armed with a video camera, if you can entertain, or educate through videos, you can build a following and make money. The Internet is creating opportunities that truly never existed before, and some youtubers are taking advantage.

You no longer have to rely on someone else’s network to get your message out. You can broadcast yourself.  Just start with your smartphone, or whatever you have, and make it happen.

Top youtube channelsTo help better understand what Youtube channels make it to the top, I am listing the top Youtube channels, and then breaking them down into categories. This should provide insights about what you should do if you are wanting to start your own channel.  It helps to answer the question of should you do gaming video, comedy videos, or something else. Let’s see who is making it big on Youtube.

There are many factors that Youtube channels can be evaluated on such as estimated income, or subscribers, or total views. For the purposes of this article, the channels will be evaluated primarily on the amount of subscribers, but I will also rank them by estimated income.

Before we get to the list of the top Youtube channels, here is a chart that breaks down the top categories represented on the list.  I think the chart is very instructive if you are thinking about starting your own Youtube channel.

If you really want to make a splash on Youtube, you can see from the chart above that the hottest categories are comedy, music, and gaming.  Most of the music comes from VEVO which is  a very large brand.  Also, the artist that appear on this top Youtube channel list are mostly megastars.  This category is not for the faint of heart.

It would be extremely difficult for an independent artist to compete in the music category, although we have Justin Bieber who started his career on Youtube.  He is a well established star using VEVO now, so I don’t know how much of a good example he is for independent musicians trying to gain a large following on Youtube.

Top youtube channelsThe comedy and gaming categories of the top Youtube channels are dominated by individuals, or a small teams of people.  I think that for the independent video producer the comedy and gaming categories are the best, and must lucrative choices.

These categories of channels allow individuals to create channels that rival more established brands based on income potential, subscribers, and views.

It is pretty impressive what individuals have been able to accomplish on Youtube.

Top Youtube channels by subscribers:

