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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

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.

Rank Channel View Count
1 T-Series 58.524 billion
2 WWE 29.298 billion
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
8 PewDiePie 20.010 billion
9 Movieclips 19.836 billion
10 Get Movies 18.425 billion
11 El Reino Infantil 18.285 billion
12 JustinBieberVEVO 18.284 billion
13 Little Baby Bum 18.194 billion
14 Маша и Медведь 17.711 billion
15 Cocomelon 17.008 billion
16 KatyPerryVEVO 16.767 billion
17 WorkpointOfficial 16.428 billion
18 ChuChu TV Kids Songs 16.325 billion
19 TaylorSwiftVEVO 16.033 billion
20 Zee TV 15.900 billion
21 Ed Sheeran 15.687 billion
22 shakiraVEVO 15.347 billion
23 BuzzFeedVideo 14.629 billion
24 TheEllenShow 14.606 billion
25 FunToyzCollector 14.455 billion
26 GMM GRAMMY OFFICIAL 14.449 billion
27 DanTDM 14.145 billion
28 Spinnin' Records 14.028 billion
29 Zee Music Company 14.014 billion
30 RihannaVEVO 13.522 billion
31 Wave Music 13.518 billion
32 WORLDSTARHIPHOP 13.036 billion
33 ToyPudding TV 13.008 billion
34 SMTOWN 12.952 billion
35 SAB TV 12.593 billion
36 PopularMMOs 12.443 billion
37 EminemVEVO 12.382 billion
38 1theK 11.886 billion
39 Super Simple Songs 11.851 billion
40 WatchMojo.com 11.792 billion
41 Maroon5VEVO 11.735 billion
42 EnriqueIglesiasVEVO 11.714 billion
43 5-Minute Crafts 11.567 billion
44 Baby Big Mouth 11.107 billion
45 jbalvinVEVO 11.037 billion
46 Family Fun Pack 11.006 billion
47 Ch3Thailand 10.992 billion
48 NickyJamTV 10.916 billion
49 CVS 3D Rhymes 10.797 billion
50 David Guetta 10.707 billion
51 MalumaVEVO 10.637 billion
52 Ozuna 10.564 billion
53 Markiplier 10.549 billion
54 Galinha Pintadinha 10.546 billion
55 Fueled By Ramen 10.514 billion
56 jacksepticeye 10.501 billion
57 The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 10.451 billion
58 VanossGaming 10.382 billion
59 ArianaGrandeVevo 10.376 billion
60 CookieSwirlC 10.317 billion
61 Colors TV 10.254 billion
62 Movieclips Trailers 10.184 billion
63 Bruno Mars 10.151 billion
64 CalvinHarrisVEVO 10.111 billion
65 LuisFonsiVEVO 9.982 billion
66 VEGETTA777 9.889 billion
67 Ultra Music 9.831 billion
68 Speed Records 9.704 billion
69 Eros Now 9.638 billion
70 As/Is 9.622 billion
71 FGTeeV 9.595 billion
72 GR6 EXPLODE 9.465 billion
73 toyoraljanahtv 9.320 billion
74 CKN Toys 9.214 billion
75 one31 9.208 billion
76 BeyoncéVEVO 9.205 billion
77

