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I’m thoroughly uplifted after recording the Songs to Cheer You Up Podcast. Thanks for all who left suggestions including new blog buddies VonPip and Monscooch. Next week I’m looking for your top 5 songs from ads. They can be ones that always remind you of a brand (e.g. Republica, Ready To Go), ones with infectiously catchy tunes (e.g. Young Folks, Peter Bjorn and John), make you want to sing along and dance (e.g. Bohemian Like You, Dandy Warhols) or just be crazy songs (who remember Flat Eric and The Flatbeat!). Anyway, here are My Top Five what are yours?

Get your suggestions in to make the next podcast (Wednesday).

EDIT: The ever resourceful Monscooch has found this link to make things easier.


4Hero, Les Fleurs (Baileys) (Monscooch)
5 . Wouldn’t it Be Nice, The Beach Boys (Irish National Lottery)

Uncle Pat, Ash (Heineken) Kate

4. Heartbeats, Jose Gonzalez (Sony Bravia) (rut)

Disseminated, Soul Coughing (Ford Transit) (Matt & K.Tee)3. A Little Less Conversation, Elvis Presley vs. JXL (Nike Football)

Fantastic Cat, Takako Minewa susan, Julie

2. Mr. Brightside, The Killers (Champion Sports)

Let’s Dance, Paula Flynn (Liam & Jane) (Ballygowan)
1. Spaceman, Babylon Zoo (Levi Jeans)

Also, as requested by a My Top Five reader, I’ve now put the full playlist of the podcast on the relevant posts. Keep the feedback coming folks.


January 16, 2008 - Posted by | Babylon Zoo, Beach Boys, Elvis Presley, Jose Gonzalez, JXL, Podcast, The Killers


  1. 1. 4Hero: Les Fleur (Baileys)
    2. Takako Minekawa: Fantastic Cat (Miller)
    3. Sugarhill Gang; Rapper’s Delight (Honda Accord)
    4. Donovan: Sunshine Superman (Bulmers)
    5. Phil Collins: In The Air Tonight (Cadburys)

    This helped:

    Comment by Pedro Monscooch | January 17, 2008 | Reply

  2. so after much painful thought and deliberation….

    1. Joy Division- Love Will Tear Us Apart (Heineken)
    2. Uncle Pat- Ash (Heineken)
    3. The Kinks- Sunny Afternoon (Bulmers)
    4. Aqualung- Strange and Beautiful (VW Beetle)
    5. David Bowie- Life on Mars (3Mobile)

    I tried to base this solely on the music but failed, I love mr. Brightside- great song but the ad annoys me in its cheap tackiness, and then there are songs that I wanted to put in like Heartbeats and Fantastic Cat, but I thought the ads were better than the songs (in full legnth- though the music did make the ad’s…)

    Comment by Kate | January 17, 2008 | Reply

  3. What’s the point of this unless the list comprises of hotlinks to free downloads, you corporate cunt?

    Comment by Justin Casey | January 18, 2008 | Reply

  4. The list will be available to download as a podcast next week.

    I don’t make a penny on this blog so I can hardly see how I’m a corporate cunt.

    Comment by Tom | January 18, 2008 | Reply

  5. This has been really fun to do! (and involved lots of googling…)

    1. The Pointer Sisters – I’m so excited. (Cadbury Crunchie)
    2. Oppenheimer – Nine Words (Fujifilm)
    3. Joss Stone – L-O-V-E (Chanel Coco Mademoiselle)
    4. Regina Spektor – Hotel Song (Vodafone)
    5. ANYTHING from a recent Sony ad! Love the one for the mp3 walkman (I think) with all the musicians in that huge orchestra… but they do pick very good music in general.

    Now off to watch The Pointer Sisters on repeat on YouTube. They have the most fantastic male backing dancers 😀

    Comment by Jane | January 18, 2008 | Reply

  6. Oh I have another:

    Paula Flynn – Let’s Dance (Ballygowan)

    Comment by Jane | January 18, 2008 | Reply

  7. Well don’t remember exactly what all of them were advertising but that’s not most important, isn’t it? 🙂
    My songs (order not important as usual):
    1. Heartbeats – Jose Gonzales(Sony Bravia)
    2. She’s a rainbow – The Rolling Stones (Also Sony Bravia?)
    3. Getting better – The Beatles (some car or TV…?)
    4. Mr. Brightside – The Killers (Champion sports)
    5. Satisfaction – The Rolling Stones (Snickers)

    Comment by Rut | January 18, 2008 | Reply

  8. This is a little tricky since I don’t watch much TV in Ireland. However, was just home in the states, and one ad that I found quite humorous was a UPS commercial which featured the beginning of “Such Great Heights” by The Postal Service. I hope you all appreciate the irony as much as I do.

