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16 February 2021, 15:22
TV adverts may be the point where you get up and make a cup of tea (or even fast forward if you've been clever enough to pause), but over the years there have been some classic commercials that made us smile, sing, and even cry.
From drumming gorillas to cute puppies to singing cats, we've picked just 20 of the most memorable TV adverts from yesteryear that deserve some recognition:
Cadbury's Crunchie UK TV Ad
We still feel peckish whenever we hear the Pointer Sisters.
Freeview TV Ad - Cat & Budgie #catandbudgie
Such a cute and happy advert, where a cat and budgie not only put their differences aside, but fall in love too. Much to the surprise and joy of their owner.
VW GTI Commercial HD - Singing in the Rain
For this Golf car advert, some clever computer graphics were used to remix Gene Kelly's famous Singin' in the Rain dance, complete with breakdancing and body-poppin'.
Yes Sir, I WILL boogie in the Office - New Cadbury Dairy Milk TV advert
Dairy Milk continued their tradition of using classic tunes to their advantage, by giving logistics manager Keith a bit of a boogie, thanks to the Baccara classic.
R Whites Lemonade Classic Advert
We still walk down the stairs like this in the middle of the night, whether we're on the hunt for lemonade or not.
British Telecom advert from 1988 with Maureen Lipman - Ology
Maureen Lipman created a TV advert legend as Beattie in this classic BT advert, where an auntie is highly impressed by her nephew's single exam success, of sorts.
1987 Nescafe Gold Blend Lady at the door TV Advert
Nescafé tried something different with this campaign, where they actually created a serial drama! Anthony Head and Sharon Maughan starred as Tony and Sharon, a couple who begin a slow-burning romance over a cup of coffee.
Guinness Ad Anticipation
To show how good things come to those who wait, Guinness brought in Joe McKinney to dance around while his beer poured, to the tune of 'Guaglione' by Perez Prado. The advert's success saw the '50s mambo song reach the UK top five in 1995.
Maynards Wine Gums - Hoots Mon 1993 UK
"There's juice, loose, aboot this hoose!"
Cinzano Bianco Advert Leonard Rossiter
Cinzano created an unlikely partnership between the glamorous Joan Collins and Rising Damp star Leonard Rossiter in this series of adverts, particularly this classic advert featuring a reclining chair on a plane.
Smash Mash Potatoes Advert
Despite being nearly 50 years old, you can never get these little dudes.
Hamlet Cigars Advert 1987: Photo Booth
Never fails to make us giggle. Gregor Fisher at his finest.
JR Hartley Advert - Yellow Pages - Advert Commercial
This sweet advert actually led to the publication of a real book called Fly Fishing by a JR Hartley, would you believe...
Coca-Cola, 1971 - 'Hilltop' | "I'd like to buy the world a Coke"
A true classic, so much so that it not only inspired a number one single by the New Seekers, but it formed the basis of the final moments of Mad Men. Sorry, spoilers.
Levi's commercial - Laundrette
Nick Kamen became an overnight star after he took off all his clothes in a laundrette, while Marvin Gaye sang in the background. Simpler times.
Peter Kay John Smith's Advert Av It!!
We love all the Peter Kay John Smith's 'No Nonsense' ads, but this simple one with Peter getting on with it on the football pitch is the best.
The John Lewis Christmas advert for 2018, starring Elton John
Out of all the John Lewis Christmas adverts, this one still hits the hardest for us (we're big Elton John fans, obviously) - where Elton looks back at his life and career, and how a gift of a piano started it all. Sniff.
Hovis' iconic 1973 Boy on the Bike advert digitally remastered
So simple, but so iconic. We get knackered just looking at that hill.
Guinness - Surfer (1999, UK)
An unforgettable TV advert of the highest quality from Guinness, filled with stunning imagery, a pulsating soundtrack and a haunting voiceover.
Cadbury Dairy Milk Drumming Gorilla Advert
It shouldn't work, it has nothing to do with chocolate bars, but watching a gorilla drumming to Phil Collins is always a winner in our book.