Your Favorite Super Bowl Commercials of All Time

BY Colleen Shalby  January 31, 2013 at 6:03 PM EDT

There have been countless memorable Super Bowl commercials over the past four decades. With Super Bowl XLVII just days away we asked our NewsHour audience what their favorite Super Bowl commercial of all time is. Below, take a look at the top picks and enjoy this trip down memory lane.


Apple’s Super Bowl XVII commercial (from the year 1984, no less) used George Orwell’s “1984” concept of Big Brother to introduce their Macintosh computer.


“Herding Cats,” the commercial in which cowboys… herd cats. Hilarity ensues, but can you remember which company the commercial from 2000 was promoting?



In a 2011 Volkswagen commercial, a Darth Vader hopeful attempts to use “the Force.” The commercial itself was an instant hit but when six-year-old Max Page, the young Darth Vader, unmasked himself on the “Today Show,” it went viral.


In 2009, a 30-second Super Bowl commercial cost $3 million. So, Miller High Life toned it down to a one-second spot featuring their boisterous High Life delivery guy (note: if you blink, you’ll miss it).


In this 1979 Super Bowl commercial, Pittsburgh Steeler “Mean” Joe Greene turns into a softy with the help from a kid and a Coke.


Pepsi’s generational mash-up in 2009 featured Will.i.am’s remix of Bob Dylan’s “Forever Young” and pitted the culture of their respective generations against each other.


Budweiser’s 9/11 tribute commercial aired only once — during 2002’s Super Bowl. The powerful commercial depicted Budweiser’s iconic Clydesdale horses bowing to the city of New York.


It’s safe to say that Clint Eastwood fashioned two memorable performances last year. He forever will be remembered for his chair routine at the Republican National Convention in August. But the famed actor and director kicked off 2012 as the haunting spokesperson for Chrysler’s Super Bowl ad, “It’s Halftime in America.”

Did we miss your favorite? Tell us what it is in the comments below.