The Super Bowl is one of the most watched sporting events in the world. This coming Sunday will be the 50th Super Bowl featuring the Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers.

Who will win is anyone’s guess but one thing is certain. The commercials shown before, during and after the game will be evaluated around the world in the days following the game.

Here are some I picked out to get you in the Super Bowl commercial mood.


A Red Ferrari pulls up to a rural gas station the drivers steps out and walks to a soda machine. Two kids in a field watching discover that true beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Over 1 million YouTube views tell you all you need to know.

If you’re gonna play football with the big kids then you better have your Snickers Bar as Betty (age 94 and still kicking as of this writing) and Abe discovered — the hard way. Try not to wince too much.

I just had to add a little “eye candy” for you ladies. Not sure there is enough Old Spice in the world to make your guy look like this guy but maybe in a dark room it just might work.

Mean Joe Green of the Pittsburg Steelers is upstaged but the kid “stealing” Mean Joe’s heart as he trades a Steelers Jersey for a Coke. 3 Million YouTube views.

It wouldn’t be the Super Bowl without the Budweiser Clydesdale's. But when you ad a puppy to the mix there is no way you can’t reach for the Kleenex. Horses and puppies — what’s not to like?

I’m sure you remember standing up in maybe fourth or fifth grade and predicting your life’s ambition. I’m not sure any of you mentioned what the kids in this commercial did but I wonder how many of their thoughts actually materialized?

When a miniature Darth Vader tries out his “force” projection he finds it may not work on everything but every now and then the force is with you. 63 Million YouTube Views.

By every advertising measure the 1984 Macintosh ad is regarded as “the greatest commercial ever made.” Directed by Ridley Scott (Alien, Blade Runner) it only played once during the third quarter of the 1984 Super Bowl.

In just a little over 30 years Apple totally changed our lives and how we communicate.

Some Final Thoughts

There are hundreds of Super Bowl commercials I could have chosen and I’m sure your list contains some that I should have listed.

The good news is you can post the links to your favorites in the comments section below. What commercials made a lasting impression on you?

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