As Seen On TV!

A guide to oldies songs used in new TV commercials

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Which song is in that TV commercial? Television advertisements are, more and more, turning to oldies songs as soundtracks for their pitch. The following list is designed as a resource for those of you who may have heard a song you didn't recognize in one of these ads, and would like to identify it. If you hear what sounds like an oldies song (that is, song from the '50s, '60s, or '70s) in a commercial and don't see it listed here, ask about it in our forum!

This is an ongoing resource here at oldies.about.com, always here for your convenience.

IMPORTANT NOTES: All products listed alphabetically. Click on the artist to read more about them; click on the song title to hear a short sample of the song in question; check prices and buy the song right now by clicking on the "buy it here!" links.

Product: 7UP
Song: The Partridge Family, "Sunshine"
Is that the original version?: Yes

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

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

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

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

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

Product: Burger King
Song: Helen Reddy, "I Am Woman"
Is that the original version?: No (parody)

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

Product: Carnival Cruises
Song: , "Beyond The Sea"
Is that the original version?: Yes

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

Product: Chase
Song: The Rolling Stones, "I'm Free"
Is that the original version?: No (remix)

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

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

Product: Chevy
Song: Climax, "Precious And Few"
Is that the original version?: Yes

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

Product: Cialis
Song: , "Be My Baby"
Is that the original version?: Yes

Product: Cingular/AT&T Wireless
Song: The Allman Brothers, "Melissa"
Is that the original version?: Yes
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Product: Cingular/AT&T Wireless
Song: The Band, "The Weight"
Is that the original version?: Yes

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

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

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

Product: Clix
Song: Johnny "Guitar" Watson, "Gangster Of Love"
Is that the original version?: Yes

Product: Clorox Wipes
Song: Mario Lanza, "Beloved"
Is that the original version?: Yes

Product: Coca-Cola
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: Coors
Song: The O’Jays, "Love Train"
Is that the original version?: Yes

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

Product: Degree
Song: Professor Longhair, "Big Chief"
Is that the original version?: Yes (sped up)

Product: Delta SimpleFares
Song: Donovan, "Happiness Runs"
Is that the original version?: No

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

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

Product: DirecTV
Song: , "Better Watch Yourself"
Is that the original version?: Yes

Product: DirecTV
Song: Thunderclap Newman, "Something In The Air"
Is that the original version?: Yes

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

Product: Dodge
Song: Deep Purple, "Smoke On The Water"
Is that the original version?: No

Product: Dolce & Gabbana
Song: Charles Mingus, "Moanin'"
Is that the original version?: Yes

Product: Doubletree Hotels
Song: Dinah Washington, "Relax Max"
Is that the original version?: Yes

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

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

Product: Fidelity Investments
Song: The Zombies, "Time Of The Season"
Is that the original version?: Yes

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

Product: Fidelity Investments
Song: , "Nothing from Nothing"
Is that the original version?: Yes

Product: FluFacts
Song: Mungo Jerry, "In The Summertime"
Is that the original version?: No

Product: Fox Soccer Channel
Song: Dean Martin, "Sway"
Is that the original version?: No

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

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

Product: GE
Song: Donovan, "Catch The Wind"
Is that the original version?: Yes

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

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

Product: Honda
Song: Parliament, "Tear The Roof Off The Sucker (Give Up The Funk)"
Is that the original version?: Yes

Product: HP
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

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

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

Product: Hummer
Song: , "This Little Girl's Gone Rockin'"
Is that the original version?: Yes

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

Product: Journey Diamond
Song: , "What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life"
Is that the original version?: Yes

Product: Just For Men
Song: Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, "Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing"
Is that the original version?: No

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

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

Product: Kohl's
Song: Electric Light Orchestra, "Do Ya"
Is that the ELO version?: Yes

Product: Korbel
Song: Pilot, "Magic"
Is that the original version?: Yes

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

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

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

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

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

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

Product: M&Ms
Song: The Hues Corporation, "Rock The Boat"
Is that the original version?: No

Product: Mastercard
Song: Roger Miller, "Walkin' In The Sunshine"
Is that the original version?: Yes

Product: Mercedes
Song: , "Green Onions"
Is that the original version?: Yes

Product: Mercedes
Song: , "For Sentimental Reasons (I Love You)"
Is that the original version?: Yes

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

Product: Miami Ink (TV show)
Song: Toots and the Maytals, "Funky Kingston"
Is that the original version?: Yes

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

Product: Move Free
Song: , "Go Where You Wanna Go"
Is that the original version?: Yes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Product: Pizza Hut
Song: Nancy Sinatra, "These Boots Were Made For Walkin'"
Is that the original version?: No

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

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

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

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

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

Product: Smart Balance
Song: Jackie DeShannon, "Put A Little Love In Your Heart"
Is that the original version?: No

Product: Snickers
Song: Bobby Sherman, "Make Your Own Kind Of Music"
Is that the original version?: Yes

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

Product: Talbot's
Song: , "You're A Wonderful One"
Is that the original version?: Yes

Product: Talbot's
Song: Sonny Curtis, "Love Is All Around"
Is that the original version?: Yes

Product: Target
Song: Max Frost and the Troopers, "Shape Of Things To Come"
Is that the original version?: Yes

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

Product: Target
Song: , "Hello Goodbye"
Is that the original version?: No

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

Product: Tommy Hilfiger
Song: Jefferson Airplane, "Volunteers"
Is that the original version?: Yes

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

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

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

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

Product: VH1
Song: The Carpenters, "Sing"
Is that the original version?: Yes

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

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

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

Product: Volvo
Song: Donovan, "Catch The Wind"
Is that the original version?: Yes

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

Product: Wendy's
Song: Steppenwolf, "Magic Carpet Ride"
Is that the original version?: No

Product: Wrangler
Song: Thin Lizzy, "The Boys are Back in Town”
Is that the original version?: Yes

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

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