Oldies and Classic Rock Songs Used in TV Commercials

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Television commercials often turn to classic rock and oldies songs as soundtracks for their pitch to make people of targeted demographics pay attention to their products. Some song and product pairings are more memorable than others, but when they work, they make the commercial—and, therefore, the product—more memorable. That's exactly why companies regularly turn to these classic favorites.

When a song appears on TV unexpectedly (and in such a short clip), recalling the title of the song can be a challenge, so here you'll find the artist and the song titles under each brand name or company. This list is useful for you to add forgotten favorites to your playlist, from cars to sodas and everything in between. 

7-Up

Song: , "Sunshine"

Allstate

Song: The Association, "Never My Love"

Ameriprise

Song: The Spencer Davis Group, "Gimme Some Lovin'"

Ameriquest

Song: The Spinners, "I'll Be Around"

Apple

Product: iPhone

Song: AC/DC, "Thunderstruck"

Product: iPod

Song: U2, "Vertigo"

AT&T

Song: Meat Loaf, "Paradise by the Dashboard Lights"

Buick

Song: , "Dream On"

Song: , "Feeling Good"

Burger King

Song: , "I Am Woman"

Cadillac

Song: , "Rock and Roll"

California Raisins

Song: Marvin Gaye, "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" 

Carnival Cruises

Song: Bobby Darin, "Beyond the Sea"

Chase

Song: , "Gimme Little Sign"

Song: The Rolling Stones, "I'm Free"

Chevrolet

Song: The Yardbirds, "Over Under Sideways Down"

Song: The Kinks, "You Really Got Me"

Song: Climax, "Precious and Few"

Song: , "I'm Into Something Good"

Cialis

Song: The Ronettes, "Be My Baby"

Cingular/AT&T Wireless

Song: , "Melissa"

Song: , "The Weight"

Cisco

Song: , "Baba O'Riley"

Citgo

Song: Three Dog Night, "Shambala"

Clinique

Song: The Turtles,

Clix

Song: , "Gangster of Love"

Clorox Wipes

Song: , "Beloved"

Coca-Cola

Song: , "The Slider"

Product: Coca-Cola With Lime
Song: ,

Product: Black Cherry Vanilla Coke
Song: Barry White, "You're the First, The Last, My Everything"

Coors

Song: ,

DeBeers

Song: , "How Can I Tell You"

Degree

Song: , "Big Chief"

Delta SimpleFares

Song: , "Happiness Runs"

DirecTV

Song: Joe Bonamassa, "Better Watch Yourself"

Song: , "Something in the Air"

Dodge

Song: , "Hair of the Dog"

Song: , "Smoke on the Water"

Dolce & Gabbana

Song: , "Moanin'"

Doubletree Hotels

Song: , "Relax Max"

Dr. Pepper

Song: ,

Product: Diet Dr. Pepper
Song: Tom Jones, "Help Yourself"

Song: , "Mahna Mahna"

Product: Diet Cherry Vanilla Dr. Pepper
Song: Fats Domino, "Ain't That a Shame"

ESPN Mobile

Song: Chad and Jeremy, "A Summer Song"

Fidelity Investments

Song: The Zombies, "Time of the Season"

Song: , "(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty"

Song: Billy Preston,

FluFacts

Song: , "In the Summertime"

Fox Soccer Channel

Song: , "Sway"

Gatorade

Song: , "I Just Want to Celebrate"

GE

Song: , "Sixteen Tons"

Song: Donovan, "Catch the Wind"

GM

Song: , "Can't You See"

GMC

Song: , "Use Me"

Honda

Song: , "Tear the Roof off the Sucker (Give Up the Funk)"

HP

Song: , "Blue Skies"

Product: HP Photosmart
Song: , 

Product: HP Picture Book
Song: The Kinks, "Picture Book"

Hummer

Song: The Who, "Happy Jack"

Song: Tom Jones, "Help Yourself"

