Top Tracks

Creativity's picks for best commercial songs of the year.

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Adidas "Hello Tomorrow"
Adidas "Hello Tomorrow"
The track is a sweet, spooky, wondrous, soft vocal performace by the Yeah Yeah Yeah's Karen O. accompanied by a glockenspiel that aptly matches Spike Jonze's surreal journey about a man and his magic sneakers.
Agency: TBWA/San Francisco (180/TBWA)
Music Company: Squeak E. Clean Productions
Composer: Sam Spiegel
Musical Artist: Karen O.

Honda "Grrr"
Honda "Grrr"
There's nothing to hate about Garrison Keillor's jolly good sing-a-long featuring the whistles of Wieden London's creative team and the put-put of the diesel engine that could.
Agency: Wieden + Kennedy/London
Music Company: Amber Music
Arrangers: John Waddell, Will Parnell
Agency Creatives/Songwriters: Sean Thompson, Michael Russoff, Richard Russell
Sound Studio: Wave

Nike "Magnet"
Nike "Magnet"
Cycling through instruments as Lance Armstrong cycles through the countryside, the song brings passion and drive to a story without words.
Agency: Wieden + Kennedy/Portland
Music Company: Elias Arts
Elias CD: Dave Gold
Composers: Jimmy Haun, Dave Wittman
Sound Design: 740 Sound Design, Dane Tracks
Sound Designers: Eddie Kim, Dane Davis

Target "Design for All"
Target "Design for All"
A catchy, indie-feeling anthem featuring a flute-like whistle and just enough tambourine is paired with images and titles about design and its functions, while we hear the lyrics "Say something new."
Agency: Peterson Milla Hooks/Minneapolis
Music: Rick Meyer/Modern Music
Song: "Say Something New"
Artist: The Concretes

Burger King "Fantasy Ranch"
Burger King "Fantasy Ranch"
"Big Rock Candy Mountain" becomes the "Tendercrisp Bacon Cheddar Ranch," with new indulgent and provocative words that sing an ode to the sandwich's ingredients.
Agency: Crispin Porter + Bogusky
Music Company: Beacon Street Studios

HP "Picture Book"
HP "Picture Book"
Besides matching its subject matter perfectly, this track -- by a legendary band with lyrics that specifically reference photography -- is catchy in the best possible way.
Agency: Goodby, Silvestein & Partners
Music Supervision: Agoraphone
Song: "Picture Book"
Musical Artist: The Kinks
Final Mix: LIME

Stella Artois "Ice Skating Priests"
Stella Artois "Ice Skating Priests"
In a move that brings a touch of history to a silent film from the modern era, a familiar classical tune gets a piano rendition that emphasizes the drama unfolding with thirsty priests on ice skates.
Agency: Lowe/London
Music Companies: Soundtree, Wave
Music: Peter Raeburn, Johnnie Burn
Composer: Franz Liszt
Song: "Hungarian Dance No. 2"

Nike "Masks"
Nike "Masks"
Simultaneously aggressive, alarming, dissonant and just plain cool, it's a tune that makes images of athletes in funny masks and skivvies look intense and frightening.
Agency: Wieden + Kennedy/Portland
Music Company: Agoraphone
Artist: Cop Shoot Cop
Song: "Migration"

New Belgium Brewing Co. "Tinkerer"
New Belgium Brewing Co. "Tinkerer"
The folksy acoustic guitars accompany some shaky but endearing harmonies from indie singer/songwriter Devendra Banhart.
Agency: Amalgamated
Musical Artist: Devendra Banhart
Song: "At the Hop"

Virgin Mobile "Snowflakes"
Virgin Mobile "Snowflakes"
Rock band Ween wrote the melody, and the writers at Fallon made up the holiday of Chrismahanukwanzakah as a way to include all religions. Sung by a caveman, an East Indian Santa in a turban and a Scientologist dressed as a cell phone, it's a clever jingle that we hope to hear next year.
Agency: Fallon/N.Y.
Composer: Ween
Audio Postproduction: Sound Lounge
Sound Engineer: Tommy Jucarone

Dr Pepper "Anything for Love"

Dr Pepper "Anything for Love"
Agency: Young & Rubicam/N.Y.
Song: "Anything for Love"
Artist: Meat Loaf

Muller "I've Got Life"
Artist: Nina Simone

Lynx "Stream"
Agency: BBH/London
Composers: Anton Garcia Abril, Marcello Giombini
Song: "Seli"

Playstation 2 "War"
Agency: TBWA Hunt Lascaris/Joahnnesburg
Music Company: V/V/M
Mixers: Andrew Stansfield, Rob Schroeder/Videolab
Artist: Alphaville
Song: "Forever Young"
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