Mad About Retro Ads

Monday, October 27, 2008
"Where's the beef?"

"Mama mia, that's a spicey meatball!"

"He likes it! Hey, Mikey!"

I bet you recognize these lines from memorable commercials. So does New York Magazine, which featured them last month in a list of the top 20 television commercials from the past 40 years. Other ads that made the list include the fast-talking UPS guy, the American Tourister gorilla, and the iconic Volkswagen ads. You can see the whole list and view them online here. But one of my all-time favorites has to be the 1970s "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing" ad for Coca-Cola. Because nothing says soda pop goodness like a bunch of hippies on a hilltop.

How many commercials running today do you think people will remember 40 years from now? Yeah, I thought so, too.

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