Top Ten Best Super Bowl Commercials

The Best

NFL Super Bowl Ads

We all know that the NFL Super Bowl is one of the most watched sporting events in all of sports. It is almost a tradition in many homes to get together to see which team is going to earn the name of the NFL World Champions. And whether you are a football fan or not we can all agree that almost everyone can enjoy the commercials during the game. These days the advertisers try to roll out celebrities, animals galore,aliens and old favorites to capture the attention of more than 100 million people expected. The way I see it, they need to bring back some of the oldies like the Clydesdale horses and good guys like Mean Joe Green. Budweiser listen up, Elton John may have been a good idea but nothing will ever hold an candle to the Cedric The Entertainer of yesteryear.

Cost of Super Bowl Commercials

Companies spend millions of dollars to air their brand new ads to viewers all over the world when the Super Bowl is played. Normally you might run to the bathroom or flip through the channels whenever commercials come on, but this is the one game all year where you stay glued to your seat just to see what the best commercials of the year are. While there have been many amazing Super Bowl commercials over the years, here I am going to give you my top 10 favorites.

10. NIKE Super Bowl Commercial

Not Just a Game

JUST DO IT

This Nike NFL Commercial speaks for itself. Set to the song "I'll There For You" by The Undeserving, it's a beautiful tribute to the game. A must see for any NFL football lover. And I must say this Nike Super Bowl commercial is just about one of my all time favorites.

AD TRY OUTS

THE NFL SUPER BOWL

CREATE YOUR OWN AD

This one kind of looks like the NFL American Idol tryouts. . .

Video edited for NFL Films' "Create Your Own Superbowl Ad" campaign. Appeared on nfl.com.

SUPER BOWL XL

9. Super Bowl Ad

The Places You Will Go

THE NFL

Today you are off to great places, you wont lag behind cause you will have the speed to go and here we have Harrison Ford advertising for Super Bowl XL (2006) along with Roger Staubach, Bart Starr, Joe Montana, Franco Harris and Jerry Rice by reciting a parody of "Oh, The Places You'll Go" by Dr. Seuss.

There are points to be scored and games to be won . .with the whole wide world watching you! Here is the greatest super event of them all.

8.LAYS POTATO CHIPS

ONE TASTE AND YOU'LL CASH IN YOUR OLD CHIPS

It was Super Bowl XXVII and the year is1993.The Cowboys won this one (Buffalo Bills 52-17) making it their third Super Bowl win and their first one in fifteen years. So it is quite appropriate that in this ad we have the legendary Dallas Cowboys coach Tom Landry's throwing a star-studded halftime party (complete with a bingo tournament!), but former Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka brought crappy chips. Landry bets his guests that they can tell the difference and will like Lay's better. You have to watch this clip to see where it goes from there.

7. Budweiser

Cedric The Entertainer

IN 2001 in keeping with the theory that Budweiser generally put out some of the best NFL Super Bowl commercials, this year they didn't disappoint. Cedric the Entertainer is seen here romancing a mighty fine looking female. In his elation, he goes to the refrigerator to get two Bud Lights and proceeds to do a happy dance, and with such a dance he unknowingly starts shaking up the bottles. And as only Cedric can do, he comes back to the living room he quickly has his date run out on him as he opens the Bud Light, the very shaken Bud Lights explode all over his highly annoyed date. So much for Cedric's happiness!

Larry Bird vs Michael Jordan

6. MCDONALDS BIG MAC

WHAT YOU WANT IS WHAT YOU GET

It's been almost 17 years to the day since the now-famous McDonald's "Nothing but net" commercial aired during Super Bowl XXVII. It's 1993 and in this classic as we have two of basketballs greats call a McDonalds Showdown in a game of call your shot H-O-R-S-E. Michael Jordan and Larry Bird play this game for none other than the prize of a Big Mac (and pride). Of course each shot was followed by an even more spectacular shot and preceded by the catch phrase, nothing but net. As the players dueled, hitting shots off the rafters, and off of floors, it became clear that no winner was going to be decided. The commercial ends with Jordan and Bird sitting outside on top from the top of Chicago’s Hancock Tower as Jordan tells Bird, Off the expressway, over the river, off the billboard, through the window, off the wall, nothing but net.

