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The logo of T-Series, which is the most-viewed channel on YouTube.

A video view is when someone clicks and views a YouTube video for a certain length of time. This is based off of YouTube's current algorithm, where a "view" on a video is based on retention time. Prior to 2012, the YouTube algorithm was based on a view bases, where even clicking on a video for even as short as a second counted as a view for that video. However, in 2012, YouTube's algorithm shifted to where views were based on retention time and watch minutes. Since this algorithm shift, several YouTube channels have gained millions to even tens of billions of views.

Top 20 most-viewed YouTube channels

The Top 20 Most-viewed Channels are listed in the table below as of October 4, 2021, with their views being displayed by the nearest one hundred million, the highest rank the channel was on the most-viewed list along with the time period it occurred and the amount of videos the channel has uploaded.

Ultra MusicRank Highest Rank Channel Views Videos Language
1 1 (2017-present) T-Series 166B 15.8K Hindi
2 2 (2019-present) Cocomelon 110B 695 English
3 2 (2019-2019) SET India 100B 66.7K Hindi
4 4 (2021-present) Sony SAB 63.8B 41.9K Hindi
5 2 (2017-2019) WWE 62.9B 57.0K English
6 5 (2021-2021) Kids Diana Show 62.7B 928 Russian
7 5 (2021-2021) Like Nastya 62.0B 619 Russian
8 6 (2020-2020) Movieclips 54.1B 37.9K English
9 9 (2021-present) Vlad and Niki 53.8B 395 Russian
10 3 (2017-2017) Ryan's World 48.1B 2.0K English
11 3 (2017-2018) netd müzik 45.8B 17.1K Turkish
12 7 (2020-2020) ABS-CBN Entertainment 43.6B 162.5K Filipino
13 11 (2019-2020) El Reino Infantil 42.9B 1.0K Spanish
14 14 (2020-present) Zee Music Company 41.1B 5.7K Hindi
15 15 (2021-present) Colors TV 40.8B 66.2K Hindi
16 6 (2018-2018) Canal KondZilla 35.3B 2.0K Portuguese
17 17 (2021-present) ChuChu TV Nursery Rhymes 34.1B 436 English
18 7 (2017-2018) Little Baby Bum 34.0B 1.5K English
19 19 (2021-present) Toys and Colors 33.2B 665 English
20 18 (2021-2021) Wave Music 32.2B 18.2K Bhojpuri

Channels by video views (beyond top 20)

The following is a chart featuring a list of the 230 most-viewed YouTube channels past the top 20, including VEVO channels (updated October 4, 2021). This list will not include any terminated or deleted channels, nor channels with their view count hidden. It will also not include most VEVO channels, as their total views transferred from the VEVO channel to the artist's official channel.

