Are you an up in coming YouTuber?
Or someone who wants to do popular YouTube challenges with their friends?
We’ve made a list of the top 30 trending YouTube challenges to do and film for your YouTube channel.
But first, here is why YouTube challenges are great video ideas:
- They are easy to film
- They can be filmed at home
- They’ve proven to get a lot of views
- Can be filmed in a few hours, in some cases in less than an hour
Why Make a YouTube Challenge Video?
YouTube is the biggest video platform on the internet, so big, that it has fully replaced the TV for many people.
So these YouTube challenges are sort of a replacement for reality TV. And it’s been proven that people love watching that kind of content, they are flat out funny videos that will entertain you for hours.
As a result, YouTube Challenges tend to perform A LOT better than your average videos.
Chances are if challenge video is well made, it will see a HUGE boost.
Also, you almost always need a partner or a group of people, so it is a great way to collaborate with YouTubers that are similar to you.
This way your video together is not only going to get a lot of views, but you will be exposed to a totally new audience!
List of 27 YouTube Challenge Ideas
1. Eat it or Wear it:
The eat it or wear it challenge is a real hit recently. If you can bear being uncomfortable eating something disgusting or maybe a really spicy food, like the hottest peppers, or wearing it on yourself, your video might go viral on youtube. The more it is disgusting, the better. Make sure not to do anything dangerous!
2. 100 Layers of ___
This is where you can get creative, one of the easiest and most popular ones was 100 layers of shirts by H3H3 and you can do the same thing, but what we recommend is come up with something that hasn’t been done at all. The objective is simple, but 100 layers of something on you, hence the name the layer challenge.
3. Try Not to Laugh:
Definitely the all-time popular challenge, in any year there is someone doing it. As we all known laughter is contagious and try not to laugh challenges are proven to get the audience of all kinds. And it’s simple, find video compilations that you think you will find funny and try to avoid laughing. But please, try not to laugh at anything insulting or harming.
4. Internet Slang Challenge:
You like memes? You are pretty active on the internet and you think you know all the possibly terms that are used on it? This is an excellent challenge for you! You need another person to use a computer or phone and ask you the meanings of certain words, memes and words from urban dictionary. Make it a competition and see who turns out “more educated”
5. Boyfriend Does My Makeup:
Just from the title you can see how this is going to turn out. Have your boyfriend do your makeup on video, that on it’s own is going to be hilarious and they turn out to be some of the funniest videos out there!
6. Accent Challenge:
Following the accent tag questions, you and your partner in the video answer list of questions that will bring out your true accent, sometimes you don’t even know you have one.
7. The Whisper Challenge:
Essentially this is the game of reading lips. 1 person wears headphones that cancel the noise (or improvise with loud music) while other person whispers something and you have to guess what they said. This is also super fun game to play with friends whenever you are bored.
8. Not My Hands:
Like for the most challenges, you need a partner for this one. What you or your partner have to do is move around your hands around the other person as they were that person’s hands. And then you need to complete some simple tasks by doing so
9. The Disney Challenge:
Find a compilation of Disney movie songs, and have 2 people guess what the song is in short period of time. The winner is obviously who guesses more songs at the end
10. Say Anything Challenge:
This one is a little bit more complicated. Point is to say 1 word after each other when it’s your turn, but you only have 1-2 seconds and you can’t repeat yourself. To some of you this might sound simple, try it out for yourself and you’ll see.
11. Baby Food Challenge:
Pretty self-explanatory, buy baby food and record the reactions and for the bonus try to guess what is it made of.
12. Chubby Bunny Challenge:
This one is a bit older, with a solid twist you can make it work. You need to get marshmallows or chubby bunnies and try to say the word “chubby bunny” and if you can still say it, put more of them in your mouth until you can say it. Of course, the winner is one who put more and can still say the word.
13. Roast Yourself:
We all know the diss track trend, and rap battles have been here for a long time. How about you make a diss track of yourself.
Is your ego in check so you can do it? Try it out, it sure is fun to see what people truly think of themselves.
14. 7 Seconds:
Receive a challenge and complete it in 7 seconds or less. This is much harder than usual challenge just because of the reaction and surprise factors
15. Ghost Pepper Challenge:
Eating challenges are extremely fun, solely because of the reactions of people doing them. And eating a ghost pepper? Uhh, yeah.
Person has to eat the ghost pepper and record his reaction, even funnier when it’s in group of friends.
16. The Floor is Lava Challenge:
You must have encountered some sort of form of this game at least once as a kid or at least have heard of the saying. Basically when someone says “floor is lava” everyone has to find somewhere to stand but not the floor! It certainly can get you into problems if you are in places like supermarket.
17. Yoga Challenge:
Here is an actual healthy youtube challenge. Get a friend/partner over and watch some videos of this challenge online and try it out yourself! See how many different yoga poses you can do.
Don’t try something extreme that can potentially injure you.
