15 Best Super Bowl Commercials (Ever)

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Apple Computers – “1984”

What happens when you hire Ridley Scott to direct a commercial for a computer company hoping to break the world out of its drab slump? In short, one of the most influential and well-known commercials of all time. It’s true that the dystopic scene pulled right out of George Orwell’s novel “1984″ may have been slightly exaggerating IBM’s hopes for continued personal computer dominance, but Apple’s message was clear.

Fitting squarely alongside Ridley Scott’s style seen in Blade Runner and Alien, the commercial placed Apple as the colorful, athletic young rebel, fighting the good fight against the establishment as ‘Big Brother.’ It was a loud, bold claim at the time, but under Steve Jobs’ leadership, Apple lived up to the hype, coming to embody those same values for decades to come.

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Honorable Mention: NFL – “Crazy”

It isn’t often that the NFL goes out of its way to advertise its own league – considering those watching are, well, watching already. But the league turned to Don Cheadle in the early 2000s to help punctuate the ways in which American Football redefines the dictionary.

In this Super Bowl spot, Cheadle explained why the sport is as important to fans today as it ever has been, and why they’d be crazy to not come back next season, or the one after that, or the one after that…

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That’s it for our list, but which Super Bowl commercials rank among your personal favorites? Was it due to the laughs they brought or the heartstrings they plucked? Share your own thoughts in the comments and be sure to check out all of the Super Bowl 2014 Commercials here.

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  1. I don’t know. I like the list but the bud ones. You can pick just about any bud bowl year was way better then most of these on the list. Each one was different because it was a game and it was freaking beer cans playing football with no hands or legs. Classic stuff right there. Sad Sad Sad. I would put every bud bowl with maybe the last one as the exception.

  2. Were way better then most of the ones on here. I would look forward to it each year. Me and my friends would talk about it almost as much as the up coming game. https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=5_c1lKJMS2o

  3. I don’t know Mr. rob . I have to say I really like your site and I enjoy reading the majority of the stuff you guys post on here but your list are kind of like wtf? to me. How do you guys come up with these lists? Does one person do them , do you take a vote with all the ppl who post and work with the site? I would like to know.

  4. The Budweiser one with the newborn horse was good, but their beer still sucks.

  5. I would have put the “Imported from
    Detroit” Chrysler ad that featured Eminem on the list. I really like that commercial.

  6. the Michael Jordan one is awesome, but you can’t touch the Where’s the beef ha

  7. when the Cap Trailer plays today someone post it up, don’t be shy thanks :D

  8. Some cool ads I’ve never had the pleasure of seeing before due to being a non-US citizen.

    Also, RIP Philip Seymour Hoffman.

  9. I think that the commercials are the dumbest part of the Superbowl.Movie trailers,ok,I’m fine with those,but over the past 10 years or so,I’ve found that the games themselves have been entertaining enough.

    I guess people seem to forget that no matter how funny,or touching these commercial are,there SOLE purpose is to entice you to buy their product.If I’m not drinking Bud Light now,there’s nothing that these commercials can do to make me start.

    • That’s the thing though, I’m not likely to need to compare different insurance companies to get a cheaper deal because I don’t pay insurance on my home or my health and I don’t drive so have no car insurance but that can’t stop me from enjoying the meerkats that help advertise for one insurance company.

      Like this one, where they teamed with Take That singer Gary Barlow to perform on the set of Britain’s longest running TV soap opera (been on the air since 1962) for a commercial late last year.

  10. I wasn’t impressed with the commercials this year. I have to say the one with the mixed breed dog was very funny. But over the years, the commercial have been costing more and have been less entertaining. This list of what you considered your favorite past 15 super bowl commercials wasn’t bad, but it was still lacking.

    There is something about a man innocently cooking supper for his sweetheart and the cay getting covered in red sauce and then being seen by said sweetheart holding a red covered cat and knife, that made me laugh again like before. That surely is one of the better made commercials picturing something that could happen to anyone.

    But missing from your list for my liking are the Budweiser frogs and chameleon. Most of those were classic and I think the trendsetters of super bowl commercials. But you are right, Budweiser still has a lot to be desired.

  11. In case you guys don’t know, there area a lot of Football fans in the U.K. too. And I do mean American Football! We have to stay up until 3.30/4.0 AM to catch all the match.
    Yes, we ‘get’ the ads too – VW is always brilliant.
    This year the only spoiler was the lack of any Broncos at the Game. We knew it was Super Sunday; you should have told them too. Well played Seattle, the Brits always love it when the underdog wins, especially in the manner that the Seahawks played.
    Thanks America, lookin’ forward to next year already. Any chance we could have the ‘Skins there? (I go back to John Riggins!)

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