Apple picks 50 top songs from commercials

We’ve talked about music in advertising, and we’ve talked about our iPods. But not until today have we combined the two. Apparently, Apple has put together an iTunes playlist for people who can’t get enough of songs used in commercials. The list, “Commercial Success—50 Songs That Sell” (scroll to the bottom of the page) has a lot of tracks you’d expect, such as the Cars’ “Just What I Needed” (Circuit City) and Iggy Pop’s “Lust for Life” (Royal Caribbean). But it is a bit self-serving—three of the 50 songs are from ads for Apple’s iPod nano or Motorola’s iTunes-enabled Rokr phone. And in my opinion, not all of the songs count—songs used to promote TV shows, for example, like the Eurythmics’ “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This),” used in The Apprentice: Martha Stewart. And it’s missing a few choice songs: Trio’s “Da Da Da” and Nick Drake’s “Pink Moon” (both used for Volkswagen) come to mind. But there are some revelations. (Who knew that it was Faith No More covering the Commodores’ “Easy” in that Levi’s commercial?) And for $50, it’s a perfect buy for ’Freaks who can’t get enough of ads. Below is the complete list.