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This is a list of the popular 90s songs used in commercials during the 90s along with a description of the commercial and what people thought of it.

  • 1993 Camaro using Jimi Hendrix's "Let Me Stand Next To Your Fire"

  • Bacardi Rum using Groove Connection's "Sippin' on Bacardi Rum"
    Used this song in a tropical atmosphere(original Sitting in the summersun) end 80's and 90's

  • Bailey's Irish Cream using Moby's "Porcelain"
    Awesome ad which did justice to an equally brilliant electronic composition by the innovating Moby. Bailey's advertising campaign probably helped sell more Moby cd's then Irish Creams though..

  • British Knights (BK) High Top Sneakers using MC Hammer's "Here Comes The Hammer"
    This commercial is a perfect example of post-80's design and using rap music to sell a product positioned towards suburban white kids. It had MC Hammer and a bet of kids on a set with giant shoes, tall blocks on which the kids and Hammer danced, and some blocks had slides attached to them. MC Hammer is performing his song "Here Comes The Hammer" but with the lyrics changed so that he would be rapping about the sneakers.

  • Chevrolet Trucks using Bob Seger's "Like a Rock"
    ...because Chevy trucks really ARE built like a rock! Hands down the best song they ever used in a commercial.

  • Columbia using Bill Withers's "Lovely Day"
    Gap Khaki commerical

  • Crystal Light Drink Mix using Enya's "Sail Away"
    Very new-age commercial with a woman walking around drinking Crystal Light while Enya's song plays in background.

  • Crystal Pepsi using Van Halen's "Right Now"
    For those who forgot, Crystal Pepsi was an absolutely undrinkable variation of Pepsi that came (and quickly went) in 1993. Think of it as Pepsi's answer to New Coke. What made VH decide to sell the song for this disaster?

  • Dasani using Deee-Lite's "Groove is in the Heart"

  • Dr. Pepper using Dusty Springfield's "Son Of A Preacher Man"
    little white church and young black children coming out and little boy has a dr. pepper and the little girl looks at him slyly...goes into the song and then to just what the dr. ordered

  • ESPN's NASCAR Racing using Everclear's "Speed Racer"
    This was a great commercial with a catchy theme song.

  • Eggo Waffles using Hanson's "Thinking of You"
    the band is playing the song in like a fire escape and everone is eating waffles

  • Ethan Allen using Edith Piaf's "Not sure"
    This was a "classic" french song played for an ethan allen commercial. Someone suggested it was Le Vie La Rose but I heard a short piece of it and it didn't sound like it...any help would be appreciated. Thanks!

  • The Gap using Vanilla Ice's "Ice Ice Baby"
    The Gap winter 1999-2000 commercials featured kids dancing to Ice Ice Baby, wearing Gap jackets and scarves

  • Gap using Gap's "Mellow Yellow"
    kids were sitting around, some standing and each would take turns singing one sentence verse that is taken from the song mellow yellow, a fairly popular sixtie's flower child song that is sung by Donovan.

  • The Gap using The Three O' Clock's "Sorry"
    Black and white Gap ad with couple running and people following them.

  • Gap using Badly Drawn Boy's "The Shining"
    This beautiful slow song played while a boy and girl walk toward each other to kiss while the snow falls on them.

  • Gap using The Crystal Method's "Get Busy Child"
    A bunch of young kids wearing Gap clothing dancing to the famous song from the Lost in Space movie soundtrack.

  • Gap Commercial using Supertramp's "Give A Little Bit"
    It the holiday gap commercial music...with the all the female music stars...Macye Gray I think. where can I get that song these Girls singing it.

  • Gap Khakis using Brian Setzer's "Jump, Jive an' Wail"
    It's a bunch of kids lindy dancing(a type of swing) in khakis. The commercial brought on the fad of swing dancing in the ninties.

  • Gap Khakis using Louis Prima's "Jump Jive N' Wail"
    It was not the remake by Brian Setzer heard in the commercial. It was the original by Louis Prima. .

  • Gap Kids Commerical using The Kinks's "You Really Got Me Going"
    The newest Gap Kids Commercial, starts with the boys signing the song, then it goes to the girls and there like in a band and they start singing it

  • Gap Singers using Depeche Mode's "Just Can't Get Enough"
    All the Gap Singers standing around singing Just Can't Get Enough by Depeche Mode. Aired in '98 or '99

  • Goldfish using ??'s "Goldfish"
    i love fishes because they're so delicious gotta go fishin i can eat them everyday because my mom says thats okay

  • Hanes Socks using Perry Como's "Papa Loves Mambo"
    It was PERRY COMO! NOT Sinatra

  • Hanes [Socks] using Frank Sinatra's "Papa Loves Mambo"

  • Hershey using Vitamin C's "Smile"
    Used in the ad slogan, "Put a Smile on Your Face".

