It’s safe to say we see more advertising in this nation than anything else. All along the scenic highways of America lie billboards advertising the most pointless products. There is product placement in every subway station, on every bus, radio station, plane, in airports, in bars, in schools, and, of course, on television. We see commercials constantly. Every day we see ads for all the random shit we buy (and, in some cases, need) and some of those commercials stay with us forever. As sad as that is…why is that?
Well, one reason is the music. While this seems like a harmless gimmick, I think it is downright evil. The most amazing quality of music is the sensory revolution that allows songs to get embedded in your memory. Tunes can be playing on loop and repeat for days (if not years) in your head. Tim Robbins’ character in The Shawshank Redemption understood that one, but he was singing Mozart in his head, and not a song about fast food.
Commercial jingles are a major industry in this country, and, quite frankly, I think I should try getting a job in that field. The songs are short, catchy, and lyrically stupid. I could make a killing. Without further adieu, I give you a compilation of some of the catchiest yet worst jingles ever, all of which have been embedded in my mind for years. Ironically, I may not even endorse these products…but I’ll always remember the songs.