51 Years of Football in America (in Ads)

Sunday February 5th is Super Bowl LI – the 51st Super Bowl. Whether you are a fan of football or not, the Super Bowl is one of the most watched sporting events on television to happen each year.

Some people watch the game to support their teams and because they are football fans. Other people watch the game because they like the halftime entertainment show. And other people (like me) simply like to watch the ads.

Yes. I only watch the game for the ads. I enjoy the creativity, cinematography, and humor of the ads.

Did You Know? The first Super Bowl commercials cost $40,000 for a 30-second spot.

Since the first super bowl in 1967, there have been many notable, controversial, and memorable super bowl ads. The popularity of commercials during the Super Bowl really took off in the 1970s. Surely you remember the 1973 Super Bowl Noxema ad with Farrah Fawcett and Joe Namath?


In 1975, the McDonalds Big Mac song was a hit Super Bowl commercial. Remember this one? I know you won’t be able to resist signing along! “Two all beef patties special sauce lettuce cheese pickles onions on a sesame seed bun”.


I remember thinking that the Apple commercial in the 1984 Super Bowl was rather scary! 


I loved the 1995 Budweiser Super Bowl commercial! I still remember laughing the first time I saw that ad.


Some of the most popular ads are the Budweiser Clydesdales‘ ads. One of the most poignant and memorable of the Budweiser Clydesdales ads was shown during the 2002 Super Bowl. This one still brings tears to my eyes.


The Dodge Charger commercial in the Super Bowl of 2011 is definitely a (man) favorite.


Another of my favorite Super Bowl commercials was the Volkswagen Jamaican ad in 2013. Trust me – once you watch this commercial, you’ll be talking with a Jamaican accent all week! “Wicked coffee Mr. Jim”.


Super Bowl commercials are so popular, there is even a CBS show called “Super Bowl Greatest Commericals” where you can vote for your favorites.

Did You Know? The minimum price for a Super Bowl ad for the 2017 game is $5 millon! 

Hopefully this years Super Bowl will feature another iconic ad!

Do you have a favorite Super Bowl commercial? Share in a comment below!

JayDee / ThirdShiftVintage.com

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