We rounded up some of this year’s biggest Super Bowl ads and ranked them from worst to best. See our picks and watch them for yourself below.
18. Rakuten’s “Cher is back” Ad with Alicia Silverstone
Imagine if Cher Horowitz got cash back for all those impulse retail therapy purchases she made before realizing she was in love with her former stepbrother. Rakuten’s Clueless spoof doesn’t tell us much about the brand, relying solely on the film’s star Alicia Silverstone donning yellow plaid to catch your eye: “Don’t bug,” she says, standing at the podium in her debate classroom. “The girl is back.” We give the commercial an F for context, but an A+ for nostalgia. — Abby Jones
17. Experian’s “Happy Guy” Ad with John Cena
The fact that you can see John Cena is only the second-most unlikely event to occur in this new spot for Experian. The wrestler wakes up in an HGTV-approved bedroom, immediately thrilled to realize it’s the first day of the month and rent is due. He then teleports to the street for a musical number with his neighbors in some Singin’ in the Rain-like choreography, minus the rain. Why so chipper, you ask? Thanks to Experian, paying rent on time can now boost your credit score. Good news for us younger millennials who will never be able to purchase property in their lifetimes. Add this to the This isn’t wholesome, this is the Capitalist Dystopia Facebook group. — A.J.
16. Busch Beers’ Ad with Sarah McLachlan
The ASPCA and all major broadcasting companies owe Sarah McLachlan an apology for inextricably linking her music with the saddest videos of puppies you’ve ever seen. She knows it, too, which is probably why she was down to spoof her commercials with the non-profit for a new bit with Busch beer. “Three things are required in the great outdoors,” our flannel-clad spokesman tells us. “Food, drink, and shelter.” Cue McLachlan peering out from a tent with an unassuming wolf, reciting her trademark public service announcement, winning us over again by proving that she’s more than happy to poke fun at herself. — A.J.
15. Bud Light’s Ad with Miles Teller
Add choreographed dancing to the list of Miles Teller’s talents in his new commercial for Bud Light. While bopping to hold music, the actor shimmies his shoulders, swivels his hips, and glides across his apartment in tandem with his wife Keleigh Sperr. Here’s to making the most of insane customer service wait times. — Eddie Fu
14. Avocados from Mexico Ad with Anna Faris
No traffic, no conflict, no clothes — that’s the world we could’ve had if Adam and Eve had access to an avocado on that fateful day in the Garden of Eden. A little bold of Avocados from Mexico to subscribe to the belief that a single woman — in this case, Anna Faris — caused everyone’s problems, but if avocados really make everything better, we’ll take it. — Carys Anderson