Attack of the TV commercial earworm

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I don’t know about you, but it doesn’t take more than an hour of TV watching to fill my head with catchy tunes. Lately I’ve been haunted by two commercials in particular: the one with “Snow Day, Snow Day” in the chorus and the Target Christmas commercial that starts off with “It comes around just once a year…”

The Snow Day song, which I thought was for Time Warner, but Google says is for Starbucks (which probably doesn’t reflect well on the commercial’s effectiveness) is actually called Snow Day and it’s by a band called Matt Pond PA:

Snow Day by Matt Pond Pa on Grooveshark

The Target commercial’s song is by a band called Guster, which I gather from searching around is relatively popular:

Tiny Tree Christmas by Guster on Grooveshark

The other one that gets stuck in my head is the new one in the Heineken series with the couple that has a weird amount of fun in a sort of party restaurant. I don’t mean that annoying repeating one with the blond lady singing. That’s The Golden Age by a band called The Asteroids Galaxy Tour (and the song itself is less annoying than the commercial version):

The Golden Age by The Asteroids Galaxy Tour on Grooveshark
The new one has heavier drums and is kind of big-bandy in a vaguely Squirrel Nut Zippers kind of way. Or at least that’s how it seems from 30 seconds of commercial time. It’s actually a five and a half minute song called Jaan Pehechaan Ho by Mohammed Rafi. It’s from a 1965 Hindi movie called Gumnaam, but was also on the Ghost World soundtrack. Rafi was apparently a big deal in India.
Jaan Pehechaan Ho by Mohammed Rafi on Grooveshark

*Note to mobile users: The audio is embedded with Grooveshark Flash widgets, so you’ll probably need to be on a computer for it to work.

Attack of the TV commercial earworm

Updated