Rank Channel Views (billions)
21 WorkpointOfficial 31.754
22 Super Simple Songs - Kids Songs 31.022
23 Маша и Медведь 29.948
24 PewDiePie 27.855
25 Get Movies 26.462
26 Pinkfong Baby Shark - Kids' Songs & Stories 26.282
27 Justin Bieber 26.052
28 Shemaroo Filmi Gaane 25.298
29 LooLoo Kids 25.058
30 Ed Sheeran 24.667
31 YRF 24.629
32 one31 24.147
33 GMANetwork 23.501
34 toyoraljanahtv 23.311
35 Taylor Swift 23.028
36 Tips Official 22.901
37 Katy Perry 22.532
38 SMTOWN 22.383
39 Ch3Thailand 21.821
40 Speed Records 21.699
41 TheEllenShow 21.611
42 Shakira 21.493
43 GR6 EXPLODE 21.237
44 5-Minute Crafts 21.183
45 Sony Music India 21.064
46 Infobells - Hindi 21.010
47 GMM GRAMMY OFFICIAL 20.981
48 1theK 20.957
49 BabyBus - Nursery Rhymes 20.939
50 EminemMusic 20.893
51 FGTeeV 20.786
52 Galinha Pintadinha 20.385
53 SonyMusicIndiaVEVO 20.219
54 Ariana Grande 20.207
55 BLACKPINK 20.157
56 T-Series Bhakti Sagar 19.724
57 HYBE LABELS 19.555
58 Sesame Street 19.543
59 La Granja de Zenón 19.451
60 J Balvin 19.440
61 DisneyMusicVEVO 19.341
62 Ozuna 19.332
63 Maroon 5 19.109
64 Sony PAL 18.791
65 shfa2 18.788
66 Spinnin' Records 18.768
67 Daddy Yankee 18.527
68 Little Angel: Nursery Rhymes 18.478
69 WORLDSTARHIPHOP 18.473
70 Rihanna 18.457
71 shfa 18.436
72 DanTDM 18.324
73 Disney Latinoamérica 18.198
74 Maluma 18.086
75 Like Nastya Show 17.804
76 Shemaroo 17.718
77 Badabun 17.708
78 CKN Toys 17.691
79 BuzzFeedVideo 17.519
80 Nick Jr. 17.448
81 CookieSwirlC 17.447
82 LUCCAS NETO 17.342
83 Bad Bunny 17.332
84 CVS 3D Rhymes 17.175
85 Eros Now Music 17.115
86 Peppa Pig - Official Channel 16.831
87 T-Series Apna Punjab 16.818
88 Markiplier 16.549
89 HAR PAL GEO 16.455
90 Inside Edition 16.394
91 Aditya Music 16.367
92 ARY Digital 16.198
93 GRAMMY GOLD OFFICIAL 16.068
94 Maria Clara & JP 16.010
95 Bollywood Classics 16.004
96 LEGO 15.990
97 Bounce Patrol - Kids Songs 15.956
98 The Weeknd 15.910
99 etvteluguindia 15.794
100 Aaj Tak 15.760
101 SSSniperWolf 15.610
102 Bruno Mars 15.489
103 Enrique Iglesias 15.434
104 HTB 15.350
105 DONA 도나 15.327
106 ToyPuddingTV 15.319
107 Ultra Music 15.298
108 Gaane Sune Ansune 15.090
109 Masha and The Bear 15.029
110 FunToys Collector Disney Toys Review 15.026
111 infobells - Tamil 14.960
112 WatchMojo.com 14.921
113 The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 14.917
114 David Guetta 14.867
115 NickyJamTV 14.608
116 mmoshaya 14.603
117 Mother Goose Club Playhouse 14.586
118 MBCentertainment 14.579
119 jacksepticeye 14.501
120 Beyoncé 14.483
121 Family Fun Pack 14.398
122 Vijay Television 14.392
123 VEGETTA777 14.370
124 PopularMMOs 14.346
125 JYP Entertainment 14.302
126 VanossGaming 14.175
127 Wow Kidz 14.002
128 Calvin Harris 13.950
129 Ishtar Music 13.901
130 Rotana 13.854
131 Ultra Bollywood 13.821
132 Felipe Neto 13.792
133 Marília Mendonça 13.784
