Are you currently bored out of your mind? Has lockdown dried up your social life and left you at a loose end? If so, you’re definitely not alone. To help, here are a list of the top 10 YouTube channels to watch while you’re stuck inside. In the list I’ve tried to include a mix of entertaining channels as well as ones that can help you develop new skills. Learning a new skill is a great way to pass the time and being productive is a great mood booster. So, if you have always wanted to learn a language, improve your cooking or just make some life changes now is your chance!
Have you been meaning to get back into shape? Maybe you are normally a very active person and are struggling to find ways to get your blood pumping whilst your stuck inside. If you fall into either of those categories then Joe Wicks’ Body Coach TV may be the perfect channel for you. Every day from Monday to Friday from 9am – 9:30am Joe live-streams ‘P.E with Joe’. Whilst the show was originally designed to take the place of children’s P.E classes the exercises are ones that any age can do. The workout is not designed to test your flexibility or strength, it’s simply designed to get your blood flowing and give your mental health a boost, benefits that can be felt whatever your age!
Joe has also said that any money he gets in ad-revenue will be donated to the NHS so by watching you’ll not only be burning some calories, you’ll also be helping support our nurses and doctors. So far he has said to of raised over £80,000!
Maybe aerobics isn’t your thing and what you’re really missing right now is getting your football fix. If that’s the case then you should check out Hashtag United’s channel. Hashtag United originally started out as a YouTube football team created by Spencer Owen however they have now entered the non-league football pyramid. Having secured promotion to step nine in their first season in non-league. Unfortunately their second season has now been cancelled along with the rest of non-league and Division 1 and Division 2 football.
However, fear not, as Hashtag are still producing great content and you can always look back at some of their epic previous games (such as their game versus Hoddesdon Town or Sawebridgeworth Town). Whilst the season is cancelled the channel is putting out some great Fifa content whilst Spencer takes on the absolutely mammoth task of taking Hashtag United from step nine of non-league all the way to Champions League victors in Football Manager 2020. If you need your football fix then look no further than Hashtag United!
It would seem ridiculous to make this list without mentioning one of YouTube’s biggest creators right now. His content is the definition of extra and he never disappoints in providing the most out-there and ambitious content in the whole of YouTube. Most of his videos will not only shock you but also warm your heart as a lot of his content revolves around surprising strangers or friends with extravagant acts of generosity.
It’s hard to describe his content as it is just so out-there but the chances are that once you watch one of his videos you just can’t help but watch another.
Maybe the one thing you really miss right now simply enjoying the great outdoors and, if so, you’re certainly not alone. Whilst Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said people are allowed out for one burst of exercise a day it doesn’t meet most people’s fix of nature.
Whilst nothing will beat actually experiencing nature the next best thing is to watch some of Hamiltonville Farm’s content. Hamiltonville Farm a relatively new channel which recently featured on YouTube’s trending tab for the first time. Their channel, run by Hank Hamilton and his wife Gina, revolves around their 75 acre hobby farm located in the panhandle of Florida, USA. On the channel you’ll find plenty of content of them working on the farm as well as their popular ‘Will it start’ series which sees Hank try and bring to life abandoned tractors and trucks dotted around their land. Their channel has got a bit of everything so if the outdoors or tractors are your kind of thing then this channel is for you.
One thing the British are known for across the world is our love of a good pint at the pub. What non-Brits might not also realise is that pubs are so much more than places to get have pint or two or five, they’re often the social hub of our towns and cities. As well as darts and karaoke another great night at the pub is of course the quiz night.
Unfortunately, with pubs now closed people might think that their next pub quiz is months off however the Virtual Pub Quiz YouTube channel has come to the rescue! Whilst they cannot provide you with a pub setting this channel can still give you your quiz fix and set you up for a night of fun, laughter and some good old pub quiz shenanigans. It’s a great way for households to get together for some fun and games and pass a couple of hours. There’s a general knowledge quiz every Thursday at 8:15pm as well as specialist quiz rounds dotted throughout the week so there’s a little something for everyone!
This is another great channel to check out if you fancy a little challenge and a lot of laughs. It’s the official YouTube channel of the TV show ‘Taskmaster’ as featured on Dave but the hosts Greg Davies and Alex Horne have decided to ditch Dave and instead ask you, via their YouTube channel and social media, to take on some challenges.
Of course these challenges are all #HomeTasking challenges meaning they do not involve anything that you would have to leave the house for. They issue the challenges every Monday and Wednesday at 9am GMT and if your entry is good enough you’ll get featured in a special compilation with a message from the Taskmaster himself, Greg Davies!
As mentioned in the introduction learning a new skill is a fantastic way to not only pass the time during lockdown but also have a go at something you’ve been to get round too for ages. If you’ve been meaning to buy that chef’s cook book or take that cookery course then why not check out the YouTube channel Binging with Babbish. His video tutorials on how to cook a whole range of dishes are simply tremendous and range from simple dishes that even beginner cooks can master all the way to extravagant movie dishes that require more skill. His easy to follow videos also have recipes in the description box so if you don’t want to follow the video you can always just go by the recipe below it. He also has playlists which are organised by difficulty as well as by type or by movie or television dishes which make finding the recipes you want really easy.
If you want to learn how to cook a mean French Onion Soup or Shawarma from the Avengers then you need to check out this channel.
Maybe the French Onion Soup doesn’t sound tempting but learning French does. If so, Ikenna’s YouTube channel may be the answer you’ve been looking for to cure your lockdown boredom. Ikenna is a polyglot – also called a show-off – who can speak not one, or two, but eight languages fluently and is learning another three taking his total to 11 languages!
As well as making videos surprising natives by speaking their language he also has a number of useful and informative videos on language learning. So, what are you you waiting for? Allez!
Another group of big YouTube creators to mention are The Try Guys. This group of four friends – Keith Habersberger, Ned Fulmer, Zach Kornfeld, and Eugene Lee Yang – met and formed The Try Guys when they worked together at Buzzfeed but they split from the internet company in 2018 to make their own show. IMDB describe them as “a group of guys who will try pretty much anything for the audience’s entertainment” and that sums up their content pretty well. Why not check out their content library and have a look back at hilarious challenges such as ‘The Try Guys Bake Pie Without A Recipe‘ or ‘Eugene Babysits Ned’s Baby‘.
The great news is that they’re still uploading quality content despite the restrictions so they’re a great channel to follow for regular pick-me-ups over the coming weeks and months.
It would seem a travesty for Matt D’Avella not be given a shout out on this list. He’s been mentioned more than once on this website in various pieces and he really is a fantastic YouTube content creator. His excellent videography skills mixed with engaging, interesting and informative content make for quality viewing. Whether it’s a video on mindfulness, minimalism or life-advice he consistently creates content that enriches the mind and soul.
If you feel like your enacting some life-style changes or simply want to refresh your outlook on life then take a dive into Matt D’Avella’s content library and you’ll find what you’re looking for.
So there you have it. This list has a great range of YouTubers both in terms of style and genre. Hopefully you’ve found at least one or two channels that will help get you through some of those boring afternoons stuck indoors that feel like they last for hours. If you enjoyed finding out more about these YouTube creators then be sure to follow The Modern Influencer of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to stay up to date with our latest content from the world of influencing!