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 was typically 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 over by a company. 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... read more

One of the best YouTube channels for binging in nostalgia for both millennials and early Gen-Z. His short How To series is one of his classics from 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"... 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 as active as before.

4 PopularMMOs

One of the GOATs 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... read 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 recall the T-Series vs. PewDiePie diss tracks and the 9-year-old army gang. He's still as popular today, but his current charm is much different than it was in his old videos.

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. He traces back to old Minecraft and its nostalgic features, comparing them to the much-improved Minecraft versions we have today. Not as active as in previous years, but like most old YouTubers, he has 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" repeated, 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... read more

It's not only on Nickelodeon where he got his exposure. He 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 happened to watch his videos in the past. If you're ever thinking about the old YouTube days, the Keyboard Cat meme is one of those videos that likely pops into 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, he would probably be considered nostalgic among mid-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 Fabio Mariano

Creator of the Windows error remix.

16 Dead Meat
17 Kevin LaSean
18 tonyfamous
19 cs188
20 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.

21 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.

22 MondoMedia
23 Kelli Maple
24 webkinzandMCR

This channel is 1 of many 2000s Windows Movie Maker song lyric channels out there. This YouTuber created the lyric video for the song "Slit Your Own Throat" from The Used.

25 Thelovingfamilyshow
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