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20 YouTube Stars You Need To Know

You know Internet celebrity is a thing, but who are the best and brightest? We've got the definitive list for you!

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Miranda Sings

Miranda Sings does what her name suggests: She belts...not well, we might add. She's a character created by comedian Colleen Ballinger Evans, mocking the untalented and ambitious. Watch her cover of Adele's "Hello" above.

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Tyler Oakley

Tyler Oakley is living, breathing proof that sometimes nice guys finish first. He's a funny dude and has created an empire by cracking jokes and commenting on pop culture moments. He's also a huge Directioner and loves him some 5 Seconds of Summer, we know now, so we're down.

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Sweden's PewDiePie was one of the first to make a career out of playing video games on YouTube. They're called "Let's Play" clips, and they're pretty hilarious.

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Bethany Mota

Was there a YouTube before Bethany Mota? She started as a teen (homegirl is only 20 now) giving makeup tutorials, DIY tips and much more. She's adorable as hell, and it should come as no surprise that she's here to stay.

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Lilly Singh

Lilly Singh is an Indo-Canadian YouTube celeb and much of her rapping deals with that identity. She's perhaps best-known as "IISuperwomanII," an alias that allows her to document her day-to-day activities in a fun and engaging way.

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Lindsey Stirling

A handful of years ago, becoming a famous devout Mormon violinist would be pretty difficult. Lindsey Stirling has not only cornered the market in it, she's created it herself.

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If anyone tells you YouTube stardom is not a sustainable career, they're lying. Smosh have been in the game for over a decade now, and continue to grow in prominence with each passing day.

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Jenna Marbles

Jenna Marbles' comedy typically pokes fun at gender stereotypes and various societal norms, and has earned a dedicated YouTube following.

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Grace Helbig

Grace Helbig is much more of a comedian and actress than anything else--just watch her explain the concept of Netflix and Chill to her mom above. Who wouldn't wanna watch that?

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Kingsley is also a pop culture commentator, and goes about it in a way that makes you feel like you're hanging out with a hilarious BFF instead of watching a comedy act. It's the best.

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Markiplier is the man to go to if you're looking for video game play and commentary. If you're a nerd, seriously, look no further.

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Destin Sandlin

Destin Sandlin is the creator of "Smarter Every Day," a YouTube series designed to, you know, make you learn about stuff and get smarter every day. Here he is interviewing President Obama. Impressive stuff!

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YouTube fame doesn't only exist in one way: It's so much more than a recording of one person talking about stuff or simple, too-long-for-Vine skits. Take a page out of the book of sWooZie: Animated shorts are killer.

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Ingrid Nilsen

If makeup tutorials are your thing, Ingrid Nilsen is a name you need to know. She's brilliant.

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Zoella is the other makeup maven to know. Trust us.

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Michelle Phan

Michelle Phan is also a master of the cosmetic arts but she does it in the best way: She ensures different skin tones, ethnicities, races, etc. are represented. Let's hope she's inspiring a new wave of diverse thinking.

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Matt Bellassai

Matt Bellassai began as a BuzzFeed reporter before becoming an Internet icon with his weekly series, "Whine About It," where he gets drunk at his desk and complains about stuff. It's a sight to be seen.

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Connor Franta

While Connor Franta has a name that sounds like he's trying to be the next Shawn Mendes or something, this cute youngin' is all about the Internet jokes.

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Joe Sugg

Cosign Joe Sugg.

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Shane Dawson

Don't get him confused for the Smosh guys, though they look extraordinarily similar. Shane Dawson is a YouTube OG and now makes videos that mostly revolve around challenges and reacting to everyday items and occurrences. It gets silly, and quickly.


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