Time for some spring cleaning! Let’s see: clean the oven – check. Organize my closet – check. Clean out my YouTube subscriptions… oh.
Gosh, I’m subscribed to 150 YouTube channels. Time to downsize.
The purpose of this list is threefold:
- Introduce you to fantastic and not-so-great YouTube channels
- Write astonishingly short very nonobjective reviews of the channels
- Clean up my bloated subscription feed
Note that these are my choices and not always a reflection of quality. Some of the channels I choose to leave are actually good channels that you should subscribe to. I’m simply subscribed to too many channels and need to minimize.
Log into your YouTube account and strap in! This is going to be a long one.
2veritasium | 523,393 subscribers | 48 videos
Veritasium’s second channel is really good, with Derrick walking the streets of various locations while discussing important topics. But I find myself more interested in Veritasium 1.
8-Bit Keys | 140,599 subscribers | 42 videos
8-Bit guy’s second channel. Truly fascinating disassembly of keyboards. But I’m not really a music guy, so I think it’s time I let this one go for now.
8-bit Music Theory | 132,613 subscribers | 41 videos
This channel gives me such a crazy appreciation for classic video game music!
A+Start | 662,563 subscribers | 448 videos
I’m going with a soft love it for A+ Start, because I’m fascinated by video game glitches.
AceStarThe3rd | 73,920 subscribers | 735 videos
Great Smash videos, but hasn’t posted in a while.
alexandcrackers | 2,631 subscribers | 26 videos
Same. Great videos but hasn’t made any in a while.
All Hail RETCON | 3,011 subscribers | 78 videos
I like the Star Trek videos. Neat stuff.
Alltime10s |5,322,785 subscribers |1,510 videos
Way too mainstream and generic.
Amy Turk | 68,389 subscribers | 37 videos
Just an incredibly talented harpist. Her music is enchanting.
AntDude | 229,146 subscribers| 158 videos
So much Kirby!
Arlo | 243,599 subscribers | 186 videos
Arlo’s awesome, though it must be challenging to play all those games as a puppet.
AsapSCIENCE | 7,681,010 subscribers | 267 videos
Sorry ASAP, the information you present is just kind of basic at this point.
Beta64 | 282,365 subscribers | 86 videos
I’m a sucker for beta game development secrets.
BitFinity (Matthew Taranto) | 35,944 subscribers | 99 videos
Hey, Matthew drew Brawl in the Family! I can’t leave you.
Blimey Cow | 527,469 subscribers | 566 videos
Time for Messy Mondays to go on without me.
Box Robot Studios | 8,874 subscribers | 21 videos
Hasn’t uploaded in a while.
Caitlin Hill | 52,849 subscribers | 32 videos
I remember Caitlin as the host of Rocketboom for a short time. But I haven’t kept up.
CBS Sunday Morning | 184,755 subscribers | 2,965 videos
I think I subscribed to this for a class.
CGP Grey | 3,394,827 subscribers | 122 videos
Everybody loves CGP Grey videos.
Challengers Approaching | 3,517 subscribers | 65 videos
Highly underrated YouTube gaming list channel.
CinemaSins | 7,709,264 subscribers | 625 videos
No channel is without sin. And this is the worst. Just no.
Classic Gaming Quarterly | 85,703 subscribers | 57 videos
Ohh, I love the deep exploration of classic gaming history.
Cleanprincegaming | 464,808 subscribers | 123 videos
I love the mini-docs, but it just doesn’t go into Nintendo stuff enough.
Computerphile | 1,054,071 subscribers | 467 videos
Videos about computers and computery stuff? Count me in.
ConnerTheWaffle | 222,147 subscribers | 135 videos
So much Kirby content!
CoolRiddles|69,746 subscribers|906 videos
Riddles aren’t that interesting anymore, honestly.
CoolRiddles2|8,797 subscribers|311 videos
More of the same.
Company Man|269,407 subscribers|56 videos
This is a crazy-cool channel about different businesses.
