TV ads across the years: The memorable ones - The Social Element

TV ads across the years: The memorable ones

Most ads are either forgotten or ignored. Around 80% we’re told.

Some ads however, stick around because they brought the product to life in a way that wasn’t immediately obvious. They drew you in by creating something beautiful.


The Cog, by Honda, deconstructs the car and turns the pieces into a visual feast you have to watch until the end. It’s a thing of beauty.

Car Art



Perhaps the most famous one of them all. Penned by ad legend, copywriter Walter Campbell, it transcends the medium to become a short film. A tribute to the art of patience (what you need to get a perfect pint of ‘the black stuff’).

Write Stuff



To show off their new LCD TV, Sony ‘took inspiration’ from a David Letterman segment where they released thousands of bouncy balls down a San Franciscan street. It’s left-field, and highly entertaining.

Bouncy Bouncy



No one saw this coming. Its utter randomness and killer soundtrack led to something worthy of talking about to your friends. Seen any ads recently like that?


Gorilla Ads

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