Television commercials feature a variety of popular songs, including California Raisins dancing to Marvin Gaye's "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" and "I've Been Everywhere" by country legend Johnny Cash on Choice Hotel advertisements. Soft drink company Dr. Pepper featured the '70s hit "You Sexy Thing" by Hot Chocolate.Continue Reading
Car company Subaru used Sheryl Crow's "Everyday Is a Winding Road" to advertise its cars. Crow explained that commercials provide a useful outlet for getting songs heard. Black Sheep, a popular '90s rap group, provided the background music to dancing hamsters in a Kia automobile commercial with the song "This or That."
"Be OK" by Ingrid Michaelson appears in a variety of product ads, including Mott's Applesauce, Traveler's Insurance and Ritz Crackers. The fist single from her third album by the same name was also covered for a Coca Cola commercial.
Other popular songs from commercials include "Wannabe" by the Spice Girls, featured in a Citibank commercial, and the catchy Billy Preston tune "Nothing From Nothing," which played in a Fidelity Investments advertisement. MC Hammer sang "Can't Touch This" to Purell hand sanitizer customers, while the 1892 Kim Wilde hit "Kids in America" once provided a youthful flare to K-Mart commercials.Learn more about Art & Literature