The ad is reportedly being remade for this year’s Super Bowl with Dwight Howard and LeBron James, but can it match the greatness of this top ten all time Super Bowl commercial.

5. Super Bowl Ad

A COKE AND A SMILE

MEAN JOE GREEN

In thisNFL SUper Bowl commercial, the year was 1979 and mean Joe Greene flipped his game jersey to a young fan (Tommy Okon) who handed him a cold Coke as the weary Pittsburgh Steelers' lineman limped to the locker room following a game.

Mean Joe Greene already had his four Super Bowl rings and 30 years later, In November 2009 Greene earned the Clio award for one of TV's most famous commercials.

Greene was not available to receive the award at the time it was presented and when the people at Coke realized upon the 30th anniversary of the commercial's airing that Greene still didn't have it, a ceremony was held before the Bengals-Steelers game Sunday.

Tommy Okon, who played the wide-eyed youngster in the commercial, watched as Greene was given the award. He was 9 at the time of the filming.

Troy Polamalu

Troy's Super Bowl Commercial

A COKE 'ZERO' AND A SMILE

Troy PolamaluThe spot stars flamboyantly coiffed Steelers safety Troy Polamalu; he was featured in the Coke Zero Super Bowl XLIII homage to the original Mean Joe Greene spot from 1980

In this classic Super Bowl ad Troy Polamalu reprises Mean Joe Green's performance for the 2009 Super Bowl. This 2009 edition begis with Polamalu limping off the field. A young fan followed him and offered him his Coke Zero. Then the brand managers for Coke Zero run in and Polamalu beats them and offers the young fan a gift.

I say this ad doesnt even come close to the original . . the message to kids in the first one is more what we should be teaching to our kids.

Audi Best Superbowl Commercial 2009

4. AUDI Super Bowl

The Chase

2008 saw the first Super Bowl commercial from Audi in nearly 20 years. Here we have 60-second spot with the Jason Statham, the star from the action packed series the "Transporter". The new supercharged Audi A6 luxury sedan rushes from decade to decade to avoid capture, trying to find a vehicle to aid his getaway. He finds that several other luxury vehicles fail to get the job done. That is, until he finds the supercharged Audi A6, the company’s redesigned, mid-sized luxury sedan.This high-speed journey is sending the message that some things are best left in the past.

Rocky Horse Super Bowl Commercial Budweiser

3. BUDWEISER Super Bowl

CLYDESDALE

The Budweiser Clydesdale horses have been a Super Bowl staple for decades, and this recent ad is one of the best Clydesdale commercials. In an inspiring homage to the Italian Stallion, a neglected horse enlists a Dalmatian to help him train to make the team that pulls the Budweiser cart. Cue the “Rocky” theme, a funny training montage, and we have ourselves a winner. A great underdog story for an underdog Super Bowl champion, as this was the year the my New York Giants upset the heavily favored New England Patriots.

2. REEBOK

TERRY TATE

There are two essential components to any great commercial. And in 2003 this Reebok ad had big hits and big laughs, and the world was introduced to Terry Tate, Office Linebacker. The eponymous employee we found in Terry boosts morale (and health insurance claims) and ensures office productivity by hurling himself at unsuspecting co workers slack off.

Good thing Reebok supplied this one memorable minute to the Super Bowl with this great introduction of Terry for the Super Bowl itself was one heck of a snoozer between the Tampa Bay Bucs and the Oakland Raiders.