Counter Arguments|132,338 subscribers|61 videos
I really liked this channel for a short time. But I soon realized that the counterarguments presented were, themselves, becoming straw-man arguments. I’m not that cynical.
CrashCourse|7,629,809 subscribers|940 videos
Because who doesn’t like learning?
CrowderVEVO | 168,045 subscribers | 35 videos
Unsubscribing to all band accounts.
Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows | 269,392 subscribers | 27 videos
Emotionally gripping. Excellent channel.
DidYouKnowGaming?|2,186,757 subscribers|379 videos
DONG|1,094,492 subscribers|204 videos
Do Online Now Guys was my favorite Vsauce series. I’m glad they made it their own channel.
Easy Allies|156,607 subscribers|1,118 videos
Just subscribed to too many game channels.
EC Henry|36,532 subscribers|136 videos
Super creative science fiction channel.
engineerguy|716,094 subscribers|85 videos
I’m not really into engineering.
Erika Szabo|27,643 subscribers|333 videos
Cool exploration of the emotional impact of games.
Every Frame a Painting|1,435,391 subscribers|28 videos
Cool, but hasn’t posted in a while.
ExoParadigmGamer|53,005 subscribers|264 videos
I love “Remake or Re-break.”
Extra Credits|1,437,223 subscribers|748 videos
Amazing and optimistic look at game development.
Fawful’s Minion|175,017 subscribers|181 videos
Subscribed to too many video game channels.
Filmmaker IQ|268,648 subscribers|86 videos
It’s a good film-making channel, but it’s beyond the scope of my interests for now.
Forty Two|9,200 subscribers|26 videos
Games Done Quick|485,516 subscribers|1,388 videos
To support this charity event, even if they only upload twice a year.
GameXplain|920,922 subscribers|8,959 videos
As a gaming news channel, they’re always on top of things.
Gaming Historian|419,096 subscribers|125 videos
Gaming Historian is my favorite gaming history channel. I always learn so much.
Garfield & Friends|6,215 subscribers|116 videos
Gotta have my Monday nostalgic classic Garfield cartoons.
Geek & Sundry|1,779,416 subscribers|1,653 videos
I only watch Tabletop, and I can look that up.
Geography Now|949,074 subscribers|267 videos
Super creative geography channel!
Half as Interesting|509,698 subscribers|36 videos
Is more interesting than almost anything.
hankgames|171,866 subscribers|1,446 videos
Sorry Hank Green, i’m subscribed to too many video game channels.
hankschannel|301,709 subscribers|297 videos
But I am a huge fan of Hank Green. So glad you wrote a book.
hbomberguy|230,975 subscribers|64 videos
Weird. Obscene. Too weird and obscene if you ask me.
Hello Internet|143,072 subscribers|125 videos
Their podcast is hypnotic.
Henry|384 subscribers|84 videos
Henry deserves more credit for is weird and amazing editing.
implantgames|13,286 subscribers|460 videos
Just here for the Sonic reviews.
Improv Everywhere|1,926,206 subscribers|198 videos
Staged improv just isn’t as fun as it once was.
Isaac Arthur|245,076 subscribers|140 videos
Best futurism channel on the Internet.
It’s Okay To Be Smart|2,113,830 subscribers|250 videos
It’s a good channel, but I just can’t get into it anymore.
Jak & Lev|15,251 subscribers|491 videos
I don’t remember subscribing to this channel. I’ve never seen you guys in my life.
Jake Roper|304,325 subscribers|74 videos
Jake from Vsauce3 is cool. It’s good to keep up with him.
Jay Foreman|271,653 subscribers|77 videos
Please make more Map Men!
Jimmy Whetzel|230,683 subscribers|91 videos
Who are you again?
John Michael Godier|63,503 subscribers|197 videos
Kind of covers the same ground as Issac Arthur.
Khan Academy|3,936,991 subscribers|6,986 videos
KingK|53,871 subscribers|49 videos
Really great video game analyses.
Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell|6,094,261 subscribers|80 videos
Such incredible animation! I want to animate just like you!
