YouTube is amazing. But it’s a behemoth and it’s easy to get stuck in a viewing rut — I’d say it’s practically guaranteed. That’s not too surprising when you think about it… the site is built to show you more of what it thinks you’ll like. What that actually means, though, is that it will show you similar things to what you’ve already watched. But what about the stuff you would like if you knew it existed? If you’re looking for the best YouTube channels you (probably) haven’t heard of yet you’re in the right place.
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In 2015 I made a list of 100 awesome YouTube channels and it was very popular. But the article you’re currently reading means a lot more to me. Back then I was an outsider — I wasn’t immersed in the community like I am now. I didn’t know what it meant to be a YouTuber. I didn’t appreciate what it takes to make a good channel (and now I realize that views and subscriber counts aren’t everything). Now that I’ve been making content and publishing it to YouTube for just shy of two years now I feel like I’ve got a better idea (here’s a link to my channel, if you’re interested).
This time around I compiled a list of the top channels on YouTube I’ve run into since the last list that have between 10,000 and 300,000 subscribers (with one exception, the brilliant Silently Cooking channel). These are channels that are gaining traction, that are marching toward the next big milestone (10,000, 100,000 or 1 million subscribers). These are channels and creators that aren’t taking success for granted; they’re working hard every day, every week, every month to bring fun, fresh, creative content to your sub box. In short, this list is definitely not about the most subscribed YouTube channels.
These aren’t all channels that I would subscribe to, personally, but they are all channels that I think deserve more fame and that more people would like to know about. Also, there’s no particular order to this list: seriously, check out ...