The 10 apps millennials say they can't live without

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The global app economy is poised to explode, and the competition for users' attention is intense.

ComScore recently surveyed app users ages 18-34 about the apps they "can't go without." The top 10 includes the likes of Instagram, YouTube, and Gmail.

The list "speaks to a broader insight, which is that millennials seem to recognize the importance of the more functional apps, like Amazon, Gmail and Google Maps," Andrew Lipsman, the senior vice president of insights and marketing at comScore, told Business Insider's Tanya Dua.

Surveyed users were asked to choose the top three "most essential" apps they own.

Here are the results:

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1. Amazon

1. Amazon

ComScore's surveyed users who put app in top three "most essential": 35%

2. Gmail

2. Gmail

ComScore's surveyed users who put app in top three "most essential": 30%

3. Facebook

3. Facebook

ComScore's surveyed users who put app in top three "most essential": 29%

4. Facebook Messenger

4. Facebook Messenger

ComScore's surveyed users who put app in top three "most essential": 18%

5. YouTube

5. YouTube

ComScore's surveyed users who put app in top three "most essential": 16%

6. Google Maps

6. Google Maps

ComScore's surveyed users who put app in top three "most essential": 14%

7. Google Search

7. Google Search

ComScore's surveyed users who put app in top three "most essential": 11%

8. Apple App Store

8. Apple App Store

ComScore's surveyed users who put app in top three "most essential": 11%

9. WhatsApp

9. WhatsApp

ComScore's surveyed users who put app in top three "most essential": 11%

10. Instagram

10. Instagram

ComScore's surveyed users who put app in top three "most essential": 11%

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