  • Intel's Pentium using Blur's "Song 2"
    Decent use of a great song

  • JC Penny's using Apples In Stereo 's "Shine A Light"
    This was only aired briefly for a sale, but I was pleased the used this song.

  • Jaguar using Sting's "Desert Rose"
    beautiful song and wonderful commercial because the song is calming and well so is having a jag! LOVE THIS AD

  • Jaguar LS using Sting's "Desert Rose"
    Commercial poses the question: If everyone dreams of being a rock start, then what do rock stars dream of? Sting, showered by light,begins to sing, "Desert Rose." This scene flashes quickly off screen, as a jaguar zooms quietly to the song's melody. Towards the end, Sting is featured in the driver's seat and drives off in the new Jaguar LS.

  • KFC Popcorn Chicken using MC Hammer's "2 Legit 2 Quit"
    This commercial ran during the early 90's on american television. It puts Hammer in a back stage stand-off. Hammer refuses to go on stage for some reason, then someone holds out a box of popcorn chicken to Hammer. Hammer takes a piece, flicks it up, catches it in his mouth and says "Now that's popcorn". Hammer then takes the stage performing "2 Legit 2 Quit".

  • Labatt Blue using Blur's "Song 2"
    I think it was for Labatt. It was some beer anyway.

  • Levi Jeans using Babylon Zoo's "Spaceman"
    What a great one hit wonder...

  • Levis using Stilkskin's "Inside"
    One of the first Levis songs to get to no1.

  • Levis 501 using Shaggy's "Boombastic"
    In 1995 the claymation ad for Levis 501 propelled Shaggy's 'Boombastic' to #1 in the UK charts. The ad was brillant. That "guy" who thought he was cool but not oh and that stupid woman who left herself on a building. What a stupid girl she was !!!

  • Levis 501's using Babylon Zoo's "Spaceman"
    Speeded up bit of the song, which was actually grunge. A case of where-are-they-now?!!

  • Levis Jeans using Jennifer lopez's "Waiting For Tonight"
    Jlo walking around and then stops into a levis store and trys on a pair of jeans and the starts to sing

  • Listerine Mouthwash using Baltimora's "Tarzan Boy"
    Showed a listerine bottle swinging through the jungle on a vine and stuff. It was pretty catchy with the music and all. I remembered it so well I wanted the song and I asked someone who the band was when the commercial was still on TV. That's how I found out who it was

  • Martini Bianco using Danny Williams's "Dancing Easy"
    Used in the late 80's and 90's in Martini commercials.Created a style frm the 60's and 70's,this song fitted perfectly

  • McDonalds using Donna Summer's "She Works Hard for the Money"
    McDonalds used this song but changed it to "You get more for your money cause McDonalds treats you right."

  • McDonalds New Kids On The Block using Step By Step's "New Kids collector cups"
    When the New Kids hit the road on there Magical Summer Tour in 1990, McDonalds sponsered the tour and sold various collector cups with the boys on them. The commercial featured clips on the New Kids on tour while their hit "Step by Step" played. There was also a verison of commercial which featured their single "Tonite"

  • Mercedes C-Class Coupe using Geggy Tah's "Whoever You Are"
    A guy driving in a car. Lyric: "All I want to do is to thank you, even though I don't know who you are/ You let me change lanes, when I was driving in my car."

  • Mercedes-Benz using Fatboy Slim's "Praise You"

  • Miata using Mazda's "Zoom Zoom Zoom "
    i would like to know if this is a real song or just a commerical and who sings it

  • Microsoft's Windows 95 using The Rolling Stones's "Start Me Up"
    Microsoft paid $13,000,000 for the rights of the 1981 song: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Rolling_Stones The Stones' song "Start Me Up" was used by Microsoft to launch their Windows 95 operating system. Some critics noted that the group who epitomised the way that rock and roll commercialised earlier rhythm and blues by delivering it to a global audience provided the soundtrack for the corporation which did the same with software. (Critics of Windows also noted the song's lyric "You make a grown man cry.") The Rolling Stones had previously never licensed their music for commercial use. According to legend, Microsoft founder Bill Gates asked Jagger how much the rights to the song would cost; rather than refuse outright, Jagger replied with $13 million — a sum that he thought would self-evidently be outrageously high. However, Gates, immediately agreed to the amount.

