Super Bowl Ads: PSY, Flaming Lips & Usher Star in Awesome Commercials
Music was all over this year's Super Bowl, from Jennifer Hudson and Alicia Keys' musical salutes to America to Beyonce's epic, kaleidoscopic halftime show-slash-Destiny's Child reunion. But many of the night's most memorable moments were from the commercials, where PSY, Stevie Wonder, Usher, and "Glee's" Naya Rivera were among the on-camera cameos and everyone from the Rolling Stones and Stevie Nicks to Skee-Lo and Blackstreet licensed their songs for the soundtrack. Here's our picks for the six best musical ads.
Wonderful Pistachios/PSY – "Gangnam Style"
Oppa "Crackin Style?" Sure, the updated lyrics are as confusing as the original song’s random outbursts of "Hey sexy lady!," but we couldn’t help but dig this colorful ode to pistachios from Korea’s biggest export. Maybe that's because it reminded us a lot of our own PSY cover?
Hyundai/Flaming Lips – "Sun Blows Up Today"
Writing a song for a Super Bowl spot is a rare move for a major act, let alone one with a legacy as unusual as the Flaming Lips. The legendary psych-rock band co-starred in the first post-kickoff commercial in Sunday’s game, performing "Sun Blows Up Today" -- a track the group wrote specifically for the commercial. Though the track is currently available as the instant download for iTunes pre-orders of the Lips' upcoming album "The Terror" (due out April 2), Hyundai is giving away 100,000 free downloads of the track at EpicPlayDate.com.
Mercedes Benz/Rolling Stones – "Sympathy For The Devil"
Not only is this classic Rolling Stones song the perfect soundtrack for an ad that stars Willem Dafoe as Lucifer himself, but having Usher on hand as one of several celebrities is an extra flourish for this cinematic spot from Mercedes-Benz.
Budweiser/Fleetwood Mac – "Landslide"
Stevie Nicks has never licensed her most popular ballad (or any Fleetwood Mac master recording for the past decade, for that matter), but this touching Budweiser Clydesdale spot made the singer change her mind. See for yourself.
M&Ms/Cover of Meat Loaf's "I Would Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That)"
"Glee's" Naya Rivera was the surprise guest in M&M’s annual Super Bowl spot, playing the role of dream girl in this fantasy spot set to a schmaltz-tastic cover of Meat Loaf's '90s rock opus "I Would Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That)." We're guessing a Santana song like "Smooth" would've been too meta?
Bud Light/Stevie Wonder – "Superstition"
The NFL and Bud Light have been using Stevie Wonder’s "Superstition" for months as the theme music for football rituals throughout the current season, but Bud Light was able to recruit the man himself (and Zoe Saldana!) for this pair of surreal, mildly creepy spots that nonetheless had fans abuzz on Twitter.