The Seven Best Super Bowl Commercials (That Aren’t Beer Ads)

Contrary to the trite assertion made every year by people who don’t know how to appreciate football, it’s not really true that the commercials are the best thing about the Super Bowl (at least not always). Sure, it seems that way because the television viewer is seeing commercials than actual game play (in an average game, the ratio of commercials to playing time is seven to one). The reality, however, is that most of the commercials aren’t all that memorable. Only a few stand out every year and they are almost always beer commercials.

But maybe (like me) you don’t like beer, or are a Southern Baptist (like me) and aren’t supposed to condone beer commercials, or maybe you’re just tired of the anthropomorphizing of Clydesdale horses (again, me). Then it becomes much harder to choose the best Super Bowl commercials of all time. Harder, but not impossible, for I’ve found the seven best Super Bowl commercials that were hawking something other than beer., “When I Grow Up”

Apple, “1984”

CareerBuilder, “Monkey Business”

E*Trade, “Wasted Two Million Bucks”

Reebok “Terry Tate — Office Linebacker”

Ram Trucks, “God Made a Farmer”

EDS, “Cat Herders”

I’m not sure how anyone could disagree with these seven superb selections, but just in case I’ll ask: Know of a non-beer commercial that is better than one of these?

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