Kyle Sullivan|2,277 subscribers|32 videos
Fascinating geography and social studies videos.
LGR|849,819 subscribers|934 videos
Cool retro tech commentary.
lights|335,136 subscribers|553 videos
Unsubscribing from all bands no matter how awesome.
Lindsay Ellis|344,709 subscribers|183 videos
Very impressed with the social analyses of films from this YouTuber.
Little Z|129,500 subscribers|125 videos
I liked the OP series, but hasn’t made a new one in a while.
Lorerunner|23,318 subscribers|1,804 videos
Best long-form media analyses on the planet.
Lorerunner Stream Archives|3,618 subscribers|558 videos
I really like the Loreweek series.
Mark Brown|426,544 subscribers|88 videos
Excellent production value in these video game analyses.
Master0fHyrule|222,810 subscribers|1,011 videos
It’s fun to watch video game minutia, but it’s time to let it go.
Matt and Tom|134,372 subscribers|131 videos
The park bench series is quite entertaining.
Matthewmatosis|155,073 subscribers|54 videos
Subscribed to too many video game channels.
Mental Floss|1,347,426 subscribers|381 videos
Mental Floss is just getting a little annoying.
Meteorz|20,905 subscribers|1,446 videos
I love the “What is Kirby Canon?” series.
MinuteEarth|1,922,478 subscribers|151 videos
Cool, but not really my forte.
minutephysics|4,342,011 subscribers|217 videos
Fun to learn, but I feel the videos are too short to capture the full topics.
moviebob|140,028 subscribers|409 videos
Way to juvenile for my tastes.
Mr. Beat|25,103 subscribers|292 videos
Quite informative, I love all of the series on this channel.
Nathaniel Bandy|241,180 subscribers|682 videos
Just subscribed to too many video game channels.
Nintendo|3,973,375 subscribers|2,734 videos
Gotta keep up with Nintendo.
Nintendo Life|247,472 subscribers|2,285 videos
I admit, I find Alex to be a great host.
Numberphile|2,457,472 subscribers|470 videos
OverClocked ReMix: Video Game Music Community|129,543 subscribers|3,997 videos
I don’t enjoy OCRemix as much as I used to.
PBS Game/Show|145,036 subscribers|194 videos
I feel like the concepts they explore are too basic.
PBS Idea Channel|782,400 subscribers|367 videos
Well, I’ve watched them all and the channel has ended. It was an amazing run, but it’s time to move on.
PBS Space Time|1,188,368 subscribers|154 videos
Fascinating astrophysics concepts to learn about.
PHLEARN|1,541,135 subscribers|563 videos
I feel like I have enough practical experience to let this channel go.
poparena|4,156 subscribers|543 videos
Just because I really like the Animorphs book review series.
Rare Earth|530,904 subscribers|90 videos
Exploring enchanting places.
RealLifeLore|2,027,489 subscribers|88 videos
Really Freakin’ Clever|145,564 subscribers|169 videos
Used to be good, but went downhill in my opinion.
RelaxAlax|275,229 subscribers|106 videos
Subscribed to too many video game channels.
Retro Game Mechanics Explained|46,233 subscribers|16 videos
Useful as I want to make a SNES-style game one day.
Retro Island Gaming|973 subscribers|23 videos
Kind of… odd somehow. Hard to explain.
Wayyy old channel.
RPG Limit Break|16,767 subscribers|451 videos
Even better than GDQ, I think.
Sciencium|274,526 subscribers|4 videos
Another Veritasium channel.
SciShow|4,965,183 subscribers|1,579 videos
Just not terribly enjoyable anymore.
SciShow Space|1,013,870 subscribers|426 videos
Similar to SciShow, just not that enjoyable anymore.
Screen Junkies|6,429,409 subscribers|828 videos
Honest Trailers are fun, but not worth the subscription.
SeriousEats|149,679 subscribers|333 videos
I have another account devoted to food channels.
sfdebris|18,255 subscribers|89 videos
The OG nerdy science fiction reviewer.