134 Goldmines 13.754
135 Voot Kids 13.730
136 Luis Fonsi 13.716
137 Dude Perfect 13.542
138 Mnet K-POP 13.495
139 Like Nastya ESP 13.492
140 Jelly 13.485
141 Zee TV 13.402
142 Mister Max 13.319
143 Genevieve's Playhouse 13.146
144 BANGTANTV 13.146
145 IGN 13.110
146 Coldplay 13.088
147 Romeo Santos 13.063
148 Talking Tom 12.908
149 JuegaGerman 12.885
150 LankyBox 12.825
151 Rajshri 12.797
152 Jkk Entertainment 12.774
153 MrBeast 12.720
154 व्लाद और निकिता 12.705
155 Trap Nation 12.656
156 Boram Tube Vlog 12.645
157 Fischer's-フィッシャーズ- 12.644
158 KBS WORLD TV 12.601
159 Movieclips Trailers 12.515
160 SonyMusicSouthVEVO 12.409
161 The Chainsmokers 12.385
162 Chris Brown 12.374
163 Marshmello 12.368
164 Lady Gaga 12.357
165 toyorbabytv 12.319
166 Turma da Mônica 12.297
167 toycantando 12.230
168 Baby Big Mouth 12.190
169 Saturday Night Live 12.144
170 ImagineDragons 12.133
171 AMARINTV 12.125
172 Genierock 12.105
173 Miss Katy 12.077
174 infobells - Telugu 12.009
175 rezendeevil 12.006
176 Fueled By Ramen 11.985
177 One Direction 11.874
178 As/Is 11.818
179 REACT 11.742
180 Come Play With Me 11.721
181 Wiz Khalifa 11.698
182 DisneyJuniorUK 11.653
183 Jimmy Kimmel Live 11.651
184 Atlantic Records 11.588
185 D Billions 11.506
186 Worldwide Records Bhojpuri 11.423
187 RCTI - LAYAR DRAMA INDONESIA 11.409
188 KAROL G 11.407
189 ZEE5 11.383
190 Wave Music Bhojpuri 11.345
191 Mikecrack 11.187
192 Michael Jackson 11.043
193 Sia 11.029
194 Raffy Tulfo in Action 10.954
195 PowerKids 10.953
196 Drake 10.909
197 Selena Gomez 10.877
198 Tlnovelas 10.871
199 Mazhavil Manorama 10.858
200 Post Malone 10.729
201 Kids TV 10.694
202 Shawn Mendes 10.662
203 Linkin Park 10.644
204 Alan Walker 10.636
205 BabyBus - Canciones Infantiles 10.632
206 A4 10.622
207 Pitbull 10.583
208 Blippi - Educational Videos for Kids 10.565
209 DisneyChannelUK 10.559
210 Mundo Bita 10.546
211 Adele 10.541
212 Beam Copphone 10.514
213 RsiamMusic : อาร์สยาม 10.416
214 Kids Line 10.402
215 TRANS7 OFFICIAL 10.392
216 NoCopyrightSounds 10.311
217 Vlad và Nikita 10.306
218 IndiaTV 10.278
219 CNN 10.277
220 Indosiar 10.248
221 Pencilmation 10.241
222 Henrique e Juliano 10.210
223 ETV Jabardasth 10.175
224 Heidi & Zidane 10.172
225 ABC News 10.170
226 eltrece 10.158
227 Billie Eilish 10.158
228 Лунтик 10.152
229 Diana and Roma HIN 10.066
230 Geet MP3 10.040
231 Smosh 10.011
232 Kaji Family 10.008
233 SSundee 9.970
234 HUM TV 9.930
235 JTBC Entertainment 9.911
236 GMA Public Affairs 9.898
237 Cartoon Network 9.883
238 Ch7HD 9.844
239 Al-Remas 9.844
240 Gusttavo Lima Oficial 9.804
241 Happy Lives 9.736
242 Britain's Got Talent 9.731
243 Anuel AA 9.721
244 StarPlus 9.600
245 Mother Goose Club 9.577
246 Like Nastya AE 9.561
247 Tsuriki Show 9.520
248 Thairath Online 9.504
249 Fernanfloo 9.471
250 Mnet TV 9.432

