What Were The Top Ads Of 2009?

What were the top ads on TV this year for you? For me, it’s got to be GEICO’s googly-eyes-on-a-pile-of-money bits. At first I didn’t like them but after the 20th viewing or so, I got it.

This ad stripped away all the fluff to get to the core message of the year. We, all, have our money on our mind, and all of our mind is on our money. That is really all that matters. The infectious pop hook “I always feel like somebody’s waaaaatching me” seals the deal.

And of course, The Snuggie is timeless. It’s the blanket with sleeves! What were your favorite ads? Leave your thoughts in the comments.

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  1. temporaryscars says:

    I nominate Denny’s Nannerpuss ad.

  2. Bhockzer says:

    I like the Geico ads with the exec and the Gecko. It’s fun to see a company intentionally poking fun at it’s own management.

    • Alter_ego says:

      My favorite is when he goes on vacation, and they show his substitue, a live lizard. The “aw, he ate all my mints” at the very end never fails to make me giggle.

  3. Bohemian says:

    The Sony PS3 ad. “Don’t believe everything you read on the internet, that’s how world war one started”.

  4. Pibbs says:

    I’m not going to vote for my top ad. I’m going to vote for the one’s I’d like to see disappear. There are far too many commercials and themes that have been going on for too long. The GEICO commercials need to stop. Between the googly-eye money, the cavemen, and the gecko, I don’t see how they are funny or even cute anymore. They’re annoying.

    • nikkimarie says:

      I HATE Cash 4 Gold commercials but that probably has something to do with the company because I can’t remember the ads specifically.

      And I don’t know about other states, but the Farmer’s Insurance (or is it State Farm?) here in Michigan have commercials where they have a local agent talk about a case where they could help a client. A few of them are so rude and unsympathetic! One agent talks about how they talked the client into buying life insurance and lo and behold, the husband dies and the wife was SO glad she bought that insurance! Another one is talking about how their client’s house burnt down and they were SO glad they bought that extra good homeowner’s insurance policy!

      • GuyGuidoEyesSteveDaveâ„¢ says:

        You ever hear the one where the lady says it was by the grace of God her husband was killed when he wasn’t near her? That one’s just crazy.

    • pecan 3.14159265 says:

      I really hate all of the Burger King ads. They’re just all so creepy. Not nearly as creepy as Quizno’s ads though – but I think that was the point.

    • theblackdog says:

      I want all the Bud Light “TAILGATE TESTED! TAILGATE APPROVED!” to go away. Please stop trying to sound like billy mays to sell your shitty beer.

      • varro says:

        I do like the “Condiment Gun” one, because we told that exact same joke….when we were 15.

        At the Burger King drive-through – “Condiments provided upon request”. Hilarity ensued.

  5. doctor_cos wants you to remain calm says:

    How about “Worst ad” ? ?
    I nominate that stupid Geico pothole ad…”Oh…did I do that?”

    Best ad…Ozzy for Warcraft (the bleeped version).

  6. ander_bobo says:

    The Smiley Face ads, I believe they are Mastercard…. (wow, those maybe weren’t as effective as I thought)

  7. nikkimarie says:

    I vote for the Diet Pepsi Max commercial where everyone gets hurt (electrocuted and thrown off a roof) but gets up and says “I’m good”. Seeing people get injured never fails to get me to laugh…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GkgZFI4ZT0I

  8. Fineous K. Douchenstein says:

    I always get a chuckle out of the John Jameson whiskey commercials, not because of the frilly classical music, or the absurd story, but because every time the narrator says “John Jameson” I have to yell “JINGLEHEIMER SCHMIDT!”

    DAH DAH DAH DAH, DAH DAH DAH!

    • Excuse My Ambition Deficit Disorder says:

      Not to bust your bubble or take away from your amusement…but you do know it’s “John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt”. Now every time I see it, I’ll have to jump up and sing it along with you. Well minus the jumping up part cause that’s just too much work.

    • GuyGuidoEyesSteveDaveâ„¢ says:

      That’s my name too!

  9. NorthJersey says:

    I have a TiFaux. What are these “ads” you speak of?

  10. keith_TX19 says:

    microsoft’s laptop hunter ads. Because it pissed off Apple and sued so MS tastefully edited them to not show prices for tiny $1000 mac laptops.

