Listed here are some more influential and beloved commercials.
"Where's the Beef?" (1984)
Wendy's restaurants, facing huge competition from McDonalds and Burger King among others, created this commercial which claimed their burgers contained the most beef. The ad had at least two sequels: one with the protagonist phoning the manager, and the other where the ladies were driving around town to various restaurants demanding an answer.
"California Raisins" (1986)
This claymation commercial (and its successors) was produced by Vinton Studios of Portland Oregon. Advertising writer Seth Werner initially came up with the idea of dancing and singing raisins as a joke, but the commercial ended up becoming highly popular.
"Deal with the Devil" (1982)
For decades people have wondered how chocolate maker Cadbury has gotten the caramel inside the chocolate pockets of its Caramilk bar. The mystery has inspired several commercials over the years but the one remembered best seems to be one where two businessmen try to pay the Devil to give the secret to them.
"Archaeological Discovery" (1985)
The 1980s were at the height of the soft-drink wars, none more bitter than between Coca-Cola and Pepsi. This commercial features the insinuation that in the distant future there will only be one company left standing.
"He Likes It!" (1972)
This masterpiece by Life Cereal features two brothers who refuse to try a new cereal and move the bowl in front of their younger brother Mikey who "hates everything", only to be surprised when Mikey likes it. The commercial remained in rotation for 12 years and won several awards. In the mid-1980s there were sequels featuring the same actor who had played "Mikey" - now grown up.
"Budweiser Frogs" (1995)
Originally aired during the 1995 Super Bowl, this commercial eventually became considered as one of the best Super Bowl advertisements in history. It inspired several parodies as well as a popular computer screen saver. The director Gore Verbinski later went on to direct the first three Pirates of the Carribbean movies.