This Month’s Top Ten YouTube Channels


As hard as it’s been to get into Mama Kat’s prompts the last couple of weeks, this one’s easy:

List the top 10 YouTube channels you’re loving most this month.


So, we also have a Thursday Ten!



Notice that a big percentage of what I watch on YouTube fits into the category of “nostalgia.” I enjoy watching old documentaries, travel films, educational films, and especially old commercials from TV. I also really enjoy fingerstyle guitar, and have a couple of channels of some of the better players.

Jeff Quitney’s channel: Jeff’s channel is an eclectic combination of old commercials, training films, and documentaries. Here’s a commercial for Sanka brand coffee, circa 1965.

Classic Airliners and Vintage Pop Culture: This channel has a lot of videos of planes taking off and landing, and also has some documentary footage and vintage airline commercials from around the world. This is a 1970 Aeroflot promo spot.

Tommy Emmanuel: The amazing guitarist Tommy Emmanuel keeps his channel filled with new videos of him playing and offering his sage advice to other guitar players. Here he is playing Doc Watson’s “Deep River Blues.”

David Von Pein’s JFK Channel: David has an incredible channel of radio and TV clips, mostly dealing with the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963. Here’s one of his more recent videos, a (relatively) short recording of JFK and his brother Robert presenting medals to three young Americans on June 8, 1962.

Jamie DuPuis: Jamie is a fantastic fingerstyle guitar player and singer with whom I’ve just recently become familiar. He also plays the harp guitar, as seen in this video of him playing Coldplay’s “Amazing Day.”

The Best Film Archives: A lot of documentary videos, mostly about military and war-related subjects. Here is a “Private Snafu” cartoon, created by the crazies at Warner Brothers, with the voice of Private Snafu (and several other characters) provided by Mel Blanc, about the importance of keeping your gas mask available.

Val73TV4: More documentary videos, mostly from before 1960, about a wide array of subjects. A lot of educational films, including this one, “Dating Do’s and Don’ts,” from the 1940’s.

Tolly’s Old Films: This looks like a new channel. Documentaries, educational films, and movie trailers. Here’s a health film from 1947, “Joan Avoids A Cold.”

TV Toy Memories: Vintage TV commercials from the 1950’s and 1960’s. Here’s Bullwinkle for Cheerios.

Captain Bijou: This is actually on Dailymotion; apparently the YouTube folks got tired of having to deal with all the copyright infraction complaints. Most of what he has on his channel has been well out of print for some time, but… anyway, more old TV and commercials here, as well as some short films like this Superman short George Reeves did for Stamp Day 1954.

I hope you enjoy these channels as much as I do!

18 thoughts on “This Month’s Top Ten YouTube Channels

    1. Ain’t it the truth? What amazes me is the number of people who do how-to videos and put them there free. Knowledge that once upon a time you had to pay hundreds of dollars for, free for the taking. It’s incredible.


    1. You can find just about anything out there. I like the TV nostalgia sites myself. I’ve discovered shows from before I was born, theme music from shows that might have played once, and commercials I remember only vaguely.



  1. I don’t remember the Sanka commercial, but I remember my mom drinking the stuff. Interesting how caffeine was spelled back then. As for Bullwinkle + Cheerios, I’m sorry I missed that commercial but I do remember the Trix rabbit there at the end. Never liked the cereal, but loved the commercials featuring him.


    1. Sanka is a venerable old brand. Do you remember that Robert Young used to advertise it?

      General Mills sponsored the Rocky & Bullwinkle show back in the Sixties. After a while, they had their own company, Total Television, that would produce cartoon shows (they did Underdog and Tennessee Tuxedo). Kix, Trix, and Cocoa Puffs were all the same cereal, just with a different coating (fruit flavors for Trix, chocolate for Cocoa Puffs, no flavor for Kix). All of them tasted pretty terrible. But the cartoons were good.


      1. John, I don’t remember Robert Young ads at all. He came into my awareness with Marcus Welby, M.D. I adored Rocky & Bullwinkle, especially the fractured fairy tales segment. I remember the names of those cereals, but they weren’t in our house. Now Capt. Crunch we had!


        1. He was doing the Sanka ads around the same time he was on Marcus Welby. Maybe they weren’t as ever-present as I thought they were. Whatever…

          Quaker always had pretty good breakfast cereals (besides oatmeal), but Cap’n Crunch and Life are the only two that seem to have done well. Go figure.

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