The Super Bowl isn't just a sporting event; it has become an American event, uniting us all over seven layer dips and snarky FedEx commercials. Some of these ads have been so successful that they've become permanent fixtures in American culture and helped companies solidify themselves as major players in their industries. Here are the top 10 most memorable Super Bowl ads:
1) E-Trade, from 2000 (Super Bowl XXXIV - Rams vs. Titans), "Wazoo" Ad:
2) Snickers, from 2010 (Super Bowl XLIV - Saints vs. Colts), "Betty White" Ad:
Fun Fact: Betty White has been the honorary mayor of Hollywood (1955), has a hot dog named after her at Pink's despite being a vegetarian, drew the highest ratings of Season 35 of SNL as a host and is the last surviving member of the original Golden Girls cast. She has also been nominated for the Emmy Awards in the 1950s, 70s, 80s, 90s, 00s and 10s.
3) Monster.com, from 1999 (Super Bowl XXXIII - Broncos vs. Falcons), "When I Grow Up" Ad:
Fun Fact: Mullen Advertising, the creator of this ad, counts the Department of Defense and Grey Goose vodka as other clients.
4) Reebok, from 2003 (Super Bowl XXXVII - Buccaneers vs. Raiders), "Terry Tate" Ad:
Fun Fact: Lester Speight, aka Terry Tate, was a football standout at Morgan State in the mid-1980s. He signed with the Baltimore Stars of the USFL, but the league folded soon after, closing its doors in 1987. The Stars were the last team to win a USFL championship.
5) Bud Light, from 2006 (Super Bowl XL - Steelers vs. Seahawks), "Magic Fridge" Ad:
Fun Fact: Bud Light remains the top selling beer in the U.S., taking home the top spot again in 2012. Bud Light sales exceeded $5 billion with nearly 270,000,000 cases sold.
6) Diet Pepsi, from 1991 (Super Bowl XXV - Giants vs. Bills), "Ray Charles" Ad:
Fun Fact: Ray Charles joined dozens of celebrities known as the "Super Group," which raised money to fight famine and disease in Africa. USA for Africa recorded the hit "We Are The World." Charles was joined by Michael Jackson, Huey Lewis, Stevie Wonder, Bruce Springsteen, Lionel Richie and countless others.
7) Budweiser, from 1995 (Super Bowl XXIX - 49ers vs. Chargers), "Frogs" Ad:
Fun Fact: Gore Verbinksi directed the commercial and then went onto incredible success in feature films. How incredible? His film, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, is the eighth highest-grossing film in history, checking in at a cool $1.06 billion.
8) Apple, from 1984 (Super Bowl XVIII - Raiders vs. Redskins), "1984" Ad:
Fun Fact: Apple hired Ridley Scott, director of Alien and Gladiator, to shoot the commercial. He insisted upon an athletic model to perform the running and tossing of the sledgehammer. They settled on Anya Major, an actress who was also an accomplished discus thrower.
9) Coca-Cola, from 1980 (Super Bowl XIV - Steelers vs. Rams), "Mean Joe Greene" Ad:
Fun Fact: There have been 61 different Coca-Cola slogans in the U.S. since 1886. Forgotten classics include: The great national temperance beverage (1906), Ice-cold sunshine (1932), Passport to refreshment (1945) and Red White & You (1986).
10) McDonalds, from 1993 (Super Bowl XXVII - Cowboys vs. Bills), "The Showdown" Ad:
Fun Fact: Michael Jordan had a burger named after him, the "McJordan," which was sold in Chicago and his home state of North Carolina in the early 1990s. The special BBQ sauce used on the burger was sold on eBay last fall for nearly $10,000.