Sticking with the retro theme for the A to Z Challenge, I have gone back and picked a few of those catchy commercial jingles that we all may love… or hate… but either way, I imagine you have all sang along at some point in your life.
OSCAR MAYER WEINER (1965)
Who can forget the Oscar Mayer Wiener commericals? From my memory this has to be one of the best ads out there. Between this one and the song Oscar Mayer had for their ‘bologna’, I am sure I was seen skipping down the street singing this jingle at the top of my lungs… when I was younger (just wanted to clarify)! It almost makes me want to eat a hot dog! Note… I said almost!
KIT KAT (1988)
“Gimme a break, gimme a break, break me off a piece of that Kit Kat Bar.”
The “classic” American version of the “Gimme a Break” Kit Kat jingle (in use in the US since 1986) was written by Ken Shuldman and Michael A. Levine. The jingle was cited in a study by University of Cincinnati researcher James J. Kellaris as one of the top ten “earworms” – bits of melody that become stuck in your head. I can certainly attest to that!
Dr. Pepper (1970’s)
“Wouldn’t you like to be a pepper too?”
Watch this Band-Aid ad carefully… you may see some famous faces!!
McDonald’s – Big Mac (1970’s)
Two all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions, on a sesame seed bun! Can you say that 3 times really fast… or even once, really slow?
Meow Mix (1979)
Meow, meow, meow, meow, meow… meow, meow! Need I say more??
My son thought this was funny when he heard that it was “fun for a girl or a boy”! You certainly wouldn’t hear that kind of statement today.
Jolly Green Giant (1960’s)
This is a long one, but we all remember the Ho-Ho-Ho… Green Giant!
This is… and always has been… a favourite of mine. In the situation we are all facing today, as we fight to overcome this terrible virus, listening to this puts a smile on my face thinking of people coming together to share a message. Yes, it is only an ad for Coke, but remember, we must all work together now to successfully come through this while protecting as many lives as we can. Stay home. Stay safe.
I think I will be singing some of these ads to myself today!
Do you have any commercials that you remember from growing up? Ones that you actually ‘sang along’ too? Or had stuck in your head? I know I haven’t covered them all… so what’s on your list?
Sadly, I am going to have to bow out of the A to Z Challenge this year. As much as I enjoy it, I feel I need to devote more time to helping those around COVID-19. It just seems the right thing to do for me… but, I will be back next year! Stay home… stay safe… and as always, be kind and patient.