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YouTube: home to the videos that make us cringe, laugh, cry, and most importantly we never stop watching. Viewers have a myriad of videos at their fingertips. From makeup tutorials to hilarious reaction videos, YouTube proves that humans actually do have an attention span longer than 5 seconds. Since you are probably on your phone anyway, take a look at these 10 most subscribed YouTube channels, they might be exactly what you need to get you through the week.
Top 10 Most Subscribed YouTube Channels
By Jessica Paolucci
17.4 Million Subscribers
Founded by brothers Benny and Rafi Fine, these Brooklyn boys have been media entertainment entrepreneurs their whole lives. Benny Fine entered college at the young age of 15-years-old, and Rafi graduated from Hunter College with a degree in Film Studies. They are most known for the production of their React series, MyMusic, SingIt!, Spoilers, and Lost: What will Happen Next? Fine Brothers transform any typical, low energy reaction video, to one that will literally have you ROTFL. FBE have a systematic way of releasing their golden episodes to the public. The most notable series being REACT, they set up a challenge for their target audience and attempt to get them to fail while leaving a hilarious reaction. Most recently, they presented adults with videos of younger generations botching oldies songs and challenged them to “Not Get Mad.” OR, they challenge college-aged kids to “Try Not To Sing” to top hits from the 2000s. Play alongside or just watch these challenges, and you’re guaranteed a good ol’ belly laugh.
18.2 Million Subscribers
Jenna Marbles: most people don’t even know that’s not her actual name. It’s Jenna Nicole Mourel (weird to think these youtube personalities have real lives, right?) Jenna is an American comedian YouTube blogger, who originally started her career with Barstool Sports. Jenna obtained her Bachelor of Sciences degree in Psychology from Suffolk University, and a Master’s Degree in Sports Psychology and Counseling from Boston University. Jenna released a hit video in 2010, titled “How to Trick People Into Thinking You’re Good Looking,” and earned over 5.3 million views the first week. Her video “How To Avoid People You Don’t Want To Talk To” was featured in New York Times and ABC News in 2011. She also earned the second most subscribed channel on YouTube as a woman. Scroll through her channel and you’ll find hilarious videos of Jenna creating a dog bed out of soap, her teaching 30 hilarious life lessons, or imitating unrealistic makeup tutorials. Jenna Marbles prides herself on her authenticity, and she’s not afraid to make fun of herself (or others) along the way.
20.8 Million Subscribers
Mark Fischbach, a Hawaii-native YouTuber known for his video game commentary. Fischbach originally studied to be an electrical engineer at the University of Cincinnati. He later dropped out of college to pursue a career in YouTube entertainment. His videos consist of yelling, screaming, cursing and even crying at video game performances, while sporting an alter ego pink mustache to keep his viewers on their toes. Mark also creates vlogs that focus on community-wide topics, mostly inspirational, usually regarding himself and his channel. Mark attends conferences such as PAX, VidCon, ComiCon, and participates in meet and greets, signings, and panels. Mark also incorporates his mother in his videos, with hilarious games such as “How Well Do I Know My Mom?” and “How Well Does My Mom Know Me?” Markiplier hits all angles of gaming, and hilarious content you don’t want to scroll past.
21.5 Million Subscribers
Mariand Castrejón Castañeda, Yuya for short. Yuya is a Mexican beauty and style blogger who prides herself on being the most popular YouTuber in Mexico. Yuya was born in Cuernacava, Mexico, and has a brother who is also a YouTube personality. Her ‘claim to fame’ began from winning a makeup contest when she was just 16-years-old. After winning, she took her talents to YouTube. Yuya posts videos of her applying beauty products, new outfits, and numerous makeup tutorials. Yuya has her finger on the pulse when it comes to beauty trends or hacks in Mexico, tune in and you might just learn something yourself.
23.1 Million Subscribers
Comedy duo, Ian Andrew Hecox and Daniel Anthony Padilla, cash in at over 7 billion views and 23.1 million subscribers on their channel. Smosh gained its roots upon the launching of the website Smosh.com. Their website was used for pre-YouTube video producers that wanted to share their content for others to see. Their earliest YouTube video was “Pokemon Themed Music Video”, composed of the duo lip syncing the English theme song for Pokemon. The success of their initial videos led Smosh to be featured in “Person of the Year” issue of Time Magazine in 2006. Smosh has diversified into creating video series such as Food Battle and That Damn Neighbor. On their second channel, they’ve incorporated a series called Lunchtime with Smosh, where they answer audience questions from Twitter. They’ve gone so far as to produce a movie, Smosh, in 2015 featuring YouTube stars such as Jenna Marbles, Grace Helbig, Harley Morenstein, Michael Ian Black, Mark Fischbach, and Steve Austin. All the best YouTube personalities in one film… what else could you ask for?