Most-viewed Channel History Timeline

Note: emimusic's channel stats were inaccessible from March 2011 to March 2014. Therefore, the date on which it became the most-viewed channel is estimated.

Note II: Due to this, RihannaVEVO was recognized by YouTube historians and viewers as the most-viewed YouTube channel from March to July 2014. PewDiePie surpassed her Vevo channel on July 19 that year and was considered by most to have the most-viewed channel on YouTube, but actually didn't until he surpassed emimusic's channel later that year.

Note III: From 2010-2011, VEVO was listed on the official YouTube charts page as #1 (at one point being listed as having over 100 billion views), but this combined the views from all the VEVO channels. Also in 2010, UMG disappeared from the YT charts page (in a similar fashion to emimusic), however, the channel still had the most views.

Channel Channel Type Date Achieved Days Held
jawed Viral Videos April 23, 2005 N/A
larfus Viral Videos Mid-Late 2005 N/A
smosh Sketch Comedy Early 2006 N/A
judsonlaipply Viral Videos July 12, 2006 18
smosh Sketch Comedy July 30, 2006 115
CBS Television & Film November 22, 2006 236
universalmusicgroup Music July 16, 2007 2042
machinima Gaming February 16, 2013 20
emimusic Music March 8, 2013 661
PewDiePie Entertainment December 29, 2014 778
T-Series Music & Film February 14, 2017 1693+

Other Most-viewed Charts

Most-viewed YouTubers

This chart as of October 4, 2021, does not include companies, major celebrities/music channels, and "Made for Kids" channels.

Rank Channel Views (b) Videos Language
1 PewDiePie 27.855 4.4K English
2 FGTeeV 20.786 1.4K English
3 DanTDM 18.324 3.5K English
4 CookieSwirlC 17.447 3.4K English
5 LUCCAS NETO 17.342 1.5K Portuguese
6 Markiplier 16.549 5.0K English
7 SSSniperWolf 15.610 2.7K English
8 mmoshaya 14.603 1.0K Arabic
9 jacksepticeye 14.501 4.7K English
10 Family Fun Pack 14.398 2.0K English
11 VEGETTA777 14.370 6.7K Spanish
12 PopularMMOs 14.346 4.6K English
13 VanossGaming 14.175 1.4K English
14 Felipe Neto 13.792 2.8K Portuguese
15 Dude Perfect 13.542 272 English
16 Jelly 13.485 5.1K English
17 JuegaGerman 12.885 1.8K Spanish
18 LankyBox 12.825 2.9K English
19 MrBeast 12.720 712 English
20 Fischer's-フィッシャーズ- 12.644 2.4K Japanese

Most-viewed Female YouTubers

This list is as of October 4, 2021. YouTuber groups that have both males & females are not counted.

Rank Channel Views (b) Videos Language
1 CookieSwirlC 17.447 3.4K English
2 SSSniperWolf 15.610 2.7K English
3 Aphmau 9.390 3.6K English
4 ItsFunneh 9.035 2.0K English
5 zbing z. 7.208 2.4K Thai
6 Julia MineGirl 5.996 2.1K Portuguese
7 AzzyLand 5.794 1.4K English
8 Jane ASMR 제인 5.099 1.2K Korean
9 Lele Pons 4.746 139 English
10 Lyna 4.741 4.1K Spanish
11 InquisitorMaster 4.707 1.6K English
12 Vy Qwaint 4.661 442 English
13 Planeta das Gêmeas 4.164 791 Portuguese
14 Ricis Official 4.101 1.5K Indonesian
15 Kaykai Salaider 3.973 381 Thai
16 TV Ana Emilia 3.894 381 Spanish
17 Rclbeauty101 3.888 470 English
18 Its JoJo Siwa 3.668 691 English
19 Camila Loures 3.617 2.7K Portuguese
20 Rosanna Pansino 3.556 836 English


Details About Most-viewed Channels Timeline

The first recorded most-viewed channel on YouTube was Smosh. In the first half of 2006, Smosh became YouTube's most-subscribed and most-viewed channel, aside from their comedy and music sketches, was mostly due to the success of their "Pokemon Theme Music Video".

However, the channel was surpassed by Judson Laipply's in the middle of the same year as his "Evolution of Dance" propelled him to the top of the most-viewed and most-subscribed channels on YouTube. Similar to Smosh's Pokemon Theme Music Video, it also experienced a reign as YouTube's most-viewed video.

Smosh overtook him afterward as unlike Laipply, was beginning to become more consistent on their YouTube channel but by posting more sketches, mostly comedy. Smosh holds the record as being the most-viewed channel the most amount of times which is two.

