YouTube has gone through some notable changes since it was founded all the way in 2005. For instance, it’s no longer the platform wholly dedicated to bad lip-syncing videos and quirky cats. It’s a source of entertainment in its own right, something that happened thanks to artists collectively uploading music videos and exclusive content there, as well as thanks to the contribution of amateur creators.
Some of these creators helped build the foundation for YouTube as a form of entertainment. They’ve been around for almost as long as the video sharing website has been and, you know what? They still are. Here are the Top 10 YouTubers Still Around. Take a whole day off if you want to catch up to on their content because there are a lot of videos to watch.
#10 Miranda Sings
Colleen Ballinger is nothing like her egocentric and slightly annoying character Miranda Sings. When she uploaded her first video in 2009, she was bombarded with dislikes from people who truly believed in the authenticity of her persona. Today, Colleen continues to play out the role of Miranda Sings and, funnily enough, there are still some people who have no idea that the two of them are the same person.
#9 Grace Helbig
You may recognize her brand through the name of DailyGrace, but no matter what name you remember her for, her contribution to YouTube is unshakeable. Helbig uploaded her first video in the primitive times of the platform, in 2006. Since then, after a much-needed hiatus, she’s rebranded herself and made an iconic comeback that launched her to the peak of her popularity.
Zoe Sugg built around her a rightful empire. Being a trendsetter that kickstarted the “beauty guru” craze, Zoella grew into more than an amateur beauty counselor. Having two bestseller books and a line of personal care products, it was all the result of many years of dedicated YouTube uploads. The difference between the way she looked in her first video and now is absolutely astonishing!
#7 Troye Sivan
Speaking of incredible then – now differences, Troye Sivan probably tops them all. When he first joined YouTube in 2006, he was no older than 10 years old. He first showcased his musical talent, eventually rebranded himself into a sketch-maker, and then recently returned to his artsy roots. Sivan is now more than YouTuber, having turned into a full-fledged singer thanks to the success of his debut album, Blue Neighborhood.
#6 Shane Dawson
Comedy skits were the biggest thing on early-days YouTube and Shane Dawson was the reason why. Pretty much anyone can put on a wig and reenact a scenario, but Dawson also happened to be creative, funny, and especially good at acting. Many of today’s YouTubers admitted that he played a big role in their decision to join the community. Today, Dawson left behind the skits that made him famous and is now focusing on the latest trend, vlogging.
#5 Ray William Johnson
For a good amount of time, Ray William Johnson was the most subscribed channel on YouTube. This was due to him launching a new format, which involved him showcasing some of the Internet’s most viral videos alongside some quirky commentaries and hilarious editing. Unfortunately, he dropped out of his position as a host and, although other people took his place, Equals Three isn’t what it once was. Still, that doesn’t stop Johnson from releasing new formats and adding even more subscribers to his already impressive number.
By his real name Phil Lester, he is also one of the people who started posting content at the dawn of YouTube. Although his start was a bit rocky, he managed to plummet to an insane popularity starting with 2009. He was one of the early promoters of vlogging, being known in the YouTube community for his positivity, quirkiness, and the tales of his strange daily life. Today, he’s one of the most popular YouTubers alongside danisnotonfire (Dan Howell) thanks to their strong friendship and magnetizing collaborations.
#3 Tyler Oakley
Back when Tyler Oakley uploaded his first video around 2008, no one would have guessed that he’d build for himself this kind of career. He is one of the biggest vloggers at the moment, having managed to draw millions of people towards his channel and other social media platforms thanks to his lively and positive personality.
There was a time when Anthony Padilla and Ian Hecox were the most subscribed channel on YouTube. Now, years later, they still haven’t fallen much behind given their position among the top ten most subscribed. They started off with a video of them lip-syncing to the tune of Pokemon, started making skits, and these days they’re still making skits. Now, this is true consistency.
Several entries on this list were once at the top of the popularity list, but none of them have managed to hold the position for as long as Ryan Higa did. Recognized for memorable videos such as How To Be A Ninja and several movie parodies, the Hawaiian YouTuber’s channel hasn’t once displayed a drop in quality. He continues to put out videos of incredible creativity, which are both incredibly entertaining and a bit mind-wobbling.