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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 October 10, 2018). This list will not include any terminated or deleted channels, nor channels with their view count hidden.

Rank Channel View Count
1 T-Series 50.271 billion
2 WWE 27.217 billion
3 Ryan ToysReview 25.218 billion
4 netd müzik 24.617 billion
5 SET India 24.285 billion
6 Canal KondZilla 20.104 billion
7 PewDiePie 18.859 billion
8 ABS-CBN Entertainment 18.026 billion
9 JustinBieberVEVO 17.920 billion
10 Little Baby Bum 17.689 billion
11 Get Movies 17.654 billion
12 Movieclips 17.548 billion
13 El Reino Infantil 16.893 billion
14 Маша и Медведь 16.810 billion
15 KatyPerryVEVO 16.395 billion
16 TaylorSwiftVEVO 15.625 billion
17 ChuChu TV Kids Songs 15.544 billion
18 Ed Sheeran 14.837 billion
19 shakiraVEVO 14.768 billion
20 WorkpointOfficial 14.674 billion
21 FunToyzCollector 14.243 billion
22 BuzzFeedVideo 14.151 billion
23 GMM GRAMMY OFFICIAL 13.785 billion
24 TheEllenShow 13.738 billion
25 DanTDM 13.708 billion
26 Spinnin' Records 13.592 billion
27 RihannaVEVO 13.211 billion
28 Zee TV 12.987 billion
29 Zee Music Company 12.335 billion
30 ToyPudding TV 12.214 billion
31 PopularMMOs 12.031 billion
32 SMTOWN 11.955 billion
33 EminemVEVO 11.814 billion
34 WORLDSTARHIPHOP 11.692 billion
35 Cocomelon 11.626 billion
36 Wave Music 11.609 billion
37 EnriqueIglesiasVEVO 11.378 billion
38 WatchMojo.com 11.323 billion
39 Super Simple Songs 10.861 billion
40 1theK 10.848 billion
41 Maroon5VEVO 10.677 billion
42 Baby Big Mouth 10.611 billion
43 NickyJamTV 10.484 billion
44 jbalvinVEVO 10.482 billion
45 Family Fun Pack 10.267 billion
46 MalumaVEVO 10.255 billion
47 SAB TV 10.231 billion
48 Markiplier 10.173 billion
49 jacksepticeye 10.157 billion
50 David Guetta 10.079 billion
51 Fueled By Ramen 10.079 billion
52 VanossGaming 9.984 billion
53 Ch3Thailand 9.939 billion
54 Movieclips Trailers 9.920 billion
55 The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 9.909 billion
56 Galinha Pintadinha 9.848 billion
57 CVS 3D Rhymes 9.826 billion
58 Bruno Mars 9.739 billion
59 CalvinHarrisVEVO 9.685 billion
60 CookieSwirlC 9.571 billion
61 ArianaGrandeVevo 9.529 billion
62 VEGETTA777 9.513 billion
63 As/Is 9.420 billion
64 LuisFonsiVEVO 9.373 billion
65 5-Minute Crafts 9.372 billion
66 Ozuna 9.319 billion
67 Ultra Music 9.279 billion
68 Eros Now 8.951 billion
69 BeyoncéVEVO 8.898 billion
70 Colors TV 8.832 billion
71 toyoraljanahtv 8.766 billion
72 FGTeeV 8.744 billion
73 Blu Toys Club Surprise 8.643 billion
74 OneDirectionVEVO 8.342 billion
75 LEGO 8.247 billion
76 Speed Records 8.240 billion
77