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9.016 billion
78 GMA Network 8.979 billion
79 Badabun 8.751 billion
80 LEGO 8.727 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
85 JuegaGerman 8.526 billion
86 IGN 8.516 billion
87 OneDirectionVEVO 8.511 billion
88 Coldplay 8.467 billion
89 Wiz Khalifa 8.402 billion
90 Atlantic Records 8.276 billion
91 Genierock 8.176 billion
92 DisneyChannelLA 8.062 billion
93 ChainsmokersVEVO 8.052 billion
94 Smosh 8.017 billion
95 GRAMMY GOLD OFFICIAL 8.007 billion
96 RsiamMusic 7.850 billion
97 SonyMusicIndiaVEVO 7.818 billion
98 AdeleVEVO 7.792 billion
99 ChrisBrownVEVO 7.634 billion
100 Ultra Bollywood 7.603 billion
101 PitbullVEVO 7.589 billion
102 rezendeevil 7.487 billion
103 FBE 7.457 billion
104 RomeoSantosVEVO 7.427 billion
105 Turma da Mônica 7.424 billion
106 DisneyMusicVEVO 7.411 billion
107 SiaVEVO 7.234 billion
108 elrubiusOMG 7.230 billion
109 TheWeekndVEVO 7.228 billion
110 Лунтик 7.070 billion
111 officialpsy 7.060 billion
112 Pinkfong! 7.037 billion
113 DisneyCarToys 7.031 billion
114 Britain's Got Talent 7.010 billion
115 Dude Perfect 6.975 billion
116 Jimmy Kimmel Live 6.916 billion
117 stampylonghead 6.896 billion
118 SelenaGomezVEVO 6.885 billion
119 BillionSurpriseToys 6.841 billion
120 T-Series Apna Punjab 6.786 billion
121 CollegeHumor 6.757 billion
122 avex 6.668 billion
123 Fernanfloo 6.666 billion
124 Linkin Park 6.630 billion
125 Mister Max 6.622 billion
126 enchufetv 6.580 billion
127 AuthenticGames 6.443 billion
128 Rotana 6.422 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
136 LadyGagaVEVO 6.173 billion
137 Fischer's 6.172 billion
138 michaeljacksonVEVO 6.159 billion
139 Mother Goose Club 6.150 billion
140 ImagineDragonsVEVO 6.144 billion
141 NickiMinajAtVEVO 6.143 billion
142 Tips Official 6.140 billion
143 TheRichest 6.061 billion
144 musicalrmastv 6.037 billion
145 Shemaroo 6.036 billion
146 HobbyKidsTV 6.024 billion
147 KBS World TV 5.965 billion
148 Kids TV 5.960 billion
149 JenniferLopezVEVO 5.960 billion
150 T-Series Bhakti Sagar 5.956 billion
151 Mejores Juguetes 5.934 billion
152 Totoykids 5.924 billion
153 AviciiOfficialVEVO 5.897 billion
154 Sesame Street 5.833 billion
155 hajime 5.818 billion
156 POPS Kids 5.799 billion
157 DisneyJuniorUK 5.793 billion
158 MBCentertainment 5.768 billion
159 La Granja de Zenón 5.768 billion
160 KanalD 5.767 billion
161 Henrique e Juliano 5.753 billion
162 Felipe Neto 5.742 billion
163 Rooster Teeth 5.730 billion
164 Rajshri 5.730 billion
165 SQUEEZIE 5.712 billion
166 The X Factor UK 5.621 billion
167 Annoying Orange 5.599 billion
168 Teremok TV 5.581 billion
169 jypentertainment 5.579 billion
170 ShawnMendesVEVO 5.569 billion
171 Alan Walker 5.562 billion
172 FifthHarmonyVEVO 5.558 billion
173 Saturday Night Live 5.543 billion
174 NoCopyrightSounds 5.530 billion
175 SevenSuperGirls 5.527 billion
176 HikakinTV 5.499 billion
177 MeghanTrainorVEVO 5.498 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
186 TheWillyrex 5.283 billion
187 Cat Music 5.274 billion
188 The Late Late Show with James Corden 5.273 billion
189 DrakeVEVO 5.247 billion
190 Videogyan 3D Rhymes 5.240 billion
191 NBA 5.239 billion
192 BBC 5.234 billion
193 JesseAndMike 5.232 billion
194 Luccas Neto 5.208 billion
195 etveluguindia 5.204 billion
196 Team Coco 5.181 billion
197 MattyBRaps 5.168 billion
198 Guava Juice 5.145 billion
199 Gallina Pintadita 5.131 billion
200 FailArmy 5.093 billion
201 Mnet K-POP 5.070 billion
202 selflearningthai 5.069 billion
203 Good Mythical Morning 5.048 billion
204 BIGBANG 5.009 billion
205 Pina Records 5.007 billion
206 Just4fun290 5.006 billion
207 mmoshaya 4.993 billion
208 eltrece 4.985 billion
209 RomanAtwoodVlogs 4.947 billion
210 toycantando 4.908 billion
211 Kids Diana Show 4.890 billion
212 Skrillex 4.884 billion
213 rsfriends 4.856 billion
214 Mother Goose Club Playhouse 4.838 billion
215 Hear This Music 4.775 billion
216 Барбоскины 4.763 billion
217 Aditya Music 4.761 billion
218 ABC News 4.739 billion
219 Vat19 4.716 billion
220 Kontor.TV 4.706 billion
221 Salih Reis'in Dunyasi 4.678 billion
222 KSI 4.666 billion
223 shane 4.644 billion
224 Just For Laughs Gags 4.632 billion
225 CNCOVEVO 4.614 billion
226 BritneySpearsVEVO 4.609 billion
227 Pocoyo 4.602 billion
228 Antena 3 4.595 billion
229 GameGrumps 4.572 billion
230 Vijay Television 4.562 billion
231 EllieGouldingVEVO 4.559 billion
232 The Young Turks 4.558 billion
233 ThaiCh8 4.544 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
239 RickyMartinVEVO 4.454 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
244 SamSmithWorldVEVO 4.424 billion
245 Zé Neto e Christiano 4.422 billion
246 BeckyGVEVO 4.391 billion
247 Come Play With Me 4.390 billion
248 MrSuicideSheep 4.371 billion
249 fixiki 4.367 billion
250 ibighit 4.343 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.
  • 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 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.

See also