Top-10 Most Used Emojis on YouTube

In 1999 NASA lost the $125 million Mars Climate Orbiter to miscommunication over Metric and Imperial measurement systems. Yes, even rocket scientists can fall prey to ‘miscommunication.’

The same year world’s first set of Emojis was created in Japan. Emojis made written communication effortless. They united the world โ€” overcoming differences in language, culture, region, and even systems of measurement ๐Ÿ˜.

Now, over 92% of the world’s online population uses emojis. But there are 3K+ emojis. So, which is the most frequently used emoji in the world?

It’s ๐Ÿ˜‚, aka Tears of Joy, according to the Unicode Consortium.

Our emoji-loving YouTube geeks wondered if ๐Ÿ˜‚ is also the most used emoji on YouTube. Between managing YouTube channels of the world’s biggest brands and building high-end data-backed YouTube analytics tools, they decided to find out the Most Used Emojis on YouTube. Even if it meant putting in some extra hours ๐Ÿ˜….

They dug through our database of 2B+ YouTube videos across 26MM channels and used our in-house engineered software to analyze them. And guess what we found.

YouTube’s lit!

๐Ÿ”ฅFire is the most popular emoji on YouTube. It’s the most frequently used emoji in video titles on YouTube. 

10 Most Used Emojis Worldwide10 Most Used Emojis in YouTube video titles
๐Ÿ˜‚Tears of Joy
โค๏ธRed Heart
๐Ÿ‘ Thumbs Up
๐Ÿ˜ญLoudly Crying
๐Ÿ™Prayer Hands
๐Ÿ˜˜Face Blowing a Kiss
๐ŸฅฐSmiling Face with Hearts
๐Ÿ˜Smiling Face Heart Eyes
๐Ÿ˜ŠSmiling Face
๐Ÿ”ดRed Circle
๐Ÿ˜ Smiling Face Heart Eyes
๐Ÿ˜‚ Tears of Joy
โค๏ธRed Heart
๐Ÿ˜ฑScreaming Face
๐ŸฅฐSmiling Face with Hearts
โœ…Check Mark

We Aren’t Surprised! ๐Ÿ˜

So what does it mean when the world’s most used emoji doesn’t make YouTube’s Top 10 list?

That YouTube has a language of its own!

We at Touchstorm are fluent in YouTube. After all, we’ve been tracking YouTube’s algorithm for over 15 years. Incidentally, it was around the same time that emojis began to appear in video titles on YouTube.

The first YouTube video using an Emoji in its title was published in April 2006. The era when broadband was new and YouTube was in its infancy.

It was a minute-long time-lapse video of a mushroom growing in a backyard. The emoji used was ๐Ÿ„, popularized by the video game Mario.

In fact, the earliest videos for Nine of the Ten most used emojis on YouTube are from 2006.

Emoji Earliest use in a YouTube video title Language of the video

Emoji Overload ๐Ÿš›

The Gen-Z doesn’t react to the latest model of Tesla by calling it ‘Da bomb,’ greet friends with a ‘Sup’ or say ‘Booyah!’ for acing a test.

But congratulations, millennials! They’ve continued one trend you started – Emojis.

The use of emojis in YouTube video titles is on the rise. Since the global launch of YouTube Shorts in July 2021, emoji usage in video titles has doubled on YouTube.

There were 12.6M videos with the YouTube top-10 emojis in their title till June 2021.

The number jumped 104% in July 2022.

But Why Use Emoji on YouTube? ๐Ÿค”

Emojis, are the perfect attention grabbers. This is especially true in the case of short vertical videos.

Also, communicating through emojis is easy and has a universal appeal.

Remember using ๐Ÿ˜‚ instead of a ‘LOL’ or ๐Ÿ˜ก instead of saying ‘I’m angry’ in a chat? Or reacting with a ๐Ÿ˜ข on a social media post?

Consider this: You’re in a great mood. You’re browsing YouTube or scrolling through Shorts looking for funny videos. Which video would you watch? A video with ๐Ÿ˜‚ in its title or ๐Ÿ˜ฑ?

The Power of Dataโšก

Didn’t expect a blog on Emojis + YouTube = ๐Ÿคฏ?

When you have the right data, you can get insights you never knew existed!

We’ve got a database of 2B+ YouTube videos across 26MM+ YouTube channels, classified into 10,000+ Categories and 50,000+ Marketable Topics. We append the videos with critical information like Topics, Sentiment, Commerce, Genres, and more.

What do we get from it?

Unparalleled YouTube Insights.

We’ve been using these insights to help some of the world’s biggest brands succeed on YouTube since 2007.

Want to know how the insights we draw help brands succeed on YouTube?

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