18. 10,000 Calorie Challenge:
You think you can eat a lot? Well, how about eating 10,000 calories worth of food? The point is to eat that much food in 1 day. The trick is usually to get food that’s easy to eat and has a lot of calories, like fast food and candy.
19. Speech Jammer:
How does it feel like to not be able to talk because someone is constantly interrupting you? Well imagine having your voice constantly interrupting you speaking at all times. Try the Speech Jammer challenge
20. Speed Drawing:
Here is something unique that doesn’t fall into the category of usual youtube tag challenges. Looking at the title you might think this is only for people who have skills, but if you are bad at drawing, that is just as fun, if not even more interesting to watch then professional artist.
The point is to form a group of people and have everyone draw as best as they can in super short period of time, 30-120 seconds is usually the range we would go for. And of course, make sure to mention topics or have some theme for the drawing, rather than going for it totally random.
21. Blindfolded Drawing Challenge:
Again drawing competition, but with a blindfold on! This is really fun to be in, and if you are experienced with drawing, you will obviously have huge advantage. Get blindfolds for your friends, get pencils and papers ready, get a interesting topic and let the fun begin!
22. Korean Spicy Noodle Challenge:
Can you handle the heat?
23. Hungry Hippo:
Drop bunch of jelly beans or other similar food on the table and eat them without using your hands as a competition
24. Duct Tape Challenge:
Ever wondered how it feels to be kidnapped? Do you think you would be able to escape? If so, this challenge is super unique and has more action elements that other challenges on this list.
It’s simple, you need someone to duct tape you in a way that it’s really hard to escape, and you need to escape! And by adding more unique drama elements to your video, it will make it even better!
25. Guess The Game Soundtrack:
This is for my fellow gamers out there. It’s good to have a third person for this challenge so he/she can randomly put songs and other 2 have to guess from which video game that song/sound is. Even gamers can have youtube challenges, be creative!
26. Guess The YouTuber’s Voice:
I assume you are watching a lot of youtube, so this challenge shouldn’t be as hard. The premise is to have someone play youtube videos of popular youtubers and you have to guess which one is who just by the voice
27. McDonald’s Roulette:
Like gambling? Well here’s a harmless gamble for you, although it can cost you quite a bit. Go through a drive-by of any fast food restaurant and order whatever previous order was without knowing. It might be a huge order made by a group of people that will cost you upwards of $100 or it might be a simple burger and fries. This is best done with a group of people with a car!
28. Brain Freeze Challenge:
Many of the audience needs to witness something that entertains them and simply makes their day. You must have come across many challenges that YouTubers are doing lately, but if you are looking forward to something that proves to be rare and unique then you can give the brain freeze challenge a shot.
This Brain freeze challenge is super unique and can make you have goosebumps while even thinking of it. The brain freeze challenge simply goes like this, you have to fill your bathtub completely from ice. Make sure that no corner remains left out!
And once your bathtub is filled with loads of ice, then ask your partner to sit in it. Prepare a set of difficult questions for your partner, and the only condition on which your partner gets out of this ice-filled bathtub is when he responds to every question correctly.
These challenges prove to be efficient, and can surely go viral within no time. But it’s necessary for you to consider the safety precautions beforehand, as anything could go wrong while performing this challenge.
29. Water bottle flip challenge!
If you’re looking for a challenge that doesn’t require any effort and still makes great content to be posted on your Youtube channel, then this one can probably be the one you were looking for!
Water bottle flip challenge is one of the famous challenges, though it seems to be simpler, once when you’ll practically do it, you’ll see how difficult it would prove to be to get your bottle land with the right side up.
To make these challenges look unique and interesting to the user, you could add props or put some conditions on what will happen if you don’t get the right side up on your first attempt!
Your audience will for sure burst out laughing when they view this challenge of yours!
30. The Cinnamon Challenge:
If you’ve been using youtube lately, you must have come across people doing the Cinnamon challenge, from the day this challenge originated, its ranks have never fallen.
Though it isn’t simpler as it looks like, you’ll be needing a lot of courage to complete this challenge effectively. This challenge proceeds in a way, that a person has to eat a whole full spoon for Cinnamon in front of the camera, without letting his facial expressions change.
If the facial expression changes even a little, the person has to go all over again!
Though this Cinnamon challenge seems to be fun, we will not suggest you perform this challenge if you are an asthma patient, as it can really affect your health.
31. Chubby Bunny Fun Challenge:
If you’re planning a really crazy challenge with a group of your friends, then this Chubby bunny challenge can be proved to be the best challenge for your youtube video.
Performing chubby bunny is really simple, and you and your viewers will burst out laughing at this challenge for sure. While performing this challenge, you’ll need to chew some chubby bunnies or marshmallows and have to yell “Chubby Bunny”.
Then, you have to fill your mouth with more of these bunnies, until and unless it becomes impossible for you to pronounce “Chubby Bunny”. This challenge is yet funny, and the easiest one that you can record and upload on your youtube channel.
