The evolution of the Super Bowl commercials has been one of the most interesting things to watch in pop culture since the mid-1980s. After a certain ad debuted in 1984, Super Bowl commercials have trended in the direction of Hollywood storytelling—with the budgets to match. In recent years, ad companies have used super bowl as a great way to promote their products as it reaches out to millions at the very same time. Following are some of the best super bowl commercials till date.
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1) Apple ‘1984’
Apple’s groundbreaking commercial for the Macintosh computer takes the top spot for best Super Bowl commercial of all time. It was technically the very first viral ad. The ad aired only once, but was replayed on news channels across the world for weeks, and contributed to the sale of about $150 million worth of Macintoshes in barely three months.
2) Pepsi ‘Your Cheatin’ Heart’
“Your Cheatin’ Heart” by Hank Williams and a rival delivery guy who gets busted cheating on the drink he delivers to stores. The action itself in this one is a comedy: disastrous for the guy involved, hilarious for the rest of us.
3) Wendy’s ‘Where’s the Beef?’
This instant hit from 1984 has had many sequels, and for good reason: “Where’s the beef?” is a question many hungry fast-food customers still ask themselves today.
4) Old Spice ‘The Man Your Man Could Smell Like’
This Old Spice commercial was an instant hit, particularly for the meme-driven internet age. Those funny, unique Old Spice spots, which are still running, had to start somewhere. Filled with humor, brilliant writing, impressive effects, and a very good-looking actor, it offers something for everyone.
5) Coca-Cola ‘Hey Kid, Catch!’
This classic ad was one of the few commercials that enjoyed popularity before it aired during the Super Bowl. A nine-year-old boy approaches the limping, stone-faced Mean Joe Greene after a game, offering up some help and his Coca-Cola, only to dejectedly walk away after handing it over. That is, until Green calls him back, smiles, and throws a jersey at him.
What do you think? which one is your favorite? If you haven’t watched any of these ads yet, kindly do.