Saturday, February 04, 2012

Top 5 Super Bowl Ads of All Time

Tomorrow's the Super Bowl. New England and New York will be facing off again for all the marbles. But more importantly for some, advertisers will try to put their best foot forward to win some brand recognition on the biggest stage in the world. They'll spend millions to try to keep you in your seat rather than running to the bathroom. Some of these companies have been legendary in their success in this area. That's what we're looking at today.

Thanks for the public and private responses to my informal poll. Here are the results for the top 5 Super Bowl ads of all time.

5. Coming in at Number 5 is the iconic Coca Cola Ad from 1980 featuring Mean Joe Greene. Personally I think this would have gone higher but for the fact that a lot of you readers weren't even around then! It was successful in showing that one of the toughest players of all time for the Pittsburgh Steelers was really just a big softy.

4. This hilarious ad is from 2010 and was created by Doritos. Everybody immediately fell in love with Jalen, who took no time whatsoever in laying down the law to his mother's new boyfriend.

3. Number 3 on the list, from 2011, has a Canadian twist to it - the beaver, after all, is a national symbol and graces our nickel. This Bridgestone ad keys around a driver managing to save a beaver's life and, later, the beaver returning the favor. Back to nature in vulcanized rubber!

2. This 2008 Budweiser "Clydesdale Team" ad made it all the way to #2. Everyone loves it when the animals play feature roles. In this ad, a dalmatian plays the role of trainer Mick to Hank the Clydesdale's Rocky. You have to cheer for the underdog!

1. Coming in at #1 with the most votes was last year's hit commercial from VW - "The Force." Volkswagen knocked it out of the park by piggybacking on the popular Star Wars theme and the interaction between a father and son.

As a bonus, let's take a sneak peak at one of the much-hyped ads that will be debuting at this year's Superbowl. This hilarious Acura ad features Jerry Seinfeld and a surprise ending with Jay Leno. Enjoy!

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