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. Viewers turned to YouTube to learn new skills, hone newfound passions, discover new, and find like-minded communities. Now, as 2021 comes to a close, YouTube is looking back at the most popular videos that caught the attention of viewers across the country and the creators who continued to inspire and impress audiences 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. 

For more trends and insights, please see the detailed blog here.

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 Culture & Trends site.

Here’s a complete list of the most popular creators and videos on YouTube in 2021: 

Top Trending Videos
#Video titleChannel
1ZOMBIE | The Living Dead | Round2Hell | R2HRound2hell
2PAAGAL BETA 13 | Jokes | CS Bisht Vines | Desi Comedy Video | School Classroom JokesCS Bisht Vines
3TVF’s Aspirants | Episode 1 | UPSC – Optional Me Kya Hai?The Viral Fever
5[HINDI] Free Fire World Series 2021 Singapore FinalsFree Fire Esports India
6The Mummy Returns | Ashish Chanchlaniashish chanchlani vines
7BHAI – BEHAN AUR चुड़ैल || Rachit RojhaRachit Rojha
8Dhindora | EP 01: Lag Gayi | BB Ki VinesBB Ki Vines
9Roommate – Stand Up Comedy Ft. Anubhav Singh BassiAnubhav Singh Bassi
10Bhide Jumps Off Balcony?! | Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah | TMKOC Comedy | तारक मेहताTaarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah

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Top Music Videos
#Video titleChannel
1Lut Gaye (Full Song) Emraan Hashmi, Yukti | Jubin N, Tanishk B, Manoj M | Bhushan K | Radhika-VinayT-Series
2HD VIDEO | कुँवारे में गंगा नहईले बानी | Ankush Raja , Shilpi Raj | Bhojpuri Song 2021Ankush Raja Official
3Badshah – Paani Paani | Jacqueline Fernandez | Aastha Gill | Official Music VideoSaregama Music
4Baarish Ki Jaaye | B Praak Ft Nawazuddin Siddiqui & Sunanda Sharma | Jaani | Arvindr Khaira | DMDM – Desi Melodies
5Saiyaan Ji ► Yo Yo Honey Singh, Neha Kakkar|Nushrratt Bharuccha|  Lil G, Hommie D| Mihir G|Bhushan KT-Series
6#SarangaDariya | Love story Songs | Naga Chaitanya | Sai Pallavi | Sekhar Kammula | Pawan ChAditya Music
7#Video | नदी बिचे नईया डोले | #Shilpi Raj, #Rani | Nadi Biche Naiya Dole | Bhojpuri Song 2021VR Music
8Baarish Ban Jaana (Official Video) Payal Dev, Stebin Ben | Hina Khan, Shaheer Sheikh | Kunaal VermaaVYRLOriginals
9Dhee ft. Arivu – Enjoy Enjaami (Prod. Santhosh Narayanan)maajja
10Raataan Lambiyan – Official Video | Shershaah | Sidharth – Kiara | Tanishk B| Jubin Nautiyal  |AseesSony Music India

Top Creators
1Total Gaming
2Techno Gamerz
3Jkk Entertainment
4Crazy XYZ
5A_S Gaming
8Village Cooking Channel
10Gyan Gaming

Top Shorts Creators
1A2 Motivation {Arvind Arora}
2Dushyant kukreja
3Sanjoy Das Official
4Ajay Sharma
5baseer gaming
6English Connection
8Mr Gyani Facts
9Shivam Malik
10Tsuriki Show

Breakout Creators
1Harpreet SDC
3The Viral Fever
4Family Fitness
6Jeki khan khatri
7Flight Gamer
8Rai Live
9Dance with Alisha
10Ayush Yadav

Women Breakout Creators
1Dance with Alisha
3Suhani Shah
4Kashika Sisodia
5Lakshmi Nakshathra
6Aditi Sharma
7Mamatha natural food
9Priyanka hard-work
10Deepthi Sunaina