  11. LuvJones says:

    My favs were the 3 G commercials (verizon I think) with those silly maps. Loved the way that AT&T came back with a commercial about how much coverage you can get from it’s NON 3G service. LOL! No where in their commercial with all those post cards and the squinty eyed dude do they mention 3 G specifically. They simply state they have coverage (which I’m guessing is non 3G) in all these different places. It’s marketing at it’s best (worst).

    OFF TOPIC!
    Can someone post a link or tell me why I HAVE to purchase a data plan if I NEVER use the internet on my phone? YES I have a crackberry, but it was free. I like some of the features but I don’t ever surf the net with it. Almost had to buy a new one, due to damage to the charging port, thankfully my insurance paid for it.

    • Fineous K. Douchenstein says:

      The Verizon/AT&T poo-flinging contest has been hilarious. The problem is that Verizon has AT&T by the balls on that, and there’s nothing they can do about it. First they attempted some silly little court injunction, and then when that fell through, they started boasting that they have 97% coverage across the nation. That’s great, but their 3G coverage is still the slim pickings shown on the Verizon ads.

  12. larrymac thinks testing should have occurred says:

    How about ads that don’t make sense? Most recently I’ve seen one that seems to tell the story of a band that gets turned down my a record company, then a guy has a great song idea and suddenly they’re famous, and the ad is for …. Blackberry?

    Also, the cats who need a bloodhound to find their litter box? Sorry, but I want my cat to be able to find his litter box without any trouble.

    And slightly similar, I still giggle like a 12 year old when I hear about Ass Effects, errrrr, Aciphex. Didn’t anybody notice how that sounds?

  13. pecan 3.14159265 says:

    My favorite commercial, and one that still makes me laugh, is the Heineken commercial in which you have a bunch of women walk into a huge closet and freak out with joy. And then they stop when they hear other people freak out, and the camera cuts to a bunch of guys walking into a huge room of Heineken. So hilarious.

    Also, eTrade’s webcam baby commercials.

    • LESSTHANKIND says:

      The first time I saw that Heineken commercial, I laughed until I wept. Hundreds of viewings later, it’s still hilarious. Good call.

      • oneandone says:

        I like it, but I’ve found the men in my life LOVE it. Maybe Heineken has very, very carefully tuned their ads.

    • DrLumen says:

      Absolutely! That’s a great commercial!

      FWIW, I detest the Geico ‘money’ ads. I would still like to see the cavemen sitting around a fire with gekkos on a spit… but I digress.

    • Oranges w/ Cheese says:

      YOU ACTUALLY LIKE THE ETRADE BABY? -_- The first one was funny but now? Not so much.

      • Eyebrows McGee (now with double the baby!) says:

        My grandfather thinks those e-Trade babies are HILARIOUS. So while initially I hated them with the fire of a thousand suns, anything my grandpa thinks is funny gets my stamp of … well, of not-hating anyway.

        • Tied To The Whippin' Post says:

          I’m not too fond of the e-trade babies commercials, but I never fail to laugh out loud when I hear “shank-o-potomus”.

    • heavenlydivine says:

      I TOTALLY agree with you! The Heineken commercial is probably the best so far, I’ve never laughed out loud from a commercial

  14. DragonflyLotus says:

    I agree that all Geico ads are annoying. I just cancelled my policy with them this morning, going with a company that is saving me, hillariously, exactly 15%. Geico and “he went to Jared” are the biggest reasons I never watch live tv.

    • ander_bobo says:

      Ugh, those Jared commercials make me want to scream! Especially the crossword puzzle one! Jared does not equal Tiffany.

      • Eyebrows McGee (now with double the baby!) says:

        The reason he went to Jared is that he’s a cheap bastard who doesn’t love you enough to know anything about your taste in jewelry (or other gifts), but thought, “Hey, generic jewelry is what my generic woman-person wants!”

        • Eyebrows McGee (now with double the baby!) says:

          (incidentally, my man-person got me a $60 necklace made of fluorite for Christmas which is the COOLEST JEWELRY EVER because under a blacklight? IT FLUORESCES. BEAT THAT SHIT, JARED!)

          • lim says:

            I saw a necklace that had trilobite fossil wrapped in silver, but fluorescent minerals rock, too. So I agree, Jared’s cannot beat that.

        • Etoiles says:

          Although ironically, I kind of do want a pair of diamond stud earrings — the basic kind, that go with everything and last forever — but my husband won’t buy them for me because he thinks jewelry is a cop-out that shows you don’t actually know anything about your wife.

          Thanks Jared, Kay, and Zales, for making him 95% right. Boo.