Shesez|368,442 subscribers|189 videos
I love “Boundary Break!”
SmarterEveryDay|5,571,565 subscribers|276 videos
Absolutely fascinating science videos.
Snoman Gaming|134,150 subscribers|173 videos
Subscribed to too many gaming channels.
SomecallmeJohnny|321,810 subscribers|494 videos
I truly enjoy the work he puts into the videos.
Stargate Command|38,999 subscribers|176 videos
Meh, Stargate’s on Hulu.
Steve Shives|60,283 subscribers|2,135 videos
A lot of great star Trek commentary.
Tater-Tot Tunes|8,734 subscribers|212 videos
In case you want to rock to some 8-bit remixes.
Technicality|44,921 subscribers|73 videos
This kid knows how to make amazing and informative videos.
The 8-Bit Guy|661,004 subscribers|185 videos
Fascinating computer disassembly and repair.
The Aspiring Kryptonian|27 subscribers|2 videos
The Beat Goes On|337 subscribers|3 videos
Mr. Beat’s second, equally good, channel.
The Digital Age|33,570 subscribers|66 videos
Unsubscribing to all band channels.
The Easter Egg Hunter|310,947 subscribers|371 videos
Subscribed to too many gaming channels, plus I liked the earlier videos more.
The Financial Diet|425,800 subscribers|152 videos
Excellent financial advice.
The Futur|281,035 subscribers|412 videos
I feel I have enough practical knowledge to where this graphic design channel seems superfluous.
The Game Theorists|10,051,917 subscribers|445 videos
I think I should unsubscribe. But that’s just a theory. A game — kbye.
The Good Stuff|169,479 subscribers|242 videos
It’s good stuff!
The Pensky File|2,212 subscribers|733 videos
Amazing Star Trek podcasts. I’m going through them now.
The School of Life|3,527,061 subscribers|604 videos
Good videos, but I don’t really find consistency in their philosophy.
The8BitDrummer|216,597 subscribers|829 videos
Amazing music, but not really for me. More of an ambiance fan.
thebrainscoop|463,965 subscribers|196 videos
Meh, I like it but don’t remember subscribing.
Think Fact|141,602 subscribers|75 videos
I literally havce no idea what this channel is or why I’m subscribed.
TierZoo|487,956 subscribers|23 videos
Genius idea of contextualizing nature as a fighting game. Please go watch!
Today I Found Out|1,390,597 subscribers|1,013 videos
Great information! But too many ads, pure and simple.
Tom Scott|1,227,951 subscribers|437 videos
Short, brilliant videos.
Trekspertise|75,275 subscribers|41 videos
All about the philosophy of Star Trek and other works. Great stuff.
Trekyards|41,583 subscribers|1,483 videos
Way too nerdy for you. But I love it.
VanDeGraph|64,266 subscribers|13 videos
Maps are cool.
Veritasium|4,722,114 subscribers|241 videos
Great science videos!
Vintage Space|264,963 subscribers|306 videos
I really love this channel on the history of space exploration.
Vsauce|13,231,023 subscribers|370 videos
Vsauce2|3,860,908 subscribers|338 videos
It’s more Vsauce!
Vsauce3|3,524,496 subscribers|161 videos
It’s even more Vsauce!
Wendover Productions|1,188,193 subscribers|72 videos
Their videos keep getting better!
You’re Doing it Wrong|9,355 subscribers|19 videos
You’re doing your YouTube channel wrong. Could be an allegory.
Zelda Dungeon|130,836 subscribers|1,494 videos
Legend of Zelda stuff! Also needed for certain blogs.
Zelda Reorchestrated|11,248 subscribers|312 videos
I miss you too much to unsubscribe.
ZeRo|220,219 subscribers|794 videos
Not really into the competitive Smash Bros. scene anymore.
Whew. It’s done. Now YouTube’s algorithm for my account is very very confused.
Started: 150 channels
That’s almost half! If you want to get that number back up to 100, let me know some of your favorite YouTube channels in the comments. Also, let me know if you found any channels you loved though this list!