So who has the most subscribers on YouTube?
That is one question that must have intrigued you at some point.
Did you know?
The most subscribed channel on YouTube is T-Series, an Indian music company with a whopping 183 million subscribers and over 155 billion total views.
But they have an entire team of professionals managing every minute aspect of their primary channel along with 29 other channels on YouTube.
The real challenge is when you have to manage everything alone on your own YouTube channel. From selecting the niche, audience research, figuring out the keywords to planning content marketing strategy, sounds difficult, right?
It may sound like a mountain to climb, but some YouTubers have done it all independently.
These people are now called YouTube celebrities, YouTube influencers, YouTube icons, etc.
But one thing that is common in these famous individual YouTubers is that they provide highly valuable, quality content for their viewers. They worked hard on every aspect of YouTube content creation, and it took years of hard work for them to become an overnight success.
So who are these individuals with top YouTube subscribers?
How did they climb to the top of the ladder?
What separates them from the rest?
Out of many others around the globe, let’s find out how the top 10 did it:
Who has the most Subscribers on YouTube in 2021?
First on the list is Felix Kjellberg. You might know his channel with the name of PewDiePie. He started with YouTube in 2010, and it took him three years to get on top of the ladder with the most number of subscribers on YouTube.
He remained the king of YouTube for six straight years until T-Series dethroned him on 27 March 2019. Despite that, he remains the most subscribed individual on the YouTube platform.
He is from Sweden, has created a lot of content in the gaming industry, and has a broad subscriber base from people across the globe speaking different languages. One reason for his broad subscriber base is that his content is available in multiple other languages. He has also stepped into vlogging and the review genre to explore more aspects of his talent.
He has optimized his content over the past years. He has also worked hard on his YouTube marketing campaigns and all the minor factors that people usually ignore that help grow a YouTube channel. You can see PewDiePie collaborating with other YouTubers, which helps create a healthy environment in the community and boost both the entities involved in the collaboration.
Currently, he has 110 million subscribers and has a spellbinding 27 billion views in total on the platform. It took him over 4300+ videos over 11 years to reach this position on YouTube. When you compare these numbers with others individuals on the list, he is miles ahead of them. You can imagine the level of hard work and consistency he has put in. Having such a vast audience, he still creates high-quality content videos which people love.
Second on the list is Germán Garmendia, also known for his popular YouTube channels HolaSoyGerman and JuegaGerman. He even has his own band named Ancud, under which he runs a YouTube channel and has 1.97 million subscribers.
He is into music from a very young age and stepped into YouTube in the year 2006, where he created a music channel named Zudex. Being a Chilean YouTuber, he has a combined subscriber base of 80 million across all his channels. He is also one of the top Spanish-speaking YouTubers on the platform.
Apart from the love for his music, he initially came to the limelight on YouTube with his primary comedy channel HolaSoyGerman which he created in 2011.
He has impressed a vast audience base in Europe and the South American region with all his talent. Currently, he is very active on his JuegaGerman channel, where he uploads various video content.
He has created a perfect balance in his content creation as he manages all his channels and aims to grow all of them together. He also diverts his traffic from the main channel to the other channels to get a serious boost in terms of numbers and engagements.
Another comedian, musician on the list is Whindersson Nunes Batista. He was born in Brazil and has worked hard for eight years, since 2013, to become one of the most successful individual YouTubers. In Feb 2018, he achieved a staggering achievement when his channel, whinderssonnunes, became the most subscribed channel in Brazil.
He currently has over 42.4 million subscribers on YouTube, with 390 videos uploaded with over 3 billion views. He also has a music channel by his name. Apart from his music and comedy parodies, he is also known for his movie reviews.
The very first video he uploaded on YouTube was an instant hit with 13 million views. It is one of the top-performing videos on his channel. He is still entertaining his audience base with unique content uploads now and then.
He has also improved the quality of his content creation over the period. He is a pro at hooking people into his videos, and he also uses his primary channel to divert his traffic to his other channels.
