Nike, Adam Sandler top list of brands and celebs for Gen Z

There may be maybe no larger thriller to the middle-aged advertising govt than the American teen. With their youthful views, wildly unpredictable pursuits, and malleable brains, the 13-to-18-year-old demographic can typically appear elusive to older, extra legacy brands making an attempt to uphold their recognition as the heartbeat of cool flows from the ageing millennial cohort to the contemporary faces of Gen Z.

There may be, nonetheless, a stunning crop of millennial favorites that has weathered the instances, according to a new report from financial firm Piper Sandler. The corporate lately performed its biannual survey of U.S. teenagers, polling 10,000 Gen-Z-ers with a median age of 15.8 years on their most popular brands of clothes, snack meals, make-up, and cellphones, in addition to their favourite celebrities, social media platforms, and streaming channels. And, as a ’90s youngster who grew up within the mid-00s period, this author can affirm that there have been some acquainted names on the list.

Adam Sandler, a comedic actor famed for turn-of-the-millennium classics like Glad Gilmore and Anger Administration, tops the list of teenagers’ favourite celebrities, beating out the survey’s earlier winner, Kevin Hart, a stand-up comedian who rose to prominence within the final decade. (In fact, Sandler has continued to star in hyped movies in recent times—see 2020’s Hubie Halloween and 2019’s Uncut Gems.) The list additionally featured a number of different names with spectacular endurance, together with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Taylor Swift, and Kanye West. The list of favourite social media personalities, nonetheless, was decidedly extra Digital Age, with YouTube influencer Emma Chamberlain taking the top spot.


Additionally making a comeback is the pasta-and-breadstick chain Olive Backyard, which epitomized stylish, wonderful eating for early-aughts center schoolers, and then grew to become a goal of popular culture ridicule in later years. The Italian-American restaurant cracked the list of top 5 locations to eat final yr, and has maintained its standing into this season. Nonetheless Chick-fil-A, Starbucks, Chipotle, and McDonald’s nonetheless come out on top.

Amongst different classes, timelessly stylish brands like Nike, Vans, Gucci, and Chanel make the minimize. However there are a couple of manifestly Gen-Z traits that emerge: One instance is socially aware procuring habits, with plant-based proteins, clear magnificence merchandise, and thrift shops getting extra love. Greater than half of the teenagers polled mentioned they thought of their carbon footprint earlier than making purchases. Additionally new is the cryptocurrency fad, with almost 1 in 10 teenagers saying they’ve traded within the asset class.

The survey included respondents from 44 U.S. states, with a median family earnings of $67, 755. See the total report here.