As we settle in to watch baseball again, we’re greeted once more by all of those commercials with songs in them that we either love or loathe. Whether we like or dislike them, however, we end up wondering what the heck they’re called either way. Here are a few of those songs, along with the advertisers using them to irritate us by getting them stuck in our heads.
LP: Into the Wild | Citi
I think we’ve all seen this annoying commercial by now, especially Mets fans who have to endure it more often than the rest of us because Citi sponsored the replacement to Shea Stadium:
The song is called Into the Wild, and if you listen to the entire thing it’s a lot less irksome. It’s performed by a group called LP.
Willis: Smokescreen | Fiat 500 Abarth
Sports advertising still seems to be geared mainly towards men, which is kind of ridiculous with baseball by this point since 50% of MLB fans are women now. Anyway, here’s some more male-oriented advertising: that Fiat commercial where the guy hallucinates when he sees the little car, believing it to be a hot Italian woman. This is that song in the background.
(Really, though, this just shows that Fiat’s desperate to escape being branded as a ‘women’s only’ car in the United States. In Europe, most people have smaller cars simply because they fit better in European streets.)
Nicky Blitz: Summer Sin | Honda Accord
Come on, there’s no way this hasn’t gotten stuck in your head at some point. Every time I see this commercial, I wonder what song it is. Well, now I know, and you do, too.
Fun: We Are Young | Chevy Sonic
See the theme here? Cars and beer are the things that tend to be advertised most during sporting events. Anyways, here’s the song you hear in the commercial for Chevy’s new ride, the Sonic.
The Cult: She Sells Sanctuary / Flo Rida: Good Feeling | Budweiser
Most people know the Flo Rida song, but what is that song in the background that it’s mashed up with? Turns out it’s a song called She Sells Sanctuary by The Cult. Here’s how they sound together:
And here’s the two songs separately:
I have to say, they blend together pretty well. Good job, Budweiser. Now make better beer, please.
I couldn’t have written this without the help of the miraculous website WhatIsThatSong.net. Kudos to those of you who came up with that website – it’s going to end years of desperate ‘typing lyrics into Google’ moments for everybody.