ASMR has been a hot topic for a few years now, but what exactly does ASMR even mean? ASMR stands for autonomous sensory meridian response, and is defined by “a feeling of well-being combined with a tingling sensation in the scalp and down the back of the neck, as experienced by some people in response to a specific gentle stimulus, often a particular sound.” What all those words basically mean is, it’s audio that makes you feel good.
ASMR has been lauded recently as a tool to help relieve stress, insomnia, and anxiety. With the growing number of media outlets pushing self-care and wellness these days, it’s no surprise that content creators and influencers are hopping on the ASMR train.
With so much saturation in this market, it can be hard to filter through to find what you’re looking for. That’s why we’ve put together this roundup of the top five ASMR channels you should be checking out for all your sensory audio needs.
Life with Mak
Life with Mak is run by 14-year-old Makenna Kelly. Her rise to fame began with a video of her eating honeycomb; days after uploading, she found herself with 600,000 subscribers. Since then, Mak has accumulated over 1 million subscribers on her YouTube channel, largely due to her skits that add a memeable quality to her videos and make her a larger-than-life presence on platforms such as Twitter and Instagram.
The Rose Queenn
Andrea, aka @therosequeenn on Instagram, puts a self-care spin on the “highly satisfying” video trend. Andrea’s videos revolve around bath products from the cult-favourite cosmetics brand Lush, known for their fun, brightly coloured bath bombs.
Andrea takes Lush products, such as the acclaimed bath bombs, bath melts, and bubble bars, and uses a sharp knife to cut them into slices and run them under her bathwater. The semi-crunchy chopping sounds and the calming trickle of water make her account one of the most relaxing on social media.
Want a side of self-confidence served up with your ASMR videos? Taylor, better known as ASMR Darling on YouTube, is one of the OG ASMR content creators, so she pretty much knows what she’s doing. Many of her soft-spoken videos are focused around lifting people up and giving out compliments or affirmations to help you make it through the day, as well as more fun topics like unboxings and video gameplay.
SAS ASMR is unique in that her videos tend to be ASMR-mukbang video hybrids. For those unfamiliar with the term mukbang, they are basically videos of people eating large quantities of food and...that’s it. Her channel probably isn’t the best for people who hate the sound of others chewing, but for any foodies out there, she highlights interesting cuisines such as fluffy pancakes and king crab alfredo cheese fondue.
If you’re into cooking AND ASMR, this is the channel for you! Peaceful Cuisine videos take place in a minimalist kitchen and walk you through making a variety of recipes, usually Asian inspired, such as pad thai or a boba latte. Her videos more often than not include the option to listen with or without music added, according to your personal preferences.
So cue up the sounds of rice being poured, vegetables being chopped up, and some simmering action and let them inspire you in the kitchen, or help you drift off to sleep in bed.