32. McDonald’s Roulette Challenge:
If you’re a super dad with a youtube channel, then this challenge will simply serve you the best. Not only dad, but this challenge can also even be played among the group of friends that are looking to spend their night full of adventure.
What you are going to do in this challenge is pretty unique, one of the people has to go over MC Donald’s drive-in and has to order a meal for himself. On the other hand, the friend of that person has to go to another restaurant, and has to order by guessing what the first person has ordered.
If he managed to pull off the right guess of the order that the first person placed, then he wins the challenge. But in case if the second person fails to guess the right order, then he’ll need to proceed towards another restaurant and has to guess the order of the first person again.
This cycle will go on and on, until and unless the second person guess the order of the first person right.
Though this challenge seems to be really unique and fun, it can prove to be really costly and time consuming.
33. Boyfriend Does My Makeup Challenge:
You must have seen couples doing trending challenges on their youtube channel. If you’re looking for a challenge that you can do with your boyfriend then this can prove to be the most entertaining and interesting one.
As we all know, girls are masters when it comes to applying makeup on their face. You must have come across blindfolded makeup challenges performed by girls. While being blindfolded, the girls still manage out to apply their makeup correctly. But here comes the most interesting part. In this challenge your makeup will be done by someone who hasn’t touched makeup in his entire life.
Yeah, you guessed right, in this challenge, your boyfriend has to apply makeup on your face. As the boys have no idea about how to apply makeup to your face, the video of this challenge will turn out to be simply awesome and your audience will burst out laughing when this challenge will be aired.
Hence if you’re looking for something that will attract your audience and can double up the number of views on your youtube channel, then this challenge proves to be your viable pick
34. Speed Drawing Challenge:
Are you out of famous trending challenges? Are you looking for a challenge other than quiz, food or makeup? Then you must have to try out this Speed drawing challenge.
Most of the youtubers don’t go with this challenge as they think that this challenge is relatively difficult then the other challenges as this needs drawing skills. No that’s not the case with this challenge. This challenge is all about sketching up a drawing within a short time period, for example you’ll be asked to draw something within a short span of time, and you’ll have to draw the first thing that goes through your mind.
The person that draws the best drawing will win. In order to determine which drawing is the best, you’ll need to find someone who will give a fair judgement and choose a right worthy winner.
This challenge doesn’t comprise any restrictions or requirements, both of the people can literally draw anything with any material they want. If you want to make this challenge more interesting, you can add some props like “Stickers”, so that the person can use these according to the theme provided to him.
35. Touch My Body Challenge:
If you are looking for something that’s cost effective and doesn’t require any hard work to be done, but still be a source of entertainment for your users then this challenge can prove to be your viable option.
All this challenge requires is that you have to tie a black cloth or ribbon around your partner’s eyes in such a way that he wouldn’t be able to see anything. Once your partner is blind folded, you have to grab his hand, and make him touch a part of your body.
Your partner will have around 3 chances to speak which part of your body he touched. If he failed then you’ll receive a point and then it will be your turn. But while proceeding with this challenge, you need to consider the audience that watches your youtube channel, as this challenge seems to be cringy for some viewers.
36. Pizza Challenge:
If you’ve been using youtube lately, there’s no chance that you haven’t come across this Pizza challenge. This pizza challenge was originated by a famous and popular EvanTube youtube channel, and soon hits with millions of views.
What makes this pizza challenge to become one of the most trended challenges all over the globe is that, in this challenge, a person has to add around sixteen mysterious ingredients over the slice of pizza. The other person has to take a bite of that pizza and has to guess all of the ingredients correctly within a specific time.
If the person fails to do so, your turn will be next. Though this challenge proves to be time consuming, believe me, you and your audience, both are going to love it.
Bonus YouTube Challenges
If you really want more, here are some more of the best youtube challenges for you to do:
- Blindfolded Makeup Challenge
- 21 Questions Game Challenge
- Whipped Cream Challenge
- Bean Boozled Challenge
- TMI Tag Challenge
- Try not to sing challenge
- Try not to rap challenge
- Best Friend Tag Challenge
- Try not to dance challenge
- Wet Head challenge
- Boyfriend/Girlfriend Tag Challenge
- No thumbs challenge
- Super glue challenge
- What’s in the box?
- The cinnamon challenge
- The Smoothie challenge
- The exploding watermelon challenge
- Fun Challenge
- Cotton ball Challenge
- Pizza Challenge
Another use of this article is to learn about all these challenges and make your own challenge, which can be a lot of fun.
And if your challenge is picked up by most popular channels on YouTube, that’s your 1-way ticket to becoming famous!
You don’t even need to make a new challenge, just take one of the above and ADAPT it to your niche, or just bring 1 new element to it.
BE CREATIVE, you are a creator after all.
There you go, even if you don’t make a viral YouTube challenge video, you will still get experience doing this kind of thing and at least seeing if your audience is okay with it or no.
There is no failure, there is just learning!
Thanks for reading!