16 of my top favourite Youtube channels

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top best favourite youtube channels

How much of our lives are spent on Youtube? I have no idea, but it's best to spend it on channels that are worth your time. These are my personal top 16 favourite channels:



top best favourite youtube channels

1. Ryan Sylvia
Is it any surprise that this thigh-slapping-humorous local Youtube production team appears on this list? Obviously not. Led by the iconic purple-haired maiden Sylvia and 'Watermelon King', Ryan Sylvia produces consistently lists that typify the different types of Singaporeans or uniquely Singaporean behaviours. They demonstrate immense understanding of what constitutes to be Singaporean, it evokes more patriotism than most National Day parades.

Favourite video from Ryan Sylvia goes to: 17 Types of Ah Bengs #HougangDrift 

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2. TMD Shanghai
Another persistently good production team on Youtube is China-based TMD Shanghai that has gotten me chasing all their videos back-to-back within a few hours. My attention span is short but yes, they've captured it all. Their videos surround cultural differences between the mainland China people and foreigners in China, or variants. Although TMD Shanghai began with doing pranks, their shift towards more hilarious acting skits is a welcomed change. They are based in Youku, but I guess they managed to leap over the great firewall and are beginning to amass a sizeable Youtube audience.

Favourite video from TMD Shanghai goes to: Chinese Girlfriends - North vs South!


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3. Screen Junkies (Honest Trailers)
Screen Junkies, or more specifically, their sub-channel Honest Trailers, will definitely appeal to movie buffs. Their acutely sarcastic reveals of brutal truths when it comes to every movie that you hate or love will ignite a range of reactions you've never experienced on Youtube. From a snigger to an unexpected whoop of laughter to indignant disagreement, Honest Trailers is definitely a steady entertainer. If you aren't particularly interested in American drama series like Breaking Bad and Hollywood movies, you can skip this straightaway.
Favourite video from Screen Junkies (Honest Trailers) goes to: Honest Trailers - Inception


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4. clothesencounters
My favourite fashion Instagrammer-Youtuber has got to be Jenn Im. She's so beautiful and fun-loving that even women can't be jealous of her. In stills or videos, she's such an eyecandy to look at with a natural flair for the camera. What I love most about her is how relatable her street-style is - it's not too flamboyant and very applicable to everyday wear.

Favourite video from clothesencounters goes to: What Would Jenn Wear #8 Winter Edition

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5. nigahiga
Ryan's channel is the first Youtube channel I've ever subscribed and possibly because he is one of the pioneers to introduce the idea of acting-videos. He has transcended simple computer program video-editing and acting to amazing, painstaking professional video-making in studios. What I really like about his videos is how they are often circular, nonsensical arguments that draws me in like a vacuum. I know this description doesn't make sense to you, but well, you've really got to see it to understand what I mean. His random parkour stunts and personality also add a lot of vibrancy to the content.

Favourite video from nigahiga goes to: Proving the Illuminati is Real!


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6. Joyce Chu
A Johor-Bahru girl who is also affectionately known as Malaysian chabor or 四叶草 (four-leaf clover), Joyce Chu has a super cute voice and is really funny to watch. Joyce may look nothing more than a 'pretty vase' or a Korean-wannabe, but you'd be surprised how adventurous, easygoing and multi-talented she is. She does makeup tutorials, music covers and Youtube challenges in an assortment of three languages, English, Bahasa Melayu and Mandarin Chinese... accompanied by a characteristic Malaysian accent.

Favourite video from Joyce Chu goes to: MALAYSIA CHABOR by Joyce Chu @ Red People


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7. Ministry of Funny TV
Coming back to Singapore, we have Ministry of Funny TV with no-holds barred social experiments (albeit rigged with a lot of bias) that would have you riveted to the screen for a good three minutes. The success of the channel hinges on the comedic host, Haresh Tilani, that is not afraid of attracting attention to himself. That's probably an understatement given how he gamely swam in Ngee Ann City's fountain fully clad in swimming gear. 

Favourite video from Ministry of Funny TV goes to: Street Olympics - Sports in the City by Ministry of Funny


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8. TED-ED
Too much humour might cause the brain to fester involuntarily. TED-ED is my favourite go-to channel for the modern-day encyclopedia through invigorating speeches and/or animated videos. I like how the information condensed under 20 minutes is easy to absorb and makes for a good accompaniment during lonely meal-times.