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8.174 billion
78 Wiz Khalifa 8.098 billion
79 GR6 EXPLODE 8.084 billion
80 one31 8.068 billion
81 Coldplay 8.030 billion
82 JuegaGerman 7.999 billion
83 CKN Toys 7.983 billion
84 Trap Nation 7.977 billion
85 Atlantic Records 7.803 billion
86 GMA Network 7.802 billion
87 DisneyChannelLA 7.711 billion
88 Smosh 7.711 billion
89 Genierock 7.707 billion
90 YRF 7.639 billion
91 AdeleVEVO 7.511 billion
92 ChainsmokersVEVO 7.505 billion
93 PitbullVEVO 7.445 billion
94 RsiamMusic 7.418 billion
95 Sony Music India 7.350 billion
96 ChrisBrownVEVO 7.341 billion
97 Shemaroo Filmi Gaane 7.226 billion
98 Turma da Mônica 7.119 billion
99 Fernanfloo 7.083 billion
100 RomeoSantosVEVO 7.043 billion
101 DisneyMusicVEVO 7.039 billion
102 FBE 7.017 billion
103 elrubiusOMG 6.956 billion
104 officialpsy 6.945 billion
105 rezendeevil 6.920 billion
106 GRAMMY GOLD OFFICIAL 6.910 billion
107 TheWeekndVEVO 6.871 billion
108 DisneyCarToys 6.869 billion
109 Лунтик 6.854 billion
110 stampylonghead 6.823 billion
111 Britain's Got Talent 6.815 billion
112 SiaVEVO 6.770 billion
113 SelenaGomezVEVO 6.709 billion
114 Ultra Bollywood 6.651 billion
115 Jimmy Kimmel Live 6.650 billion
116 FUNnel Vision 6.613 billion
117 CollegeHumor 6.605 billion
118 SonyMusicIndiaVEVO 6.602 billion
119 Badabun 6.402 billion
120 avex 6.318 billion
121 Linkin Park 6.298 billion
122 Dude Perfect 6.290 billion
123 enchufetv 6.251 billion
124 AuthenticGames 6.155 billion
125 Pinkfong! 6.114 billion
126 Kids TV 6.060 billion
127 Mother Goose Club 6.042 billion
128 Major Lazer 5.973 billion
129 Mister Max 5.958 billion
130 Rotana 5.924 billion
131 Miss Katy 5.915 billion
132 Daddy Yankee 5.909 billion
133 TheRichest 5.900 billion
134 NickiMinajAtVEVO 5.895 billion
135 POPS MUSIC 5.878 billion
136 HobbyKidsTV 5.878 billion
137 Inside Edition 5.783 billion
138 T-Series Apna Punjab 5.769 billion
139 michaeljacksonVEVO 5.758 billion
140 JenniferLopezVEVO 5.726 billion
141 Mejores Juguetes 5.714 billion
142 Kids Line 5.675 billion
143 Rooster Teeth 5.654 billion
144 LadyGagaVEVO 5.653 billion
145 AviciiOfficialVEVO 5.641 billion
146 BillionSurpriseToys 5.612 billion
147 Marília Mendonça 5.601 billion
148 Fischer's 5.593 billion
149 hajime 5.510 billion
150 DisneyJuniorUK 5.496 billion
151 TotoyKids 5.479 billion
152 The X Factor UK 5.453 billion
153 Annoying Orange 5.428 billion
154 ImagineDragonsVEVO 5.428 billion
155 FifthHarmonyVEVO 5.416 billion
156 KBS World TV 5.402 billion
157 SQUEEZIE 5.397 billion
158 MeghanTrainorVEVO 5.372 billion
159 MBCentertainment 5.346 billion
160 Sesame Street 5.337 billion
161 Teremok TV 5.333 billion
162 SevenSuperGirls 5.324 billion
163 Henrique e Juliano 5.322 billion
164 KanalD 5.260 billion
165 HikakinTV 5.238 billion
166 Jason Derulo 5.210 billion
167 Shemaroo 5.184 billion
168 ShawnMendesVEVO 5.183 billion
169 TheWillyrex 5.131 billion
170 Cat Music 5.092 billion
171 Tips Official 5.089 billion
172 Kan & Aki's CHANNEL 5.081 billion
173 NoCopyrightSounds 5.076 billion
174 NaoFun Toys 5.074 billion
175 Charlie Puth 5.073 billion
176 Videogyan 3D Rhymes 5.069 billion
177 POPS Kids 5.051 billion
178 Jake Paul 5.032 billion
179 Rajshri 5.031 billion
180 NBA 5.021 billion
181 BBC 5.015 billion
182 DrakeVEVO 5.014 billion
183 MattyBRaps 5.012 billion
184 musicalrmastv 4.962 billion
185 Team Coco 4.962 billion
186 jypentertainment 4.962 billion
187 FailArmy 4.948 billion
188 Gallina Pintadita 4.940 billion
189 Saturday Night Live 4.929 billion
190 Alan Walker 4.907 billion
191 Just4fun290 4.865 billion
192 La Granja de Zenón 4.847 billion
193 The Late Late Show with James Corden 4.829 billion
194 BIGBANG 4.828 billion
195 RomanAtwoodVlogs 4.825 billion
196 JesseAndMike 4.814 billion
197 Felipe Neto 4.784 billion
198 Good Mythical Morning 4.771 billion
199 Guava Juice 4.769 billion
200 Skrillex 4.765 billion
201 Pina Records 4.698 billion
202 T-Series Bhakti Sagar 4.663 billion
203 rsfriends 4.656 billion
204 LooLoo Kids 4.652 billion
205 Mother Goose Club Playhouse 4.623 billion
206 Kontor.TV 4.611 billion
207 Барбоскины 4.591 billion
208 Mnet K-POP 4.573 billion
209 Vat19 4.564 billion
210 KSI 4.524 billion
211 eltrece 4.484 billion
212 BritneySpearsVEVO 4.468 billion
213 Just For Laughs Gags 4.449 billion
214 The Young Turks 4.431 billion
215 Gaane Sune Ansune 4.427 billion
216 shane 4.426 billion
217 Pocoyo 4.423 billion
218 eteveluguindia 4.409 billion
219 ABC News 4.402 billion
220 selflearningthai 4.399 billion
221 EllieGouldingVEVO 4.395 billion
222 GameGrumps 4.381 billion
223 Hear This Music 4.380 billion
224 Toy Trains 4u 4.378 billion
225 Machinima 4.370 billion
226 toycantando 4.341 billion
227 RickyMartinVEVO 4.332 billion
228 Infobells - Hindi 4.311 billion
229 Antena 3 4.286 billion
230 Boyce Avenue 4.281 billion
231 Porta dos Fundos 4.280 billion
232 BuzzFeedBlue 4.270 billion
233 Barcroft TV 4.259 billion
234 CNCOVEVO 4.243 billion
235 DemiLovatoVEVO 4.231 billion
236 fixiki 4.228 billion
237 SamSmithWorldVEVO 4.189 billion
238 mmoshaya 4.175 billion
239 PinkVEVO 4.170 billion
240 Toys Unlimited 4.134 billion
241 Aditya Music 4.125 billion
242 ArkivaShqip 4.078 billion
243 packattack04082 4.056 billion
244 Logan Paul Vlogs 4.047 billion
245 Come Play With Me 4.046 billion
246 MrSuicideSheep 4.031 billion
247 Clean Bandit 4.015 billion
248 Ali-A 4.012 billion
249 Little Baby Bum en Español 4.011 billion
250 Luccas Neto 4.007 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 May-July 2006
Smosh Sketch Comedy United States Late 2006
CBS Television And Film United States Early 2007
Universal Music Group Music United States July-August 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.

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