YouTube unveils India’s most popular creators and videos of 2021

In 2021, gaming leveled up emerging as a rich and diverse ground for storytelling and community building

e4m by exchange4media Staff
Updated: Dec 2, 2021 1:12 PM
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With more Indians discovering the power of video as a gateway to the world, YouTube was a constant companion to millions navigating the shifting sands of 2021. Our viewers turned to YouTube to learn new skills, hone newfound passions, discover content to watch with friends and family, and foster a shared sense of community. On the other hand, our creators committed to Create With Care and continued to impress and inspire us all with their ingenuity.

In 2021, gaming leveled up emerging as a rich and diverse ground for storytelling and community building, with a notable presence across Top Creators, Top Breakout Creators, Top Women Breakout Creators and even, Top Shorts Creators. In fact, a 5 hour long gaming livestream of the FreeFire World Series Final in 2021, became one of the most popular videos in India this year.

Comedy got new laughs. While Round2Hell’s 40-minute long horror-comedy zombie apocalypse short film became the #1 trending video, comedy did just as well in short-form video. The break-out success of the Tamil sensation Enjoy Enjaami, set off a drumbeat of content inspired by the Tamil Hit reaction videos, cover songs including some in Hindi and Malayalam, animated re-creations, re-creations within FreeFire, make-up tutorials, and even a PSA by the Kerala Police! Our Top Shorts creator A2 Motivation {Arvind Arora} showed us that you really only need a minute to win it. And, our Top Women Breakout Creators represented a diverse tapestry of genres and languages.

2021 showed us that even in challenging times, the inventiveness and creativity of our ecosystem can bring help and hope to the lives of millions of Indians. It’s time to celebrate the content and creators that made YouTube an indelible part of our popular culture, and in fact our lives.

Here are three things you should know about what was created, watched, shared and loved on YouTube in 2021:

New genres, new formats, new stories and new voices across regions and languages

While YouTube today, caters to one of the largest learner communities, top Shorts creators like A2 Motivation {Arvind Arora} and Mr. Gyani Facts shared facts and knowledge in byte-sized videos. Crazy XYZ and MR. INDIAN HACKER fused the goodness of science and technology with entertainment as Science and Experiments emerged as a new genre.

Bhuvan Bam (BB Ki Vines) spun gold, turning characters from his sketch comedy videos into a scripted web series, Dhindora, showing us  the power of creating memorable characters to unlock a multiverse of stories. The growing popularity of hyperlocal creators, and the characters they’ve created, like Jkk Entertainment’s  Chotu Dada and CS Bisht Vines’ Paagal Beta further reiterated this trend. Telugu channels Filmymoji and Funmoji scripted the rise to popularity of Animoji and avatar-based content.

Gaming content evolved from gameplay style videos to comedy, pranks, challenges and even festival-themed music videos. Interestingly, Gen Z gaming became democratized and the gaming audience also expanded outside of the metropolitan areas in India.

With a dearth of film music this year, many independent songs released this year were accompanied by music videos with distinct storylines, featuring popular movie actors. We saw the continued rise of Bhojpuri music with artists Ankush Raja and Shilpi Raj at the helm of the sub-culture as it continues to thrum and thrive across geographies.

Web series brought people together as creators churned out content for Gen-Z

Gen-Z turned to YouTube to find a sense of belonging and to connect through relatable content. It is no wonder, then, that 2021 saw the return of The Viral Fever (TVF) with their web-show Aspirants. Interestingly, shows like Aspirants which mirrored the trials and tribulations of Indian students preparing for the gruelling Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) competitive examination, are deeply endemic to YouTube’s existing learning community which sees millions of students turning to learn creators  as part of their own preparations.

Other scripted content that appealed to specific interests and relatable life stages of Gen Z audiences included Dice Media’s Operation MBBS and Clutch, Telugu shows like 30 weds 21 by Girl Formula and Surya featuring Shanmukh Jaswanth in the lead. Gaming and comedy were other genres that helped Gen-Z connect over shared interests and passions.

Creators excel with YouTube Shorts - imaginative, helpful content in less than 60 seconds captures hearts and minds of viewers across India 

Both new and existing creators reached viewers across a broad range of topics with short-form content that tapped into the humor and familiarity of everyday life. Some of the most popular Shorts creators in 2021 went beyond the well-understood techniques of editing videos to music and transitions, and have given rise to new and innovative formats of short-form storytelling across themes including family and friendships, language skills, motivation and men's grooming content and social messages.