Favourite video from TED-ED goes to: Inside OKCupid - the math of online dating 


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9. Reactions
Reactions is similar to TED-ED, except that it is designed to be even less taxing to watch while you get to learn something from these videos. Dealing with the curious questions that revolves around chemistry and physics, this Youtube channel will appeal to minds that thrive on new information.
Favourite video from Reactions goes to: The Science of Caffeine - The World's Most Popular Drug


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10/11. TreePotatoes/ wah!banana

With some overlaps in personalities from Ryan Sylvia, Tree Potatoes and wah! banana feels like the less-elaborate, more homely version of Ryan Sylvia. Tree Potatoes's recent short film, The Chase, is the most impressive of the lot, proving that they have a talent at more sophisticated and emotional productions than funny ones. wah!banana's videos are generally more tightly-themed throughout each production.
Favourite video from TreePotatoes goes to: The Chase
Favourite video from wah!banana goes to: Things Not To Do on First Dates


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12/13. BuzzFeedVideo/ BuzzFeedBlue
This is probably my most-viewed Youtube channel because of their frequent uploads and my ferocious clicks on them whenever they do. The comfortable narration and sense of humour is on-point, making it a true enjoyment to watch for all their videos. I haven't seen a single one which I didn't like. They have themes to their videos, which include "Americans try...", "Try Guys..." and the usual lists that are as clickbaits as they are really relatable. 

Favourite video from BuzzFeed goes to: The Try Guys Test The Legal Alcohol Limit


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14. Eden Ang
An up-and-coming actor, singer, (break)dancer, Eden is one of my favourite members in the popular local production crews of Ryan Sylvia/ Wahbanana/ Tree Potatoes. He has a natural X factor whenever he appears, especially when imitating accents. While overacting may sometimes be jarring, he somehow balances the fine line between overacting and humour. His own video channel is not updated very frequently, but when it does, it's really entertaining in terms of content.

Favourite video from Eden Ang goes to: #SiaoLiaoSiaoLiao

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15. cheokboard productions
Helmed by Jonathan Cheok, one of the guys from the local production teams, cheokboard productions does not mind veering towards more crude topics or exaggerated playful acting with tasteful presentation. His latest short film, Stay, also reveals a more sensitive side that the production team is capable of.

Favourite video from cheokboard productions goes to: Advertisements vs Reality


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16. Michelle Phan

Michelle Phan is the name you'd refer to for the goddess of makeup tutorials. I love those because they are so easy to follow and she made so many videos.. you'll bound to find something you need in there. From basics like shaping brows, contouring, eyeshadows to elaborately themed makeup like Angeline Jolie or painting skulls on faces for Halloween, Michelle Phan never fails to impress with her skills.

Favourite video from Michelle Phan: The Beautiful Death



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  1. Thanks, I will have to check some of these out. I am still not fully sure how YouTube works LOL

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    1. Youtube is a video-sharing platform but a lot of users take it very seriously and make really good videos for all to enjoy!! I think that it is a really good way to enjoy my free time (:

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  2. Oooh! I've been a long-time Nigahiga subscriber and I can still remember back when he uploaded his "How to be (gangster/ninja)" videos. He has definitely come a long way, but he still seems very grounded which is really admirable. :) I also enjoy ScreenJunkies, BuzzFeedVideos (blue and yellow), and Tree Potato/Wah!Banana too! Will definitely check out Ryan Sylvia, so thanks for the reco! ;) Btw, you might want to check out NikkiTutorials too. I like Michelle Phan, but I ljust ove Nikki! <3

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    1. Ryan Sylvia, Tree Potatoes and Wah!Banana are very similar, I'm sure you'll like it :) Ooh I just watched one NikkiTutorial and she is really good at makeup... :D

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  3. nice collection, I usually love watching cover songs from youtube artist. this lists are new discovery to me. like it!

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    1. The acting skits sort of Youtube videos are my favourites! They are very entertaining when done well :)

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  4. I love Michelle's channel,she is such an inspiration. although YouTube is banned I'm Pakistan we all use proxies to watch our favourite channels.