          • Eyebrows McGee (now with double the baby!) says:

            The way I see it, you have two options:

            1) Buy them for yourself (and 1a: start wearing them or 1b: give them to husband and inform him he’s giving them to you for next gift-requiring event)

            or

            2) Find a local jeweler you like and teach your husband that THOUGHTFUL jewelry of good quality is an acceptable gift. Also then you can comment to the jeweler what you particularly like and your husband can feel smart for going in a few days later and buying that AS IF THAT WASN’T YOUR PLAN THE WHOLE TIME. :D

      • oneandone says:

        I can’t think of an ad I hate more than the Jared ones. Not only does Jard not equal Tiffany, as you said, but (imo) the diamond-centric engagement is really tacky.

        I am dreading the inevitable Jared, K Jeweler and similar ads that will be multiplying between now and mid-February. Time to stop watching tv.

        • Eyebrows McGee (now with double the baby!) says:

          I love the circulars from those places that come in the mail … looking at horrifically tacky jewelry just fills me with joy. I don’t know why. I will sign up for catalogs from places that sell that kind of thing on purpose. I’m like, “SQUEEEE! It looks like a spine! They want people to spend $600 on a SPINE!” Xmas-to-Valentines-Day is the BEST time for that stuff.

    • DragonflyLotus says:

      This comment did not show up where I wanted it to show up.

    • stuckinms says:

      Who saves you 15%? I recently got quotes from every other major insurance company I could think of and they were all at least 20% more than my current Geico policy. Two of them were almost twice as much.

      • DragonflyLotus says:

        It was 21st Century…I live in OK so YMMV. I’ve switched carriers in every state I’ve lived in because the rates vary so extremely.

      • Chmeeee says:

        It’s very unpredictable as to which company will be the cheapest depending on your individual factors. For me the last time I checked, Geico was almost double most other companies.

        I always love how every insurance company is touting how everybody who switches saves money. Of course they save money, why else would you switch insurance?

        • RandomZero says:

          I’ve had a theory for a while now that, if the ads are true, I could switch insurance companies a dozen times or so and pay ten bucks a year.

      • Eyebrows McGee (now with double the baby!) says:

        My State Farm policy’s price kicks the crap out of the more stripped-down policy that Geico wanted to sell me. Part of that is the state — last state I lived, Geico was cheaper; here, Geico routinely quotes me more expense for a similar policy from State Farm (assuming no other discounts, etc.) — but a lot of it is that I also have homeowner’s insurance and a personal articles policy (and my notary’s bond, for that matter) with State Farm, so I get that discount, and I’ve been with State Farm since, like, the dawn of time, so that helps.

        In fact, with homeowner’s insurance and a good driving record, I find it’s pretty unusual to find a better price for car-only insurance with one of the car-only insurers that advertise so much. A lot of my friends have looked, and it seems like once you’re insuring house AND car, as long as your record is decent, there’s just so much savings from the combined policy discount that the low-end guys aren’t able to beat it.

    • twocutetx says:

      The “he went to Jared” commercials are the biggest reason that I will never, ever shop at Jared! And if hubby ever shows up with a Jared box . . . it had better be a joke! :)

    • varro says:

      Jared – bad name for anything, since everyone always thinks of the guy who lost like 400 lbs. eating Subway sandwiches.

      And does anyone else have a crush on Flo from Progressive, or wants to read slash with her and Erin Esurance?

  15. Scatter says:

    I HATE the geico ads money ads. They’re just annoying to me and don’t seem to make any sense. I do however like their salamander ones.

  16. MFfan310 says:

    Best ad of 2009: Domino’s throwing Subway’s cease-and-desist in the pizza oven to go up in flames. As a marketing student, I have never seen a company go that far to rebut a competitors claims. (Runner up: the Doritos Super Bowl spot)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NnADo4h6vSo

    Weirdest ad of 2009: Jean Paul Gaultier Ma Dame perfume, with Agyness Deyn cutting her own hair and cutting her clothes to shorter lengths. I have never seen a weirder perfume ad, plus didn’t she do Burberry The Beat ads months beforehand? This one was all over the tube on Valentine’s Day.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DhkVKe2KOW0

    Worst ads of 2009: Anything from Cash4Gold. Enough said.

  17. dourdan says:

    most shown add:

    “I have a structured settlement and I need cash now. Call JG wentworth…” etc.. that one has been burned in to the back of my mind.

    my favorite ad/ads have to be the freecreditreport.com band.

