Popular music has probably been used to sell things since the dawn of advertising, often with awkward results (
5. The Ting Tings For Apple
Yet another take on the "how are those earbuds staying in with you dancing like that" iPod campaign spotlights the Ting Ting's "Shut Up and Let Me Go." Success of the commercial led to the rushed release of the single in the US where it reached No. 1 on Billboard's Dance/Club Play charts.
Apple iPod ad featuring the Ting Ting's "Shut Up and Let Me Go"
6. The Temper Trap For Rhapsody
More than just a plug, this Temper Trap track gets a shout-out in this Rhapsody commercial as part of their "Every Moment Has the Perfect Song" campaign which invites users to share the soundtracks to their life's moments.
Rhapsody ad featuring "Sweet Disposition" by The Temper Trap
7. Feist For Apple
This is the song, and the commercial that brought Leslie Feist into the US mainstream, earning her first top 10 on the Hot 100 when it peaked at No. 8. After an iPod ad featuring her "1,2,3,4" debuted, Feist saw single sales jump 586%, from 7,000 the week ending Sept. 16, 2007, to 41,000 the following week, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Apple iPod Nano ad featuring Feist's "1, 2, 3, 4"
8. Goldfrapp for Verizon
British electro-duo Goldfrapp synced their song "Strict Machine" with Verzion's 2006 ad campaign for their Chocolate phone. The commercial predictably involves chocolate but it's the song that harbors the real surprise, containing backmasking that alludes to brain experiments on laboratory rats.
Verizon Wireless Chocolate Fountain ad featuring Goldfrapp's "Strict Machine"
9. Jet For Apple
One of the early incarnations of Apple iPod's now iconic black silhouette ad campaign featured Jet's "Are You Gonna Be My Girl." Increased popularity from the use prompted the single to be re-released in the UK in 2004.
Apple iPod ad featuring Jet's "Are You Gonna Be My Girl"
10. Steriogram For Apple
With its heavy drive, auctioneer-speak verses and Kinks-esque riffs, Steriogram's "Walkie Talkie Man" seemed destined for iAd fame. The band's breakout hit also received a boost from a stop-motion music video directed by Michael Gondry, earning it four MTV music award nominations.
Apple iPod ad featuring Steriogram's "Walkie Talkie Man"
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