1. Hugh Atkin
Current Subscriber Count: 20,183
Hugh Atkin is best known for his musical remixes, in which he interlaces clips from various political speeches to form parodies of popular songs. Some of his most famous remixes include Mitt Romney’s parody of “Will the Real Slim Shady Please Stand Up” (pictured below), Barack Obama’s parody of “You Can’t Touch This”, and – my personal favorite – Donald Trump’s edition of “In The Hall of the Mountain King.”
Give Atkin’s hard work some love.
2. Eran Amir
Current Subscriber Count: 3,817
Eran Amir is a creative mastermind of visual illusions that appear to be done with CGI and visual effects, but are actually a result of painstakingly close attention to detail. For example, Amir’s brilliant “Black & White (In Colour)” video (pictured below) uses gray face paint and a colorless set to give off the illusion of black and white photography, while the camera is actually shooting in full color. His “This Video Is Not In Reverse” film uses tricks and illusions to appear to be in reverse, even though the camera is really shooting in real time. But perhaps Amir’s best work is his “RUN BABY RUN” movie, in which he intertwines over 2,500 photos of a plaster baby in different positions to form the illusion that it’s running.
You’d be doing yourself a disservice if you didn’t subscribe to this genius’ channel.
3. OK GO
Current Subscriber Count: 573,664
Whether you like their music or not, there’s no doubt that OK GO is the king of the music video, using close attention to detail and thousands of hours of hard work and preparation to create each one-take visual masterpiece. OK GO’s “Upside Down and Inside Out” music video (pictured below), for instance, takes the band into zero gravity for a perfectly choreographed floating film. Their “The Writing’s On The Wall” movie uses 18 different optical illusions in four minutes to create one of the most mind-boggling videos of all time. The band’s “Needing/Getting” masterpiece shows OK GO driving through two miles of California desert with extendable arms on the side of their car, which brilliantly brush past over 1,000 pianos, guitars, pipes, and pans to create the soundtrack’s beat. But perhaps OK GO’s greatest feat is “This Too Shall Pass”, a music video in which one of the largest and most elaborate Rube Goldberg machines of all time unfolds in perfect synchronization with the underlying music.
You won’t want to miss the next OK GO music video, so be sure to click that red subscribe button.
Subscribe to these three YouTube channels, and you life will be much happier.
I’d like to add the marvelous Tom Scott to this list – a fantastic YouTube channel with short, exciting narrations about things and places you’ve never heard of. Like OK Go, he’s not completely unknown, but is surely not YouTube famous…yet.