RankChannelCategorySubscribersEstimated Income
1PewDiePieGaming38,248,682$15,200,000.00
2HolaSoyGermanComedy23,308,325$3,100,000.00
3SmoshComedy20,899,232$3,300,000.00
4RihannaVEVOMusic17,069,652$8,500,000.00
5KatiePerryVEVOMusic16,423,482$7,200,000.00
6OneDirectionVevoMusic16,208,321$3,700,000.00
7EminemVEVOMusic15,899,219$5,400,000.00
8Jenna MarblesComedy15,320,165$1,400,000.00
9Taylor SwiftMusic15,133,211$17,300,000.00
10Niga HigaComedy14,866,076$1,600,000.00
11Vanoss GamingGaming13,375,912$9,100,000.00
12Fine BrothersComedy12,794,849$4,000,000.00
13ElrubiusOMGComedy12,665,440$7,000,000.00
14MachinimaGaming12,557,682$1,300,000.00
15ERBComedy12,380,562$2,600,000.00
16TheEllenShowEntertainment12,248,282$6,400,000.00
17JustinBieberVEVOMusic11,921,401$3,300,000.00
18Sky Does MinecraftGaming11,167,295$2,500,000.00
19YuyaBeauty10,911,476$2,000,000.00
20Ray William JohnsonComedy10,815,156$1,100,000.00
21SkrillexMusic10,800,535$2,800,000.00
22Vegetta777Gaming10,429,893$7,800,000.00
23Spinnin' RecordsMusic10,361,443$10,800,000.00
24Porta Dos FundosComedy10,316,450$2,600,000.00
25WerevertumorroComedy10,194,282$1,000,000.00
26VevoMusic10,120,780$418,300.00
27KSIGaming9,962,776$3.700,000.00
28College HumorComedy9,785,399$2,700,000.00
29Bruno MarsMusic9,207,931$3,200,000.00
30Bethany MotaBeauty9,114,030$715,400.00
31NickiMinajAtVEVOMusic9,047,224$4,400,000.00
32VsauceEducation9,047,148$604,400.00
33EnchufetvComedy9,023,012$4,100,000.00
34The Syndicate ProjectGaming9,022,219$1,400,000.00
35David GuettaMusic8,880,005$8,700,000.00
36WatchMojoEntertainment8,778,317$10,000,000.00
37Captain SparklezGaming8,737,355$2,100,000.00
38ZoellaBeauty8,699,318$1,000,000.00
39MarkiplierGaming8,556,526$9,200,000.00
40PTXofficialMusic8,526,818$1,600,000.00
41PrankvsPrankComedy8,500,571$2,600,000.00
42VitalyzdTVComedy8,475,556$1,200,000.00
43Juega GermanGaming8,403,596$5,400,000.00
44Rooster TeethGaming8,282,635$2,400,000.00
45Maroon5VEVOMusic8,117,809$8,500,000.00
46OfficialPsyMusic8,089,967$2,000,000.00
47Fail ArmyComedy8,089,967$4,000,000.00
48BeyonceVEVOMusic7,933,060$4,400,000.00
49Michelle PhanBeauty7,865,238$588,800.00
50Tonight ShowComedy7,755,708$5,100,000.00
51ArianaGrandeVEVOMusic7,642,847$4,900,000.00
52Movie ClipsEntertainment7,637,761$10,200,000.00
53Good Mythical MorningComedy7,637,347$4,700,000.00
54RocketJumpEntertainment7,615,364$576,700.00
55CyprienComedy7,589,427$1,000,000.00
56MileyCyrusVEVOMusic7,578,831$1,400,000.00
57AviciiOfficialVEVOMusic7,494,177$4,400,000.00
58T-SeriesMusic7,467,668$9,300,000.00
59YogscastGaming7,305,141$1,300,000.00
60TheWillyRexGaming7,290,172$4,500,000.00
61BFvGFComedy7,272,386$5,200,000.00
62Boyce AvenueMusic7,261,138$2,300,000.00
63TheDiamondMinecraftGaming7,256,778$16,900,000.00
64ShakiraVEVOMusic7,199,160$4,700,000.00
65Tyler OakleyAdvocacy7,185,386$648,000.00
66DemiLovatoVEVOMusic7,075,671$2,600,000.00
67TobyGamesGaming6,993,133$2,800,000.00
68ParafernalhaComedy6,988,315$1,500,000.00
69League of LegendsGaming6,925,141$793,700.00
70WWESports6,924,504$14,800,000.00
71BuzzFeedEntertainment6,914,711$15,800,000.00
72SMTOWNMusic6,864,989$6,700,000.00
73Galo FritoComedy6,859,777$1,200,000.00
74Epic Meal TimeEntertainment6,842,212$391,700.00
75Lindsey StirlingMusic6,835,360$1,200,000.00
76Shane DawsonComedy6,825,299$757,200.00
77Ed SheeranMusic6,784,694$5,200,000.00
78Roman AtwoodComedy6,765,906$1,900,000.00
79PitballVEVOMusic6,659,553$6,300,000.00
80ChrisBrownVEVOMusic6,571,142$4,200,000.00
81SpeedyW03Gaming6,541,157$1,200,000.00
82Ali-AGaming6,457,352$1,300,000.00
83FouseyTubeComedy6,453,132$2,100,000.00
84AdamThomasMoranComedy6,419,674$846,900.00
85SelenaGomezVEVOMusic6,395,030$5,400,000.00
86DrossRotzankComedy6,365,092$2,600,000.00
87NBASports6,352,734$1,900,000.00
88Smosh GamesGaming6,331,675$2,700,000.00
89Bart BakerMusic6,315,164£3,000,000.00
90TobuscusComedy6,312,763$321,900.00
91IGNGaming6,312,576$4,700,000.00
92NORMANComedy6,241,435$853,300.00
93StampyLongHeadComedy6,190,690$7,100,000.00
94Dude PerfectSports6,188,649$3,200,000.00
95Jimmy KimmelComedy6,181,388$2,800,000.00
96The Lonely IslandComedy6,132,807$539,400.00
97VICEEntertainment6,091,301$1,000,000.00
98IISuperwomanIIComedy6,073,320$1,700,000.00
There are a wide variety of channels that succeed on Youtube. This table lists the top Youtube channels by subscribers so that we can analyze which types of channels perform the best. The estimated incomes are provided by SocialBlade. SocialBlade provide a range for their income projections with a low number, and a high number. The estimated income number used in this table is the high-end of the range.

Top Youtube channels by estimated income:

