Songs in Commercials

From a thread on MetaFilter, songs in commercials are becoming a phenomenon all their own — Cadillac is even becoming popular with some younger buyers due to their use of a Zepplin song in an ad.

There’re also websites that help people figure out the artists that performed songs heard in commercials. At first, I was happy to discover as there’s one song from a GMC Yukon commercial that I’m still trying to track down (the commercial featured the hulking beasts driving in choreographed circles, synchronized-swimming style).

SongTitle has an entry for “Our Day Will Come” by Ruby & The Romantics (with a link to a sound sample) for the Yukon. But, after listening, I ruled that one out. I don’t hold it against SongTitle, but I suppose they just don’t have the details for that particular commercial.

Even Volkswagen has a CD of collected songs from its commercials. Some of the more obvious ones — such as Mr. Roboto — are on there, but I may just get it to discover some new techno artists (good techo is just so hard to find these days).

2,520 thoughts on “Songs in Commercials

  1. Hey, does anyone know the song on a recent car commercial (I’m not sure what car). It shows different parts of the car and compares it to a spider web. At the end it says, “beauty has a dark side” (or something to that effect).

  2. RE:Jordan says:

    took me a while but i found it its Paul Oakenfold “Ready Steady Go”

    Thanks! I’ve been looking for a long time for this. KICK ASS!

  3. Does anyone know the song from the Cingular Wireless commercial “Raising the Bar”? It’s the one with the couple and it shows how they meet, marry, and then in the end I guess they’re moving (or something like that). There is a song that is playing and I don’t know who it is, it sounds like an oldie. It says something like “I’m loving you more, loving you more every time….” Can someone please help? It’s driving me crazy, thanks.

  4. Does anyone who sings the current Ricoh commercial—it starts “it’s a wonderful world”–sounds like Peggy Lee, but never heard the song before. thanks.

  5. Does anyone know the artist and title of the song where the lyrics are like “here comes the sun, its for everyone”, then after another line or two theres “across the universe, do you dare?” I have no idea what the commercial is about but if I find out I’ll say so if that helps.

    p.s. Thanks Ash (for earlier post)!

  6. Does anybody know the backround song of the new
    9-3 saab convertible 2006, it has the car passing
    these jets and its a techno song.

  7. To Reuben and Katie,

    I’ve wondered about the song from the Pontiac commercials as well. After researching it awhile on the internet, I found this out: The artist is named Yummy Bingham, but I think she just goes by, ‘Yummy’. The album is called, ‘First Seed’. The song is called, ‘Come get it’ and it features a rapper named Jadakiss.
    Hope that helps….

  8. Song I’ve heard in two locations….

    1. Ali G DVD Menu Music (Season 1 & 2)
    2. Bacardi Superior Commercial

    what is the name/artist??
    this has been driving me nuts for a year!!
    please help!

  9. There is a recent car commerical with the song lyrics, “you are gong to fall behind me, you got nothing on me” It sounds like a girl band, does anyone know the song or the band?

  10. I am looking for an instrumental song that sounds like Spanish guitar. This sounds weird, but it sounds like horses with a continuous clucking sound. Really funky and hypnotic, I heard it in a Thai restaurant in NYC last week (the biache waitress refused to check out the name of it on the iPod mix).

    Help! I need to know…

  11. Hey, does anyone know the song from the Nike commerical where a guy is in bed and then he jumps out of bed, puts on shoes, and starts running and leaping all around the place…the song has a girl singing, sounds vaguely a little like Dido to me, but I’m not sure its her. I’ve heard this person/artist’s songs in quite a few commercials, and I need to know who it is! Thanks!!

  12. Does anyone know who sings the song in the new Payless commercial that just started airing this month. It’s a slow, pretty song and a guy is singing it. I could only catch these lyrics:
    A wish… It’s just like heaven

    *P.S. It is not NEW ORDER


  13. Does anyone know who sings the songs from the two newest m&m’s commercials? One of the chorus lines goes:

    “They will see us waving from such great heights…. come down now.”

    please email if you know. :)

  14. helppppp. pleazzzzz its this really old music that played in the i pod commericals and in the olympics. its kindsa like rock. can someone pleazzzzzzz help me this has been bugging me for like a year now

  15. Hey Katie-
    The music from the Nike commercial is karen O from the Yeah Yeah yeah’s. the commercial was done by Spike jonze.

  16. “Such Great Heights” is by the Postal Service, but for that M&M commercial I think they used the Iron & Wine cover.

    Also, I know someone answered the Suzuki/guy jumping off cliff commercial one a long time ago, but just a warning: the rest of that album by the Mooney Suzuki is horrible. Horrible! Don’t buy it thinking, “ooh this is a good song” because you will be sorely disappointed.

    Also, does anyone know the song that plays during the holiday JC penny commercial? The commercial itself has lots of red in it, and parts with a mouse clicking on people to change the gifts and whatnot. The song they play sounds like an oldie, but it could just be a throw-back of some sort. I can’t seem to figure out who does it though!

  17. the ” its not tv…its HBO” ad with a violin song and a male singer with lyrics ” what you wanna say, can wait till you get home, and i could fly away or i could be the one….. you could be the sunshine fallen over the mountains..”

    anyone know the song???

  18. i am at my wits end about a pontiac g6 coup commercial. its a black pontiac witha a tagline the darker side of beauty and its not the one with tingside. ita is another band no vocals just instrumental

  19. does any one know the name of that classical song on ghirardelli chocholate commercial cause its buggin the hell outta me

  20. I want to know who in the hell the song and artist is on that old mtv commercial where this boy is throwing rocks at his girlfriend’s window. When she doesn’t come to the window he rides his bike back home to find his girlfriend in his front lawn with rocks in her hand. I’ve been trying to find this for 2 years and it’s really starting to piss me off please someone help me out!!!

  21. so nevermind i found it the song is destiny by zero 7… anyways did anyone ever find out what song is played on that gmc commercial where the parts are being crumpled up and dropped into a field? if anyone has that email me at… thanks

  22. I’m hoping someone has seen the new-ish Pontiac Torrant commercial that plays a track that I would like to know the name of along with the artist. Sounds like Andreas Johnson to me, but so far I’ve been unsuccessful in finding it under his name. There’s a beer in it for anyone who can help… Thanks.

  23. I’m looking for the name in the commercial for Wendy’s – it’s techno where the burgers are dancing around in lines…Thanks

  24. Does anyone know the name of the new car commercial [maybe Lincoln or Cadillac?] with the words, “But I liked You Best When You Were Down With The Rest Of Us.” If so could you e-mail me?
    Sara Barteau

  25. Rock Ya Body

    I’ve finally found my new song that I’ve been looking for for a while now. It’s called “Rock Ya Body” by Stagga Lee, and it may sound familiar to you as it was featured in a U.S. JCPenney back to school commercial this past summer. It’s a pretty good song.

    Here is the link to the song

  26. Hi, looking for the artist of the song used in a comercial for a new Sony TV. The comercial has all these colourful balls bounsing down a street. Looks like San Fransisco.

  27. i’m looking for the techno song from the latest Wendy’s commercial too – if someone could post it here that’d be great – thanks!

  28. i am looking for the same answer to sasha’s question. its a burger king commercial with a series of stacking/unstacking burgers and some techno type song plays. what is it? thanks

  29. In case anyone doesn’t know how to google and needs to know the song in the cingular wireless commercial with the guy waiting for the girl to call him, its a Cat Power cover, Waiting on the Telephone….(its actually a cover of Nerves song)but its nowhere to be found!!! Not on any albums yet.

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