Song: Ruth Brown, "This Little Girl's Gone Rockin'"

Jeep

Song: , "Rock Me Slowly"

Journey Diamond

Song: Barbra Streisand, "What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life"

Just For Men

Song: Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing"

Kia

Song: , "So Long, Farewell"

Kohl's

Song: The Lovin’ Spoonful, "Do You Believe in Magic"

Song: , 

Korbel

Song: , 

Land Rover

Song: The Sonics, "Have Love Will Travel"

Lexmark

Song: The Rolling Stones, "Complicated"

Levis

Song: , "I Walk the Line"

Song: The Commodores, "Easy"

Lexus

Song: Nina Simone, "Backlash Blues"

Lincoln

Song: , "Sleep Walk"

M&Ms

Song: The Hues Corporation, "Rock the Boat"

Mastercard

Song: , "Walkin' in the Sunshine"

Mercedes

Song: Booker T & the M.G.'s, "Green Onions"

Song: Nat King Cole, "For Sentimental Reasons (I Love You)"

Song: Janis Joplin, "Mercedes-Benz"

Mercury

Song: Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing"

'Miami Ink' TV Show

Song: , "Funky Kingston"

Monster.com

Song: Electric Light Orchestra,

Mylanta

Song: , 

NFL.com

Song: , "Let's Work Together"

Nike

Song: , "Summer Madness"

Nissan

Song: Tito Puente, "Oye Como Va"

Office Depot

Song: , "Taking Care of Business"

OfficeMax

Song: The Spinners, "Rubberband Man"

Old Navy

Song: Kiss, "Rock and Roll All Nite"

Pepsi

Song: The Rolling Stones, "Brown Sugar"

Song: Michael Jackson, "Billie Jean"

Product: Diet Pepsi

Song: Steppenwolf, "Born to Be Wild"

Pillsbury

Song: Pilot, "Magic"

Pizza Hut

Song: Nancy Sinatra, "These Boots Were Made for Walkin'"

Planters

Song: , "Saturday Night"

Pringles

Song: Carl Carlton, " Everlasting Love"

Royal Caribbean Cruises

Song: Iggy Pop, "Lust for Life"

Saturn

Song: The Muppets, "Mahna Mahna"

Sears

Song: Electric Light Orchestra, "Mr. Blue Sky"

Slimfast

Song: , "Give Me Just a Little More Time"

Smart Balance

Song: , "Put a Little Love in Your Heart"

Snickers

Song: , "Make Your Own Kind of Music"

Sunkist

Song: The Beach Boys, "Good Vibrations"

Special K

Song: Stan Getz and Joao Gilberto, "The Girl From Ipanema"

T-Mobile

Song: Def Leppard, "Pour Some Sugar on Me"

Talbot's

Song: Marvin Gaye, "You're a Wonderful One"

Song: , "Love Is All Around"

Target

Song: Max Frost and the Troopers, "Shape of Things to Come"

Song: , "Express Yourself"

Song: The Beatles, "Hello Goodbye"

Tide

Song: Al Green, "Let's Stay Together"

Tommy Hilfiger

Song: , 

Total

Song: Canned Heat, "On the Road Again"

Toyota

Song: Eric Weissberg and Steve Mandell,

UPS

Song: Stevie Wonder, "Don't You Worry 'Bout a Thing"

Verizon

Song: The Five Stairsteps, "O-o-h Child"

VH1

Song: The Carpenters, "Sing"

Visa

Song: , "Powerhouse"

Song: Buddy Holly, "Take Your Time"

Volkswagen

Song: The Ohio Players, "Love Rollercoaster"

Volvo

Song: Donovan,

Vonage

Song: Rock-A-Teens, "Woo Hoo"

Wendy's

Song: , "Magic Carpet Ride"

Wrangler

Song: Thin Lizzy,

Yoplait

Song: Brian Hyland, "Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini"

Zales

Song: The Yardbirds, "For Your Love"