RankChannelCategorySubscribersEstimated Income
1Taylor SwiftMusic15,133,211$17,300,000.00
2TheDiamondMinecraftGaming7,256,778$16,900,000.00
3BuzzFeedEntertainment6,914,711$15,800,000.00
4PewDiePieGaming38,248,682$15,200,000.00
5WWESports6,924,504$14,800,000.00
6Spinnin' RecordsMusic10,361,443$10,800,000.00
7Movie ClipsEntertainment7,637,761$10,200,000.00
8WatchMojoEntertainment8,778,317$10,000,000.00
9T-SeriesMusic7,467,668$9,300,000.00
10MarkiplierGaming8,556,526$9,200,000.00
11Vanoss GamingGaming13,375,912$9,100,000.00
12David GuettaMusic8,880,005$8,700,000.00
13RihannaVEVOMusic17,069,652$8,500,000.00
14Maroon5VEVOMusic8,117,809$8,500,000.00
15Vegetta777Gaming10,429,893$7,800,000.00
16KatiePerryVEVOMusic16,423,482$7,200,000.00
17StampyLongHeadComedy6,190,690$7,100,000.00
18ElrubiusOMGComedy12,665,440$7,000,000.00
19SMTOWNMusic6,864,989$6,700,000.00
20TheEllenShowEntertainment12,248,282$6,400,000.00
21PitballVEVOMusic6,659,553$6,300,000.00
22SelenaGomezVEVOMusic6,395,030$5,400,000.00
23Juega GermanGaming8,403,596$5,400,000.00
24EminemVEVOMusic15,899,219$5,400,000.00
25BFvGFComedy7,272,386$5,200,000.00
26Ed SheeranMusic6,784,694$5,200,000.00
27Tonight ShowComedy7,755,708$5,100,000.00
28ArianaGrandeVEVOMusic7,642,847$4,900,000.00
29Good Mythical MorningComedy7,637,347$4,700,000.00
30IGNGaming6,312,576$4,700,000.00
31ShakiraVEVOMusic7,199,160$4,700,000.00
32TheWillyRexGaming7,290,172$4,500,000.00
33BeyonceVEVOMusic7,933,060$4,400,000.00
34AviciiOfficialVEVOMusic7,494,177$4,400,000.00
35NickiMinajAtVEVOMusic9,047,224$4,400,000.00
36ChrisBrownVEVOMusic6,571,142$4,200,000.00
37EnchufetvComedy9,023,012$4,100,000.00
38Fail ArmyComedy8,089,967$4,000,000.00
39Fine BrothersComedy12,794,849$4,000,000.00
40KSIGaming9,962,776$3.700,000.00
41OneDirectionVevoMusic16,208,321$3,700,000.00
42SmoshComedy20,899,232$3,300,000.00
43JustinBieberVEVOMusic11,921,401$3,300,000.00
44Dude PerfectSports6,188,649$3,200,000.00
45Bruno MarsMusic9,207,931$3,200,000.00
46HolaSoyGermanComedy23,308,325$3,100,000.00
47Bart BakerMusic6,315,164$3,000,000.00
48Jimmy KimmelComedy6,181,388$2,800,000.00
49SkrillexMusic10,800,535$2,800,000.00
50TobyGamesGaming6,993,133$2,800,000.00
51Smosh GamesGaming6,331,675$2,700,000.00
52College HumorComedy9,785,399$2,700,000.00
53DrossRotzankComedy6,365,092$2,600,000.00
54PrankvsPrankComedy8,500,571$2,600,000.00
55DemiLovatoVEVOMusic7,075,671$2,600,000.00
56ERBComedy12,380,562$2,600,000.00
57Porta Dos FundosComedy10,316,450$2,600,000.00
58Sky Does MinecraftGaming11,167,295$2,500,000.00
59Rooster TeethGaming8,282,635$2,400,000.00
60Boyce AvenueMusic7,261,138$2,300,000.00
61Captain SparklezGaming8,737,355$2,100,000.00
62FouseyTubeComedy6,453,132$2,100,000.00
63YuyaBeauty10,911,476$2,000,000.00
64OfficialPsyMusic8,089,967$2,000,000.00
65Roman AtwoodComedy6,765,906$1,900,000.00
66NBASports6,352,734$1,900,000.00
67IISuperwomanIIComedy6,073,320$1,700,000.00
68PTXofficialMusic8,526,818$1,600,000.00
69Niga HigaComedy14,866,076$1,600,000.00
70ParafernalhaComedy6,988,315$1,500,000.00
71Jenna MarblesComedy15,320,165$1,400,000.00
72The Syndicate ProjectGaming9,022,219$1,400,000.00
73MileyCyrusVEVOMusic7,578,831$1,400,000.00
74Ali-AGaming6,457,352$1,300,000.00
75YogscastGaming7,305,141$1,300,000.00
76MachinimaGaming12,557,682$1,300,000.00
77VitalyzdTVComedy8,475,556$1,200,000.00
78Lindsey StirlingMusic6,835,360$1,200,000.00
79Galo FritoComedy6,859,777$1,200,000.00
80SpeedyW03Gaming6,541,157$1,200,000.00
81Ray William JohnsonComedy10,815,156$1,100,000.00
82CyprienComedy7,589,427$1,000,000.00
83ZoellaBeauty8,699,318$1,000,000.00
84VICEEntertainment6,091,301$1,000,000.00
85WerevertumorroComedy10,194,282$1,000,000.00
86NORMANComedy6,241,435$853,300.00
87AdamThomasMoranComedy6,419,674$846,900.00
88League of LegendsGaming6,925,141$793,700.00
89Shane DawsonComedy6,825,299$757,200.00
90Bethany MotaBeauty9,114,030$715,400.00
91Tyler OakleyAdvocacy7,185,386$648,000.00
92VsauceEducation9,047,148$604,400.00
93Michelle PhanBeauty7,865,238$588,800.00
94RocketJumpEntertainment7,615,364$576,700.00
95The Lonely IslandComedy6,132,807$539,400.00
96VevoMusic10,120,780$418,300.00
97Epic Meal TimeEntertainment6,842,212$391,700.00
98TobuscusComedy6,312,763$321,900.00
This table shows the top Youtube channels based on estimated income.

Wrap up: The top Youtube channels

I enjoyed playing around with the data to see what was behind the popularity of some of the top Youtube channels.  Because my focus is on solopreneurs it was good to see that a large proportion of the success stories on this list were driven be individuals.  Youtube has given a voice to a number of very creative people that have been able to create very large audiences through their own hard work, and charisma.  Some of these people are super talented, and probably would have never been discovered without Youtube.  Some of them are now leaping into their own tv shows, and film careers.

Are you striving to be the next hot youtuber?

 

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