Oldies Songs Used in TV Commercials.
Television commercials often turn to oldies songs as soundtracks for their pitch. They're fun and familiar, but sometimes you just can't remember that tune. You've heard the song many times before, but when one appears on TV unexpectedly (and in such a short clip), recalling the title of the song can be a challenge.
While oldies make it into advertisements frequently, some are more memorable than others.
They make the commercial—and, therefore, the product—more memorable, too. That's exactly why companies regularly turn to these classic favorites.
Let's explore some of the great songs used in TV commercials, from cars to sodas and everything in between. You'll find the artist and the song titles under each brand name or company. You can also find out if the song you heard is the original version or not. This is a great way to add forgotten favorites to your oldies playlist.
7-Up Commercial.
Is that the original version? Yes.
Allstate Commercial.
Is that the original version? Yes.
Ameriprise Commercial.
Is that the original version? Yes.
Ameriquest Commercial.
Song: The Spinners, "I'll Be Around"
Is that the original version?: Yes.
Buick Commercials.
Is that the original version?
Is that the original version? No.
Burger King Commercial.
Is that the original version? No, it was a parody.
Cadillac Commercial.
Is that the original version? Yes.
Carnival Cruises Commercial.
Song: Bobby Darin, "Beyond the Sea"
Is that the original version?
Chase Commercials.
Is that the original version? Yes.
Is that the original version? No, it was a remix.
Chevrolet Commercials.
Song: The Yardbirds, "Over Under Sideways Down"
Is that the original version? Yes.
Song: The Kinks, "You Really Got Me"
Is that the original version? No.
Song: Climax, "Precious and Few"
Is that the original version? Yes.
Is that the original version? No.
Cialis Commercial.
Song: The Ronettes, "Be My Baby"
Is that the original version? Yes.
Cingular/AT&T Wireless Commercials.
Is that the original version? Yes.
Is that the original version? Yes.
Cisco Commercial.
Is that the original version? Yes.
Citgo Commercial.
Is that the original version? Yes.
Clinique Commercial.
Is that the original version? Yes.
Clix Commercial.
Is that the original version? Yes.
Clorox Wipes Commercial.
Is that the original version? Yes.
Coca-Cola Commercials.
Is that the original version?
Product: Coca-Cola With Lime.
Is that the original version? Yes.
Product: Black Cherry Vanilla Coke.
Song: Barry White, "You're the First, The Last, My Everything"
Is that the original version? Yes.
Coors Commercial.
Is that the original version? Yes.
DeBeers Commercial.
Is that the original version? No.
Degree Commercial.
Is that the original version? Yes, but it is sped up.
Delta SimpleFares Commercial.
Is that the original version? No.
DirecTV Commercials.
Song: Joe Bonamassa, "Better Watch Yourself"
Is that the original version? Yes.
Is that the original version? Yes.
Dodge Commercials.
Is that the original version?
Is that the original version? No.
Dolce & Gabbana Commercial.
Is that the original version? Yes.
Doubletree Hotels Commercial.
Is that the original version? Yes.
Dr. Pepper Commercials.
Is that the original version? Yes.
Product: Diet Dr. Pepper.
Song: Tom Jones, "Help Yourself"
Is that the original version? Yes.
Product: Diet Cherry Vanilla Dr. Pepper.
Is that the original version? Yes.
Product: Diet Cherry Vanilla Dr. Pepper.
Is that the original version? Yes.
ESPN Mobile Commercial.
Song: Chad and Jeremy, "A Summer Song"
Is that the original version? Yes.
Fidelity Investments Commercials.
Song: The Zombies, "Time of the Season"
Is that the original version? Yes.
Is that the original version? Yes.
Is that the original version? Yes.
FluFacts Commercial.
Is that the original version? No.
Fox Soccer Channel Commercial.
Is that the original version? No.
Gatorade Commercial.
Song: Rare Earth, "I Just Want to Celebrate"
Is that the original version? Yes.
GE Commercials.
Is that the original version? Yes.
Song: Donovan, "Catch the Wind"
Is that the original version? Yes.
GM Commercial.
Is that the original version? Yes.
GMC Commercial.
Is that the original version? Yes.
Honda Commercial.
Song: Parliament, "Tear the Roof off the Sucker (Give Up the Funk)"
Is that the original version? Yes.
HP Commercials.
Is that the original version? Yes.
Product: HP Photosmart.
Is that the original version? Yes.
Product: HP Picture Book.
Song: The Kinks, "Picture Book"
Is that the original version?
Hummer Commercials.
Is that the original version? Yes.
Song: Tom Jones, "Help Yourself"
Is that the original version? Yes.