  18. cbutler says:

    I loved the Verizon commercial with the “Island of Misfit toys”

  19. missdona says:

    I like the weird American Express ads with the happy/sad faces in stuff– a sink, a boat, etc. They mesmerize me.

  20. LESSTHANKIND says:

    The ad that consistently cracks me up is the Baskin-Robbins one with the cake toppers dancing around to that song “ice cream and cake, do da ice cream and cake!” I’ll stop what I’m doing to watch that one.

    • dragonfire81 says:

      I really can’t stand that “peanut butter jelly time” knockoff ad, it makes me cringe every time I hear it.

      • Fineous K. Douchenstein says:

        It’s not just a knock off. It’s actually recorded by the Buckwheat Boyz, who made “Peanut Butter Jelly Time”..

        I thought it was a cheap knock off, too, until I found out it’s the same people.

    • FnordX says:

      My girlfriend has been singing that for months. MONTHS I tell you!

  21. kimdog says:

    My favorite commercials by far were “The Most Interesting Man in the World” commercials for Dos Equis. It was a such a great riff, and they were done in an understated way that made me chuckle every time.

  22. jeffbone says:

    No one else likes the Dos Equis “Most Interesting Man in the world” spots?

    “He can speak French…in Russian.” LMAO.

  23. OmniZero says:

    Any and all Billy Mays ads. Yelling has never been more profitable.

    R.I.P. Billy Mays….

  24. Prosumer says:

    Yoostar campaign was very strong, not in the top 5 but certainly in the top 10.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TVIYUXFjvfI

    The success of the product during the holiday’s is directly attributable to the ad buy and the strength of the commercial spots.

  25. summeroflove says:

    Definitely the American Express ones with the happy faces are my favorite going so far. That and I can’t remember most of them throughout the year. However my absolutely. cannot. watch commercial of the past few years are those freaking NYC anti-smoking campaign ads. Not on tv not on posters, not on buses, not on cabs. I hate it even more since I don’t smoke and resent having to avoid them.

  26. stuckinms says:

    I love the commercials where they’re SCREAMING, “It’s my money and I need it now!” I don’t even know what that commercial is about. Every time those people start yelling I ignore everything about the commercial and just start yelling with them. So ridiculous.

    • Raeth says:

      J.G. Wentworth. I love him. If you watch his commercials from the first to the latest, he started out being a COMPLETE JERK. He was rude and condescending even in the ad, always with a slight sneer. After that, he became progressively more caring and personal with each new commercial. He switched from “You’re unintelligent and bad with money. Call me, like you should have a month ago.” to “I care about you and want to help.” Then finally they completely took him out of the majority of the picture and started showing the people shouting out their windows. :P

  27. KLETCO says:

    The Palm Pre ads with the creepy chick. At first, she annoyed me, but then they took her out of the commercials for the most part, and then got rid of them all together, and I kind of miss her.

  28. gStein_*|bringing starpipe back|* says:

    What about those Discovery Channel promos? “I love the World”/”Boom De Yada”
    a la http://xkcd.com/442/
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MaZyPoxIT1E

  29. tbax929 says:

    I only see commercials when watching sports (only thing I watch live). There was a commercial on yesterday during the football game featuring Ed “Too Tall” Jones at a doctor’s office. The medical assistant was trying to get his height and broke the measuring thing that comes out of the scale. We rewound that commercial three times. Unfortunately, I can’t remember what it was for. So it wasn’t very effective.

    • Eyebrows McGee (now with double the baby!) says:

      My husband watches a lot of tennis and the commercials on tennis are all for retirement planning with various investment houses, Rolex, and fractional jet ownership. Which makes me feel dirty and elitist. It makes me long for beer ads.

      PS — I also love the Bears today. Bear down!

    • pecan 3.14159265 says:

      I’ve noticed that some of my favorite commercials involve Peyton Manning, especially his hilarious DirecTV commercial. The holiday gift guide one he did with Alyson Hannigan was also kind of hilarious.

  30. jannielb says:

    Great ad, but still, they (credit card companies) are blackhearts.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m56F4EKN9hg

  31. H3ion says:

    I like the Flomax ads but I think that when they’re all riding their bicycles, they should stop and pee on a tree, synchronized.

    • Alter_ego says:

      My favorite part of the flomax commercials is during the disclaimer at the end when they list side effects, and then they say “do not take flomax if you have difficulty urinating”. Yeah, flomax is to stop an overactive bladder, I cannot believe it needs to be qualified with a statement that if you have trouble peeing, something that stops you from peeing is not a good choice.

