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Memorable 80's Commercials

Updated on January 3, 2012
Who could forget the 80s?
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Oh the 80's! Big hair, bright colors, and great television commercials. There is always such conversation around commercials during the Super Bowl that I got to thinking about what were some of the most memorable commercials from my childhood. I may have been young but I distinctly remember singing along to commercials like “Two all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions, on a sesame seed bun.” Can you name that company? If you guessed McDondalds you are right! Commercials today are great but there were some fantastic classics from the 80s. So here are my top picks from a variety of categories.

Hamburger Wars

McDonalds had some great commercials in the 80's. Remember Hamburgler, Grimmace, and the rest of the Ronald McDonald gang? Burger King had some classic "King" commercials where the King went around town singing with children about the great things that they can do if they believe in magic. But my favorite commercials from the burger wars of the 80s was the Wendy's "Where's the Beef" commercial. Who doesn't remember that little old lady with her two side kicks yelling into the phone, "Where's the Beef?"


A collection of commercials would not be complete without mentioning the toy commercials of the 80's. There were oh so many, where to start? It seems that there were a plethora of dolls from Cabbage Patch Kids to Teddy Ruxpin. Here are a few more to remember.

My Buddy: Remember him? Where ever I go he goes, My Buddy and me! But don't forget that My Buddy had a Kid Sister to appeal to all of the little girls.

Monchhichi Dolls: Monchhichi Monchhichi oh so cute and cuddly!

Toys R Us: From bikes to trains to video games who could forget the singing and dancing of Geoffrey and the kids in the Toys R Us commercials.

Coke Vs. Pepsi

I'm sure that everyone can remember when coke changed its formula to the New Coke. This almost caused riots in the streets as the traditionalists rejected the new and "improved" formula. Our family was coke drinkers and it was definitely not well received in our home. Whether you are a fan of Coca-Cola or a fan of Pepsi, you can most surly remember sayings like "Coke is it!" or "Pepsi, the Choice of a New Generation."

Alcohol and Cigarettes

The sinful temptations of cigarettes are no longer on tv, but who could forget the rugged and handsome Marlboro man? Beer, wine, and liquor commercials are still seen on television today but I cannot think of a commercial that has as catchy of a jingle as some of the ones in the 80s.

Wine coolers were all the rage in the 80s. Remember the two older gentleman for Bartles and James wine coolers? But my all time favorite bad habit commercial of the 80s has to be the Seagram's Golden Wine Coolers with a young and handsome Bruce Willis. Although I was young in the 80s, I knew that there was something great about Mr. Willis.

Favorite Commercials

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I hope you enjoyed this flash back to the 80s. Feel free to share what your favorite commercial was from this era.


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      4 years ago

      One commercial that's memorable from the 80s is from 1980. That's 34 years ago when I was an adolescent. It was a Ferrari blue jeans commercial and not the car. A blonde woman enters a crowded bar and dances on a table set to music. "Looks that will last, Ferrari jeans, Ferrari forever" are the lyrics to the song that is playing. A young guy eating a sandwich gets up and dances with her. Youtube has this commercial. Does anyone know the name of the woman who does the dancing? Today she would be in her 50s or 60s. She looks to be from 20 to 30 years of age in this 1980 commercial. Maybe she was a teenager. Anyway, the song Ferrari is a catchy tune and the dancing woman is pretty. I wish I could have such a woman as my girlfriend. The 1980s were the final decade where friendly women could be found in America. Youtube has many of our favorite commercials from a long time ago.

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      6 years ago from Michigan

      Glad you enjoyed it MarshFish!

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      6 years ago from Michigan

      Oh Alecia I was *never* good at getting a slinky to stay untangled! I'm glad you enjoyed the hub and the commercials. Thanks for your visit.

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      Marshall Fish 

      6 years ago

      What a fun and excellent hub! Great videos of the ads, too.

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      Alecia Murphy 

      6 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      I remember the Coke and Wendy's commercials, even though I was born in the late 80s. TV Land used to show some old school as well as the various specials on commercials.

      I had a Slinky but the metal twisted and I wish I had my $5 back. I liked the Coke and Pepsi popstar ads but my favorite has to be the old lady- nobody wants to pay $5 for a burger with little to no meat.

      I had fun reading this hub!

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Michigan

      So glad that you had a great walk down memory lane billybuc. That was a fun one to write. Thanks so much for stopping by.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well that was fun! I saw this hub a few weeks back and had intended to read it and then of course forgot. Glad I found my memory again. Very entertaining; you brought back some memories I had forgotten about but now totally enjoyed.

