- Oh, has your family tried the powdermilk?
Oh, has your family tried the powdermilk?
Well, if your family's tried 'em,
You know you've satisfied 'em,
They're a real hot item, powdermilk.— Parody Commercial for Powdermilk Biscuits, A Prairie Home CompanionPrepare for ultimate flavor
You're gonna get some milk!
And scream... for your cream
COFFEE!— Metalocalypse, Dethklok's Death Metal Coffee Jingle
- The sponsors of Our Miss Brooks had some pretty catchy ones:
- "Brush your teeth with Colgate/Colgate dental cream/It cleans your breath (what a toothpaste)/While it cleans your teeth."
- "Dream girl, dream girl/Beautiful Luster Cream girl/You owe your crowning glory to/A Luster Cream shampoo." (This one was set to the tune of "Toyland" from Babes in Toyland.)
- The distinctive song used in the United States to advertise Mister Clean cleaning products has been around for about half a century, having been written in 1958.
- Chock Full o' Nuts coffee has a jingle that dates back all the way to the heyday of radio; as of late Spring 2007, they were running a contest for customer-created "modernizations".
- "Chock Full o' Nuts is a heavenly coffee..."
- Oscar Meyer has two: "I Wish I Was an Oscar Mayer Wiener" and "My Bologna Has a First Name."
- In Britain some recent commercials for Mr. Sheen polish and Toblerone chocolate bars have revived jingles first heard in the 70s.
- One of the longest-running jingles on British TV was for Fairy Liquid, a washing-up detergent, first heard in the late 1950s and used for well over three decades.
- A recent Fairy Liquid advert has restored this jingle. Well, sort of...
- R. White's Lemonade ran a single commercial, featuring the Secret Lemonade Drinker song, for almost 20 years.
- The legendary Burma Shave signs are a non-musical example.
- Anna Russell's "A Practical Banana Promotion" included not only "Eta Banana," a parody of the Chiquita jingle, but also "Alas, What Should I Do," which sounds like just a rather mushy ballad when played the first time, but with subliminal advertising supposedly included. The song is repeated to reveal many contemporary (1950s) commercial jingles and slogans.
- The very first commercial jingle was General Mills' "Have You Tried Wheaties?" in 1926.
- An early part of Barry Manilow's career was helping major corporations sell you stuff:
- "It's a Pepsi Generation"
- "The original soft drink, Dr. Pepper"
- "I am stuck on Band-Aid"
- "You deserve a break today (at McDonald's)" Barry Manilow did not write this jingle (which makes me doubtful about attributing his authorship to the others). What is true is that when McDonald's introduced this jingle it was so popular that Manilow incorporated performing it into his stage show, thus causing the confusion regarding his authorship.
- "Grab a barrel of fun (Kentucky Fried Chicken)"
- "Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there"
- Apparently, singing the jingle in State Farm commercials can make State Farm representatives materialize into the area.
- McDonalds' current jingle: "Buh-dah-buh-bah-bah, I'm lovin' it!" Taken from a Justin Timberlake song.
- Stan Freberg took this to a logical extreme with Omaha!, a parody of Oklahoma! for Butter-Nut Coffee, that ended up turning into a six minute mini-musical released as a novelty record.
- Metalocalypse's first episode features the band Dethklok performing a concert consisting of a single death metal coffee jingle.
- Another Dr Pepper jingle: "I'm a Pepper, he's a Pepper, she's a Pepper, we're a Pepper, wouldn't you like to be a Pepper, too?" This was famous enough to be parodied by SCTV and Remington Steele.
- Phineas and Ferb with Doofensmirtz Evil Incorporated!
- The Simpsons has the "Canyonero" jingle, sung by Hank Williams, Jr.
- Hitachi's "Hitachi No Ki" (which is still used today, Japan only).
- The Mysterious Disappearance of Leon (I Mean Noel) has the Mrs. Carillon's Pomato Soup jingle, set to the tune of "On Wisconsin." Leon/Noel hates the jingle so much that the tune causes him to have a fatal accident.
- Calvin and Hobbes: The Series: Calvin quotes the famous McDonald's jingle at one point in "Eggs for Calvin!".
- The Pajama Game has the cast sing a jingle for Sleep-Tite pajamas.
- The Tintin adventure Land of Black Gold has "Boum!" by Charles Trenet repurposed as a jingle for a breakdown assistance company, with lyrics about what to do when your car goes boom. Thompson and Thomson start singing along to it, and then their car mysteriously explodes.
- In A Face in the Crowd, Lonesome Rhodes creates a jingle for Vitajex. Its first verse runs:
Oh, Vitajex whatcha doin' to me!
Oh, Vitajex whatcha doin' to me!
You fill me full of oomph and ecstasy.
- Radio station jingles tend to date quickly. But they can also be evocative of places and times. BBC Radio Two's retrospective shows presented by forty-year veterans like Johnny Walker and Tony Blackburn are an opportunity to dust down and revive equally old jingles. On one level they sound ridiculously cheesy and 1960's/1970's, but for people who were around to hear them first time out, they are surprisingly evocative.