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    1. Great job.. :) Heh Youtube has amazing information that ranges from recipes, lifehacks to makeup tips that you can't miss out in life!!

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  5. I'm not really a YouTube fan, unless searching for a song I haven't heard in a while or looking for new ways to babywear. I will have to keep some of these in mind for when I have nothing else to do!

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    1. Yeah it's a really entertaining way to pass time, even better than TV. :)

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  6. I only know Honest Trailers and Ryan Higa on this list. I will check out your Singaporean comedy links.

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    1. :D go enjoy with the video links!! :)

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  7. I don't have a particular youtube channel favorite except, maybe for the masterchef channel where I watch the episodes. :) I've subscribed to a couple of cooking channels but I barely had the time to check them. I'm not familiar with any channel on your list, and that's most likely because I'm a bit outdated, haha.

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    1. Ah masterchef!! I've been wanting to subscribe to some cooking channels as well. That's a good place to start (:

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  8. This is great! I now going to check my Youtube and check If I am following anyone. If not, I should start following channels like this one. Thanks a lot!

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  9. Very nice of you to have these favorite youtube channels. I have my own channel but I'm not giving much attention. Your article open-up my mind about levelling-up in youtube.

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    1. Youtube is indeed where the new trends are moving towards.. but it takes a different set of skills compared to blogging.

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  10. Because internet is not that fast in my country, I do not visit youtube that often. For the times that I am in youtube, I would be searching art tutorials and exercise videos. On your list, I love TED ED.

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  11. What a great post! I do not tend to watch or use YouTube, although I do have a channel... will start watching and subscribing! Sim x

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    1. Enjoy!! Youtube has a lot of hidden fun stuff :D

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  12. A great selection of links worth considering, unfortunately I have never heard of some of these channels before so now I plan to check them out. They seem quite funny and it must be amusing to watch them!

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    1. Yeah indeed!! It's my favourite way to spend time on the internet!

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  13. Lol, I feel bad - coz from this list, the only person I now is Michelle Phan. The few times that you will find me on YouTube is when I'm trying to learn a new stuff about make-up or when I wanna research on a product review about a certain brand of make-up. I like Wung Fu productions too. Anyways, Imma check out the YouTube channels you recommended. If you recommended 'em, they must be good 👍

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    1. Michelle phan is the goddess of makeup! :) Wongfu productions is really good at sentimental short movie clips. Should have included them too! >_<

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  14. I'm more active following fitness channel. Haha... I do know Michelle Phan and Joyce Chu.

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    1. Ohh I love doing exercises with youtube videos too. So much more motivating (:

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  15. Nigahiga was the first channel I subscribed to as well! The Portobello Mushroom Burger video drew me in!!

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    1. oh my that was so long ago!! I remember that one, though it's worth refreshing my memory with it again (:

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  16. I followed some of them like clothesencounters, Michelle Phan and Joyce Chu. I am more into beauty and fashion. Thanks for sharing this :D

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    1. clothesencounters is by far my favourite when it comes to fashion youtubers.. Jen is really comfortable to watch and follow :)

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  17. Sorry but I'm not an active Youtube user so the only channel I know is Michelle Phan's but I'll definitely check the others out after this comment. Thanks for sharing. Some of them interests me esp Jen :)

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    1. Go find Jen for all her fashion coordinates!! (: Love her videos!!

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  18. Nice list of youtube channels! I know most of them, but I prefer Michelle Phan's most. Usually because I get to learn something rather than watching something nonsensical... :P
    P.S. Eden is a pretty friendly guy!

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    1. If you like learning about new stuff, Reactions and TED-ED are my favourites (: Sometimes I'd search for "BBC documentaries" for 1-hour videos if I had more spare time. Hahah! I fangirl over Eden whenever he appears onscreen cos' he is sooo funny!

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  19. Interesting channels. I am only familiar with Michelle Phan and she's on the top of my list too.

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    1. She's one of the first youtubers that I like and subscribe to :) Maybe you can check out the others too!

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  20. Ohhh fantastic! You've given me plenty of great and funny videos to watch. I spend time on YouTube and now you've given a few more.

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  21. I love nigahiga ang buzzfeed. I also watch nash grier! Try watching

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