The 5 Best Super Bowl Commercials of All-Time
Let’s face it: While the big game might be the focus of the annual Super Bowl, the commercials play just as big of a part in the festivities. The Super Bowl has been drawing advertisers since its start. Over the decades, there’s been thousands of witty, knee-slapping commercials aired in between intense quarters of football. Check out our picks for the best Super Bowl commercials of all-time.
5. ETrade Baby, 2008-2013
It was a cheesy concept: a toddler made to look as if it is narrating the whole commercial. With their famous ending tagline, “boom!” ETrade’s series of “baby” commercials had a six-year run airing at the Super Bowl. Who knew watching a commercial about online trading could be so… not boring? While the former toddler spokesperson has kept a level of anonymity since his final performance for ETrade, it is said that he is around 13 years old now. His performances still make people smile nostalgically.
4. Betty White for Snickers, 2010
It’s hard to watch Betty White getting tackled in a game of mud football and not laugh out loud. Regardless of how many variations that Snickers put out of their popular “you’re not yourself” commercial, their Super Bowl debut commercial starring Betty White will always be a classic. The popular candy manufacturer made a smart production move by featuring the “Golden Girls” star on a football-themed set. It peaked everyone’s interest to see the two starkly different themes being brought together over a Snickers bar.
3. Budweiser Frogs, 1995
Sometimes, less is more. This 30-second Budweiser ad that aired at commercial break during the 1995 Super Bowl proved just that. While many commercials pushed in-your-face cinematics and high-energy performances, Budweiser captivated audiences and made their point known with just three frogs on a log. The infamous “Bud-weis-er” slogan in this commercial brings back fond memories for those who were tuned in to the 1995 Super Bowl.
2. Apple’s 1984
Many of us cannot remember a time without Apple computers, phones, and even watches. But when this commercial aired mid-Super Bowl in 1984, it changed the game for advertisers to come. This commercial bent the normal tongue-and-cheek formula that most advertisers leaned towards in the 1980s. The suspense, oddly metered music, and unknown futuristic world-feel replicated that of George Orwell’s 1984. The movie trailer-like production drew in viewers as they tried to piece together the meaning of the commercial. Its famous last words were, “and you’ll see why 1984 won’t be like ‘1984.’” Little did they know that the unveiling of the Macintosh computer would change the face of technology forever.
1. I’d Like To Buy The World A Coke, 1971
Premiering in 1971 in between the 4th Super Bowl to ever take place in the States, “I’d Like To Buy The World A Coke” aired. Coca-Cola set the bar high for all ads to follow with this catchy and heartwarming commercial that featured international students from around the world. It featured the students standing in an open field with Coca-Cola bottles in-hand, singing along to what would become one of the most well-known jingles of the decade. In fact, the song was later released and topped the charts in both the U.S. and the U.K. It’s also regarded as not only one of the best Super Bowl commercials of all-time, but one of the best advertisements ever made to date.
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