For those of us who grew up with J.G. Wentworth and the other infectious ad campaigns still horridly stuck in our heads, we have some of the best slogans, jingles and marketing schemes to get our attention. Some date back as early as the ’70s and some feel like they were yesterday. They were not yesterday, though. You’re just getting really old. Seriously, does anybody who calls J.G. Wentworth have a structured settlement and need money now?
Folgers, “The Best Part of Waking Up”
The jingle debuted in 1984 and over the past 30 years has taken on many forms, including a sweet Celtic rendition. The sunny song made Folgers coffee seemingly the best way to start a day. And I don’t know about you, but I’d ground the hell out of those kids for being so loud and waking me up so early.
State Farm, “Like a Good Neighbor“
Not such an old ad, State Farm has renewed this slogan time and again. But the original “like a good neighbor” jingle came up in 1971 with Barry Manilow as its original composer. Now with more than four decades of ads under that line, everything seemed to be going fine, at least until Weezer covered it in 2011. Then the NBA players started acting for State Farm.
Coca-Cola, “I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing“
Anyone who’s anyone saw the “Mad Men” finale and knows this, in their opinion, to be one of the most infectious ad campaigns to come out of the 1970s. If you weren’t aware, you must be a Pepsi person or you’re not a fan of Don Draper and thus should be deemed un-American.
Budweiser Frogs “Bud. Weis. Er.”
Budweiser had an infectious campaign in the ’70s with their “when you say Bud, you’ve said it all” ads, but the simple, borderline melodic three-part harmony of the Budweiser frogs had people tonguing flies and hopping lilies in the mid-’90s. It was just simple enough for the hillbilly alcoholics to follow along. Perhaps these frogs were speaking their language.
GEICO, “So Simple a Caveman Could Do It”
The 2004 invention of neanderthal cavemen as an auto insurance mascot took everyone by storm with their simple hilarity. It was so infectious they got their own TV show in 2007, which was ultimately deemed by Chicago Tribune as one of the 25 worst TV shows ever.
Meow Mix, “Meow, Meow, Meow“
This tiring 1970 jingle created by Shelley Palmer is surprisingly infectious with its use of only one word. At first, you’re thinking “this is stupid,” but about halfway through it’ll sink in and by the end you’re humming along and will continue to do so until a more infectious jingle comes along. In 1974, the cat was added, along with the bouncing ball and totally necessary English subtitles. By the way, good luck finding a more infectious jingle.
Toys “R” Us, “I Don’t Want to Grow Up, I’m a Toys “R” Us Kid“
Believe it or not, Toys “R” Us has been around for more than 65 years, and its nostalgic mascot Geoffrey the Giraffe has been around since 1960 with his catchy jingle.
Tootsie Roll Pops, “How Many Licks”
Though the candy was born during the hard times of 1931, the phrase wasn’t introduced until 1969. Fun facts: In 2002, more than 20 million Tootsie Pops were made each day. And the answer to the burning question varies based on tongue width, wetness and enthusiasm, though it could take as many as 411 licks to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop, which is way more than three, Mr. Owl! It even was the inspiration for araunchy hip hop song of the same name released in 2000 by female rapper Lil’ Kim.
Oscar Mayer, “I Wish I Was a Oscar Mayer Wiener”
Founded in 1883, Oscar Mayer waited until the mid-1960s to release their ads of kids talking about what they’d get if they were an Oscar Mayer wiener. Obviously this is not nearly PC enough for today’s world and should be banned everywhere now, along with their 1980’s “Juicy” campaign starring former meth addict Jodie Sweetin, who can be seen in the upcoming TV franchise revival “Fuller House.”
Chili’s, “Baby Back” Ribs
As if we needed any convincing for eating ribs, the 1975-established restaurant chain came up with a little “baby back” jingle, written by Guy Bommarito and performed by a doo-wop quartet a cappella. It’s been listed by several outlets as one of the most infectious songs you can’t get out of your head.
10 INFECTIOUS ADS WE STILL CAN’T GET OUT OF OUR HEADS