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A streak that began in 2022 has come to an end.
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A single channel has led all of the U.S. Top 50 charts released this year — until now. It just got eclipsed by a short-form hub with a strange name and even stranger content.
Let’s all give a warm welcome to this week’s #1: DaFuq!?Boom!
The YouTube Shorts standout has been rising up our charts thanks to its unusual brand of animated videos. By depicting long-necked characters who pop out of toilets, DaFuq!?Boom! is flushing the competition. During our latest seven-day measurement period, it added 791.7 million weekly views. That 81% week-over-week increase put DaFuq!?Boom! above two billion lifetime views while also vaulting it to the premier spot in the U.S. Top 50.
The ascendance of DaFuq!?Boom! has led to a rarity in the U.S. Top 50: For the first time this year, CoComelon – Nursery Rhymes is occupying a spot other than first. The Moonbug-owned purveyor of family-friendly videos has stayed far ahead of its American competition in 2023, but that changed in our latest U.S. chart. CoComelon had to settle for second place even though it added 490.4 million weekly views. When I saw that its streak of #1 finishes had ended, all I could do was say the name of the channel that beat it.
Another short-form channel is in third place in the U.S. Top 50. After breaking into our charts last year, the California-based creator known as Alan Chikin Chow has become a top-five stalwart in 2023. His comedy videos brought 369.7 million weekly views to his official YouTube channel during the second week of May. That was good for a 13% week-over-week increase, but even though his traffic is in the green, Chow was only able to move up one spot after landing in fourth seven days ago.
The channel that replaced Chow in fourth place is another short-form hub that’s on a roll. Over the past few months, _vector_ has slowly but surely worked its way up the charts. Now, the vertical video destination has achieved its all-time high-water mark. It achieved its first fourth-place finish in the U.S. Top 50 thanks to the 363.9 million weekly views it recorded over our latest measurement period. Looks like this channel’s “vector” is pointing up.
The #5 channel in the U.S. Top 50 is no stranger to big-time YouTube numbers. MrBeast, aka Jimmy Donaldson, returned to the U.S. top five after claiming 362.7 million weekly views. Donaldson has some big things in the works, so I doubt he’ll disappear from the charts anytime soon.
A number of couple channels have established themselves as Top Gainers over the past few months. We’ve covered the lovey-dovey vibes of Pink Shirt Couple and Matt and Abby. Compared to those duos, this week’s Top Gainer is a little less harmonious — at least on the surface.
I’m talking about A&B Things, the home of a young couple named Anthony and Bella. The lovebirds just cracked the U.S. Top 50 for the first time after collecting 117.6 million weekly views, most of which came on YouTube Shorts. That total represented a 46% week-over-week bump, which put Anthony and Bella in 49th place in our star-spangled ranking.
A&B seem to have a good relationship, but their most popular videos are not so nice. In most of them, Anthony plays pranks on his partner by pushing her out of the car or hogging all the food. But just when you start to wonder about Anthony’s attitude, he does something nice. When he goes to hang with his boys, for example, he makes sure to provide Bella with plenty of McDonald’s treats on his way out the door.
Only A&B know how much of this drama is real and how much of it is invented for the cameras. (My guess is that it’s mostly the latter.) Either way, the two young parents are proving that couple content can succeed even if it reminds viewers that every healthy relationship includes some conflict. Perhaps there are lessons to be learned from these vertical videos, but it’s definitely a bad idea to unbuckle your partner’s seatbelt and forcibly eject them from the vehicle.
This week, there are 40 YouTube Shorts channels in the U.S. Top 50.
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