YouTube Shares the Top Performing Videos and Creators of 2021

Written by Courtney Raguso, Social Media Content Creator

YouTube was founded nearly 16 years ago on Valentine’s Day and was the start of something that would change the way we communicate and entertain. Within a year, its viewership went from 30 thousand a day to 25 million viewers. In October that next year, Google purchased YouTube for a cool $1.25 billion in a stock-for-stock transaction. In 2007, YouTube launched the Partner Program, which allows channels that meet certain metrics, currently 1000 subscribers and 4000 public watch hours in the past year, to earn money from ads that run during their videos. At first, videos were short amature videos uploaded from content creators. Just like today, the barrier to entry was pretty nonexistent and anyone could become a YouTube creator. The main difference now is the quality of the videos. A million views back in the day felt like a lot more than it does today, with videos receiving millions and even billions of views over time. YouTube clicks with consumers because it offers itself as an information and search hub. Whether it’s a funny #shorts video or long entertainment series, there’s a niche for everyone. YouTube has just recently announced its lineup for the top 10 videos and creators of the year, and some of it may or may not surprise you. Although these videos don’t necessarily have the most views on the platform, they earned a record-breaking number of views in a short time span. Let’s take a look. 

Top Performing Videos

MrBeast: “I Spent 50 Hours Buried Alive”

MrBeast drew in a massive audience when he buried himself alive in a custom-made coffin for 50 hours. The video currently has over 148 million views.

Dream: “Minecraft Speedrunner VS 5 Hunters”

It’s unsurprising the Minecraft speedrunner’s video of him trying to defeat the game’s Ender Dragon while five friends hunt him has accrued over 62 million views. 

Mark Rober: “Glitterbomb Trap Catches Phone Scammer (who gets arrested)”

To catch phone scammers in real life, Rober created a device that covers each perpetrator with a giant burst of glitter. The video racked up over 49 million views. 

NFL: “The Weeknd’s FULL Pepsi Super Bowl LV Halftime Show”

The Weeknd is one of the biggest artists in the country, and the NFL Super Bowl is one of our largest events. The performance currently has over 42 million views. 

CoryxKenshin: “Friday Night Funkin’ KEEPS GETTING BETTER AND BETTER (Part 2)”

Gamer CoryXKenshin gave his subscribers a good time when he streamed himself playing Friday Night Funkin’, an open-source rhythm game featuring colorful characters. The video currently has over 21 million views. 

Dhar Mann: “Kids MAKE FUN OF Boy With AUTISM, They Instantly Regret It”

A film where a boy with autism is bullied by his classmates proved to be a moving lesson. The video currently has over 45 million views. 

America’s Got Talent: “Golden Buzzer: Nightbirde’s Original Song Makes Simon Cowell Emotional”

When Nightbirde performed an original song on America’s Got Talent about her experience battling cancer, she received a golden buzzer and managed to make Simon Cowell feel. The video has been watched 37 million times. 

Biden Inaugural Committee: “The Inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris | Jan. 20th, 2021”

After a campaign season with many ups and downs, people watched Joe Biden and Kamala Harris be sworn as President and Vice President of the United States. The YouTube video received over 12 million views on the day of the inauguration and currently has 14 million. 

Forge Labs: “I Spent 100 Days in a Zombie Apocalypse in Minecraft… Here’s What Happened”

Another streamer makes the list. Forge Labs has earned over 43 million views on a video where he spent 100 days trying to outrun zombies in Minecraft. 

Dude Perfect: “Game Night Stereotypes”

Dude Perfect scored a viral hit with their skit about the different kinds of personalities you’ll run into at game night. The sketch has over 30 million views. 

Top Creators 

MrBeast (82.4M subscribers): Known for mixing altruism and entertainment, MrBeast’s innovative, ultra-charitable challenge videos led him to become the #1 top creator in the U.S. for the second year in a row.

Dhar Mann (13.8M subscribers): Dhar Mann Has become popular with his motivational short films that share teachable moments for viewers through scripted situations.

SSSniperWolf (30.4M subscribers): SSSniperWolf’s videos, which include reactions to everything from oddly satisfying videos to strange products, received 6.7 billion views this year.

CoryxKenshin (11.8M subscribers): Gaming creator CoryxKenshin surpassed multiple major milestones this year, including gaining over 11 million subscribers.

Dream (27.5M subscribers): YouTuber Dream is so popular, he has fan fiction written about him. In 2021, Dream continued to evolve the collaborative gaming experience with the Dream SMP and Minecraft Speedrunner series. 

TommyInnit (11.2M subscribers): British creator, TommyInnit, is a key member of the Dream SMP who uses his own channel to produce a variety of supplementary Minecraft content. 

Mark Rober (20.4 subscribers): Former NASA engineer, Mark Rober continues to “Wow” with elaborate experiments featuring everything from elephant toothpaste to domino robots. 

Kallmerkris (4.4M subscribers): Known for her humorous skits, Kallmekris has amassed more than 3.9 million subscribers in 2021 with videos created in and out of character.

Technoblade (9.5M subscribers): Popular Dream SMP member Technoblade uses his channel to share his unique gameplay perspective, gaining over 4.7 million subscribers this year.

The Royalty Family (15.5M subscribers): The family of four let viewers join their life from family vlogs and their pregnancy journey to 24 hour challenges and reaction videos.

YouTube is a platform that listens to their audience as well as their content creators, because they, too, are a part of their audience. It’s a space that offers a much higher level of authenticity that viewers just can’t get from polished productions seen on network and cable TV. Younger generations are especially drawn to this form of content because it’s more authentic and easier to consume. YouTube video success is directly tied to what its viewers want to watch and share. This is why it’s so important to focus on delivering value to your viewers instead of just using it as a promotion platform. To receive ad revenue, earnings are generated based on a share of advertising revenue from viewers watching your video. Regardless of the industry your business is in, having a YouTube connects you to a much larger audience. It gives you the ability to create playlists around specific topics that are relevant to your target audience. With well-optimized videos, your brand can have a massive reach to help you achieve your marketing objectives, and leverage YouTube’s platform to educate, entertain, and ultimately sell your audience. 

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