  • Miller Genuine Draft using Apollo Four Forty's "Stop The Rock"
    I call it the "belly button" ad. Woman dancing with bare midriff (that's pretty much all you see of her) and a cold MGD. Haven't seen the ad recently but within the last year or year and a half.

  • Mitsbuishi using Barenaked Ladies's "One Week"
    Part of the car companies' current ad campaign (and they have used a couple other songs)....it was a great commerical.....it featured four people in a car singing this song as they drove through a tunnel.....it made the cars seem young and hip

  • Mitsubishi using The Wiseguys's "Start the Commotion"
    The Mitsubishi commercials with everyone in the car lip synching. There are other songs in the same commercial format, like "20th Century Boy" by T Rex and "One Week" by Barenaked Ladies.

  • Mitsubishi using Disturbed's "Breathe"
    Its a mitsubshi commercial, its the one in Toronto, dont know of aired in the US, but has that song, nice cool calm song, Its a black guy driving, and its going through his phases of his life, and his wife going into pregnany and birth, driving around.

  • Nike using The Verve's "Bittersweet Symphony"
    Just a simple use of slow motion photography using regular people wearing Nike.

  • Nissan using The Breeders's "Cannonball"

  • Nissan using The Smithereens's "Blood And Roses"
    Some other commercial from the Cars like it campaign.

  • Nissan using Blur's "Song 2"

  • Nissan using The Dandy Warhols's "Godless"
    Acoustic guitar followed by brass. CD is Thirteen Tales from Urban Bohemia.

  • Nissan using Spacehog's "In the Meantime"
    I believe it was a Nissan commerical in 1999 that used this song.

  • Nissan Cars using Lenny Kravitz's "Fly Away"

  • P&G Tampax using Dr. Alban's "It's My Life"
    A bunch of hot babes playing volleyball with Dr. Alban's "It's my life" in the background. Their tight shirts say "Tampax", just in case you did not get the hint.

  • Pampers using Rod Stewart's "Forever Young"
    Video for Pampers diapers with wildlife young ones in it

  • Pentium using Intel's "I feel Pretty"
    The commerical had a little robot in it and when the robot came out of a room with a "Intel" sign on the door it was all new and shiny. Can you tell me who did that song and the name of it?...I think the songs name is "I feel pretty"...But it had a "rock" sound to it....Thank you :)

  • Pepsi using Spice Girls's "Generation Next"
    This song was sort of catchy and run in Europe during the summer of 1996 or 1997..don't really remember.

  • Pepsi using Britney Spears's "Now and Then"
    it shows pepsi throughout the years :)

  • Pepsi using Boyzone's "Let the Message Run Free"
    This commercial was run in Europe during the summer of 1998 and for a very brief while, but still worth mentioning.

  • Pepsi Cola using Spice Girls's "Move Over"
    Pepsi, pre-Britney, used the Spice Girls', "Move Over", to promote Pepsi. The song is the Pepsi song, however it was titled "Move Over" and was taken from the Spice Girls' 2nd album, SpiceWorld. The advert features Scary, Baby, Ginger, Posh and Sporty in their own personally designed outfits, dancing and posing for the cameras in a futuristic set, hawking Pepsi. The song is fun and catchy, plus you get to see the Spice Girls in all their glory!

  • Pepsi Cola using MC Hammer's "U Can't Touch This"
    MC Hammer is doing a concert and he accidently drinks a Coke then he starts to sing Feelings and then some kid shouts "Hey Hammer" and he throws him a Pepsi and just goes "Ah that's better!"

  • Pepsi-Cola using Faith Hill's "Joy Of Pepsi"
    thr commercial has faith hill in it and she's singing about how good pepsi-cola is.

  • Peugeot using Lenny Kravitz's "Fly Away"
    This commercial aired in the UK. It promoted the 206 car.

  • Phillips using Beatles's "Getting Better"
    Phillips electronic products using the Beatles It's Getting Better (all the time) which is ironic as the next line is "It can't get much worse"

  • Playstation 2 using Golden Girls's "Thank You for Being a Friend"
    It's actually The Golden Girls theme version which they use.

  • Revlon using Right Said Fred's "I'm too sexy"
    I think it was a revlon commercial.

  • Revlon using Shania Twain's "Man! I Feel Like A Woman!"
    Used the music video in the ad. Dedicated to Revlon's "Feel Like A Woman" campaign.

  • Revlon using Technotronic's "Move This"
    In the early 1990s Revlon did a commercial with Cindy Crawford in it that featured the song "Move This" by Technotronic.

