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Top 10 Best Super Bowl Commercials of 2021

WRITTEN BY: Nick Spake
After year like 2020, we knew we'd expecting a particular batch of commercials, and they delivered. For this list, we'll be looking at the most memorable ads to air during Super Bowl LV (55). Our countdown includes “No Way Norway”, “Drake from State Farm”,“ScissorHandsFree” and more! Did YOUR favorite Superbowl Commercial make the list? Let us know in the comments!
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Script written by Nick Spake

Top 10 Super Bowl Commercials of 2021


Welcome to WatchMojo, and today we’re counting down our picks for the Top 10 Super Bowl Commercials of 2021.

For this list, we’ll be looking at the most memorable ads to air during Super Bowl LV (55). As usual, we’re excluding trailers for movies or TV shows, including Paramount Plus. Also, as meme-worthy as that Oatly ad may’ve been… just, no.

What was your favorite Super Bowl commercial this year? Let us know in the comments.

#10: “Last Year’s Lemons”

Bud Light Seltzer Lemonade
It feels like only yesterday we were watching Super Bowl LIV, blissfully unaware that 2020 would soon fester into a lemon of a year. But you know what they say: when life gives you lemons, make a lemon-based alcoholic beverage and a hilarious commercial to go with it. This Bud Light ad brilliantly captures the madness of 2020 as it literally starts raining lemons. At first, the lemons merely drizzle and only affect a few people. Soon enough, however, it begins pouring lemons with no end in sight. People run around in a panic, weddings are ruined, and sporting events are left without cheering crowds. The all-too relatable imagery is accompanied by a song that pretty much sums up the nonstop frustration brought on by the year that was 2020.

#9: “It Wasn’t Me”

Cheetos
Last year, Cheetos put a clever spin on MC Hammer’s “U Can’t Touch This.” For Super Bowl LV, Cheetos once again drew inspiration from a retro song: Shaggy’s “It Wasn’t Me” is about a guy whose girlfriend caught him with another lady. In this commercial, the song is applied to another issue that many couples face, we guess: eating your significant other’s Cheetos. With all the evidence pointing to his wife, Ashton Kutcher confronts Mila Kunis about his missing Cheetos bag. Although Mila’s guilt is as plain as the orange dust on her face, Shaggy tells her to simply repeat a lyric from his early-2000s hit. The gullible Ashton believes her lie, much to Shaggy’s amazement. We’ll have to try that the next time we’re caught “orange-handed.”

#8: “No Way Norway”

General Motors
Norway is frequently ranked among the countries with the highest quality of life. It’s also one of the leading countries for electric car use, surpassing the United States by a significant margin. This doesn’t sit well with Will Ferrell, who’s so enraged that he puts his fist through a globe. On a crusade to take on Norway, he picks up Kenan Thompson, who was in the middle of a birthday party, and Awkwafina, who’s going about her usual business. Unfortunately, the three get a little turned around. Kenan and Awkwafina wind up in Finland while Ferrell realizes he’s in “adorable” Sweden. He’ll just have to settle the score with Norway next Super Bowl. Oh, and Ferrell never did get that globe off.

#7: “Certain Is Better”

Rocket Mortgage
We were always pretty sure that this commercial would make the cut. As Tracy Morgan shows an unsuspecting family, though, “pretty sure” doesn’t add up to 100% positive. You shouldn’t buy a house without being certain of all the details. The same can be said about eating mushrooms in the woods, parachuting, parking in Joey Bosa’s spot, or fighting Dave Bautista. By the way, are we the only ones who want to see Bautista star in “Final Straw 3,” not to mention “Final Straw 1” and “2?” Wait, how can it be the “Final Straw” if there are two sequels? Sorry, getting off-topic. Morgan, with help from Bautista, Bosa and Liza Koshy, gets his point across with one hysterical example after another. Even after all that, however, the family didn’t think to check who their new neighbor is.

#6: “Bud Light Legends”

Bud Light
Remember the rush we all felt when the heroes emerged from the portals at the climax of “Avengers: Endgame?” Well, this is the Bud Light equivalent of that iconic moment. Customers are distraught to find a freezer deprived of Bud Light. No, Spuds MacKenzie didn’t snap all the bottles out of existence. A delivery truck accident does spell trouble for thirsty patrons, though. Fortunately, an army of Bud Light characters and spokespeople are there to help: Post Malone, Cedric the Entertainer, and Dr. Galazkiewicz are just some of the familiar faces who turn up. The sheer amount of in-jokes guarantees you’ll watch this commercial multiple times. And while the legends do save the day, the Bud Knight sadly meets another brutal end. We loved him too, man.

