Football fan or not, everyone loves a good Super Bowl commercial. From the inspiring and funny spots to the most touching clips, here are 2015's best ads
Let's be honest: the Super Bowl is really more like the commercial bowl (featuring, this year, an insane live performances by Katy Perry, Lenny Kravitz, and Missy Elliott). It’s not that we’re not football fans, but c'mon—the commercials are kind of the best part, right? We took a break from game-watching and munching on Super Bowl snacks to round up some of our favorite ad spots from this year. From ODing on Budweiser’s puppy cuteness to an inspiring message from Always about empowering young girls, there were plenty of great commercials. Whether you’re a sports fan or not, we promise you’ll laugh, get inspired, and want to share at least one of these 10 ads.
1. Budweiser, "Lost Dog"
The sequel to last year’s “Puppy Love,” Budweiser’s 2015 campaign featuring a lost Labrador puppy is equally adorable. The wayward yellow Lab finds his way back home with the help of some friends—a pack of protective Clydesdale horses. As far as Super Bowl commercials go, it really doesn’t get much cuter.
2. T-Mobile, #KimsDataStash
We can’t help but include the cell phone provider’s spot of Kim K poking fun at her own selfie obsession. Discussing the “tragic” issue of data being stolen by other carriers at the end of each month, Kim offers up T Mobile’s new Data Stash as the ultimate selfie-saver. (See Kim on our list of Absolutely Stunning Celebrity Pregnancy Photos.)
3. Nationwide Insurance, "Invisible Mindy"
"After years of being treated like she was invisible, it occurred to Mindy she might actually be invisible," the ad’s voiceover says. The star behind The Mindy Project subsequently does Naked Yoga in Central Park, steals food off random people’s plates, and walks through a car wash. Obviously, it's completely hilarious. We wouldn't expecting anything less from television's funniest woman.
4. Toyota, "How Great I Am"
Amy Purdy, a 35-year-old Paralympic medalist, showed off some serious skills on both the slopes and the dance floor in Toyota’s new Camry commercial. With the inspiring words of Muhammad Ali in the background, Purdy shows us how to get right back up and out there after a fall. (Plus, How to Blast Past Your Biggest Fitness Challenges.)
5. Always, #LikeAGirl
In this powerful campaign (which debuted last year), young girls are asked to run, fight, and throw “like a girl.” The message: statistics say young girls lose confidence with puberty, but Always says they don’t—and shouldn’t—have to. On a day devoted to celebrating male athleticism, remembering the power of encouraging female strength is an important message. (Ready for more encouragment? Here’s 18 Inspirational Fitness Quotes to Motivate Every Aspect of Your Workout.)
6. Coca-Cola, #MakeItHappy
The Internet can be used in endless ways—and too many people use it to spark outrage. Coke’s Super Bowl campaign says why not choose to #MakeItHappy? After all, we could all use a little more happiness in our lives.
7. The Official Victoria's Secret Commercial From Super Bowl XLIX
The Angels are all here: the latest spot features Lily Aldridge, Candice Swanepoel, Behati Prinsloo, Karlie Kloss, Alessandra Ambrosio, and Adriana Lima, looking (obviously) amazing. (Plus, get The Victoria’s Secret Butt Workout.)
8.BMW, "Newfangled Idea"
BMW sparked buzz for its new i3 electric car by airing a throwback clip of Today Show anchors Katie Couric and Bryant Gumbel struggling to understand the meaning of the word “internet.” Flash forward to today, when the former co-hosts reunite to puzzle over the newfangled car.
9. NO MORE's Official Super Bowl Ad
“When it’s hard to talk, it’s up to us to listen,” proclaims No More’s Super Bowl PSA. No More is a group dedicated to ending domestic violence and sexual assault, and their ad is based off of a real 911 call in which a woman pretends to order a pizza while her attacker is still in the room. The message is powerful and all too real. (It's never too late to learn self-defense: 3 Ways to Protect Yourself From Sexual Assault.)
10. McDonald's, "Pay With Lovin'"
From February 2nd through the 14th, McDonalds is hosting a promotion in which random customers will be selected to “Pay With Lovin’” The Super Bowl spot explains how the promotion works, showing unsuspecting customers being asked to call their moms, hug their family members, or start dancing as a form of payment. Maybe a little embarrassing if it happens to you, but it's a cute idea and hey—we’ll take the free meal.