Apple tops CoolBrands for fifth year running

But the streaming giants are on the rise

Apple has kept its place at the top of the Coolbrands survey for the fifth year running, but the big story is the rise and rise of streaming services like Netflix, Spotify and YouTube which have all bagged top 10 places.

The CoolBrands awards are judged by a host of influencers - including MOBO's founder Kanye King, designer Kelly Hoppen and the author of this article - as well as by the public.

As you may gather from the name they are designed to ascertain the coolest brands, and it's no surprise to see Apple heading up the list yet again.

The top 10 is dominated by technology brands - with the only exceptions being grand old music festival Glastonbury, car giant Aston Martin and sports brands Adidas and Nike.

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After Apple, streaming and social services feature heavily. Netflix has bagged the bronze medal, ahead of Instagram and Spotify in 6th and 7th position and YouTube in 10th.

Sony's PlayStation is in the 9th position - boosted by a fine year in which it has outsold nearest rival Xbox.

Into the longer list - Google is just outside the top 10, and other notable tech entries include Bose (14), Sonos (16) and GoPro (18).

Stephen Cheliotis, Chairman of the CoolBrands Council said Stephen Cheliotis, Chairman of the CoolBrands Council said "while Apple is still perceived by influencers and the public alike to be the UK's coolest brand, a concerted wave of fast-growing, entrepreneurial businesses are building momentum to seriously challenge its position.

"Disruptive brands like Netflix, Spotify, Instagram, Airbnb and GoPro (proving Apple no longer has a monopoly on cool tech) continue to boost their credentials, consolidating their positions by either moving further up the Top 20 or entering for the first time."

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Patrick (Twitter) is Global Editor-in-Chief for techradar, and has been with the site since its launch in 2008. He is a longstanding judge of the T3 Awards, been quoted or seen on everything from the The Sun to Sky News and is on the #CoolBrands Council. He started his career in football, making him one of approximately one journalists to have covered both a World Cup final and an iPhone launch.