Song: Ruth Brown, "This Little Girl's Gone Rockin'"
Is that the original version? Yes.
Jeep Commercials.
Is that the original version? No.
Journey Diamond Commercial.
Song: Barbra Streisand, "What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life"
Is that the original version? Yes.
Just For Men Commercial.
Song: Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing"
Is that the original version? No.
Kia Commercial.
Is that the original version? No.
Kohl's Commercials.
Song: The Lovin’ Spoonful, "Do You Believe in Magic"
Is that the original version? Yes.
Is that the ELO version? Yes.
Korbel Commercial.
Is that the original version? Yes.
Land Rover Commercial.
Song: The Sonics, "Have Love Will Travel"
Is that the original version? Yes.
Lexmark Commercial.
Song: The Rolling Stones, "Complicated"
Is that the original version? Yes.
Levis Commercials.
Is that the original version? No.
Song: The Commodores, "Easy"
Is that the original version? No.
Lexus Commercial.
Song: Nina Simone, "Backlash Blues"
Is that the original version? Yes.
Lincoln Commercial.
Is that the original version? No.
M&Ms Commercial.
Song: The Hues Corporation, "Rock the Boat"
Is that the original version? No.
Mastercard Commercial.
Is that the original version? Yes.
Mercedes Commercials.
Song: Booker T & the M.G.'s, "Green Onions"
Is that the original version? Yes.
Song: Nat King Cole, "For Sentimental Reasons (I Love You)"
Is that the original version? Yes.
Mercury Commercial.
Song: Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing"
Is that the original version? Yes.
'Miami Ink' TV Show.
Is that the original version? Yes.
Monster.com Commercial.
Song: Electric Light Orchestra, "Do Ya"
Is that the ELO version? Yes.
Mylanta Commercial.
Is that the original version? Yes.
NFL.com Commercial.
Is that the original Canned Heat version? Yes.
Nike Commercial.
Is that the original version? Yes.
Nissan Commercial.
Song: Tito Puente, "Oye Como Va"
Is that the original version? Yes.
Office Depot Commercial.
Is that the original version? No.
OfficeMax Commercial.
Song: The Spinners, "Rubberband Man"
Is that the original version? No.
Pillsbury Commercial.
Is that the original version? No.
Pizza Hut Commercial.
Song: Nancy Sinatra, "These Boots Were Made for Walkin'"
Is that the original version? No.
Planters Commercial.
Is that the original version? Yes.
Pringles Commercial.
Song: Carl Carlton, " Everlasting Love"
Is that the original version? No.
Saturn Commercial.
Song: The Muppets, "Mahna Mahna"
Is that the original version? Yes.
Sears Commercial.
Song: Electric Light Orchestra, "Mr. Blue Sky"
Is that the original version? Yes.
Slimfast Commercial.
Is that the original version? No.
Smart Balance Commercial.
Song: Jackie DeShannon, "Put a Little Love in Your Heart"
Is that the original version? No.
Snickers Commercial.
Song: Bobby Sherman, "Make Your Own Kind of Music"
Is that the original version? Yes.
Special K Commercial.
Song: Stan Getz and Joao Gilberto, "The Girl From Ipanema"
Is that the original version? Yes.
Talbot's Commercials.
Song: Marvin Gaye, "You're a Wonderful One"
Is that the original version? Yes.
Is that the original version? Yes.
Target Commercials.
Song: Max Frost and the Troopers, "Shape of Things to Come"
Is that the original version? Yes.
Is that the original version? Yes.
Song: The Beatles, "Hello Goodbye"
Is that the original version? No.
Tide Commercial.
Is that the original version? Yes.
Tommy Hilfiger Commercial.
Is that the original version? Yes.
Total Commercial.
Song: Canned Heat, "On the Road Again"
Is that the original version? Yes.
Toyota Commercial.
Song: Eric Weissberg and Steve Mandell, "Dueling Banjos"
Is that the Weissberg version? No.
UPS Commercial.
Is that the original version? No.
Verizon Commercial.
Song: The Five Stairsteps, "O-o-h Child"
Is that the original version? No.
VH1 Commercial.
Song: The Carpenters, "Sing"
Is that the original version? Yes.
Visa Commercials.
Is that the original version? No.
Is that the original version? Yes.
Volkswagen Commercial.
Song: The Ohio Players, "Love Rollercoaster"
Is that the original version? No.
Volvo Commercial.
Is that the original version? Yes.
Vonage Commercial.
Song: Rock-A-Teens, "Woo Hoo"
Is that the original version? No.
Wendy's Commercial.
Is that the original version? No.
Wrangler Commercial.
Is that the original version? Yes.
Yoplait Commercial.
Song: Brian Hyland, "Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini"