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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 August 19, 2019, 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.

Current Rank Highest Rank Channel Views Videos Language
1 1 (2017-present) T-Series 80.0B 13.7K Hindi
2 2 (2019-present) SET India 38.2B 32.1K Hindi
3 3 (2019-present) Cocomelon 36.4B 449 English
4 2 (2017-2019) WWE 34.9B 42.9K English
5 4 (2019-2019) Zee TV 32.9B 80.9K Hindi
6 3 (2017-2017) Ryan ToysReview 31.4B 1.4K English
7 3 (2017-2018) netd müzik 31.0B 10.7K Turkish
8 7 (2018-2019) ABS-CBN Entertainment 28.2B 126.5K Filipino
9 8 (2019-2019) Movieclips 26.0B 33.6K English
10 6 (2018-2019) Canal KondZilla 25.8B 1.1K Portuguese
11 1 (2014-2017) PewDiePie 22.8B 3.9K English
12 11 (2019-2019) El Reino Infantil 22.4B 752 Spanish
13 7 (2015-2016) Get Movies 21.2B 2.9K Russian
14 10 (2016-2016) Маша и Медведь 21.0B 640 Russian
15 15 (2019-present) WorkpointOfficial 20.6B 35.5K Thai
16 16 (2019-present) SAB TV 20.1B 24.8K Hindi
17 7 (2017-2018) Little Baby Bum 19.5B 974 English
18 18 (2019-present) Zee Music Company 19.3B 4.1K Hindi
19 2 (2016-2017) JustinBieberVEVO 18.9B 122 English
20 16 (2018-2018) ChuChu TV 18.2B 312 English

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 August 17, 2019). This list will not include any terminated or deleted channels, nor channels with their view count hidden.

