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This week, YouTube Shorts creators occupied the U.S. Top 50 like never before. The all-American ranking included 41 channels that rely on YouTube’s short-form format.
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Despite that dominance, a channel known for long-form videos continues to lead this edition of our weekly charts.
CoComelon – Nursery Rhymes dropped all the way to third place in our Global Top 50. Despite that un-CoComelon-like malaise, the California-based channel continues to lead our American chart. As it has throughout the year, the kid-friendly hub finished #1 in the U.S. Top 50. Its 546.6 million weekly views kept it ahead of the field, and even though some global Shorts channels have been able to catch up with that traffic, no U.S.-based hubs are particularly close to CoComelon. Look for its U.S. win streak to continue into May.
The first of the 41 Shorts channels in the latest U.S. Top 50 belongs to Alan Chikin Chow. By collecting 405.2 million weekly views, the clever comedian retained the runner-up status he earned a week ago. Chow now has more than 24 billion lifetime views on YouTube, and that’s not the extent of his online video prowess. On TikTok, his short-form yuks reach more than 13 million followers.
The next short-form channel in the chart is about 90 million views behind Alan Chikin Chow, but despite that gap, BigSchool still claimed the #3 spot in the U.S. Top 50. The animation channel uses characters from games like Minecraft and Poppy Playtime to tell school stories on Shorts. BigSchool rode a 27% week-over-week bump to move up seven spots after landing in tenth a week ago. Now that sounds like a passing grade to me.
MrBeast took fourth place in the latest U.S. Top 50. The man born Jimmy Donaldson rose to prominence by uploading extravagant stunts to his beastly YouTube channel, but his top 50 resurgence has been led by a combo of short-form and long-form content. That effective mix brought 305.4 million views to the main MrBeast YouTube channel during the week that was. That channel is about to cross 150 million subscribers as well.
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Some of the Shorts channels that have made it into the U.S. Top 50 are pretty easy to digest. For the stranger hubs that crack the ranking, there’s nothing we can say other than DaFuq!?Boom!
That profane statement is both the name of a channel in this week’s U.S. Top 50 and an accurate response to the weirdness of that channel’s videos. The ten most-watched videos in the DaFuq!?Boom! YouTube Shorts library all feature wide-eyed heads that pop out of toilets. You can try to flush them (as the POV characters in the videos often do) but the damage is already done.
If it boggles your mind that such simple potty humor can get 45 million views on a single video, just remember that 3D animation is one of the biggest categories on YouTube Shorts right now. Many DaFuq!?Boom! use the same background music as the animated memes created by the VRChat personality FSRiko, and the overall oddness of these Shorts is reminiscent of last week’s global Top Gainer, Banana D.
By joining 3D animation channels like BigSchool in the U.S. Top 50, DaFuq!?Boom! is showing just how far that category has come. Animators used to struggle with the demands of the YouTube algorithm; now it’s possible to get millions of views with a bunch of pixelated toilets. Over seven days, DaFuq!?Boom! secured 144.8 million weekly views to make its first appearance in the U.S. Top 50. It finished in 33rd place, three spots above longtime chart-topper WWE.
To me, the success of this channel is as confusing as its title implies. But there’s one thing you can’t take away from DaFuq!?Boom! It’s definitely the highest-ranking channel to feature an interrobang in its title.
This week, there are 41 YouTube Shorts channels in the U.S. Top 50.