Media saturation for the Olympics is complete now that we have Paste magazine’s picks for the 10 Best Songs in Commercials During the Olympics. The list is mostly a who’s-who of fading indie credibility. I’ve always preferred Gabriel Ananda over Enur, who makes the cut for a Target spot set in the kind of giant dorm room only seen on TV. As for the Killers, that “I’ve got soul but I’m not a soldier” line isn’t as clever as they (or Nike) think it is. (The same could be said for their entire discography, pretty much.) Brandi Carlile get props for donating a song to General Motors for green causes, but her sound got old when everyone else in her genre was doing it. I agree with this list’s No. 1 choice, though—featured in the ad posted above. It’s impossible to knock Marvin Gaye, and Nike’s talents for exploitation are well documented.
—Posted by David Kiefaber