‘Playboy’ picks 21 sexiest ads of all time

In its February issue, Playboy offers its ranking of the 21 sexiest American TV commercials of all time. (The rankings have been omitted from the online version, and you’re encouraged to vote.) In the print edition, Paris Hilton’s sudsy washing of a Bentley, performed while also munching on a Carl’s Jr. burger, comes in at No. 21 (probably so they could lead the feature with a big pic of Paris). The list reaches all the way back to 1967 and Gunilla Knutson’s Noxzema Girl spot (No. 15), and up to a present-day Axe commercial (No. 19). Suzanne Somers makes the list with her much-admired Thighmaster work (No. 14), and faux-sexy is represented via the Herbal Essences campaign (No. 9). The rest of the top 10 is dominated by fragrances, lingerie and Calvin Klein. We won’t give away No. 1, except to say it features Tanya Ballinger and Kitana Baker doing a little passionate mud-wrestling. Somehow, this spot for Mac’s stores didn’t make the cut. What else did they leave off?

—Posted by Tim Nudd