5 Super Bowl ads people are talking about

These spots from RadioShack, Coca-Cola and others made big-game splashes.

By InvestorPlace Feb 3, 2014 3:11PM

Men watching television, holding beers © Ghislain & Marie David de Lossy, Cultura, Getty ImagesBy Burke Speaker


The people have spoken and the best Super Bowl commercials of 2014 involve the '80s, David Beckham naked, Coke, a Frankenstein Chihuahua, and a puppy.


Super Bowl 2014 may have been one of the most boring games in Super Bowl history, as the Denver Broncos got crushed by the Seattle Seahawks, but at least the commercials carried us through the game.


Here are the best Super Bowl ads that everyone is talking about:


RadioShack's '80s flashback

"The '80s called," begins this nostalgic flashback to the days when RadioShack (RSH) was relevant.


Yes, RadioShack is changing (slowly) with the times -- and it wants you to know that it's no longer the place just to buy batteries and a boom box. A clever bit of mocking goes a long way.



David Beckham naked

The 38-year-old soccer superstar proves that he's still got the sex appeal that made him one of the world's most popular athletes. Sure, he doesn't really show anything other than just running around in his underwear, but H&M hopes the campaign drives women and gay men to its stores.



Coke honors diversity

Coca-Cola's (KO) ode to diversity is a beautifully shot ad that has people talking -- but perhaps not for the reasons Coke was hoping for. Its ad of people singing "America the Beautiful" in different languages pointedly features a gay couple, which seems to be Coke's response to the PR nightmare it's facing for its official sponsorship of the Olympics in Russia, where a new law has endangered the lives of gay men and women.



Audi's "Doberhuahua"

Nothing seems to be trending more on social media than Audi's "Doberhuahua" ad -- featuring a couple adopting a doberman/chihuahua mix to get the best of both worlds. The Franken-dogs, of course, end up wreaking havoc across the town. The ad was hilarious, but after watching you still wonder what the point was for Audi. Sarah McLachlan even makes a funny cameo in a nod to her ASPCA commercials.



Farms, Puppies, Horses, Beer, 'Merica!

Set to Passenger's everywhere-right-now-song "Let Her Go," this ad shows a cute relationship between a Clydesdale and a puppy that grows as does a romance between the animals' owners.


It's covering all its bases in an ad that perplexingly has nothing to do with beer. But that seems to be Budweiser's (BUD) thing, so we'll just go with it.

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2Comments
Feb 3, 2014 8:14PM
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What's up with Coke....are they now owned by the UN.....yuk yuk
Feb 3, 2014 4:49PM
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Cheerios was no doubt hoping to create some controversy with its interracial couple having a baby, but people really couldn't care less.  The ad hasn't been mentioned in a best ad or worse ad article today.
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