Sunday, February 27, 2011

Commercially Minded

We live in a time and place where everything is so commercialized. Christmas, Thanksgiving, Valentine’s Day, Easter, births and birthdays: you name it, Americans commercialize it. I was watching the ‘brain drainer’ recently and a commercial came on that has been on air since I was a little girl. It made me wonder what the commercial with the record for longest run on air might be?

I have no idea, but I did start thinking of random commercials that have been around for ages, and I came up with this list, plus another list of commercials that may not have run as long, but have stayed in my mind for whatever reason. I did manage to find an article from USA Today (2007) about the top 25 most memorable commercials from the last 25 years that was pretty cool to see. If you can think of any others, feel free to comment them to me!
1. The commerical that got me thinking was for BandAid brand bandaids. “I am stuck on BandAid brand cuz  germs don’t stick on me!”
Following that one, I came up with a few more:
2. Tony the Tiger saying “Frosted Flakes, they’re grrrrrrreat!”
3. Charmin: “Don’t squeeze the Charmin!”
4. The DoubleMint Twins with ‘Double the Pleasure’
5. The Oscar Mayer Weiner song
6. The Energizer Bunny, keeps going and going…
7. Chevy trucks are “Like a Rock”
8. Nike “Just Do It”
9. Geico’s Cavemen “So easy a caveman could do it”
10. Lucky Charms “They’re magically delicious!”
Some that may not have been on air as long as others, but are unforgettable are:
Wendy’s Where’s the beef? I seem to remember a commercial using this phrase with the 3 old ladies in the backseat of a car, and they slide from side to side as they speed through town looking for the beef on an oversized bun. It cracked me up, and ranked #3 by USA Today.
Life Alert’s I’ve fallen and I can’t get up! is ranked as #1 on the USA Today article.
Dude, you’re gettin’ a Dell!
Bud Light’s I love you man! commercials were hilarious.
Ching…Ching…CHA-CHING!!! My ‘Pap” used to sit and just guffaw over this commercial. This one and the Dell one were his all-time favorites.


  1. I agree! SO commercialised! Being from Australia I don't know most of these except the Nike; 'Just Do It'. I always say that- well done on Nike's part- it's stuck with me x

  2. ha ha i haven't seen a double mint commercial in forever! but your totally right all those commercials no matter how long its been, you still know the catch line! how funny those companies must of had a amazing marketing team producing those gems ;)
    i found you via comment love day

    Hugs & Loves, Ariel

  3. This was so fun to read! I am kind of ashamed to admit I remember every single one of those commercials- way too much TV for me!

    Great blog!

  4. I had a great time writing this one. Some of the commercial clips were actually hard to find! I am glad you ladies enjoyed it. Have a blessed week!


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