1. NOXZEMA

WILLIE JOE NAMATH Got Creamed

The year is 1973 and any hardcore football fan knows it as the end of a perfect season for the Mami Dolphins. But for the advertising world this Noxzema 30 second spot became the first big breakout Super Bowl commercial. Here we have the New York Jets quarterback Joe Namath looking at the camera and he exclaims, “I’m so excited, I’m going to get creamed,” before Farrah Fawcett coyly spreads Noxzema shaving lotion across his face with near-pornographic passion.

Farrah Fawcett CREAMS Joe Namath

Christopher Reeve Superbowl commercial

IN MEMORY

The late, great Christopher Reeve may not have been the most likely person to front an ad campaign for an investment firm, but in 2000 he did just that. Few remember the fact that this ad was for Nuveen Investments, though; people were too busy buzzing about the CGI work that allowed Reeve to walk once more in this uplifting clip.

Heineken Super Bowl Commercial

I said, how do you like the show?

She said, I was very amused
I started throwin bass,
she started throwin back mid-range
But when I sprung the question,
she acted kinda strange
I called her on my dime,
picked up, and then I called again
I said, yo, who was that?
oh, hes just a friend
Dont gimme that,
dont ever gimme that

Oh Baby YOUUUUUU You got what I need But you say hes just a friend But you say hes just a friend


Heineken

GIVE YOURSELF A GOOD NAME

This last one is not from any Super Bowl but it is one of my all time favorite commercials so I decided just to include it!

In the ad commercial “Let a Stranger Drive You Home”, Heineken does their bit for responsible drinking by showing a group of young adult party goers riding in a cab. It is a sample from a Biz Markie song "Just A Friend"

SUPER BOWL ADS

Which is your Favorite

  • Nike- Just Do it
  • NFL - Dr Suess
  • Lays Potato Chips -Tom Landry
  • Budweiser with Cedric
  • McDonalds Big Mac L
  • A Coke and A Smile Mean Joe
  • A Zero Coke and A Smile Tony
  • Reebok Terry Tate
  • Audi and the Transporter
  • Budweiser with Clydesdale
  • Noxzema with Willie Joe
  • Let A Stranger Drive You Home
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Comments 23 comments

rich brown 6 years ago

Great hub......I personallly liked the budweiser frogs one


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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

rich brown - i too liked the frog one but I had to cut the list off somewhere . .so many great super bowl ads, I might just have to do a part II :P


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fishtiger58 6 years ago from Momence, Illinois

Larry Bird and Michael Jordon were the best. Thanks for this great hub wavegirl.


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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

fishtiger . .I am starting to go through my football withdrawal!!! Ha ha all morning have been watching super bowls from the past . . I had a lot of fun doing this hub. . guess it is my way of unwinding down the season!!

thanks for stopping by ;)


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

Hello, Shari. Seeing these commercials not only brings me back, but makes me feel my age! I remember all of them, with the exception of the Tom Landry and one with just about every top NFL player at the time and the super iconic one featuring Broadway Joe and Farrah Fawcett. I can't wait to see what'll be in store this year (one of the worst was the Justin Timberlake one and the Sobe one). I watched almost all of the commercials here by the way!


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Michael Willis 6 years ago from Arkansas

My favorite when it first came out was the Bud---weis---er frogs! Still love that one. Close second the Clydesdale. Hoping there are good ones this year.


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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

@dohn121-lol now how did i know that your favorite one would be with Willie Joe and Farrah! This sure was a fun hub to do. Glad you liked it ;)

@Michael- I was going to put the frogs in it. .but I had already called the Hub the top ten . .and as you can see I already got carried away. I do think I have to do a part II to this one...cause I still have a list of favorites long enough to go on!!

Thanks as always for saying hi! I am already going through football withdrawal;(


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

like them all, love Polamalu hehe, now how about a Heineken?? Maita


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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

prettydarkhorse- I have the heinkens on ice. . saving them for when Tony and you come to NY for a visit.. me and Dohn will pick u up at the airport ;)


cosette 6 years ago

i am soooo looking forward to Sunday! i loves my football parties, heh. :)

my favorite ad in this hub is the Clydesdale horses. i saw them in person at the State fair. they are beautiful animals, and so smart!