    Apologies if these are a little dated


    1. Such Great Heights – The Postal Service (UPS)

    2. Sorry Again – Velocity Girl (Volkswagon)

    3. Disseminated – Soul Coughing (Ford Transit)
    I just saw this ad for the first time yesterday, and when I looked on Wikipedia, they had this to say:
    “Perhaps no-one at Ford noticed its opening lyrics are ‘The Goat Chewed Up, Once A Tin Can, The Goat Shat Out, Was A Ford Sedan’.”

    4. The Distance – Cake (Powers Irish Grand National)
    Thank you Wikipedia…I didn’t know that song was in an Irish ad, so there you go.

    3. Da Da Da – Trio (Volkswagon)

    Comment by Matt D | January 22, 2008 | Reply

  9. Inside – Stiltskin (Levi’s)
    Let’s Dance – Paula Flynn (Ballygowen)
    Uncle Pat – Ash (Heineken)
    Flat Beat – Mr Oizo (Levi’s)
    The Passenger – Iggy Pop (Guinness)
    Devil in me – 22-20s (Opel)

    Comment by Oeoz | January 22, 2008 | Reply

  10. It’s Susan’s not-so-regular apperance on the blog, woo hoo!

    I love ads……tv rules.

    Top five ad tunskies it is then….

    Janis Joplin – Mercedes Benz (Merc)
    Takako Minekawa – Fantastic Cat (Miller) (i’m seconding this – it’s fantastic)
    Etta James – I Just Wanna Make Love To You (THAT Diet Coke Ad!)
    Heartbeats – Jose Gonzales(Sony Bravia)
    Mic Christopher – Heydey (Guinness)

    Comment by Susan | January 22, 2008 | Reply

  11. The Killers – Mr Brightside (Champion Sports)
    Jose Gonzalez – Heartbeats (Sony Bravia)
    Mic Christopher – Heyday (Guinness)
    The Kinks – Sunny Afternoon (Bulmers)
    Beach Boys – Wouldn’t it be nice (National Lottery)

    Comment by Julie | January 22, 2008 | Reply

  12. Right then, a quicky run down of the best tunes that have helped us all buy products we didn’t know we wanted!

    Arethea Franklin – Baby I Love You (As used in the Halls Soothers ad):

    Arethea at her best. over the years advertisers have used the reliable ‘Say a Little Prayer For You’ & Respect’ from the Franklin catalog. this however is not that well known but equally as good.

    Soul Coughing – Disseminated (As used by the recent Ford Transit Ad):

    Yes yes Matt D. This is a bad, bad tune. Remember picking up there album a few years back and loving this to pieces, have to admit I hadn’t clocked that lyric myself, ha ha!

    Marlena Shaw – California Soul – (As Used In the KFC Ad): & Ernie K. Doe – Here Comes The Girls* (from the current Boots Chemist ad):

    I have to admit that these 2 choices I have a serious love/hate relationship with. As a soul DJ my job is to dig around the musical landscape looking for treasure to which both these tunes would both be classed under. So you can imagine that its quite a bitter pill to swallow when tracks you’ve been playing for years are suddenly requested as:

    “Alright mate, you got that one off the KFC ad?”

    However, on the flip I do think its great that adverts can use rare and unheard of tunes and breathe a second life into them giving the artists the kudos they truely deserve. Regardless both tracks have been a main feature in my live sets for many years now and are still complete dancefloor monsters!

    Elton John – Are You Ready For Love – (As used by Sky for there Premiership campaign):

    Now there are cleaver sods working in advertising to pick up on this one. During 1979 Mr John hooked up with legendary Philidelphia Soul producer Thom Bell to lay down a few songs. The 3 track EP that was released ‘The Thom Bell Sessions’ on MCA Records was largly ignored by Soul heads and Elton fans alike. It was infact UK Dance producer Ashley Beedle, who had done a re-edit of this track which he had been including in his sets that bought the tune to light in the London club scene. The following decision to use it on the Sky ads then catapulted it to No.1 in the UK charts and gave us the summer anthem we all had a giggle too. BIG TUNE!

    Until next week folks have a cracking weekend.


    Comment by King Tee! | January 23, 2008 | Reply

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