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PorchDrinking Playlist: Songs Used in Commercials

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Joshua Kan
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So you’re sitting on your couch checking your Facebook during commercials and a catchy tune snaps you out of your lull only to catch the last few seconds of the ad. Back to your phone as you Google the fragments of lyrics that you can remember, then to Spotify to confirm your findings, and just like that you’ve got your latest batch of great new songs.

In honor of this week’s Super Bowl and the amazing commercials we’re anticipating I decided to compile a list of great song/ad combos from the past year.

“Say I wanna Know” – Nick Waterhouse
Acura ILX “Airport” Commercial

“Ho Hey” – The Lumineers
Bing Originals: Discovering Hawaii

Blue Moon Brewmaster’s Touch Commercial

“Stubborn Love” – The Lumineers
Dick’s Sporting Goods “The Glove”


“Stuck on You” – Meiko
Crate and Barrel: Now&Forever


‘Everybody Talks’ – Neon Trees
2012 Buick Verano Commercial


“Love LetteR” – Clairy Browne and the Bangin’ Rackettes’
Heineken ‘The Switch’ 2012 Commercial


“Tounge Tied” – GroupLove
Apple “share the fun”


“Fly By Night” – Rush
Volkswagen – Rocking Out in the 2013 VW Passat


Too Close” – Alex Clare
Internet Explorer: A More Beautiful Web


In My Mind (feat. Georgi Kay) – Single – Ivan Gough & Feenixpawl
2013 Kia Soul Commercial

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“Little Talks” – Of Monsters and Men
Best Buy Dorm Room Innovators


“Live and Die” – The Avett Brothers
The Avett Brothers “Fit For Originals” Gap Be Bright Fall 2012


“No Church in the Wild” – Jay-Z & Kanye West feat. Frank Ocean
How To Make the Most Hi-Tech Car


“Home” – Phillip Phillips
London 2012 USA Olympic Gymnastics Team Promo


‘What Makes a Good Man’ – The Heavy
Miller Light “Crack it. Punch it

4th and Inches (Good songs, not so good commercials)

  • “Barton Hollow” – The Civil Wars
    Carhartt: Dog Musher
  • “Lonley Boy” – The Black Keys
    Lee Gets Guys Commercial

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