Every year, people tune in to the Superbowl for things other than the game or the wardrobe malfunctions. Often, the commercials broadcast during the Superbowl are a lot more fun to watch than the game itself. Since we’re now in Superbowl mode, with game six behind us and the season underway, I thought it was time to look at what we might see in the way of Superbowl 44 commercials. I did a quick Google search, but it seems that advertisers are keeping mum about their plans this year. Still, we can at least get an idea of what they’re up against from previous years’ ads. So, here’s a quick list of the top ten Superbowl commercials of all time:
At Number 10, the Budweiser Frogs. This commercial featured a series of frogs burping out the word “budd “weiss” “err.” Yeah, it seems silly, but still, it was cute and of course Budweiser kept the concept going, with dozens of commercials building on the frogs, so we definitely remember it.
At Number 9, the Xerox Monks. Back in 1977, the idea of a photocopy machine was still a quaint one. I remember the old mimeograph machines where you had to write on special paper in order to make copies, but the monks in this commercial obviously didn’t feel the need for that. They stepped straight from a quill to the Xerox copy machine.
At Number 8 we have the Tabasco Mosquito in 1998. This one is memorable because it really ends badly for the mosquito, who thinks he’s getting a nice juicy bit of blood from an unsuspecting mark but instead gets a mouthful of Tabasco sauce.
At number 7 is the EDS cat herder family. We’re not sure why we liked this one and frankly, what a cat herder has to do with data processing, we’re not sure either, but hey, it was cute and we like cats.
At number 6 is one that will give any Superbowl 44 ads a run for their money: Basketball greats Michael Jordan and Larry Byrd face off for the ultimate prize: a big mac and fries. Mmm. Made me want to go out to McDs during the 1993 Superbowl.
At number 5, Monster.com showed us what the world would be like for kids of the future in this 1999 Superbowl commercial. Although these days, I bet some of those kids are actually wishing they were only forced into early retirement.
At number 4 is Reebok’s 2003 mash up between an office and linebacker Larry Tate. Yeah, Larry won that round. But who can blame him? Office cubicles are no match for a linebacker.
At number 3, E*Trade decided showed us a monkey and a man clapping and shrugging over their $2 Million loss in 2,000. They should have seen the pain in 2009 and maybe they’d be crying.
At number 2, was Coke’s 1979 entry, Mean Joe Greene. If you’re old enough to remember this one, then you’ll know that Mean Joe Greene got the better deal. The kid got a Jersey, but Joe got himself a real can of Coke, not the stuff they came out with after New Coke (the new stuff has high fructose corn syrup instead of sugar – just not as good).
And finally at number 1 is an entry that no Superbowl 44 commercial is likely to top: The Apple 1984 ad. I don’t think I even need to tell you about this commercial. It was for the Macintosh and shows the woman smashing the screen. It only ran on TV once, but it’s probably the most famous commercial of all time.