Top 10 Most Nostalgic YouTube Channels

As of 2022, YouTube has existed as long as 17 years, which is enough to make a huge impact on two generations' (Millennials and Gen Z) childhood memories. Back in the old YouTube days, internet culture was much different back then, with videos and memes such as notepad club penguin tutorials, videos made with windows movie maker, ROFLcopter, etc. This list commemorates some of the most popular YouTubers that shaped a huge part of our childhood.
The Top Ten
1 Smosh Smosh is an American sketch comedy YouTube channel created by Ian Andrew Hecox and Daniel Anthony Padilla. Anthony Padilla created a website called in 2002. He was later joined by his friend Ian Hecox.

This typically was the go-to channel right when we got home after school. Remember that "SHUT UP!" sound effect that begins every time you watch his older videos? Me too. Anyway, the channel is still going strong although it has been taken by a company and sadly one of the main founders left the channel.

Old Smosh was awesome. New Smosh sucks.

2 Nigahiga Ryan Higa, born June 6, 1990, best known as his YouTube username nigahiga, is an American comedian, YouTube personality, and actor. He's best known for his comedy videos, which have been viewed over 3 billion times. His channel was once the most subscribed on YouTube from 2009-2011, longer than any other channel, besides PewDiePie. As of now, he has over 20 million subscribers.

One of the best youtube channels for bingeing in nostalgia for both millennials and early Gen-Z. His short how to series is one of his classics among the 2000s. Who also remembers Daily Life of Rustin Hieber, Fruit Ninja FAIL, Shed a Tear, The iNavigator, etc.? Although his main channel is inactive, he still aged like fine wine.

3 SkyDoesMinecraft Adam Dahlberg (born: January 17, 1993), better known online as Sky Does Everything or NetNobody (formerly SkyDoesMinecraft), is an American YouTuber, video game commentator, and former animator who gained prominence for their precursory Minecraft appeal, referring the Minecraft gold ingot item as "budder" and hating squids in the game. They also sang the song "New World" as a Minecraft parody at Minecon... read more

This was the man who started the gold "budder" trend back in 2013, as well as the hatred of squids. It was also one of the go-to minecraft youtubers for many young Gen-Z people and older minecraft players. Today he has another youtube channel called Nobody Records (previously NetNobody) but isn't active unlike before.

4 PopularMMOs

One of the GOAT when it comes to older minecraft youtubers and commenting on mods, especially with his challenge game series, lucky boxes, and TNT mods. You remember that iconic intro, the "Hey guys it's pat" greeting and Jen was still in the channel before they broke up?

5 PewDiePie Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg (born October 24, 1989), better known by his online alias PewDiePie, is a Swedish web-based comedian video producer, and commentary channel. He is best known for his Let's Play commentaries and Vlogs on YouTube. He is known for being the most subscribed-to YouTuber on the website for nearly 6 years, even though T-Series surpassed him and now has 240 million subscribers. As of March 2023, PewDiePie has over 111 million subscribers. more.

"MY NAME IS PEWDIEPIE". If you are an older fan you may remember watching his series "Fridays with PewDiePie" and his "Let's play" series. While newer fans may remember T-Series vs PewDiePie diss tracks and the 9 year old army gang. He's still as popular as today but his current charm is much different than he was in his old videos.

The one and only.

6 ForrestFire101

Maker of the duck song series, which was the peak of 2009-2012 youtube nostalgia. He was also the same guy who produced the Lego Batman series for some of you who may not know. You may also remember the Honey Bear spinoff if you dig a little deeper.

7 EthosLab

A prolific minecraft YouTuber who majorly shaped the "Let's play ___" series, and is still going strong with hundreds of episodes for a decade, tracing back to old minecraft and its nostalgic features to the much more better minecraft versions which is today. Not as active as the previous years but like most old youtubers aged like fine wine.

8 Annoying Orange

If 2009-2012 youtube was your prime years especially in childhood, I assure you know that familiar phrase "Hey Apple" repeatedly, then proceeding to spout cheesy jokes until apple was sliced up by a knife. You may also remember Pear, Grapefruit, Little Apple, and some other characters.

9 Fred Fred Figglehorn is a fictional character created and portrayed by American actor Lucas Cruikshank. He rose to prominence in the early days of YouTube. In 2013, Cruikshank retired the character because he could no longer do the Fred voice. There was also a Fred movie trilogy that lasted from 2010 to 2012.

It's not only in Nickelodeon where he got his exposure there. It was very popular in the old youtube days starting in 2008. Love him or hate him, he shaped a fairly large part of 2000s nostalgia.

10 Keyboard Cat 2020

You may know him as Keyboard Cat or chuckieart if you happen to watch his videos in an older time. If you're ever thinking about the old youtube days, the keyboard cat meme is one of those videos that mainly pop up in your mind.

The Contenders
11 Nostalgia Critic Nostalgia Critic is an American web series created, written, edited, directed and performed by Doug Walker.
12 Angry Video Game Nerd James Duncan Rolfe is an American actor, comedian, filmmaker, film and video game critic, and internet personality, best known for starring in the web television series The Angry Video Game Nerd, a joint production of Rolfe's Cinemassacre Productions, GameTrailers, and ScrewAttack.
13 ImJaystation Jason Matthew Ethier (better known as ImJayStation or JayStation), is a Canadian Internet personality and former YouTuber.

Active until early 2021. Would probably be considered nostalgic among mid-late to late gen Z.

14 TomSka Thomas James Ridgewell, known online as TomSka, is a British YouTube celebrity, actor, writer, producer, director, voice actor and filmmaker, as well as founder of the Turbopunch Ltd.
15 Dead Meat
16 AmberKatelynBeale

This channel was a pioneer of emo culture and defined a major part of the 2000s.

She was a scene queen in the early 2010s. Sadly, she became normal around 2013 or so.

17 Jawed

Creator of the first video on youtube, which is common knowledge at this point.

He was the guy who made the "Me at the zoo" video on 4/23/2005.

18 Fabio Mariano

Creator of the windows error remix.

19 Dave Days
20 Willcraft

He was the original creator of the Monster School garnering millions of views over the years, which then spurred thousands of clone videos of other channels to be made. Not only known for that, he is also known for a rather obscure series called "Endventures"

21 Kevin LaSean
22 tonyfamous
23 cs188
24 Jake Paul Jake Joseph Paul (born January 17, 1997) is an American social media personality and professional boxer. He initially rose to fame on Vine, before playing the role of Dirk Mann on the Disney Channel series Bizaardvark for two seasons. Throughout his career, Paul has become the subject of many controversies due to his behavior, including being charged with criminal trespass and unlawful assembly.
25 Nearfar Productions

Now known as skippyshorts, this YouTuber created a lot of successful YouTube videos starting in the late 2000s, including his "Worst Kids Show Ever" video from 2008.

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