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      6 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks Sarah, it was a fun one to create. I don't remember your mom drinking much either but she sure makes up for it when I visit now! :) That's so funny that you have a My Buddy for your classroom, I never had one and really didn't know anyone who did. Glad your enjoyed the flashback.

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      Sarah Webster 

      6 years ago

      Fun hub, Cara. I really enjoyed the Seagrams commercial. I recall seeing a few Seagrams Golden in our fridge at camp. My mom, who I rarely saw drinking as a child, would occasionally have one. I think I may understand her inspiration. I also remember the My Buddy commercials and can sing the whole tune. I inherited two Buddies in my kindergarten classroom! Thanks for the flashback!

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      6 years ago from Michigan

      Wow msviolets, I don't remember that. I'll have to ask my husband to see if he does. Thanks for the read and comment!

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      6 years ago

      The one that sticks in my mind was more of an infomercial. Just the other day I caught myself humming "Who broke my window..." under my breath. I don't know where it came from, but when I realized what it was I had to laugh!

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Michigan

      Yes! He did have a Kid Sister. I didn't have either one of them but I could still sing the commercial!

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      6 years ago from Los Angeles

      My Buddy! I still remember the song! Is it my imagination or did he also have a Kid Sister?

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      6 years ago from Michigan

      LOL, so glad you enjoyed the walk down memory lane randomcreative!

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      Rose Clearfield 

      6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      I love the 80's! Thanks for the fun reminiscing. :)

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Michigan

      The Michael Jackson Pepsi commercial was great too! Thanks so much for your comments rednickle!

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      6 years ago from New Brunswick Canada

      Ok i seriously never understood the Wendy's Where is the Beef advert. For me though one of my best commercial was the Michael Jackson Pepsi generation commercial


    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Michigan

      Yes, I loved that show! Even though I was a little young to watch it, Mom let me stay up on those nights and we watched it together.

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      Danette Watt 

      6 years ago from Illinois

      I agree with Denise = slinky was my favorite but Bruce Willis was cute. Anyone remember him with Cybil Shepherd in Moonlight. They were detectives but he was the front man b/c no one would hire her as the detective. Of course nowadays, all sorts of shows have women in strong leads.

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      6 years ago from Michigan

      I didn't have a My Buddy either Flora, I just remember singing along to the commercials.

      Glad you got a chuckle out of this Patti, he was pretty hot and rugged wasn't he? :)

      "Historical!" Great way of putting it alocsin! Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      6 years ago from Michigan

      So glad you found it entertaining Joe Macho. That was EXACTLY what I was going for! Not sure that you really missed out on a great time but it is fun to reminisce. Thanks for your comments.

      I think I was in elementary school when that one came out as well Cara. I can understand your mom's concern! :) Glad you enjoyed it and thanks for your comments. (Great name by the way, I'm Cara too!)

      I had My Little Ponies but not Rainbow Brite. My daughter has My Little Ponies now too. They were great toys but I don't really remember great commercials along with them. Thanks so much for adding to the hub Leah.

      The slinky commercial really is a great one. Yes, me as Olivia Newton John and my "Run DMC" husband! That party is what got me thinking about this hub! Thanks for reading Mom.

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      6 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I'm old enough to remember watching all these "historical" commercials. Voting this Up and Interesting.

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      6 years ago from South Carolina, USA

      I had to have a laugh over this, Cara, and also to admit a slight crush on the Marlboro Man...despite his unhealthy personal habits! :)

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      6 years ago

      I was a child and preteen in the 1980s, so I remember these well. I had a slinky, but not a My Buddy.

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      Denise Handlon 

      6 years ago from North Carolina

      What a great hub! LOL I am smiling as I write this. Slinky was the best one for me-even though I had a 'thing' for bad boy Willis. It just has such a catchy tune.

      Love! the 'do' and Olivia Newton John 'Grease' look there in the photo, LOL Voted up and AWESOME / Funny.

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      Leah Lefler 

      6 years ago from Western New York

      I love this! The young Bruce Willis is amazing.. and I remember those "Where's the Beef?" commercials! I was a huge Rainbow Brite and My Little Ponies fan in those days, but I do remember a few of those commercials!

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      6 years ago from New York

      This Hub brought back so many funny moments on TV. I wasn't a teenager yet when "Where's the Beef" slogan came out, I just thought the old lady was funny. Then I got a tee-shirt that read Where's the Beef on it and my mom made me change. I can kind of understand now. :))

      Great step back in time!

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      6 years ago from Colorado

      Great hub. I really needed a burst of entertainment! I was just a baby in the late 80's, so I suppose I missed out on a great time. The slinky commercial is plain awesome. I remember seeing a few commercials in my day for cigarettes, but what I really recall is the full page magazine ads with the Marlboro cowboys. Oh how things change!


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