  32. John Gage says:

    ESPN consistently has the best ads. Unfortunately their station has become so annoying that I hardly watch it anymore.

    I also love ads like the snuggie where they make any normal task look incredibly painful (like pulling up a blanket) and suggest it will be pain free with their product.

  33. The Queen of Everything says:

    My favorite commercial isn’t real: Jones BBQ & Foot Massage.
    Good stuff. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WPkMUU9tUqk

  34. jpropaganda says:

    My favorite ad would have to be the ShamWow ad with Vince. Such a huckster, the man’s amazing.

  35. allstarecho says:

    I personally like those Ally bank ads where the guy is dealing with the kids.

    In one, he asks the little girl if she’d like a pony, she says yes, he gives her a little plastic toy pony, he asks the second little girl if she’d like a pony too, she says yes, he calls out a real live pony, the first little girl says “You didn’t say we could have a real one” and the guy says “well, you didn’t ask.” and the little girl gives him this “go to hell you bastard!” look. It can be seen at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7qb0vquRcys

    That’s the best 1 of them. There’s 2 more they do where they end with the kid giving him a “you must die human adult!” look. Love ‘em.
    Here’s the rest:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=suBGbef5p3g
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nKdIKP1arF0

  36. alanowski says:

    I nominate the Labatt Blue commercial – “It’s pronounced ‘Canada’”.

  37. Eyebrows McGee (now with double the baby!) says:

    THE RED HOUSE. Where black people and white people buy furniture!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vnOyMSEWNTs

    My dad lives close enough to High Point that these commercials actually run on local TV.

    My husband loved the commercial where Tiger Woods tried to pay for his razors (I think?) with a big check, and the cashier says, “We only take LITTLE checks.” That one was pretty funny as sports-star-hawking-unrelated-product commercials go. Every time it ran my husband would mutter, “Heh. We only take LITTLE checks,” under his breath. I’m sort-of sad they pulled it (at least in our market).

    • subtlefrog says:

      That made me cry I was laughing so hard. Thank you.

      • Elphaba says:

        Those red house furniture ads are fake right? Cause it looks like they filmed it with their cell phone.

        • Eyebrows McGee (now with double the baby!) says:

          They are absolutely real and it is absolutely a real store. The commercial is little meta; it’s not naively low-production-value, etc. … it’s sort-of knowing … but only sort-of.

    • stuckinms says:

      “…and hispanic people too….and all people.”

      This is hilarious, but I’m sure some people didn’t find it funny at all.

  38. jaimystery says:

    I loathe the Glad trash bag ad – the one with the woman asking her husband to take out the tiny bit of trash because ‘it stinks’.

    Why is this woman incapable of taking out her own trash? She is standing so it appears that her legs do work — Why must the man be the ‘trash-taker-outer’?

    What a sexist waste of advertising dollars. I like the product but it’s disappointing to say the least.

  39. Sorta Kinda Lucky Soul says:

    I absolutely love the ad put out by Kaiser Permanente — When I grow up I want to be an old woman (etc, etc). The elder cheerleader lady dancing around always makes me smile.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oOcIWo6Hdfg

  40. bishophicks says:

    I like the American Express commercial with the smiley faces. Very original, very clever. The problem is that I remember the ad, but not what the ad is for. My son like the ad, to and was able to remember it was for American Express.

    My least favorite right now is the Burger King ad that tells me to bite into the world of Avatar with the taste of a Whopper. WTF does that even mean?

    I like Geico ads with the googly-eyed pile of money for one reason – it is quite possibly the cheapest “mascot” I’ve ever seen. And it doesn’t talk, dance or sing. It just sits there.

  41. Captain Howdy says:

    I love most of the Progressive commercials. Flo really does it for me. Discount! Discount!

  42. croquembouche11 says:

    The American Express ads. Where they show happy and faces on inanimate objects. I think the title of the ads is called “Take Charge.”

  43. DirectMailFan says:

    Best for me was for Travelers Insurance featuring a dog that rides a bus to take its bone to the bank, loses sleep, runs from bigger dogs & cats, etc., all to singer-songwriter Ray LaMontagne’s “Trouble”. Cute, yes, an I love LaMontagne’s music, but the commercial also makes its point very well.

