Top 8 of 2018: YouTubers

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Top 8 of 2018: YouTubers

Ashley Huang

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The YouTube rewind that should’ve happened.

8. Gus Johnson

23-year old comedian Gus Johnson is popular for his short and ridiculous skits. Despite the absurdity of some of his videos, some provide a form of social commentary that has been received positively and resulted in the growth of his channel over the year.

7. Colleen Ballinger

You may know her as the plump-lipped Miranda Sings, but what you may not know is that this year was a year of big changes for the person under the musical persona. Five months ago she announced her pregnancy with her son Flynn Timothy Stocklin (who was born the beginning of December), and what followed was a series of baby-themed videos – from a pregnancy mukbang to filming her friends and family’s reaction to the news – all of which garnered more than a million views.

 

6. Liza Koshy

A member of the 2019 Forbes 30 Under 30 Hollywood & Entertainment list, 22-year old Liza Koshy, with her ridiculous and quick-paced comedy, is continuing to grow at an alarmingly fast pace. An original Vine-star, Koshy was deemed the fastest YouTube personality to reach 10 million subscribers in 2017. This year, she has begun to branch out to full-time acting and hosting shows, and has won a handful of awards for the Kids’ Choice Awards, Teen Choice Awards, as well as the Streamy Awards.

 

5. Rudy Mancuso

Rudy Mancuso is an actor and musician who first began his internet career on the social platform Vine in 2013. His Hispanic heritage seeps into many of the comedic skits he does, and he has collaborated with big names such as Justin Bieber and Charlie Puth. Music is the most integral part of Mancuso’s work, and while he published his first single in 2017, this year the music videos to his newer songs “Magic” and “Mama” have attracted widespread attention from even outside his niche.

 

4. XXXTentacion

Jahseh Onfroy was a 20-year old rapper who released one of his most popular albums, ‘?’, in March of this year before passing away in June. As a personal goal to connect more with his fans and expand past just a music artist, he posted videos unrelated to music on his YouTube channel and started #TheHelpingHandChallenge to motivate his fans to do more good for the less fortunate. His first posthumously released album, ‘Skins,’ was released December of this year and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart.

 

3. Logan Paul

Logan Paul dived right into 2018 with the notorious controversy: filming and joking about a dead corpse in the Aokigahara suicide forest while touring Japan. After a lengthy hiatus, he returned full-swing, promising to change his ways and initiating a suicide prevention campaign. His loud personality and huge fanbase of young children has fueled him to into becoming one of the most prominent creators on the platform.

 

2. Shane Dawson

Shane Dawson has been on the platform since 2008 and is one of the first internet personalities to garner widespread online success. His videos have morphed from skits to taste tests and everything in between, however, this year Dawson began to transition into documentary-style videos which often span 20-45 minutes, and are often in-depth features of other personalities on the platform. His new content has skyrocketed him to millions of views and an overwhelming amount of praise.

 

1. PewDiePie

For 29-year old comedian and video game commentator Felix Kjellberg, it has been a year. As both a prominent and controversial creator on the platform, the insight he gained and shared on his videos have garnered him widespread respect over the years. Towards the last month, Kjellberg experienced an extreme surge in popularity as he found himself in a platform-wide battle between him and the Indian music channel T-Series for the most subscribers. Dozens of smaller creators and millions of viewers put their efforts together to collectively help PewDiePie remain on his throne as most-subscribed YouTuber.

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