4. Felipe Neto
Felipe Neto is a Brazilian comedy writer, actor, and of course, a YouTuber. Unlike Whindersson Nunes Batista, Felipe Neto’s channel was first to reach the 1 million mark in Brazil. He is just a few numbers behind the top Brazilian YouTuber – whinderssonnunes, with a whopping subscriber base of 42 million.
At the start of his YouTube career in 2010, he used to talk about movies, celebrities, and daily activities. Later, he also explored fields like vlogging and video games. Felipe Neto is highly engaged in business activities apart from his YouTube. This is the prime reason he was listed in Time magazine’s most influential people in the year 2020.
He is very active in creating new and engaging content for his audience. From his intros to his outros, viewers are just hooked on his content. He also intrigues first-time viewers with his attractive YouTube Thumbnails to click his video and watch it through. This is one of the prime reasons for his higher engagement numbers. He also has a brother, Luccas, who is also a famous Brazilian YouTuber. (we’ll talk about him in the latter part)
Luis Fernando Flores Alvarado is a Salvadoran YouTuber. His subscriber base (42.1 million) is more than the countries’ population where he lives (El Salvador). He has been consistently uploading entertaining videos on YouTube since 2011. But after a few years, he explored the gaming niche and has been a successful figure in the gaming world. Since 2018 he is also active on Twitch, an Amazon-owned live streaming platform for gamers across the globe.
Frenando’s channel fernanfloo is one of the most Spanish language-based YouTube channels. In the year 2015, he launched his application named Fernanfloo, which received over 2.3 million downloads within the first week.
Currently, he has a total view of over 9 billion, and the number is rising day by day. Why? Because he is very interactive with his audience. He makes them feel special by doing Q&A videos and a couple of giveaways events. People love his content as it is consistent with the content uploads that are extremely valuable for the subscribers.
Another Spaniard on the list is Rubén Doblas Gundersen. He is famous on YouTube with his channel name elrubiusOMG. With a staggering 39.9 million subscribers and a total views of over 9 billion, he is also amongst the top Spanish-speaking YouTubers.
His content primarily revolves around his vlogs and his video gameplays. When we talk about games, how can we miss the Twitch platform? Rubén is the 4th most followed gamer on Twitch. His YouTube career is 15 years long. In the year 2006, he uploaded his first video on YouTube, and the rest is history.
His favorite game is Fortnite, and in March 2018, he broke the ‘most concurrent viewers’ record created by Drake, Travis Scott, and Ninja while playing Fortnite on YouTube live stream.
He has a very energetic personality and is an exceptional gamer. These qualities help him leave a significant impact on the audience, and they love him for his content.
7. Luisito Comunica
We got a minor break from gamers, as the 7th most subscribed YouTuber is Luis Arturo Sudek. He is a Mexican travel blogger and loves to travel worldwide, significantly impacting exploring new and exciting videos.
He tries to explore different cultures of the world. He helps his audience figure out the expensive and inexpensive ways of traveling and shares his experiences through his vlogs. People like to see the unexplored beauties of the world, and he makes them see those alluring places through the comfort of their smart devices. He has a subscriber base of 36.4 million and is the second most subscribed channel in Mexico. Apart from being a YouTuber, he is a successful businessman.
But YouTube was not a smooth ride for him. He started his first YouTube channel in 2007, which was related to music, especially pianos, and it wasn’t successful. He didn’t give up and started another channel in 2012 by the name Luisito Comunica, and since then, he never looked back. He also has an English-based channel named Luisito worldwide, which is intended to cater to the English-speaking audience.
8. Luccas Neto – LUCCAS TOON
Does the name sound familiar? Yes, Luccas Neto is the younger brother of Brazil’s top Youtuber Felipe Neto. Following his brother’s footsteps, he first uploaded his video in 2014, and in 2016 he hit the 1 million subscribers mark.
Within the following year, i.e., 2017, he had a subscriber base of 10 million. How did this drastic increase happen? One of the reasons is his viral videos. Some of the videos went viral and attracted a lot of new audiences to his YouTube channel.