  44. consumerd says:

    For me

    First place: The Sony Nigerian commercial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cDGG9e00XPk&feature=related

    2nd place: The dominos commercial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NnADo4h6vSo

    3rd place: This one I first saw on tv in 2009 so I will call it as such- The captain ahab commercial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pc5hR4aLMxk

    4th place: progressive wins again in this category- the taco commercial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DPhq_gC9pZs&feature=related

    5th place: The bud light commercial throwing out the guy- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vFE2wMADCuU

    That’s my top 5 for the year

  45. honeybee says:

    like many other commenters, I’m going with least favorite ads instead of top ads.

    hate the freecreditreport.com singing band ads, mainly because the music is so incredibly formulaic and unoriginal, but also because the site is a scam (not free- the only free one is annualcreditreport.com).

    the Geico caveman ads need to retire, and the only thing I like about the googly-eyed money pack ads is the catchy pop tune.

    most seen ad here in TX: ‘blessyourheart’/Bob Lovell real estate ads. so annoying.

    I do like the Dos Equis ads, however.

  46. Digitizer says:

    Another fave of mine — the Verizon network “football game” commercial http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vQIoZFd-pe4

  47. SaraFimm says:

    Love the FreeCreditReport.com Band!

    And for those of you who have wondered…:

    http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Is_the_band_playing_in_the_Free_Credit_Report.com_a_real_group_or_actors

    The lead singer is an actor named Eric Violette.

    http://www.ericviolette.com

    Edit:

    He’s lip-synching in the commercials to “Dave Mulhefeld, the songwriting phenom behind the über jingles and senior copy writer at The Martin Agency – the same advertising masterminds behind the Geico gecko and caveman.” and “Dave Mulhefeld admits that first commercial is somewhat autobiographical. What’s more, he did work in a fish restaurant and drive a used subcompact – though a nicer one than the blue beater featured in the commercial. Mulhefeld says the next set of FreeCreditReport.com commercials are inspired more from YouTube comments than his past.” (all phrases in quotes copied from http://www.newsvine.com)

    And BTW they’re are in bands, but not with each other.

    BTW Freecreditreport.com have a facebook page called the “Freecreditreport.com band official site” which has garnered thousands of “friends”. Since there is no band, this is just another scam set up by the company to get free advertising and some free email addresses (for spam purposes) from people who think they’re friending the band. On this facebook page, FCR even go so far as to pretend there is a band by corresponding with fans who write on the wall. For instance a fan wrote asking if the members of the band would be at the MTV awards. FCR’s “Roadie Jack” (official keeper of the Facebook page) responded “no, because the band has another engagement”!!!

  48. Alter_ego says:

    A little late, but I think I just saw my favorite commercial of the century
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZlTzSl-IUow&feature=youtube_gdata

  49. jezebelseven says:

    My top one by far is Geico’s “I’m a pothole” (it makes me giggle uncontrollably) , closely followed by Flo from Progressive (I stop what I’m doing if a new one comes on), the Ally ones are pretty good, as are the new Amex :D/D:s.

    Kay, bye~!

  50. jhuang says:

    My favorite definitely has to be the BMW “Checkmate” ad in response to the Audi ad next to it.
    http://adsoftheworld.com/media/outdoor/bmw_checkmate Too freakin’ clever.

  51. SillyMama says:

    The commercial that stuck out the most for me this year is the McDonald’s Filet-o-Fish commercial:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6bJOIqVAD-s

    I am ambivalent about it depending on my mood but my 5 year old comes running as soon as he hears the first line. He’s lovin’ it! (har, har, har)

  52. varro says:

    Dos Equis “Most Interesting Man in the World” ads.

    Anything with Flo. She’s dreeeeeeamy!

    Some of the Bud Light “Tailgate Tested, Tailgate Approved!” ones, although they seem to be only running the Condiment Gun one now.

    Dislike:

    Both the GEICO “Money Watching You” – anticlimactic and pointless and the talking potholes. (Oh, those commercials are so stupid and junk!)

    Broadview Security. Buy our system or someone will rape you!

    Anything from (NOT) freecreditreport.com or those debt settlement agencies. They’re both rip-offs.

  53. DAK says:

    My wife is obsessed witht hat Gap commercial with the little girls singing and dancing. When the little blonde psycho starts screaming her head off at the end, my wife can’t stop giggling.

  54. PsiCop says:

    The googly-eyes GEICO ads still make zero sense to me. Yes, even after Ben’s explanation. I do, however, like the GEICO ads with the Gecko and the executive, particularly the one were the exec wants the Gecko to catch him when he falls.

    As for clever music selection in ads, the use of Silver Convention’s “Get Up And Boogie” in the Snuggie commercials worked well