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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

cosette - I do too! Though the super bowl means no more football till. .well I rather not think about till when:( Hmmm looks like I am going to have to write about something else as I wont have the weekly games to highlight ;)

Should be a great game and like you I love those Clydesdale horses. . and lets not forget the cutest dalmation!

Thanks for stopping by . stay tuned you know you may have set me in motion . . ........


mtsi1098 6 years ago

I enjoyed this as it was a reminder of some fun commercials...I see you have the most recent Favre commercial...I also liked the horses that kicked a field goal while two people stood by and watched...One said "the field goal was impressive" and the other said "yeah they usually go for the two point conversion"...


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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

mtsi1098-I love the horses and when I saw that a new one was being aired in this years Super Bowl I was excited . .but I dont think it even came to close to this one or any from the past . .actually I dont think that there was one new one I would want to add to this list! Ha Maybe if I go and take another look I might change my mind. . but until then I am sticking with these as my favorites ;) Thanks for stopping by and I am really glad you enjoyed them!


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Jersey Jess 6 years ago from USA

Superbowl commercials are the best, very good list! I have always love the Budweiser commercials especially growing up with all men obsessed with the beer!

This year, I also enjoyed the Doritos commercial, I don't think that was on this list though. It was with the little boy and his mother brings a new guy home. The new guy sits down and eats the doritos in the bag that is lying there. The boy gets mad at him and says with attitude, "Don't touch my doritos! Don't touch my mama!" And snags the bag away! I thought it was so cute. :)


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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

Jersey Jess - I must say this years commercials were a bit disappointing. But I agree with you on the Dorito one. . it was just about the only one I liked. This collection here is made up of all past commercials. I did start one on this years but I couldnt come up with that many to make a hub! But as I go through them again I might now have a few but think the Hub will be commercials and a review of the whole entire Bowl. . keep an eye out for it;) Even this years Clydedale Horses was a let down. . . but all the same I love the Superbowl and love that you stopped by here . .so good to see you!


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AdamGee 6 years ago

I forgot about some of these.. So funny.. Others, like the Dr. Seuss one, I haven't seen, and that one was really cool. Thanks for bringing 'em back!


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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

Hey There Adam! I had some much fun finding these Super Bowl commercials! I think the old ones are so much better than this years ;) Glad you came by for a look!


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billyaustindillon 6 years ago

I like the Reebook with Terry Tate and the Clydesdale Bud I think as my favs - hard to disagree with your selections though Shari. Dr Suess was great too - when does the season start again :)


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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY Author

billy - i cant tell you how much fun I had putting this one together. There were a few more I would have probably added . . it really was hard keeping it to 10! The 91st season of the NFL is scheduled to begin with the NFL Kickoff game on NBC on Thursday, September 9, at the Louisiana Superdome, home of the New Orleans Saints :) Can you tell I am counting the seconds to kickoff?


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wsupaul88 5 years ago from Seattle, WA

I love super bowl commercials. And this list is really great! It must have been really hard to make considering their are so many great/funny adds!


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wavegirl22 5 years ago from New York, NY Author

I agree there are so many great super bowl commercials, but it seems the newer ones are not as good as the older ones! Time to bring back more like the Budweiser CLYDESDALE and mean Joe Green!


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ReuVera 5 years ago from USA

As interesting as a year ago! I still can't make it through the rules of the game, but I like to watch SuperBowl for its commercials and.... and.... AND..... for.... you know what! LOL.

And I just LOVE Budweiser commercials with the horses!

Go Packers!


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wavegirl22 5 years ago from New York, NY Author

The clydesdale horses are classics!!! I think you may have just spurred me on to start a hub series on women understanding football!! Stay tuned!! And what a game those packers played!!!!

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