Look at your TV, now back to me, now back to your TV.
That line catapulted the commercial for Old Spice into pop culture — and topped the list of Time’s Top 10 TV commercials of 2010.
Time came out with its Top 10 Everything of 2010, which includes the everything from fleeting celebrities (Steven Slater) to the latest food trend (The New Naturalism). And, of course, TV commericals were among the categories.
Old Spice | The Man Your Man Could Smell Like
More than 26 million people have viewed the Old Spice commercial on YouTube, making the Old Spice Guy a cultural phenomenon.
I was a little surprised it topped the list, since I do prefer the second-place finisher: Snickers featuring Betty White. (The one with Aretha Franklin is classic, too.) It only has 2.5 million views on YouTube — but it got millions more when it aired during the Super Bowl earlier this year.
Snickers featuring Betty White
Rounding out Time’s Top 5 are Nike’s epic “Write the Future” ad that featured World Cup icons, Google’s “Parisian Love” and the new Windows Phone 7.
For your viewing pleasure — since I know you’re not really working and likely shopping online:
Nike | Write the Future
Google | Parisian Love
Really | New Windows Phone 7
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I can see the Old Spice commercial being #1. First, his satirical delivery of macho lines was spot on… the best being the random final line, “I’m on a horse!” (hahahaha)
Betty White’s commercial was funny as well, but we’ve all been introduced to her and her brand of comedy for years now (depending on your age since the Mary Tyler Moore show, or Golden Girls). Funny, but not unexpected laughs.
I just think the odd and non-accustomed delivery of the Old Spice guy was what really hit everyone in the funny bone. Every single time it came on, my GF would laugh out loud at the last line… every time.
I actually think the Aretha Franklin/Liza Minnelli Snickers commercial would be a worthy rival for the #1 spot.
@MaxMaxMax I still love the hamsters commercial for Kia. “You can get with this — or you can get with that.” One of my all-time favorites — and I don’t know why beyond the fact that I just love that song.
@Cat @MaxMaxMax Amen to that, love the Kia Soul commercials with the hamsters and I like the one with Michelle Wie. Still love the image of the trash talking country club types being silenced by being outdriven by 50+ yards by ‘a woman’ LOL. Being a 50+ year old white guy I get to listen to them talk trash about her… not one of them could take her even if they were spotted 10 strokes but they still talk a lot of trash. Thought that commercial captured that brilliantly.
By the way Cat, you need to take out the “v” in the link after http
@MaxMaxMax Thanks! Fixed it!
one I can recall that was very amusing was the Geico commercial with the little pig crying ” wee, wee, wee” all the way home. That pig sticking his head out the window of the car, screaming ” weeee” and the annoyed looks of the driver were priceless. that one made me laugh.
@CodyZamboni The first time I saw the Pig “Wee. Wee. Wee.” commercial I thought it was cute. The second time I saw it I was already thinking Suckling Pig for dinner.
Working? Of course I’m working! On my IPAD that is 🙂 Hey it’s my last day of work for the year. I GOTTA (love that yeah) GOTTA take 4 days off. Use it or lose it. So I’m gone for the year. Did my year end cleaning yesterday. Dumped a LOAD of stuff. I can see my desk again. Yep I was right, the desk was brown. 🙂
Love Betty White. That Nike one was pretty good. IMHO, that Geico pig commercial just irritates me. Maybe that’s why it works…NOT!!! turn the channel. But gotta love the commercial writers.
@Ynaku You know, I’m not a fan of any of those Geico commercials. Should I be? Do people like the gecko…?
@Cat @Ynaku No, I don;t like the gecko 🙂
Love the google spot! Very smart!
@johngarcia I’m a big fan of that commercial, too. Simple, effective. But every time I hear that Old Spice jingle, I think of you! 🙂
These are fantastic. I rarely watch television, mostly because of the commercials. Getting to see only the choicest of commercials and none of the stuff in between is a rare treat. I will consider it a great Holiday gift. Thank you!
LOL… Isaiah Mustafa (the Old Spice Guy) is a man built for TV. Aside from maybe just a teensy crush, I always cite him as a great example of how having an interesting, offbeat personality can be a great marketing asset 😛
I don’t know if any of these commercials would be in my top 5. Commercials are supposed to be jingly or funny or something that will get your attention and keep it there so that you remember the product that is trying to be sold or marketed.The Old Spice one is okay but it just didn’t hold my attention.
My favorite commercials change year after year and it’s usually during the Superbow that I’ll see one that’s hilariously off-the-wall, like the Betty White Snickers commercial. There is one commercial that I will put above all others even to this day. It was shown only once on TV and only during the 2002 Superbowl. Yeah, I’m man enough to admit it made my eyes sweat when I saw it.
Small screen: https://www.snopes.com/rumors/tributes/budweiser.asp
Larger screen: https://s166.photobucket.com/albums/u90/snopesbinary/Commercials/?action=view¤t=Budweiser.mp4
or you can just YouTube search for: Budweiser 911 tribute.
Maybe not the best of the year, but I thought these Lost-related Target ads were pretty funny (if you watched the show of course):
Target + LOST: Numbers
Target + LOST: Smokey
Target + LOST: Ribs @harrycovair should like this one!
Never saw those TV commerials. Then again I hardly watch TV anymore, except for HI 5-0 and the local nightly news.
@808marv Never saw those TV commerials. Then again I hardly watch TV anymore, except for HI 5-0 and the local nightly news. The Target BBQ sauce one was funny.