However, CBS' high abundance of videos at a consistent rate on their YouTube channel which included television and news from America's most-watched network overtook Smosh in the early part of the next year and became the first channel to reach 100 million views. Arvil Lavinge's "Girlfriend" became the first video to reach that number in August the same year, making the last milestone where a YouTube video hit the same view count than a YouTube channel as a whole did in the same year.

Vevo since then, specifically since 2012, has had their "VEVO certified award", awarded to Vevo artists who has videos which exceed 100 million views.

CBS' reign and its glory of historically proclaiming the title of being the first channel to reach 100 million views was short-lived, however. Universal Music Group surpassed the channel around the same time the first YouTube video reached 100 million views.

The channel had gained popularity on YouTube in just it's the first year of existence by posting some of the top music videos at the time, even peaking as YouTube's second most subscribed channel by the end of that year, a feat and achievement no other music channel would reach on YouTube until JustinBieberVEVO did so on December 2, 2017.

For nearly six years, Universal Music Group held the top title which is the longest reign a channel has ever been the most-viewed. During its reign, it was the first channel to reach one to six billion views but due to a view purge of the channel shortly after Valentine's day 2013, Machinima took the title who at the time had recently hit 4 billion total video views on YouTube.

Becoming the first gaming channel to reach the milestone, Machinima still managed to lose the most-viewed channel title to emimusic less than a month later as though gaming had an increasing presence on YouTube and online culture in general, music was and still is more of a global phenomenon.

Since UMG's view purge happened, no channel had reached its peak until emimusic surpassed UMG in most views ever on YouTube which was close to 7 billion, the only billion milestones they gained during their reign, doing so on November 25, 2014.

The gears shifted then again however as PewDiePie, the first channel to become the most-viewed during it's most-subscribed reign since Smosh's first reign, the first and only post-2006 channel to become the most-viewed and the third non-company channel to have the most-viewed channel on YouTube behind Judson Laipply and Smosh, surpassed emimusic towards the end of 2014 at around 7.2 billion views to have the most-viewed YouTube channel of all time. By then, PewDiePie was already YouTube's biggest star, has 11 million more than the second most-subscribed channel.

PewDiePie, whose channel was the first country other than America to become YouTube's most-viewed channel became the first channel to reach eight to fourteen billion video views, surpassing UMG's record as getting the most views as the most-viewed channel, until T-Series surpassed him on YouTube's 12th anniversary, Valentine's Day of 2017, when both were near 15 billion views, becoming the first Hindi and non-English speaking YouTube channel to become the most-viewed.

So far, T-Series' views have grown more than six times bigger since becoming the most-viewed channel, surpassing PewDiePie as gaining the most views as the most-viewed channel and UMG as having the most view gap to any other channel, which is over 46 billion as of December 26, 2019.

T-Series has since become the fastest growing YouTube channel in views as of August 2020, currently averaging around 135 million views per day.

Where Most-viewed YouTube Channels Are Today

  • Smosh now sits as the 154th most-viewed channel of all time after flip-flopping in and out of the top ten most-viewed YouTube channels from 2006 to 2014. In 2015, it got out of the top twenty after being surpassed by TheEllenShow for the twentieth spot.
  • CBS hit 1 billion views on YouTube in late 2017 although hundreds of channels have before it.
  • Universal Music Group has tens of thousands of channels with more views than them since it's video and view purge.
  • Machinima has over five billion views but is far from as watched or subscribed to as it was before.
  • emimusic became the second music and second overall channel that has been the most-viewed to have a view purge, doing so in November 2016. Peaking at over eight billion views, the channel's views dropped under three billion, now having slightly over 3 billion.
  • PewDiePie has dropped down to the 19th most-viewed channel. His channel's view growth has dropped down significantly since mid 2019 and many other channels seem to have gotten a better view gain than him, but he still remains in one of the fastest-growing channels in views, even surpassing JustinBieberVEVO in views at around 16.752 billion views in early New Years Day of 2018 after his monthly view gain increased some.
  • Due to T-Series becoming the fastest growing YouTube channel in views, it has become one of the fastest-growing in subscribers of all time as well.

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