  • Royal Caribbean Cruises using Iggy Pop's "Lust for Life"
    Incorrect usage of a song because it is promoting fun exciting cruises using a song about a heroine addict.

  • Saturn Cars using The Walkmen's "We've Been Had"
    The song playing as the car load of hipsters drives through "Childhood."

  • Saturn Cars using The Monkees's "Im a Believer"

  • Swatch using Midge Ure's "Breathe"
    This was for a Swatch ad in 98, starred model Tyra Banks and other people in a futurstic ad.

  • That Nissan Commercial using Ozzy Osbourne's "Crazy Train"
    like the song...has some nice guitar licks ...

  • Timberland using Cat Stevens's "The Wind"

  • Toyota using Right Said Fred's "I'm Too Sexy"

  • Toyota using Lou Bega's "Mambo No. 5"
    They changed the lyrics from women's names to Toyota cars, ie "A little bit of Camry is what I see."

  • Toyota using Gary Numan's "In Cars "
    commercial shows toyota camry of '98 model year. Camera flashes in different directions to show entire car to the tune of "here in my car i feel safest of all, i can lock all my doors.." All this at a drive thru set.

  • Toyota using The Cult's "She Sells Sanctuary"
    It's that dern-dern-dern-dern-dern-dern-dern spinning car ad... For days I kept humming and singing "AH HUH HUH" It's like the guy is so stoned you can't tell what he is saying... Finally, it hits me. Those lyrics don't sound anything like what he's singing... Oh the heads that turn - make my back burn - make my back burn. :)

  • United Airlines using London Philharmonic - Miriam Stockley vocals's "Adiemus"
    United Airlines (I think!) ad of the mid-90's. I'm seeing a child releasing balloons...

  • V.W. Cabrio using Nick Drake's "Pink Moon"
    It was an incredible 1999 commercial that used a beautiful song with shots of teenagers driving in the dark on a mountain. The song is perfectly intertwined with the video. And Nick Drake, who committed suicide in either late 60's, early 70's, has been made famous for the 1st time, (his brilliant music went unappreciated in his day), all due to this commercial.

  • VW using MOBY's "Moby VW Commerical"
    This is the VW commerical where the car is going down the road and the windshield wipers are going back and forth.

  • VW Cabrio using Nick Drake's "Pink Moon"
    Great use, dreamy commercial with a sad song.

  • Vauxhall using Texas's "Say What You Want"
    Just a car driving around

  • Vauxhall using Eric Clapton's "Layla"
    Once driven, forever smitten was the catch phrase. Revolutionary in terms of combining ads and popular music

  • Victoria Secret Commercial using Massive Attack's "Safe From Harm"

  • Volkswagen using Trio's "Da Da Da"
    Two guys are driving down the street in a Volkswagen Golf, and they see this chair sitting on the sidewalk. So they put the chair in the car and drive away. Suddenly they smell something funny and they realize that it's the chair. So they leave the chair off on the sidewalk and drive off.*

  • Volkswagen Beetle using Styx's "Mister Roboto"
    A man is singing or lip syncing and gesturing to a song in a Volkwagen Beetle we cannot hear because the windows and doors are all shut. When the car's owner gets in the car, we hear "Mr. Roboto" and the driver joins his buddy in the lip syncing.

  • Voltswagon using Velocity Girl's "Sorry Again"
    During VW's late 90s ad campaign "On the road of life, there are followers...and drivers" or something of that nature, they used several songs from lesser known groups. This was one. Only the first few seconds was used at the end of the commercial.

  • Wannabe using Spice Girls's "McDonalds"
    Gee, wasn't it a hit a relatively short time ago?

  • Witchblade using Prodigy's "Climbatize"
    This was for a show on TNT based on an Image Comics intellectual property about a female cop who gains special powers from a mystical gauntlet.

  • Xm Radio using Black Eyed Peas's "Shut Up"
    There is a commercial for xm radio of a guy driving to work and the music is sooo good that he can't get out of his car yet. He drives his car up the elevator to his desk and then he takes (part of) the radio out of his car & attaches it to a console on his desk to continue the music experience. (the song is 'shut up' by the blackeyed peas.)

  • i think it's Clarol using Aretha Franklin's "Natural Woman"
    i cant remember all the details.. but if you can think of it.. the "you make me feel.. you make me feel... you make me \ feel \ like \ a \ nat-ur-al \ wo-man" comercial was very 90's

  • some car ad.. i think holden using New Radicals's "You Only Get What You Give"

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