28.3 Million Subscribers
Fernanfloo, known as Luis Fernando Flores Alvarado, is a 24-year-old gamer that specializes in wacky commentary and showing some love to indie titles. Luis sports his favorite color, green, and finds a way to incorporate his best fluffy friend into his videos. He was born in El Salvador, and currently holds the title of most subscribed YouTube channel in his home country, (his subscriber count is more than three times as high as the population of that nation). His channel is composed of gaming videos, vlogs, and animated hilarious sketches. Fernanfloo is partnered with TGN, a gaming brand within BroadbandTV, and created an App and Google Play digital game in 2016. Head over to Fernanfloo if you’re looking for some gaming entertainment, and hilarious commentary along the way.
29.9 Million Subscribers
Whindersson Nunes Batistia, 23-year-old Brazilian comedian and avid YouTuber, has gained 29 million subscribers and 2.1 billion views since 2013. He decided his future would lie with YouTube at the age of 15. After trying to get numerous channels off the ground, he created Whinderssonnunes. His channel is composed of hilarious parodies, vlogs, songwriting, and movie reviews. He charismatically begins every video with, “Hey guys, watching my channel, how are you?” He also is known for humorously portraying subjects of his day-to-day life and childhood. His most watched video is “WHAT IS THE WIFI PASSWORD – Parody Adele – Hello,” with over 63 million views. Batista is known for the lack of editing his videos, and filming in a messy room with a white t-shirt on. Talk about simple humor! Whinderssonnunes will for sure give you your fill of humor for the week.
31.4 Million Subscribers
Garrett Hilbert, Cody Jones, Tyler Toney, Coby Cotton, and Cory Cotton are five college roomates from Texas A&M that came together to make the Dude Perfect empire. These dudes climbed to fame by posting videos of them attempting epic trick shots which helped them quickly rise to the top. Their testosterone fueled, boyish charm has attracted their 31.4 million subscribers into taking this Dude Perfect online journey. Their video was first composed of basketball trick shots over the fences of their houses, but has quickly escalated to trick shots from jumbo jet planes and even a Good Year Blimp. They take as long as two whole days to master a trick shot and catch it on film, which explains for the Superbowl-like celebrations when they master one. Dude Perfect has been known as the “Anti-Jackass” due to their strong-held christian beliefs. Their goal is to act as promising role models for their mostly young teenage audience. The dudes have been featured on Jimmy Kimmel, ABC News, and even Lebron James has commented, “You guys are awesome.” Take a look at the 5 dudes of Dude Perfect, and you won’t look away.
33.9 Million Subscribers
Germán Alejandro Garmendia Aranis, known to YouTube as HolaSoyGerman, is a 28-year-old Chilean writer and comedian. He sells books, plays in a band, and campaigns with Greenpeace. His resume is pretty thick. He even has songs published on YouTube and Spotify! His channel is the most subscribed spanish-speaking channel, and has earned him two Diamond Play Buttons on YouTube (which means he’s mega popular). High achiever to say the least, while making his viewers laugh out loud. His channel is a mixture of role play situations, to hilarious commentating. Pull up to HolaSoyGerman, and you might just find one of everything!
63.6 Million Subscribers
Swedish Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg takes home the gold for most subscribed YouTube channel, with a whopping 63.6 Million subscribers. The king of YouTube has mastered the art of gaming commentary, with style. Felix originally pursued a degree in industrial economics and technology management at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden. During his time in college he registered his account on YouTube, and dropped out to pursue a lifetime career on YouTube. PewdiePie has an extremely large fanbase, who calls themselves “Bro Army.” Must be a bro thing, right? In 2016, PewdiePie was named one of “The World’s 100 Most Influential People,” from Time. He currently resides in Brighton with his Italian YouTube personality fiancee, Marzia Bisognin. His skill at at covering indie games has created an “Oprah Effect” and has boosted sales for the titles he covers. Join the Bro Army, and you won’t regret it.
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