What's your favorite ad of all time?


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What’s your favorite ad?   Was it something funny?  Something cool?  Something emotionally impactful?

Something that made you feel as happy as this creepily content 50’s family in the photo?

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27 comments

  1. Jimbo says:

    The old Coke, “Teach the world to sing” one. A classic!

  2. Dub Not Dubya says:

    I’ve been looking everywhere for this one and am pretty sure it’s not online. Jamie Lee Curtis did a series of ads for a now-defunct cellphone company called Voicestream. My favorite one was when she was stuck at a party full of boring, stodgy people and uses a call on her cellphone to escape. After she is outside, she yells, “Bye, losers!” I really hope you can put that one online. Don’t we all wish we could yell “Bye, losers!” at people sometimes?

  3. Petra van Gppr says:

    The Beck commercial about the boy who goes to ballet class, and he happens to be the only boy there to lift all the girls.

  4. Skinny Mike says:

    I thought for about a minute – then I realized it should be the ad that has stuck in my head as soon as I see the product in question. And without a doubt it has to be this commercial from the 70’s for Drakes Fruit Pies feat Nat Williams and the Drydells.

    Every time I see or eat one I either sing the song or it floats through my head.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZTWP2Lg64Ns

  5. Tricia says:

    The new Snickers ad featuring Betty White makes me laugh every time I see it. Will have to reach back into my memory for others…..

  6. Elaine says:

    Every ESPN commercial ever made (hilarious), and this one (goosebumps):
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-8PBx7isoM

  7. Melinda says:

    The Orbit Gum commercial: “Pickle you, kumquat!” I laugh just thinking about that one!

  8. Elaine says:

    I almost forgot, EVERYONE NEEDS to see this one!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l26IDg3JZI0

  9. Lauren says:

    There was a super bowl commercial some years ago for Tabasco — with exploding mosquitoes. Hilarious.

  10. Wayne Beamer says:

    I second the Sportscenter ads along with the Miller Lite spots with Rodney Dangerfield and Mickey Spillane. The latter were awesome as could be…

  11. I get goosebumps everytime I see the Embrace Life seatbelt commercial. It’s a re-enactment of an accident in slow motion. Very well done and they don’t show it often enough due to complaints that is was disturbing to children.

  12. Mariann says:

    I just love the new OLD SPICE commercials. The ad is fantastic and I actually remember when the product is they are selling. “I’M ON A HORSE.”

  13. Conor says:

    The Sony Bravia ads and the John Lewis ads (UK) are by far the most brilliant.

  14. Robert says:

    An old commercial, where one minivan is passing several others while they are comparing features. Then, the minivan comes up behind a Porsche 911. They start discussing the engine, and the minivan pulls out to pass the Porsche. The Porsche driver downshifts and speeds away, and they end with “40 times the cargo space of a Porsche 911.”

  15. Layla says:

    One of the most memorable ones is an old greenpiece one I saw at the cinema showing the cannes roll. It felt especially intense since they showed it after an amnesty international ad to raise the awareness on nowadays torture. I just kept thinking “wtf?? a FASHION ad after what they just showed????” epic combo.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8FX-VnhX24Q

    – too bad it’s a bit pixelish –

    thanks for this great site!

  16. I was reading about it somewhere I don’t recall where it was. Thank for reminding me of it.

  17. Wim says:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aSV8qMHpJB0

  18. Ezrah K. says:

    4 commercials I’d like to see here: Sprite ‘Turbo Sport 7’ with the actors portraying basketball players, the EDS Cat Herders spot, the Bugles Alien commercial, and Snickers “Who are the Chefs?”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IisbF8ALKPY

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_MaJDK3VNE

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dq8RgAECGVA

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2U_EfE-mqgE

  19. If I had to pick a favorite, it might be Stan Freberg’s 1967 masterpiece for Sunsweet Pitted Prunes.

    Someone posted it on YouTube, and can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ngJFhrYWTNw&feature=share

    Freberg’s genius was never more apparent.

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