Indie Songs That Have Been Ruined By Commercials


While there are several songs that call to mind famous scenes from film and television, there are others we just can't disassociate with commercials. You know the ones. It's a rainy Friday night and you're stuck at home watching Arrested Development re-runs. You're about to get some beer from the fridge when suddenly you hear this quirky, catchy-as-hell indie song you've never heard before. And it's for an Apple commercial of all things. You're scrambling for your phone or laptop to Google the lyrics because you've just gotta know who made this song and what it's called ASAP.

And, sometimes, it's a decade-old song you can't even believe is playing on your TV it's just so old. Right now, we're thinking of Goldfrapp's "Ooh La La" revived once more worldwide in ads just released for the iPhone 5s. Blah. So many songs begin and quickly end via advertising. And to pay tribute to that industry's many, many victims we look back at some of the indie songs ruined by commercials.

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  • yeppo

    Are you fucking joking? Blame the artist, not the advertising. They’re the ones who took the check. It’s not like advertisers can use whatever fucking songs they want.

  • PigsAndPlans

    Not really blaming anyone, it’s just something that happens. Ultimately, it’s the commercials that ruined the songs though. Yes, the artists allow that to happen, but it’s the commercial itself that does the job. Plenty of commercials have used songs and done a great job, sometimes making us like the song more.

  • shart

    This is on the borderline of crossing over into “Oh, I heard that song before it was famous.” Everyone knows those people are the worst…(I am one of them)

  • siriusxblvck

    A lot of these bands and artists are very particular about their art and what its attached to. IMO, only because Ive listened to a lot of these albums and hear what was put into the songs, so I dont think a lot of these were decisions that were made lightly. Sometimes it comes down to integrity and other times it comes down to the fact that that commercial or TV spot is going to launch that song/band to potentially millions of new listeners. & even tho we want to keep them in our secret stash so they’re ours forever, not every artist wants to be a free spirit forever. Some WANT to be catapulted, some WANT to become a vessel for the people and get their music out there to that degree. If it has to come from a Taco Bell commercial then fuck it. yeah youre gonna get a bunch of “bandwagoners” but it doesnt mean the music means any less to them than it does to you. & there are plenty of kids out there live for music w/ soul like me, who wouldnt have heard it otherwise.

  • Crunch

    Dance Anymore – Is Tropical is next

  • PRES10

    didnt post my comment….lame.

  • dnwilliams

    Not an indie song at all, but McDonalds ruined the hell out of Justin Timberlake’s “I’m Lovin’ It” in what is surely an unprecedented amount of overuse. I really dug that song too.

    By the way, what’s your siiiign?/I bet that it’s compatible with miiiiiiiine…

  • Hon

    I hate this hipster crap. The only thing worse is hip hop. Hip hop and rap is force fed to the public in ads and movies. It makes watching media or listening to radio intolerable. Thank god for MP3 and digital movies.
    Boycott any company that uses this talentless noise. americans have the advertising shoved so far up we just accept it. Advertising is the sleaziest greediest industry next to big oil and pharma companies.

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