Top 10 Most Impressive YouTube Records

Script written by Noah Achod.

There are some unbreakable YouTube records, and some significant YouTube records that might be broken in the future. The first channels to 1 million and 10 million subscribers will always be SMOSH and FRED respectively, and Ray William Johnson will always be the first (announced) YouTube millionaire, but the longest video on YouTube may not always be 596.5 hours long. WatchMojo counts down ten of the greatest YouTube records no one will ever break (probably).

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Script written by Noah Achod.

Top 10 Most Impressive YouTube Records

As one of the most popular sites on the World Wide Web, YouTube has set and broken many records. Welcome to and today we’re counting down our picks for the top 10 YouTube Records.

For this list, we’re only considering one record per YouTube channel.

#10: 1st Channel to Hit over 10M Subscribers

Smosh, the comedy duo that originally consisted of Ian Hecox and Anthony Padilla, experienced great success on YouTube. Early viral hits of theirs consisted of the pair lip-syncing songs, like the Pokémon theme song. They went on to push the platform to many highs, and break many records. One such record is that Smosh became the first channel to reach 10 million subscribers in 2013. They didn’t necessarily celebrate the achievement, but they did, however, upload a funny video thanking their fans ... and also debated taking their penises out on camera.

#9: 1st Channel to Hit Over 1M Subscribers

The high-pitched, hyperactive, brainchild of Lucas Cruikshank was at one point, inescapable. Whether you loved him or hated him, it’s undeniable that for a period of time, Fred was everywhere. This ubiquity led to television appearances, multiple film roles, and even helped him become the first YouTuber to hit 1 million subscribers. Although it may seem trivial now, this 2009 record showed the world that the Internet had a cultural pull. The adventures of this dysfunctional 6-year-old were beloved by many, helping Cruikshank to cement himself – and Fred – a place in internet history.

#8: Channel with the Most Uploaded Videos

There’s not too much to say about this channel, other than the fact that, to any unsuspecting person, it may seem like they must love the Call of Duty series a lot, as they’ve uploaded over a million videos detailing the aforementioned video game as of 2017. However, the channel actually functioned as a way for Black Ops players to upload gameplay footage to YouTube. Although the channel's last upload appears to be from 2015, the channel is still far ahead in terms of uploaded content on the platform.

#7: Longest Video

The longest video on YouTube is a testament to the community’s penchant for doing just about anything simply because it’s never been done before. This video, appropriately titled THE LONGEST VIDEO ON YOUTUBE, clocks in at over 596 and a half hours. The video’s content doesn’t really justify its over 24-day running time, as it can be summarized as 596 hours of the colors changing every 20 seconds or so. Of course, you wouldn’t know that because, as of right now, probably due to its practically endless running time, the video’s currently unplayable.

#6: 1st YouTuber to Earn $1,000,000
Ray William Johnson

One of YouTube’s first, and formerly one of the most prominent, commentary comedians, Ray William Johnson became the first YouTube millionaire in 2011 – or was the first to announce his million-dollar earnings anyway. Johnson’s videos feature commentary on a plethora of other online videos, which is complemented by his recognizable comedy style and his frequent use of jump cuts. Although it may seem like a small feat at this point in YouTube’s history, being able to earn a million dollars per year because of the Internet is always something to be proud of.

#5: Most Liked Video
“See You Again” by Wiz Khalifa feat. Charlie Puth

A song on the “Furious 7” soundtrack, See You Again is a 2015 tribute to actor Paul Walker, who sadly passed away in a car accident in November of 2013. The video, which includes footage of Wiz Khalifa, Charlie Puth, and various clips from the film Furious 7, is evidently very heart-warming, and something we can all relate to on some level, and that helped it become the most liked video on all of YouTube, with 14.8 million likes as 2017. This record-setting music video is a beautiful send off to Paul Walker’s legacy.

#4: Most Viewed Channel

We bet it wouldn’t be your first guess, but the channel with the most views on YouTube is T-Series, which has more than 18 billion all-time views as of 2017. T-Series is an Indian music label, which also dabbles in film production and distribution. The channel itself is known to upload multiple videos per day, and each video consistently gets at least a couple thousand views. Because of this almost constant upload schedule, paired with a steady amount of views, the channel is able to rack up millions of views in almost no time, making them the most viewed channel by a large margin.

#3: Most Disliked Video
“Baby” by Justin Bieber feat. Ludacris

There was a time when Justin Bieber was still the Canadian wonderboy on the cusp on international superstardom. At that time, it seemed like the world was determined to take that light away from him. For every Belieber, you had at least one non-Belieber. So when the music video for Baby came out, these cynics were dead set on making it the most disliked video on YouTube. Years after its initial release, the undeniably adorable video featuring a Drake cameo, bowling, and awkward choreography is still the most disliked video on YouTube, with over 7.7M downvotes as of 2017.

#2: Most Subscribed Channel

Even at this point in his career, Felix Kjellberg, better known as Pewdiepie, is a bit of an enigma. He’s experienced many shifts in terms of the content he makes, and how he chooses to represent himself and his brand. But with his over 55 million subscribers in 2017, Pewdiepie’s could teach is a master class in YouTube longevity as he’s been able to sustain himself, and remain one of YouTube’s top dogs for years now. After promising to delete his channel once he hit 50 million subscribers, the internet did their part by getting him there, and because he is a man of his word, he deleted his channel... his second channel that is.

Before we reveal our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions.
- 1st Video to Hit 1M Views
“Touch of Gold” by Ronaldinho for Nike

- Most Views in 24 Hours with 38.9M
YouTube Rewind: The Ultimate 2016 Challenge | #YouTubeRewind

- 1st Video to Reach 100M Views
“Girlfriend” by Avril Lavigne

#1: Most Viewed Video
“Gangnam Style” by PSY

The video for Gangnam Style is Psy mastering the secret formula to Internet virality. Featuring beautiful women, horses, a dance routine that anyone with even an ounce of rhythm can perform, and some ass sprinkled in for good measure, Gangnam Style became a hit on practically the first day it was uploaded. In 2012, it became the first video on YouTube to reach one billion views – the same year it overtook Bieber’s Baby to become the website’s most watched video. By June 2017, the video had reached over 2.8 billion views, and is still, unsurprisingly the most viewed video on YouTube.

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