I probably don't have to tell you that we're only a few weeks away from Super Bowl 47, and you know what that means. It means gridiron intensity. It means the biggest half-time show of the year. It means eating your weight in hot wings (followed by a mad dash for the Tums). And, of course, it means some of the best commercials we're likely to see all year.
The Super Bowl ad is a grand tradition, and for many people (especially those whose teams were knocked out early on), Super Bowl ads are the reason to watch. There have been a lot of great Super Sunday commercials through the years (understatement of the week?), and we thought we'd put together 10 of our favorites, in no particular order. Enjoy!
1. Apple: 1984 (1984)
Not only is this an iconic Super Bowl commercial; it's an iconic Apple commercial. It was the first ad Apple ever created to promote a personal computer. Directed by one of the best sci-fi movie directors of our time (2 points if you know who it is without Googling!), Apple's 1984 commercial was the perfect ad for its time.
2. Volkswagen: The Force (2011)
VW's Star Wars-themed ad from two years ago was heartwarming and clever. There's really not much else to say about it (which is fitting, since the commercial itself is dialogue-free!).
3. Budweiser Frogs (1995)
Ah, a classic! Budweiser has had more than its fair share of hits and misses in the Super Bowl ad game, but this one really stands out.
4. Monster.com: When I Grow Up (1999)
Man oh man, who can't relate to this one?!
5. Reebok: Terry Tate: Office Linebacker (2003)
Ten years later, just thinking about this Reebok ad still makes me laugh out loud. That, my friends, is the sign of a great commercial.
6. Snickers: Betty White (2010)
A new classic! This Snickers commercial heralded the grand return of Betty White in all her comic genius.
7. Gatorade: 23 vs 39 (2003)
No one's better than Michael Jordan...except maybe Michael Jordan. In 2003, Gatorade was kind enough to grant us all a glimpse at the world's greatest one-on-one fantasy match-up.
8. EDS: Herding Cats (2000)
Honestly, I still have no idea what EDS stands for, or what the company does. But boy oh boy, was this a fantastic commercial!
9. Sprint: Crime Deterrent (2006)
Phones can do many things. Among them, hit faces. (Please, please, please do not try this one at home!)
10. Coca-Cola: Mean Joe Green (1979)
How could we make a list of the best Super Bowl commercials of all time and not include Mean Joe Green?! Mean Joe is practically the physical embodiment of Super Sunday ads! Coca-Cola really struck gold with this little gem.
Personally, I can't wait to see what commercials Super Bowl 47 brings. Of course, if you're more of a "see it live" type and are willing to forego the commercials, and if you can get yourself to New Orleans, I should note that you can get tickets to the Super Bowl at TicketsNow by clicking here! Otherwise, enjoy your couch, enjoy the game, enjoy your wings, and enjoy those Super Bowl ads!