Oldies Songs Used in TV Commercials

Barry White
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Television commercials often turn to oldies songs as soundtracks for their pitch. They're fun and familiar, but sometimes you just can't remember that tune. You've heard the song many times before, but when one appears on TV unexpectedly (and in such a short clip), recalling the title of the song can be a challenge.

While oldies make it into advertisements frequently, some are more memorable than others.

They make the commercial—and, therefore, the product—more memorable, too. That's exactly why companies regularly turn to these classic favorites.

Let's explore some of the great songs used in TV commercials, from cars to sodas and everything in between. You'll find the artist and the song titles under each brand name or company. You can also find out if the song you heard is the original version or not. This is a great way to add forgotten favorites to your oldies playlist.

7-Up Commercial

Song: The Partridge Family, "Sunshine"
Is that the original version? Yes.

Allstate Commercial

Song: The Association, "Never My Love"
Is that the original version? Yes.

Ameriprise Commercial

Song: The Spencer Davis Group, "Gimme Some Lovin'"
Is that the original version? Yes.

Ameriquest Commercial

Song: The Spinners, "I'll Be Around"
Is that the original version?: Yes.

Buick Commercials

Song: Aerosmith, "Dream On"
Is that the original version?

Yes.

Song: Nina Simone, "Feeling Good"
Is that the original version? No.

Burger King Commercial

Song: Helen Reddy, "I Am Woman"
Is that the original version? No, it was a parody.

Cadillac Commercial

Song: Led Zeppelin, "Rock and Roll"
Is that the original version? Yes.

Carnival Cruises Commercial

Song: Bobby Darin, "Beyond the Sea"
Is that the original version?

Yes.

Chase Commercials

Song: Brenton Wood, "Gimme Little Sign"
Is that the original version? Yes.

Song: The Rolling Stones, "I'm Free"
Is that the original version? No, it was a remix.

Chevrolet Commercials

Song: The Yardbirds, "Over Under Sideways Down"
Is that the original version? Yes.

Song: The Kinks, "You Really Got Me"
Is that the original version? No.

Song: Climax, "Precious and Few"
Is that the original version? Yes.

Song: Herman's Hermits, "I'm Into Something Good"
Is that the original version? No.

Cialis Commercial

Song: The Ronettes, "Be My Baby"
Is that the original version? Yes.

Cingular/AT&T Wireless Commercials

Song: The Allman Brothers, "Melissa"
Is that the original version? Yes.

Song: The Band, "The Weight"
Is that the original version? Yes.

Cisco Commercial

Song: The Who, "Baba O'Riley"
Is that the original version? Yes.

Citgo Commercial

Song: Three Dog Night, "Shambala"
Is that the original version? Yes.

Clinique Commercial

Song: The Turtles, "Happy Together"
Is that the original version? Yes.

Clix Commercial

Song: Johnny "Guitar" Watson, "Gangster of Love"
Is that the original version? Yes.

Clorox Wipes Commercial

Song: Mario Lanza, "Beloved"
Is that the original version? Yes.

Coca-Cola Commercials

Song: T. Rex, "The Slider"
Is that the original version?

Yes.

Product: Coca-Cola With Lime
Song: Harry Nilsson, "Coconut"
Is that the original version? Yes.

Product: Black Cherry Vanilla Coke
Song: Barry White, "You're the First, The Last, My Everything"
Is that the original version? Yes.

Coors Commercial

Song: The O’Jays, "Love Train"
Is that the original version? Yes.

DeBeers Commercial

Song: Cat Stevens, "How Can I Tell You"
Is that the original version? No.

Degree Commercial

Song: Professor Longhair, "Big Chief"
Is that the original version? Yes, but it is sped up.

Delta SimpleFares Commercial

Song: Donovan, "Happiness Runs"
Is that the original version? No.

DirecTV Commercials

Song: Joe Bonamassa, "Better Watch Yourself"
Is that the original version? Yes.

Song: Thunderclap Newman, "Something in the Air"
Is that the original version? Yes.

Dodge Commercials

Song: Nazareth, "Hair of the Dog"
Is that the original version?

Yes.

Song: Deep Purple, "Smoke on the Water"
Is that the original version? No.

Dolce & Gabbana Commercial

Song: Charles Mingus, "Moanin'"
Is that the original version? Yes.

