Super Bowl XXXV is history (not that I care since the Tennessee Titans weren’t there — but I digress), and Apple’s legendary “1984” ad fell just short of nabbing the top spot in the contest to determine the best Super Bowl ad of all time. It came in second to Coca-Cola’s “Mean” Joe Green ad from 1980.
USA Today conducted an online poll to determine the top spot. The results were announced on “Super Bowl’s Greatest Commercials,” broadcast on CBS Saturday, as well
as online. In the running were ads from Xerox (1977), Coca-Cola (1980), Apple (1984), Nike (1992), McDonalds (1993), Pepsi (two different ads from 1995), Frito Lay’s Doritos (1998), Anheuser-Busch’s Budweiser (1999), E-Trade (2000).
The Coke/Greene advertisement nabbed first place with 20.8 percent of the votes cast, “1984” trailed with 20.4 percent. What a squeaker! Which is more than we can say about the football game itself.
Anyway, the rest of the “Top 10 Favorite Super Bowl Ads” were:
(1999); two Dalmatians, separated at birth, are reunited two years later.
(2000); monkey, two men clap to music. E-Trade claims it wasted $2 million on the ad and asks “What are you doing with your money?”
(1993); Larry Bird and Michael Jordan shoot hoops for a Big Mac in a contest of one-upmanship.
Frito Lay’s Doritos
(1998); a beautiful woman in a laundromat flips over Doritos.
(1995); rival truckers in a diner trade tastes of soft drinks. A budding friendship ends when Coke driver keeps the Pepsi.
(1995);, a thirsty boy on the beach sucks his Pepsi bottle dry and winds up in the bottle.
(1977); after writing a manuscript by hand, a monk needs 500 more and turns to Xerox for “a miracle.”
(1992); Bugs Bunny teams up on court with Michael Jordan to defeat four basketball bullies.