What Are the Funniest Super Bowl Commercials of All Time?
Some people tune in to the Super Bowl to watch the game, but for others, it’s all about the commercials. More than a quarter of people say the best part of the Super Bowl isn’t the on-field action, but the ads that happen between the game. Every year, companies spend millions for a few seconds of airtime, and they tend to pull out all the stops when it comes to their ads.
There have been some memorable Super Bowl ads over the years, like Cindy Crawford’s famous spot for Pepsi or Apple’s ‘1984’ ad that introduced the Macintosh computer. Now, you have the chance to cast your vote for the ad you think produced the most laughs. In honor of its upcoming Super Bowl Greatest Commercials 2019 special, CBS is running a contest where people can vote for what they think is the funniest Super Bowl commercial of all time.
The 10 funniest Super Bowl ads ever
CBS has narrowed a huge pool of funny ads down to 10 contenders, which people can vote on using specific hashtags. The top two vote-getters will advance to the final round, when viewers will tweet their favorite during the live broadcast. The winner will be announced at the end of the show.
The 10 funniest Super Bowl ad contenders are:
- Bud Light’s “Cedric Date” (2001): Vote using #SBGCCedricDate
- Reebok’s ‘Terry Tate” (2003): Vote using #SBGCTerryTate
- Budweiser’s “Lamb Streaker” (2006): Vote using #SBGCStreaker
- CareerBuilder.com’s “Celebration” (2006): Vote using #SBGCMonkeyBiz
- Tide to Go’s “Talking Stain” (2008): Vote using #SBGCTalkingStain
- Doritos’s “Best Part” (2011): Vote using #SBGCBestPart
- Chevy’s “Happy Grad” (2012): Vote using #SBGCHappyGrad
- Hyundai’s “First Date” (2016): Vote using #SBGCFirstDate
- Hyundai’s “Ryanville” (2017): Vote using #SBGCRyanville
- The NFL’s “TD Celebrations to Come” (2018): Vote using #SBGCBestTDDance
You can watch all 10 Super Bowl commercials and find out more about how to vote here. The special will be hosted by CBS Sports analyst Boomer Esiason and Daniela Ruah, star of NCIS: Los Angeles.
Are these really the funniest Super Bowl ads ever?
Of course, funniest ad of all time is a matter of opinion, and CBS’s top 10 list leaves out a few memorable spots.
Betty White’s 2010 spot for Snickers didn’t make the list. Nor did Radio Shack’s self-deprecating “the ‘80s called” ad from 2014, which was chock full of references to Reagan-era pop culture icons like Alf, Mary Lou Retton, and Hulk Hogan, or Clash of Clan’s 2015 ad featuring Liam Neeson spoofing his intense Taken persona. (All three made College Humor’s list of the funniest Super Bowl ads ever.)
The oldest ad on the CBS list is from 2001, which means that several iconic spots from the 1980s and 1990s didn’t get a mention either. That includes Wendy’s 1984 ad that took aim a rival McDonald’s and gave us the catchphrase “Where’s the beef?” or the 1995 Budweiser frogs ad. You also won’t see the 1992 Nike ad starring Bugs Bunny and Michael Jordan that eventually gave us the movie Space Jam on the list.
Super Bowl Greatest Commercials 2019 airs Tuesday, January 29 at 8/7c on CBS. Super Bowl LIII happens on Sunday, February 3 on CBS, with coverage starting at 6/5c.
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