Another reason is his attractive YouTube page which has helped him convert those visitors into his subscribers. His brother’s dominance in the YouTube world also played an essential role in gaining a smaller audience. If you have a powerful network, it will surely help your cause.
Four years past that landmark, he currently has a subscriber base of 34.9 million and has crossed over 11 billion views on the YouTube platform. His content usually revolves around comedy videos. He also vlogs sometimes, but his creativity shines in his comedy videos.
Samuel de Luque, also known for his channel vegetta777, is a Spaniard famous in the gaming genre. He is the second on the list of most subscribed channels in Brazil. Although he plays many games and posts a lot of different gaming content on his channel, one of the most played games on his channel is Minecraft.
People love his games, and his numbers result from the love and affection he gets from his audience. He has a staggering 14 billion total views on his channel, which he created in 2008. Apart from being a gamer, he is also active on Twitch, where he interacts with his audience and showcases his gaming skills.
Living in a country with the highest population globally, Ajey Nagar is still the youngest on the top 10 list of individual YouTubers. Being just 21 years old, he has achieved this within 7 years of starting his YouTube career.
He kick-started his YouTube career in the year 2014 as a gamer. He used to stream games and also added his funny voice commentaries in those gameplays. Later he widened the scope of his content by making roasting videos, diss tracks, and comedy content.
He has crossed the landmark of 30 million subscribers on his primary channel with all his talent, making him the most subscribed individual channel in India. He also has a second channel named CarryIsLive which he started in 2017 which has 9.21 million subscribers. His total YouTube views have crossed the 3 billion mark. All these numbers ranked him in the 10th position of Times next-generation leaders in the year 2019.
But things were not smooth at the start of his journey. The type of content he creates for his audience sometimes crosses the boundaries set by YouTube. Even some of his videos are removed by YouTube as they violate the YouTube terms and conditions.
Moreover, his channel got three sticks when he was close to hitting the million subscriber mark and was at the risk of being permanently deleted. But he came strong and has become one of the youth icons in the country.
Did you Find the List Inspiring?
If we boil down to the core of the success of all these YouTubers, it is consistency and content that their audience loves.
You also got an idea of how all these YouTubers followed different paths but attained individual success in YouTube. If you want to make a mark in the YouTube industry, you need to include these core ingredients in your YouTube campaign.
Apart from this, you need to understand your audience, the YouTube algorithm, and what steps you can follow to gain organic subscribers for free. Getting successful on a platform like YouTube is not rocket science. It is just a matter of small, consistent efforts and making sure you take the right step ahead.
We highlighted all the positives of their journey and how they achieved success. One thing that also comes with immense love and affection is hate. No doubt, the ratio will be negligible compared to your loved ones, but it will be a part of your journey.
All these YouTubers handled negative comments exceptionally well and focused on the positives. They didn’t deviate from their goals, and they came through. And so can you.
We hope you give it your best shot in making your YouTube journey a success, and we wish you all the luck. After a few years, who knows, we might be listing one of your channels on our list.
And while you’re at it don’t forget to use SocialPilot to make your video marketing journey smooth.
Frequently Asked Questions
This totally depends on your niche, on your target audience, your content, and your YouTube marketing strategy. If you have mastered every aspect, it won’t take long to reach this landmark.
With YouTube focused towards improving the user experience and with the consistent rise in competition. It might seem hard to reach your initial milestone as you are in the learning phase.
There are chances, but you need to be consistent in the long run, you need to build your loyal audience, and you need to work hard for the next couple of years. Once you are successful in doing so, you’ll get a clear idea of whether you can reach the top, creating content in your niche or not.
Once a YouTuber is famous, they will get all types of comments and feedback from most of the audience. The best way to deal with negativity is to simply ignore and create valuable content for the people who want to see your videos.
Yes, it’s never too late to step on an evergreen platform like YouTube. Many opportunities are waiting for you to get explored; you can use the huge user base and organic reach of YouTube to showcase your talent and expertise to the entire world.