For a deeper look at the year on YouTube and to see the top creators, videos and trends in many other countries, head to the trends website.

Top Trending Videos

#

Video title

Channel

1

ZOMBIE | The Living Dead | Round2Hell | R2H

Round2hell

2

PAAGAL BETA 13 | Jokes | CS Bisht Vines | Desi Comedy Video | School Classroom Jokes

CS Bisht Vines

3

TVF's Aspirants | Episode 1 | UPSC - Optional Me Kya Hai?

The Viral Fever

4

THE LAND OF BIGG BOSS | CARRYMINATI

CarryMinati

5

[HINDI] Free Fire World Series 2021 Singapore Finals

Free Fire Esports India

6

The Mummy Returns | Ashish Chanchlani

ashish chanchlani vines

7

BHAI - BEHAN AUR चुड़ैल || Rachit Rojha

Rachit Rojha

8

Dhindora | EP 01: Lag Gayi | BB Ki Vines

BB Ki Vines

9

Roommate - Stand Up Comedy Ft. Anubhav Singh Bassi

Anubhav Singh Bassi

10

Bhide Jumps Off Balcony?! | Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah | TMKOC Comedy | तारक मेहता

Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah

Top Music Videos

#

Video title

Channel

1

Lut Gaye (Full Song) Emraan Hashmi, Yukti | Jubin N, Tanishk B, Manoj M | Bhushan K | Radhika-Vinay

T-Series

2

HD VIDEO | कुँवारे में गंगा नहईले बानी | Ankush Raja , Shilpi Raj | Bhojpuri Song 2021

Ankush Raja Official

3

Badshah - Paani Paani | Jacqueline Fernandez | Aastha Gill | Official Music Video

Saregama Music

4

Baarish Ki Jaaye | B Praak Ft Nawazuddin Siddiqui & Sunanda Sharma | Jaani | Arvindr Khaira | DM

DM - Desi Melodies

5

Saiyaan Ji ► Yo Yo Honey Singh, Neha Kakkar|Nushrratt Bharuccha|  Lil G, Hommie D| Mihir G|Bhushan K

T-Series

6

#SarangaDariya​ | Love story Songs | Naga Chaitanya | Sai Pallavi | Sekhar Kammula | Pawan Ch

Aditya Music

7

#Video | नदी बिचे नईया डोले | #Shilpi Raj, #Rani | Nadi Biche Naiya Dole | Bhojpuri Song 2021

VR Music

8

Baarish Ban Jaana (Official Video) Payal Dev, Stebin Ben | Hina Khan, Shaheer Sheikh | Kunaal Vermaa

VYRLOriginals

9

Dhee ft. Arivu - Enjoy Enjaami (Prod. Santhosh Narayanan)

maajja

10

Raataan Lambiyan – Official Video | Shershaah | Sidharth – Kiara | Tanishk B| Jubin Nautiyal  |Asees

Sony Music India

Top Creators

#

Channel

1

Total Gaming

2

Techno Gamerz

3

Jkk Entertainment

4

Crazy XYZ

5

A_S Gaming

6

LOKESH GAMER

7

MR. INDIAN HACKER

8

Village Cooking Channel

9

Round2hell

10

Gyan Gaming

Top Shorts Creators

Channel

A2 Motivation {Arvind Arora}

Dushyant kukreja

Sanjoy Das Official

Ajay Sharma

baseer gaming

English Connection

LittleGlove

Mr Gyani Facts

Shivam Malik

Tsuriki Show

Breakout Creators

#

Channel

1

Harpreet SDC

2

ADITECH

3

The Viral Fever

4

Family Fitness

5

STAR GAMERS

6

Jeki khan khatri

7

Flight Gamer

8

Rai Live

9

Dance with Alisha

10

Ayush Yadav

Women Breakout Creators

#

Channel

1

Dance with Alisha

2

PAYAL GAMING

3

Suhani Shah

4

Kashika Sisodia

5

Lakshmi Nakshathra

6

Aditi Sharma

7

Mamatha natural food

8

DEVIKA GUPTA

9

Priyanka hard-work

10

Deepthi Sunaina

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