Doubletree Hotels Commercial

Song: Dinah Washington, "Relax Max"
Is that the original version? Yes.

Dr. Pepper Commercials

Song: Hot Chocolate, "You Sexy Thing"
Is that the original version? Yes.

Product: Diet Dr. Pepper
Song: Tom Jones, "Help Yourself"
Is that the original version? Yes.

Product: Diet Cherry Vanilla Dr. Pepper
Song: The Muppets, "Mahna Mahna"
Is that the original version? Yes.

Product: Diet Cherry Vanilla Dr. Pepper
Song: Fats Domino, "Ain't That a Shame"
Is that the original version? Yes.

ESPN Mobile Commercial

Song: Chad and Jeremy, "A Summer Song"
Is that the original version? Yes.

Fidelity Investments Commercials

Song: The Zombies, "Time of the Season"
Is that the original version? Yes.

Song: KC and the Sunshine Band, "(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty"
Is that the original version? Yes.

Song: Billy Preston, "Nothing From Nothing"
Is that the original version? Yes.

FluFacts Commercial

Song: Mungo Jerry, "In the Summertime"
Is that the original version? No.

Fox Soccer Channel Commercial

Song: Dean Martin, "Sway"
Is that the original version? No.

Gatorade Commercial

Song: Rare Earth, "I Just Want to Celebrate"
Is that the original version? Yes.

GE Commercials

Song: Tennessee Ernie Ford, "Sixteen Tons"
Is that the original version? Yes.

Song: Donovan, "Catch the Wind"
Is that the original version? Yes.

GM Commercial

Song: The Marshall Tucker Band, "Can't You See"
Is that the original version? Yes.

GMC Commercial

Song: Bill Withers, "Use Me"
Is that the original version? Yes.

Honda Commercial

Song: Parliament, "Tear the Roof off the Sucker (Give Up the Funk)"
Is that the original version? Yes.

HP Commercials

Song: Maxine Sullivan, "Blue Skies"
Is that the original version? Yes.

Product: HP Photosmart
Song: The Robins"Out of the Picture"
Is that the original version? Yes.

Product: HP Picture Book
Song: The Kinks, "Picture Book"
Is that the original version?

Yes.

Hummer Commercials

Song: The Who, "Happy Jack"
Is that the original version? Yes.

Song: Tom Jones, "Help Yourself"
Is that the original version? Yes.

Song: Ruth Brown, "This Little Girl's Gone Rockin'"
Is that the original version? Yes.

Jeep Commercials

Song: Andy Kim, "Rock Me Slowly"
Is that the original version? No.

Journey Diamond Commercial

Song: Barbra Streisand, "What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life"
Is that the original version? Yes.

Just For Men Commercial

Song: Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing"
Is that the original version? No.

Kia Commercial

Song: The Sound of Music (Original Cast), "So Long, Farewell"
Is that the original version? No.

Kohl's Commercials

Song: The Lovin’ Spoonful, "Do You Believe in Magic"
Is that the original version? Yes.

Song: Electric Light Orchestra"Do Ya"
Is that the ELO version? Yes.

Korbel Commercial

Song: Pilot"Magic"
Is that the original version? Yes.

Land Rover Commercial

Song: The Sonics, "Have Love Will Travel"
Is that the original version? Yes.

Lexmark Commercial

Song: The Rolling Stones, "Complicated"
Is that the original version? Yes.

Levis Commercials

Song: Johnny Cash, "I Walk the Line"
Is that the original version? No.

Song: The Commodores, "Easy"
Is that the original version? No.

Lexus Commercial

Song: Nina Simone, "Backlash Blues"
Is that the original version? Yes.

Lincoln Commercial

Song: Santo and Johnny, "Sleep Walk"
Is that the original version? No.

M&Ms Commercial

Song: The Hues Corporation, "Rock the Boat"
Is that the original version? No.

Mastercard Commercial

Song: Roger Miller, "Walkin' in the Sunshine"
Is that the original version? Yes.

Mercedes Commercials

Song: Booker T & the M.G.'s, "Green Onions"
Is that the original version? Yes.

Song: Nat King Cole, "For Sentimental Reasons (I Love You)"
Is that the original version? Yes.

Mercury Commercial

Song: Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing"
Is that the original version? Yes.

