Licensing Tragedies: 15 Awesome Rock Songs Ruined By Lame Commercials

Rock and rollers are usually renegades who see themselves as walking middle fingers in the face of The Man. But then alimony payments start adding up, and those Bentley’s don’t just pay for themselves. Sooner or later, “stars of a certain stature” cave and do a commercial or two. There are tons of reasons why it happens: from legal SNAFUs and bankruptcy, to just honest love of the product (maybe?). But when done poorly, the results can leave you screaming “Come ON, you’re better than that!” at the television screen. Check out 15 of the most heartbreaking commercial sell-outs of all time! Don’t worry, bands…we still love you.

15. “I Wanna Rock ’n’ Roll All Night” by KISS vs. Old Navy (2011)
The clothiers only got a snippet of the KISS anthem, but the damage was done.  We can’t hear it anymore without thinking of a ’70s gameshow host playing air guitar.


14. “Lust For Life” by Iggy Pop vs. Royal Caribbean Cruises
Iggy Pop has been doing more than his fair share of ad work in recent years, including Crystler cars and Swiftcover insurance. But this one for Royal Caribbean is the most offensive. Maybe  doing ads is the only way to stay shocking and (therefore) punk rock these days.


13.”Revolution” by The Beatles vs. Nike

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