Licensing Tragedies: 15 Awesome Rock Songs Ruined By Lame Commercials

by (@JordanRuntagh)

10. “Born To Be Wild” by Steppenwolf vs. Diet Pepsi

This ad was meant as an homage to the 1969 counter-culture classic Easy Rider, making it doubly heart-breaking.


9. “Brown Sugar” by the Rolling Stones vs. Pepsi

Pepsi is brown and it’s sugary , but maybe someone should tell them that the track is referencing heroin.


8. “Pour Some Sugar On Me” by Def Leppard vs. T-Mobile

Rock ‘n’ roll in ads are bad enough, without hearing  a rando badly sing his own rendition. Cringe-worthy in the extreme.


7. “Good Vibrations” by the Beach Boys vs. Sunkist

Brian Wilson’s 1966  “pocket symphony” cost a record-breaking $50,000 and his sanity. It went on to be used to sell a carbonated orange drink. We wonder what Kel Mitchell has to say about this.


6. “Viva Las Vegas” by Elvis Presley vs. Viagra 

Get ready to have this mojo-shakin’ Elvis classic ruined for the rest of your natural life.

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