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.
Channels By Video Views
The following is a chart featuring a list of the 250 most viewed YouTube channels, including VEVO channels (Updated January 11, 2019). This list will not include any terminated or deleted channels, nor channels with their view count hidden.
|3||SET India||27.262 billion|
|4||Ryan ToysReview||26.675 billion|
|5||netd müzik||26.636 billion|
|6||Canal KondZilla||22.317 billion|
|7||ABS-CBN Entertainment||20.507 billion|
|10||Get Movies||18.425 billion|
|11||El Reino Infantil||18.285 billion|
|13||Little Baby Bum||18.194 billion|
|14||Маша и Медведь||17.711 billion|
|18||ChuChu TV Kids Songs||16.325 billion|
|20||Zee TV||15.900 billion|
|21||Ed Sheeran||15.687 billion|
|26||GMM GRAMMY OFFICIAL||14.449 billion|
|28||Spinnin' Records||14.028 billion|
|29||Zee Music Company||14.014 billion|
|31||Wave Music||13.518 billion|
|33||ToyPudding TV||13.008 billion|
|35||SAB TV||12.593 billion|
|39||Super Simple Songs||11.851 billion|
|43||5-Minute Crafts||11.567 billion|
|44||Baby Big Mouth||11.107 billion|
|46||Family Fun Pack||11.006 billion|
|49||CVS 3D Rhymes||10.797 billion|
|50||David Guetta||10.707 billion|
|54||Galinha Pintadinha||10.546 billion|
|55||Fueled By Ramen||10.514 billion|
|57||The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon||10.451 billion|
|61||Colors TV||10.254 billion|
|62||Movieclips Trailers||10.184 billion|
|63||Bruno Mars||10.151 billion|
|67||Ultra Music||9.831 billion|
|68||Speed Records||9.704 billion|
|69||Eros Now||9.638 billion|
|72||GR6 EXPLODE||9.465 billion|
|74||CKN Toys||9.214 billion|
|78||GMA Network||8.979 billion|
|81||Blu Toys Club Surprise||8.711 billion|
|82||Shemaroo Filmi Gaane||8.691 billion|
|83||Sony Music India||8.672 billion|
|84||Trap Nation||8.532 billion|
|89||Wiz Khalifa||8.402 billion|
|90||Atlantic Records||8.276 billion|
|95||GRAMMY GOLD OFFICIAL||8.007 billion|
|100||Ultra Bollywood||7.603 billion|
|105||Turma da Mônica||7.424 billion|
|114||Britain's Got Talent||7.010 billion|
|115||Dude Perfect||6.975 billion|
|116||Jimmy Kimmel Live||6.916 billion|
|120||T-Series Apna Punjab||6.786 billion|
|124||Linkin Park||6.630 billion|
|125||Mister Max||6.622 billion|
|129||Miss Katy||6.411 billion|
|130||Marília Mendonça||6.352 billion|
|131||Daddy Yankee||6.350 billion|
|132||Kids Line||6.275 billion|
|133||Inside Edition||6.257 billion|
|134||POPS MUSIC||6.206 billion|
|135||Major Lazer||6.194 billion|
|139||Mother Goose Club||6.150 billion|
|142||Tips Official||6.140 billion|
|147||KBS World TV||5.965 billion|
|148||Kids TV||5.960 billion|
|150||T-Series Bhakti Sagar||5.956 billion|
|151||Mejores Juguetes||5.934 billion|
|154||Sesame Street||5.833 billion|
|156||POPS Kids||5.799 billion|
|159||La Granja de Zenón||5.768 billion|
|161||Henrique e Juliano||5.753 billion|
|162||Felipe Neto||5.742 billion|
|163||Rooster Teeth||5.730 billion|
|166||The X Factor UK||5.621 billion|
|167||Annoying Orange||5.599 billion|
|168||Teremok TV||5.581 billion|
|171||Alan Walker||5.562 billion|
|173||Saturday Night Live||5.543 billion|
|178||Jason Derulo||5.441 billion|
|179||Gaane Sune Ansune||5.410 billion|
|180||Like Nastya Vlog||5.401 billion|
|181||Infobells - Hindi||5.378 billion|
|182||LooLoo Kids||5.376 billion|
|183||Charlie Puth||5.355 billion|
|184||Kan & Aki's||5.329 billion|
|185||Jake Paul||5.286 billion|
|187||Cat Music||5.274 billion|
|188||The Late Late Show with James Corden||5.273 billion|
|190||Videogyan 3D Rhymes||5.240 billion|
|194||Luccas Neto||5.208 billion|
|196||Team Coco||5.181 billion|
|198||Guava Juice||5.145 billion|
|199||Gallina Pintadita||5.131 billion|
|201||Mnet K-POP||5.070 billion|
|203||Good Mythical Morning||5.048 billion|
|205||Pina Records||5.007 billion|
|211||Kids Diana Show||4.890 billion|
|214||Mother Goose Club Playhouse||4.838 billion|
|215||Hear This Music||4.775 billion|
|217||Aditya Music||4.761 billion|
|218||ABC News||4.739 billion|
|221||Salih Reis'in Dunyasi||4.678 billion|
|224||Just For Laughs Gags||4.632 billion|
|228||Antena 3||4.595 billion|
|230||Vijay Television||4.562 billion|
|232||The Young Turks||4.558 billion|
|234||Toys Unlimited||4.496 billion|
|235||Toy Trains 4u||4.488 billion|
|236||Barcroft TV||4.487 billion|
|237||BuzzFeed Multiplayer||4.461 billion|
|238||Doggy Doggy Cartoons||4.456 billion|
|240||Ch Sen,...||4.451 billion|
|241||Porta dos Fundos||4.441 billion|
|242||Clean Bandit||4.439 billion|
|243||Boyce Avenue||4.432 billion|
|245||Zé Neto e Christiano||4.422 billion|
|247||Come Play With Me||4.390 billion|
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||Channel's Country||Date Achieved|
|Smosh||Sketch Comedy||United States||Early 2006|
|Judson Laipply||Vlog||United States||Around July 12, 2006|
|Smosh||Sketch Comedy||United States||Around July 30, 2006|
|CBS||Television And Film||United States||Around November 22, 2006|
|Universal Music Group||Music||United States||Around July 16, 2007|
|Machinima||Gaming||United States||February 16, 2013|
|emimusic||Music||United States||Around March 8, 2013|
|PewDiePie||Entertainment||Sweden||December 29, 2014|
|T-Series||Music And Film||India||
February 14, 2017
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.
- 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 sixth 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.