My primary media source for the last few years has been YouTube channels discovered via reddit and other sources. I've discovered a great number of amazing channels on a wide variety of topics. So partly for my own well being and partly to create a resource I can direct people to, I'm going to group my favourite channels into categories and make a nice list for people to discover new channels.
This is only a tiny portion of my actual subscriptions, but I wanted to pick things that most-ish people would be interested in.
The groupings are quite vague, so for example do you put a comedy review of a video game in the gaming, comedy or review category? It's quite difficult.
My top picks for mass market appeal
In no particular order, these are the channels everyone should check out, regardless of what you are interested in:
- CGP Grey
- How to Make Everything
- Half as Interesting
- Mike Boyd (Learn Quick)
- Smarter Every Day
- Vice NEWS
- Every Frame a Painting
- Binging with Babish
- You Suck at Cooking
- c90 Adventures
- Soviet Womble
- Marques Brownlee (MKBHD)
There are bunch of other channels that really are fantastic, but I think these are all pretty safe bets for being enjoyed by most people.
These are channels that will really help you understand a topic, some are very funny and/or entertaining, but they are primarily aimed at getting you to learn something.
3Blue1Brown A serious channel that will explain complicated topics in a way that will let you understand. Want to learn how machine learning and blockchain ACTUALLY work?
Business Casual In depth examinations of a well known businesses and the reasons behind their successes and failures
CGP Grey Wonderfully written explanations of topics ranging from geography, technology and politics
Codys Lab Advanced chemistry done at home, a little rough around the edges but you can see how some serious chemistry can be done
Crash Course Has courses on many different topics that are incredibly comprehensive and consumable
Derek Banas In depth "crash courses" in different programming languages
Engineering Explained Looking at the physics and maths behind how cars work, quite serious
How to Make Everything Nicely put together documentary following the hosts attempt to create things COMPLETELY from scratch by himself
Kurzgesagt Nice animated roundups of big topics, usually revolving around social issues
Primitive Technology One man in the woods building things with stoneage tooling. Turn on subtitles!
Standup Maths Great examples of applied maths, finds interesting problems and works them out
Tech Quickie Quick and easy explanations of (new) technology, and what it's for
The Great War A week by week coverage of WW1, it ran from the 100th aniversary of the start of the war, until the end.
The Nature of Science Researchers in Australia explaing how exotic fish work, oddly captivating
The Brain Scoop A look at natural history and taxidermy, can be gorey but often fascinating
Wendover Productions Wonderfully produced explanations of air travel, economics and geography
These are channels that are also aimed at teaching you something, but I would consider to be more traditional and easily consumable in their presentation. The lines between this and the last category are quite blurry though.
Captain Disillusion Debunking viral videos that have been faked, aimed at a young audience so a bit odd
Colin Furze Building wildly dangerous contraptions in his shed
ElectroBOOM How electronics work, with a haphazard presenter
Half as Interesting Humourous short and interesting videos about random topics
Jay Foreman A comedian who explains things from maps to politics
Last Week Tonight The TV show with John Oliver, quite painful style of humour but they do great investigative journalism
Mark Rober Looking at the engineering and physics behind common things in a fun way
Mike Boyd (Learn Quick) He challenges himself to learn a random skill, and documents it
Smarter Every Day A rocket scientist with a high speed camera observing and explaining amazing phenomena
The Backyard Scientist Making dangerous contraptions and testing them very unsafely
Tom Scott Snippets of "Things you might not know", curiosities around the world explained
These are channels that either discuss or debate world events, or examine human interaction in an interesting way.
Chris Ray Gun Madly edited, looking at mostly internet related news and pointing out ridiculous things people say
Cut A "social experiment" kind of channel that has random people doing all sorts of fun revealing games
Internet Historian A look at crazy stuff the internet has done in real life, usually quite funny, although quite niche
Nerdwriter1 Creates wonderful video essays about media and social issues
Owen Jones Interviews British politicians and general socialst commentary
Oxford Union Uploads full debates from the Oxford Union
Vice NEWS The best news channel, it is delayed due to being broadcast on cable first; however it provides truly global news with much better reporting than you get from mainstream TV networks
Vox A video magazine with fun "articles" based on the news, travel and media
Media Critics & Analysis
These are film and game reviewers and analysts that will either review some media or create a nice breakdown of the techniques used in it.
Every Frame a Painting Superb analysis of how directors and editors make films magical
Zero Punctuation (Escapist) Hilarious animated reviews of the latest video games
Mark Brown (Game Makers Toolkit) In depth discussion of the techniques video game designers use
Now you see it Breaking down films and analysing the writing, directing, editing etc.
Ryan Holinger Pretty standard film reviews, but he keeps them short and to the point
Totalbiscuit Serious reviews for PC games, a trustworthy voice
Your Movie Sucks Often very funny deconstructions of terrible films, or serious reviews of good films
These channels teach you about cooking and general nice food stuff.
Binging with Babish Makes food from TV shows, and then shows you how to cook good
Cocktail Chemistry Explains how to make super fancy cocktails
Juns Kitchen A guy from japan who cooks with his cute kitties helping out
First we Feast (Hot Ones) Various foodie segments, but also Hot Ones, an awesome chat show where guests eat extremely hot sauce
These are your traditional comedy sketches and animations.