Rank Channel Views (billions)
21 Wave Music 18.001
22 KatyPerryVEVO 17.944
23 Ed Sheeran 17.733
24 TaylorSwiftVEVO 17.280
25 TheEllenShow 16.801
26 shakiraVEVO 16.426
27 GMM GRAMMY OFFICIAL 16.059
28 BuzzFeedVideo 15.674
29 DanTDM 15.303
30 5-Minute Crafts 15.261
31 Spinnin' Records 15.135
32 Super Simple Songs 15.032
33 FunToyzCollector 14.810
34 SMTOWN 14.796
35 ToyPudding TV 14.772
36 RihannaVEVO 14.291
37 1theK 14.157
38 Like Nastya Vlog 14.155
39 Badabun 13.758
40 Colors TV 13.752
41 WORLDSTARHIPHOP 13.630
42 EminemVEVO 13.513
43 Ch3Thailand 13.376
44 Maroon5VEVO 13.328
45 one31 13.305
46 PopularMMOs 13.262
47 CVS 3D Rhymes 12.692
48 Galinha Pintadinha 12.596
49 Speed Records 12.543
50 ArianaGrandeVevo 12.468
51 Ozuna 12.391
52 WatchMojo.com 12.384
53 Shemaroo Filmi Gaane 12.335
54 GMA Network 12.234
55 jbalvinVEVO 12.143
56 MalumaVEVO 12.118
57 NickyJamTV 12.085
58 Family Fun Pack 12.026
59 toyoraljanahtv 12.017
60 EnriqueIglesiasVEVO 12.001
61 The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 11.932
62 Baby Big Mouth 11.863
63 FGTeeV 11.821
64 CKN Toys 11.785
65 CookieSwirlC 11.769
66 David Guetta 11.681
67 GR6 EXPLODE 11.628
68 Kids Diana Show 11.624
69 Markiplier 11.580
70 Eros Now 11.499
71 YRF 11.449
72 Fueled By Ramen 11.429
73 jacksepticeye 11.427
74 VanossGaming 11.422
75 LuisFonsiVEVO 11.245
76 CalvinHarrisVEVO 11.141
77 Ultra Music 10.986
78 Bruno Mars 10.939
79 VEGETTA777 10.843
80 SonyMusicIndiaVEVO 10.789
81 Movieclips Trailers 10.787
82 Sony Music India 10.549
83 Vlad and Nikita 10.171
84 As/Is 10.099
85 BeyoncéVEVO 9.965
86 GRAMMY GOLD OFFICIAL 9.822
87 JuegaGerman 9.715
88 Ultra Bollywood 9.704
89 Trap Nation 9.684
90 LEGO 9.578
91 Pinkfong! 9.577
92 Toys and Colors 9.314
93 IGN 9.269
94 Coldplay 9.194
95 T-Series Apna Punjab 9.105
96 DisneyMusicVEVO 9.066
97 Wiz Khalifa 9.036
98 ChainsmokersVEVO 8.999
99 Atlantic Records 8.963
100 DisneyChannelLA 8.952
101 Genierock 8.936
102 Tips Official 8.904
103 OneDirectionVEVO 8.880
104 Blu Toys Club Surprise 8.840
105 Smosh 8.789
106 Daddy Yankee 8.712
107 rezendeevil 8.675
108 RsiamMusic 8.603
109 Dude Perfect 8.603
110 Shemaroo 8.589
111 ChrisBrownVEVO 8.500
112 Turma da Mônica 8.499
113 POPS Kids 8.464
114 RomeoSantosVEVO 8.438
115 T-Series Bhakti Sagar 8.353
116 AdeleVEVO 8.317
117 Inside Edition 8.287
118 Jimmy Kimmel Live 8.265
119 FBE 8.240
120 Rajshri 8.097
121 Marília Mendonça 8.082
122 PitbullVEVO 7.947
123 SiaVEVO 7.936
124 TheWeekndVEVO 7.929
125 Britain's Got Talent 7.906
126 elrubiusOMG 7.871
127 Sesame Street 7.832
128 Infobells - Hindi 7.786
129 Лунтик 7.771
130 Felipe Neto 7.758
131 Rotana 7.689
132 La Granja de Zenón 7.639
133 Kids Line 7.587
134 LadyGagaVEVO 7.547
135 ImagineDragonsVEVO 7.536
136 Fischer's 7.516
137 AlRemas 7.485
138 Mister Max 7.483
139 enchufetv 7.444
140 avex 7.440
141 Linkin Park 7.362
142 etvteluguindia 7.357
143 Gaane Sune Ansune 7.322
144 SelenaGomezVEVO 7.301
145 Fernanfloo 7.293
146 Miss Katy 7.247
147 officialpsy 7.189
148 Totoykids 7.140
149 Sandaroo Kids 7.135
150 BLACKPINK 7.122
151 stampylonghead 7.091
152 KBS World TV 7.081
153 CollegeHumor 7.076
154 AuthenticGames 7.065
155 mmoshaya 7.061
156 LooLoo Kids 7.049
157 MBCentertainment 7.030
158 jypentertainment 7.020
159 KanalD 6.982
160 michaeljacksonVEVO 6.949
161 Saturday Night Live 6.932
162 Alan Walker 6.897
163 LUCCAS NETO - LUCCAS TOON 6.838
164 ShawnMendesVEVO 6.783
165 Marshmello 6.721
166 DisneyJuniorUK 6.685
167 Nick Jr. 6.650
168 NickiMinajAtVEVO 6.650
169 ibighit 6.619
170 Major Lazer 6.603
171 POPS MUSIC 6.577
172 Mnet K-POP 6.558
173 AviciiOfficialVEVO 6.555
174 JesseAndMike 6.544
175 NoCopyrightSounds 6.543
176 SQUEEZIE 6.543
177 toycantando 6.531
178 Mother Goose Club 6.487
179 hajime 6.485
180 JenniferLopezVEVO 6.439
181 Henrique e Juliano 6.436
182 HobbyKidsTV 6.397
183 Billion Surprise Toys 6.349
184 The Late Late Show with James Corden 6.333
185 Boram Tube Vlog 6.303
186 Majores Juguetes 6.256
187 Teremok TV 6.233
188 Aditya Music 6.224
189 Stacy Toys 6.216
190 Vijay Television 6.181
191 HikakinTV 6.175
192 eltrece 6.151
193 Wave Music - Bhojpuri 6.101
194 Jake Paul 6.096
195 Annoying Orange 6.068
196 Guava Juice 6.043
197 Venus 6.017
198 HTB 5.981
199 Kan and Aki's... 5.955
200 BBC 5.946
201 Wow Kidz 5.937
202 The X Factor UK 5.916
203 Rooster Teeth 5.901
204 FifthHarmonyVEVO 5.901
205 Team Coco 5.876
206 Charlie Puth 5.867
207 NBA 5.838
208 Jelly 5.831
209 Jason Derulo 5.801
210 Gallina Pintadita 5.787
211 MeghanTrainorVEVO 5.763
212 MattyBRaps 5.748
213 Cat Music 5.745
214 Kids TV 5.742
215 selflearningthai 5.716
216 ABC News 5.716
217 Hear This Music 5.684
218 SonyMusicSouthVEVO 5.660
219 Pencilmation 5.651
220 Good Mythical Morning 5.647
221 DrakeVEVO 5.641
222 Mother Goose Club Playhouse 5.623
223 Bollywood Classics 5.605
224 TheWillyrex 5.592
225 Zé Neto e Christiano 5.564
226 Videogyan 5.561
227 Come Play With Me 5.545
228 Vat19 5.476
229 Bounce Patrol Kids 5.473
230 BeckyGVEVO 5.469
231 Pina Records 5.446
232 ETV Jabardasth 5.446
233 Volga Video 5.446
234 BRIGHT SIDE 5.434
235 David Dobrik 5.434
236 ThaiCh8 5.426
237 BIGBANG 5.394
238 SamSmithWorldVEVO 5.375
239 Fozi Mozi 5.370
240 Just4fun290 5.361
241 Tinovelas 5.314
242 Queen Official 5.313
243 Doggy Doggy Cartoons 5.299
244 Bad Bunny 5.287
245 rsfriends 5.270
246 Барбоскины 5.213
247 RedeTV 5.209
248 Lizos Music 5.201
249 toyorbabytv 5.192
250 The Late Show with Stephen Colbert 5.177