#5: “The Jason Alexander Hoodie”

Tide
They’re mass-producing Jason Alexander hoodies? Finally, somebody gets us! Oh wait, it’s only a Tide ad. Well, we can’t complain, as this commercial put a big smile on our faces. It also put several looks of horror on Jason Alexander’s face. We all have that one article of clothing that probably should’ve been cleaned a long time ago. No matter how much dog drool, gum, and stale lettuce get on it, though, we tell ourselves it’s not worth washing. If hoodies had feelings or faces, we imagine they would look like Alexander as he’s stomped all over. But while the hoodie does get cleaned, Alexander still wants his face back. Also, for longtime “Seinfeld” fans, the nod to George Costanza’s answering machine message is a nice touch.

#4: “Alexa’s Body”

Amazon Alexa
We know Alexa is only a virtual assistant, but the Amazon AI can feel so real at times. We’ve all imagined what Alexa might look like in a human body. And for one woman, actor Michael B. Jordan would be the ideal host. She daydreams about Jordan as Alexa in several steamy situations. While that’s already funny, what’s especially priceless is that her significant other continually walks in on them. In addition to being a laugh riot, the commercial slyly addresses the fact that most virtual assistants have female voices. Super Bowl ads are also largely known for sexualizing women to target a male demographic. This ad flips the script without calling attention to itself. We’ll gladly take a blue-eyed Killmonger over the Echo Dot fourth generation, any day.

#3: “Drake from State Farm”

State Farm
This ad abides by the rule of three, building with each joke. While they have a Cheesehead hat in common, Aaron Rodgers’ stand-in otherwise looks nothing like him. We’d argue that Patrick Mahomes’ stand-in is an improvement, although he looks more like Paul Rudd than the Kansas City Chief quarterback. The best is saved for last, as Jake from State Farm introduces us to his stand-in, Drake from State Farm. Puns don’t get much more ingenious than that. As much as we love Drake, there’s only one Jake from State Farm and the company mascot is sure to let the understudy know who’s in charge. Of course, the next time we call with an insurance inquiry, we can only hope Drake from State Farm answers.

#2: “Wayne’s World & Cardi B’s Shameless Manipulation - Eat Local”

Uber Eats
It’s not a “Wayne’s World 3” trailer, but this commercial is excellent nonetheless. Wayne and Garth would never bow to any sponsor… except for Pizza Hut, Doritos, Reebok, Nuprin, and Pepsi. We guess we can add Uber Eats to the list now. Mike Myers and Dana Carvey reunite for this “Gigantic Bowl” commercial. In a throwback to their classic product placement bit, the duo once again condones shameless advertising while not-so-subtly plugging a brand. Their manipulation tactics include sexy slow-mo and cute babies. The guys break out the big guns with an endorsement from Cardi B, who brings her massive TikTok following to the table. And if you have an extra two-and-a-half hours, Wayne and Garth (and MORE friends) know a few local restaurants you might be interested in.

Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions.

“Tom Brady & Rob Gronkowski,” T-Mobile
Even Celebrities Can’t Always Get a Good Reception

“Jessica Long’s Story,” Toyota
An Ad as Touching as It Is Visually Stunning

“Come Together,” M&M’s
We’d Like to Take This Opportunity to Apologize to Karen

“Workout,” E*Trade
It’s Not a Big Game Without a Training Montage

“The Neighborhood,” DoorDash
We’d Give Anything for Daveed Diggs & Big Bird to Deliver Our Next Meal

#1: “ScissorHandsFree”

All-Electric Cadillac LYRIQ
Question! If you had to cast an actor to play Edward Scissorhands’ son, who would it be? My immediate answer was Timothée Chalamet. Great minds must think alike because Cadillac had the same idea. Winona Ryder returns as Kim Boggs, who apparently got closer to Edward than we thought. Her son Edgar, played by Chalamet, is a dead-ringer for Edward, scissorhands and all. The ad is packed with visual gags that are simultaneously funny and melancholy, capturing the tone of the 1990 Tim Burton classic. Fortunately, Edgar is given a happier ending than his father. Thanks to driver assistance, the young Scissorhands finds his place behind the wheel. So, does this mean the granddaughter from the movie is Edgar’s child?
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