Almost Cool Sketch comedy group
Aunty Donna Surreal sketch comedy group from Australia
exurb1a Existential animations, slightly educational odly
Film Cow Charlie the Unicorn & many other wonderful animations
Internet Comment Etiquette with Erik Looking at the wonderful world of comment sections and taking a surreal response to them
Richard Herring (RHLSTP!) The best podcast ever, funny and interesting, Rich interviews comedians in front of a live audience
Tom Ska Silly animations and skits
You Suck at Cooking The best cooking show out there, really silly and a good laugh
Zebra Corner Mahk from Boston edits himself into TV commercials
Reviews of the latest gadgets and technology
Hardware Canucks Serious reviews of tech, often covers unusual things
Linus Tech Tips Reviewing tech, mainly PC gear in a unique way. Also have become a bit of a meta vlog channel
Marques Brownlee (MKBHD) Incredibly well made reviews of tech
These are channels that document peoples travels, some are funny, some are serious.
c90 Adventures Ed March goes around the world on his little c90, very funny and epic
Joe Goes An awkward Minnesotan travels around the world making people uncomfortable in interviews
Motorcycle Adventure TV People riding very long ways across places that lack roads
Rare Earth Personal stories from around the world
Riding with Tom A "Motovlogger" who often does big off road adventures
This is Dan Bell (Another dirty room) Goes urban exploring a lot, and has a series with his friends where the investigate the worst hotels you can imagine
Cars & Motorycles
Assorted vehicular entertainment, racing, showcasing, modifying, building; if the focus is wheels it's here.
44Teeth Baron von Grumble (a moto vlogger) and his friend Al (a superbike rider) mess around on bikes. Quite unique and varied content
B is for Build A guy buys crashed cars and fixes them up himself in a super DIY approach, in detail
Doug DeMuro Reviews of cars looking at all their weird little oddities
FIA World Rally Cross All the Rally Cross races get streamed and uploaded here
FortNine Great reviews of motorcycles and gear
Hoovies Garage A man with a problem buying terrible cars and wasting huge amounts of money doing ridiculous things, he legit has a problem
Jay Lenos Garage In depth looks at custom or exotic cars with TV's own Jay Leno
Mighty Car Mods Some Aussies go to great lengths to tune their car, one of them is really annoying, but they do some interesting projects
Motor Trend Channel (Roadkill) A lot of flaff but they have Roadkill on the channel which is where they get some rust bucket and put 600BHP in it and see if it works (it doesn't but they have fun)
Regular Cars Surreal reviews of normal cars
"YouTubers" who document parts of their lives, you get to know them.
Baron von Grumble "Moto vlogger" who is quite funny and gets up to some interesting stuff
Off the Ranch Matt from Demolition & Vet Ranch includes you in his life and makes you feel part of the family. Plays with guns, cars, and DIY.
Steve-O TV Steve O off the TV is doing some cool stuff and is actually quite a good person
Steve Dangle A super fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs documents his descent into madness
Vlog Brothers Hank and John Green share their interesting vlogs to each other
Walteriffic Another "Moto vlogger" who has some fun editing and is willing to risk life and limb to chase a good doggo down through traffic
Comedy, analysis and documentaries about games.
Accursed Farms (Ross Scott) Freemans Mind is a hilarious playthrough of Half Life, with Ross voicing Gordon. The Game Dungeon is a FASCINATING in depth look at games that history forgot
Ahoy Great look at how certain guns are prortrayed in games
Noclip Feature length documentaries about the gaming industry, interviewing developers and designers
Nerd3 Very funny reviews and streams of games
Soviet Womble Amazingly edited and hilarious highlights of game streams
Videogamedunkey Funny reviews of games, in quite a unique style
Yahtzee Yahtzee from Zero Punctuation makes a podcast with his friend playing some random games
Specialist to me
If you've come this far the rest of the channels are quite specific things that interest me, and are really only for enthusiasts and people really interested in these topics
Jazz and Swing
Recordings of live bands and dancing
Alice Glick Vidoes of performances from the Arbita Springs Opry
Gunhild Carling A bit creepy but a live jazz show every Sunday night
James Stirling Performances from around New Orleans
Vintage Swing Dance Clips from old movies featuring swing dancing
Firearms reviews, discussion and testing
Demolition Ranch Matt from Off the Ranch, plays with guns in a highly entertaining way
Forgotten Weapons Amazing in depth look at the engineering, history and operation of firearms
Hickok45 An old guy gives his opinion on various firearms, in a relaxing conversational way
InRange TV Partnered with Forgotten Weapons, a more practical look at firearm design and real world testing and competition
EDC & Knives
Reviews and discussions of EDC gear and pocket knives
Advanced Knife Bro Quite funny reviews of cheap knives and EDC gear
Blade HQ Trying to sell you stuff, but nice coverage of whats new and discussion on different styles
Bosnian Bill Fantastic place to learn lockpicking and learn about locksmithing in general. I think he works for the CIA or something
Jim Skelton Reviews of VERY expensive knives
Nick Shabazz Fantastic reviews of a range of knives. Covers everything you could ever want to know