Songs from the Eighties That Have Been In Commercials, Products Beginning with N
Well, it was bound to happen, and it has been happening now for a while, Commercials bleeding the memory of the eighties, for music. The first one I remember is "Like A Rock" and then "Born in the USA." Now it's food items. What's next? I'd love to hear your recomendations. Please limit it to TELEVISION Commercials though. Radio stations usually mix in background music with spoken ads by the DJ's and the music tends to be used in both radio and television versions of most Commercials eventually.

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NBC-The Cosby Show, using Stevie Wonder's, "I Just Called To Say I Love You"
Not really a promo, but used in the episode "A Touch Of Wonder". Stevie Wonder comes to the music room that had the Cosby Kids in the music room. Stevie Wonder asks to each kid, "What's your name?", and he/she says what his/her name is. Then Stevie Wonder sings the song playing on the keyboard. Then Stevie Wonder tells the lyric (Example: No April Rain) and then Clair sings the lyric. Then Stevie Wonder sings the chorus of the song with the Cosby Kids singing along.
National Captioning Institute (NCI), using The Stranglers's, "It's A Small World"
ANNOUNCER: It's A Small World with the National Captioning Institute. Offering many programs captioned by the National Captioning Institute. Look for this mark on every show, and you'll think it's captioned by the National Captioning Institute.
National City Bank, using Brass In Pocket's, "The Pretenders"
Used only the line "I'm special, so special" to trumpet their customer service record.
National City Bank, using The Pretenders's, "Brass In Pocket"
They're trying to say that National City is " special." Sucky ad.
National City Bank, using The Pretenders's, "Brass In Pocket"
Customers talk about how the bank has helped them, then the voice-over singer goes "I'm special (special), so special".
National Coffee Institute, using E.L.O.'s, "Hold On Tight"
This ad was my first exposure to this E.L.O. song. It never made me drink coffee, but I sure loved the song!!!
Nestle's Nescafe, using Tone Loc's, "Funky Cold Medina"
This ad aired in the U.K.
New York Lottery, using Barenaked Ladies's, "If I Had A Million Dollars"
Great Song, great 2 commercials.
New Zealand Tourism Board, using Crowded House's, "Don't Dream It's Over"
Nickelodeon, using Rick James's, "Super Freak"
Used (with changed lyrics) to promote Sabrina, the Teenage Witch reruns. Absolutely p*** poor version. This is the second show (Weakest Link was the first) to use an altered version of Super Freak in its ads.
Nickelodeon, using Devo's, "Whip It"
A bad cover of a great song. It was changed to "Wish it" and was about Fairly OddParents merchandise.
Nickelodeon, using Pointer Sisters's, "Neutron Dance"
Used to promote the TV show "The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius" (with changed lyrics).
Nickelodeon, using Men Without Hats's, "The Safety Dance"
Used to promote SpongeBob Squarepants merchandise. The lyrics were changed from Safety Dance to "SpongeBob Squarepants". I like SpongeBob, but this version blew! BTW, Weird Al did a parody of Safety Dance that was about the Brady Bunch.
Nickelodeon's Nick At Night, using Cars's, "Hello Again"
Nickelodeon's SpongeBob SquarePants, using Twisted Sister's, "We're Not Gonna Take It"
Used to promote the new SpongeBob SquarePants school supplies. Lyrics are changed from "We're not gonna take it" to "Brand new SpongeBob SquarePants".
Nickelodion, using Alice Cooper's, "School's Out"
This song was used in a Nickelodion commercial shown in Summer 2002.
Nike, using Vangelis's, "Titles (Theme from Chariots of Fire)"
The scene from Chariots of Fire where they run across the beach was recreated for the ad.
Nike, using Iggy and The Stooges's, "Search and Destroy"
This ad aired during the 1996 Olympics broadcasts on NBC.
Nike, using Randy Newman's, "I Love L.A."
That commercial that ran during the 1984 Olympics was my first exposure to the song, and "I LOVED IT!"
Nissan, using Stevie Ray Vaughan's, "Pride and Joy"
Disturbing. If SRV were still alive, he would probably never allow any song for commercials.
Nissan, using The Cult's, "She Sells Sanctuary"
In 2000, Nissan used the intro to "She Sells Sanctuary" a few months after they used Rush's "Tom Sawyer".
Nissan 2000 Maxima, using The Smiths's, "How Soon Is Now?"
The commercial actually uses the 'Love Spit Love' remake, popularized by the WB's Charmed. Still, it's good usage of a great song.
Nissan Altima, using Gary Numan's, "Cars"
This aired soon after Cars was used in the Little Debbie ad.
Nissan Maxima, using Smithereens's, "Blood and Roses"
Used in the 2000 Nissan Maxima "Albuquerque to Tucson" ad.
Nissan Primera, using Eurythmics's, "Sweet Dreams"
Used in ca. 1997 Nissan Primera ad.
Nissan Xterra, using Jimi Hendrix's, "Voodoo Chile"
Nissan also used SRV's cover of Hendrix's "Voodoo Chile" for its new Xterra SUV.
Nokia, using George Clinton's, "Atomic Dog"
Two people on a couch at a party, the music in the background is Atomic Dog whcih so overboosted that neither can hear each other so they use the text messaging on their phones to banter back and forth about the cheese that is jumpimg off the serving plates in tune with the bass. I had to ask how these 2 anonymous people even got each other's cell numbers in the first place, and why they don't just move closer on the couch.
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