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 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 864+

Other Most Viewed Charts

Most Viewed YouTubers

This chart as of August 12, 2019, does not include companies, major celebrities/music channels, and kid/toy channels.

Rank Channel Views (b) Videos Language
1 PewDiePie 22.747 3.9K English
2 DanTDM 15.269 3.1K English
3 PopularMMOs 13.245 4.5K English
4 Markiplier 11.549 4.4K English
5 VanossGaming 11.394 1.0K English
6 jacksepticeye 11.391 4.2K English
7 VEGETTA777 10.812 5.3K Spanish
8 JuegaGerman 9.669 1.6K Spanish
9 Smosh 8.767 1.0K English
10 rezendeevil 8.648 7.8K Portuguese
11 Dude Perfect 8.554 210 English
12 FBE 8.204 2.0K English
13 elrubiusOMG 7.850 811 Spanish
14 Felipe Neto 7.705 1.9K Portuguese
15 Fischer's 7.461 1.9K Japanese
16 Fernanfloo 7.276 534 Spanish
17 stampylonghead 7.086 3.4K English
18 AuthenticGames 7.048 3.7K Portuguese
19 mmoshaya 7.020 853 Arabic
20 LUCCAS NETO 6.904 674 Portuguese

Most Viewed Female YouTubers

This list is as of August 12, 2019. YouTuber groups that have both males & females are not counted.

Rank Channel Views (b) Videos Language
1 SSSniperWolf 4.170 2.1K English
2 ItsFunneh 3.759 1.2K English
3 Haschak Sisters 3.474 231 English
4 Rclbeauty101 3.420 418 English
5 JennaMarbles 3.264 461 English
6 AzzyLand 3.241 1.1K English
7 IISuperwomanII 3.119 778 English
8 Lele Pons 3.026 112 English
9 Julia MineGirl 2.816 1.5K Portuguese
10 Aphmau 2.726 2.9K English
11 iHasCupquake 2.703 4.2K English
12 Tiana 2.649 687 English
13 Yuya 2.424 608 Spanish
14 BibisBeautyPalace 2.366 757 German
15 Flavia Calina 2.212 1.5K Portuguese
16 Liza Koshy 2.119 154 English
17 Miranda Sings 2.054 816 English
18 LDShadowLady 2.006 1.0K English
19 Lyna 1.924 2.9K Spanish
20 MoonKase 1.923 3.2K Portuguese


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 afterwards as unlike Laipply, was begining 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, specifially since 2012, has had their "VEVO certified award", awarded to Vevo artists who has videos which exceeds 100 million views.

CBS' reign and it's 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 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 it's 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 it's peak until emimusic surpassed UMG in most views ever on YouTube which was close to 7 billion, the only billion milestone 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, having 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 has more than doubled 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 was over 5 billion achieved in the middle of it's reign, in August 2017.

T-Series has since become the fastest growing YouTube channel in views, even holding the record for the YouTube channel to gain the most views in a day, which was 90,908,347 views gained on March 1, 2018.

Where Most Viewed YouTube Channels Are Today

  • Smosh now sits as the 70th 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 slighly over 3 billion.
  • PewDiePie has dropped down to the 11th most viewed channel. His channel's view growth has dropped down signifcantly since mid 2017 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.

See also

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