Video: 2012 Super Bowl Music Ads, With Elton John, Melanie Amaro, Motley Crue, OK Go, More
Video: 2012 Super Bowl Music Ads, With Elton John, Melanie Amaro, Motley Crue, OK Go, More

After playing a relatively quiet role in Super Bowl 2011 (with Eminem's dual ads for Lipton and Chrysler being a notable exception), music will be making a big comeback this year. From Melanie Amaro singing Aretha Franklin's "Respect" for Pepsi to fun.'s "We Are Young" scoring a Chevrolet Sonic ad starring Ok Go to the themes from "Rocky," "Star Wars" and "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" making major impact, here's a peek at just some of the music-themed spots everyone will be talking about during Sunday's big game.

Honda

Ferris Bueller's back, and he's brought his famous theme song with him. Yello's "Oh Yeah" is all over this 2-minute ad for Honda's 2012 CR-V, which has already gotten 10 million-plus hits on YouTube.

Pepsi

Melanie Amaro declares "Pepsi for all!" to King Elton John in this Medieval-themed spot. (Look out for a bonus cameo at the end.)

Hyundai

There's no Stallone in sight, but Bill Conti's "Rocky" theme doubles as a rallying cry for Hyundai, filmed at the car company's plant in Montgomery, Alabama.

Chevrolet Sonic

Not only are viral-video titans OK Go featured in this 60-second clip, titled "Stunt Anthem," but fun.'s "We Are Young" scores one of this weekend's most prominent synch placements. Look for OK Go's Chevy-sponsored "Needing/Getting" music video to debut Sunday night featuring even more stunts.

Volkswagen

Sound familiar? John Williams' famous "Star Wars" march goes to the dogs in this 60-second spot for Volkswagen, already the most popular pre-game spot with 11 million views and counting on YouTube.

Kia

Kia Optima's 90-second Bowl spot may have supermodel Adriana Lima, but it also has two big music placements - The Chordettes' "Mr. Sandman" and Motley Crue performing "Kickstart My Heart" live.