If you’re not familiar with ASMR at this point, where have you been? It’s a wildly popular internet (mostly YouTube) subculture, where creators upload videos full of triggers and roleplay scenarios designed to give the viewer a tingly, relaxing feeling. Even Cardi B did it!
I myself am a bit of an ASMR aficionado. I make it, I listen to it, I write about it. I also know that, outside of the most popular ASMR creators, there are lots of channels that produce amazing content but don’t get a lot of recognition. So here are eight underrated ASMR channels to subscribe to just in time for a relaxing listening session tonight.
Tingting is one of the larger ASMR channels on this list, but she’s still typically overlooked in the media. Which is a shame, because her content is phenomenal. She specializes in crazy long videos (think 8-hour flight attendant roleplays), trigger tests, and Chinese culture-inspired videos like the one above. If you love accents, you’ll love Tingting.
I wanted to include at least one male ASMR creator on the list, and Matty Tingles is one of my all-time favorites. He has a great customer service roleplay demeanor, which makes his Apple Store series (the first one is the video above) a great ASMR selection. He also does Fortnite-themed videos!
Asmrkitten is one of the first channels I ever subscribed to as a casual listener, and she continues to be one of my favorite creators to this day. Her tattoo consultation roleplay, featured above, is a staple of my ASMR collection. She also does cool hookah bar and cranial nerve exam videos!
I know children doing ASMR creeps some people out, and I totally get it. But sometimes, tweens, teens, and kids really do produce some effective content, and if it’s a creative outlet for them, then I’m all for it (as long as adults stay respectful in the comments section). Rainbow ASMR is one of those kid ASMR creators I continue to be impressed by.
Heather Feather ASMR
Heather Feather is one of the OG ASMR creators. If you don’t know her, you should acquaint yourself, because she basically pioneered a lot of the triggers and roleplay scenarios ASMR channels rely on today. She’s far less active now than she was in her prime, but Heather originals are always worth re-watching, including her classic cranial nerve exam roleplay.
Like Heather, Ilse, a.k.a Thewaterwhispers, is an older creator who continues to put out great content, albeit infrequently. Her subscriber count may seem small compared to the “new wave” of ASMR channels, but when some of us first started listening, she was one of the biggest! Her doctor roleplays, like the ear examination one above, have stood the test of time.
I love KAYsmr’s personality, and it always shines through in her roleplays (I’ll be the first to admit I’ve watched all of them multiple times). She’s one of the ASMR creators who’s never afraid to inject herself into her work, and it usually results in amazing tingles, like with this hair-cutting roleplay.
I guess you could say I saved the best for last, because this plastic surgeon roleplay is, for me, the most effective ASMR video I’ve ever seen. I don’t know what it is about Angelica, but she’s incredibly good at what she does, and comes up with some of the most creative ASMR content on the platform. Just look at some of her historical videos. They don’t disappoint!
I hope at least some of these videos are as effective for you as they are for me. Happy tingles!