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Last week, we saw more YouTube Shorts creators in our U.S. Top 50 than ever before.
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As April becomes May, that trend is still going strong, even though short-form stars are shuffling their chart positions. Here are some Shorts standouts who are currently making big moves on YouTube:
Before we talk Shorts, let’s recognize the long-form channel that continues to lead our U.S. Top 50: CoComelon – Nursery Rhymes. Though the California-based animation hub has not yet regained the #1 spot in the Global Top 50, it is still riding a streak in our all-American ranking. CoComelon has been on top of this chart for years, with only a few brief interruptions in between its spells of dominance. By picking up 521.3 million weekly views at the start of May, CoComelon stayed well ahead of the pack in the U.S. Top 50.
Last week, I highlighted DaFuq!?Boom! as a strange channel that lives up to the interjection in its punctuated title. I better get used to its toilet-loving brand of weirdness, because DaFuq!?Boom! looks like it’s sticking around in the ranking for a while. It is currently #2 in the U.S. Top 50 thanks to its 436.2 million weekly views. It now has more than one billion lifetime YouTube views in all, and this is the first time in 2023 that the top two channels in the U.S. Top 50 are both animation hubs.
Dylan Anderson finished in third place in the latest U.S. Top 50. That’s a familiar spot for Anderson, who has hovered near the top of our American ranking for months. His brand of short-form content — often inspirational and usually accompanied by brisk narration — picked up 330.9 million weekly views during our most recent measurement period. Anderson recently surpassed 10 billion lifetime views on YouTube, so his story is starting to sound inspiring, too.
Alan Chikin Chow is just a few million views behind Anderson in fourth place. The California-based comedian is one of the kings of laughter on YouTube Shorts, and he continues to haul in major viewership with his polished Shorts. He started May by snagging 327.1 million weekly views, which is a solid total (even if Chow has dropped three spots since our last U.S. Top 50 update).
ViralHog rounds out this week’s U.S. top five. The short-form hub aggregates top vertical videos, and that strategy brought in 318.6 million views during the week that was.
Frankie Lapenna is only 25 years old, but he’s already accomplished a lifetime of adventures — and he has plenty of ambition to spare. The Michigan native broke out on TikTok, where his vertical videos reach nearly eight million subscribers. Now he’s bringing the same energy to YouTube Shorts, and a lot of new viewers are loving his vibe.
Lapenna, sometimes referred to as “the green screen guy,” is a versatile creator. In his videos, he brings a bit of Zach King-style technical wizardry, a dash of Daniel Labelle-style running, and a lot of mustache. Lapenna’s soup strainer may be his most remarkable physical feature, but it’s his round behind that’s demanding big viewership on Shorts.
As you can see, Lapenna is willing to go to great lengths for his videos, and all that hard work is paying off. In our latest U.S. Top 50, the TikTok convert ranked 43rd thanks to the 131.2 million weekly views he earned on YouTube. That total was good for a 39% week-over-week increase, which gave Lapenna his first-ever appearance in our Top 50 charts.
Things are looking up for Lapenna. There’s just one problem: People really like to see him get punched in the face. It’s a common thread in many of his Shorts, so I hope he figures out ways to protect his brain. Lapenna seems like he’s full of ingenuity, so I’m sure he’ll figure something out.
This week, there are 40 YouTube Shorts channels in the U.S. Top 50.