Top Ten Commercial Songs (or, why i don’t fast forward)
I watch a lot of television, I will not argue that point. However, until recently I never typically watched commercials in this age of tivo. I recently let whatever was on my dvr keep running through the ads (gasp!) and heard such a beautiful song. I had to know what it was. It took me a little while to google, since I didn’t actually remember what the commercial was for (it was AT&T), but I finally found it-
Landon Pigg – Falling in Love at a Coffee Shop.
I realized I had fallen in love with a lot of songs and artists this way, and searched my music collection to see if I could find my top ten songs from commercials. I am proud to say I could! After the jump, the other 9, as well as a link to stream the full songs.
Marlena Shaw & Diplo – California Soul
I actually found this song while I was searching for a different Dockers commercial that used Etta James’ Sunday Kind of Love and totally love it. I included that as a bonus track if you click to stream.
Sharlene Hector – I Wish
I used to hate when they would play the 30 second version of this one. It gets so much prettier when the gospel vibe comes in halfway through.
Joe Purdy – Wash Away (Reprise)
I love Joe Purdy. I also love the quack at the end. I wish it were in the real song. Kind.
Hem – Half Acre
I’ll admit I knew this song before I saw the commercial. But I like the pay-it-forward aspect.
Cat Power – How Can I Tell You
Apparently, she did not record this anywhere else but for this commercial. Which is sad, because I have heard many versions of this, and Cat Power does it best. I’ve streamed the original Cat Stevens.
Peggy Lee – I Enjoy Being a Girl
This song is old-timey and cute. Plus the first few seconds make me want to get up and dance. In an old-timey way.
Hall and Oates – I Can’t Go For That
Sadly, I cannot find a video of this commercial. Anywhere. If you can, please PLEASE put a link in the comments. It was this great deadpan sing-a-long with the Wendy’s counter staff.
Starrfadu – Let It Out
Credit for this one goes to my friend Doris. We think she was actually referring to a different Kleenex commercial, but as soon as she said the brand, I remembered “the couch”. It’s a cute concept, with the perfect song.
Mysto & Pizzi – Somebody’s Watching Me
Did you really think I could make it through this whole list without Geico? I am in love with the money with eyes. Gecko and Caveman, I mean, who needs them when you have a Rockwell remix as awesome as this? For the record my favorite is when they are in the boardroom and he is a window washer. But I couldn’t find that video.