'Miami Ink' TV Show

Song: Toots and the Maytals, "Funky Kingston"
Is that the original version? Yes.

Monster.com Commercial

Song: Electric Light Orchestra, "Do Ya"
Is that the ELO version? Yes.

Mylanta Commercial

Song: John Sebastian"Welcome Back (Theme from 'Welcome Back Kotter')"
Is that the original version? Yes.

NFL.com Commercial

Song: Canned Heat, "Let's Work Together"
Is that the original Canned Heat version? Yes.

Nike Commercial

Song: Kool & the Gang, "Summer Madness"
Is that the original version? Yes.

Nissan Commercial

Song: Tito Puente, "Oye Como Va"
Is that the original version? Yes.

Office Depot Commercial

Song: Bachman-Turner Overdrive, "Taking Care of Business"
Is that the original version? No.

OfficeMax Commercial

Song: The Spinners, "Rubberband Man"
Is that the original version? No.

Pillsbury Commercial

Song: Pilot, "Magic"
Is that the original version? No.

Pizza Hut Commercial

Song: Nancy Sinatra, "These Boots Were Made for Walkin'"
Is that the original version? No.

Planters Commercial

Song: Bay City Rollers, "Saturday Night"
Is that the original version? Yes.

Pringles Commercial

Song: Carl Carlton, " Everlasting Love"
Is that the original version? No.

Saturn Commercial

Song: The Muppets, "Mahna Mahna"
Is that the original version? Yes.

Sears Commercial

Song: Electric Light Orchestra, "Mr. Blue Sky"
Is that the original version? Yes.

Slimfast Commercial

Song: Chairmen of the Board, "Give Me Just a Little More Time"
Is that the original version? No.

Smart Balance Commercial

Song: Jackie DeShannon, "Put a Little Love in Your Heart"
Is that the original version? No.

Snickers Commercial

Song: Bobby Sherman, "Make Your Own Kind of Music"
Is that the original version? Yes.

Special K Commercial

Song: Stan Getz and Joao Gilberto, "The Girl From Ipanema"
Is that the original version? Yes.

Talbot's Commercials

Song: Marvin Gaye, "You're a Wonderful One"
Is that the original version? Yes.

Song: Sonny Curtis, "Love Is All Around"
Is that the original version? Yes.

Target Commercials

Song: Max Frost and the Troopers, "Shape of Things to Come"
Is that the original version? Yes.

Song: Charles Wright and the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band, "Express Yourself"
Is that the original version? Yes.

Song: The Beatles, "Hello Goodbye"
Is that the original version? No.

Tide Commercial

Song: Al Green, "Let's Stay Together"
Is that the original version? Yes.

Tommy Hilfiger Commercial

Song: Jefferson Airplane"Volunteers"
Is that the original version? Yes.

Total Commercial

Song: Canned Heat, "On the Road Again"
Is that the original version? Yes.

Toyota Commercial

Song: Eric Weissberg and Steve Mandell, "Dueling Banjos"
Is that the Weissberg version? No.

UPS Commercial

Song: Stevie Wonder, "Don't You Worry 'Bout a Thing"
Is that the original version? No.

Verizon Commercial

Song: The Five Stairsteps, "O-o-h Child"
Is that the original version? No.

VH1 Commercial

Song: The Carpenters, "Sing"
Is that the original version? Yes.

Visa Commercials

Song: Raymond Scott, "Powerhouse"
Is that the original version? No.

Song: Buddy Holly, "Take Your Time"
Is that the original version? Yes.

Volkswagen Commercial

Song: The Ohio Players, "Love Rollercoaster"
Is that the original version? No.

Volvo Commercial

Song: Donovan, "Catch the Wind"
Is that the original version? Yes.

Vonage Commercial

Song: Rock-A-Teens, "Woo Hoo"
Is that the original version? No.

Wendy's Commercial

Song: Steppenwolf, "Magic Carpet Ride"
Is that the original version? No.

Wrangler Commercial

Song: Thin Lizzy, "The Boys Are Back in Town”
Is that the original version? Yes.

Yoplait Commercial

Song: Brian Hyland, "Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini"
Is that the original version? No.

Zales Commercial

Song: The Yardbirds, "For Your Love"
Is that the original version? Yes.

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