They're catchy, cheesy and somehow, we always end up knowing all the lyrics.
Jingles are every company's dream marketing project: Get a bunch of people singing your company's tune like it's a song, not an ad. Because, let's face it, you know every time you hear 'Sleep Country Canada' on the radio or TV, you fill in the blank with "Why buy a mattress anywhere else?" either out loud or in your head (we'll admit it, we do!).
But what makes a good jingle? Is it the voice or the words? According to HowStuffWorks.com, jingles have been around since the 1920s and the first popular jingle didn't hit the market until 1926 when General Mills released a commercial for Wheaties — after almost being discontinued. The company noticed the sudden popularity of the cereal after the commercial aired, which over 85 years later, continues to be sold today.
And if you're thinking about whipping your own jingle, remember, think about rhyming your words and creating your own tune, according to Yahoo News. The catchiest jingles use a fun beat, have few words and easy to remember phone numbers.
So we've come up with some of our favourite and catchiest Canadian jingles and commercials from the past few decades. Send us your favourites by commenting below — and we will add them to our list:
From reader Jules-Pierre Fournier.
Old Vienna Beer
From reader Todd Ringling. Not officially Canadian but still a classic!
Pizza PIzza (The Number)
From reader troy3000. (P.S. we tried to find the "hey hey hey" version on Youtube -- no luck).
From reader Penny Will.
Sleep Country Canada
Because why would you buy a mattress anywhere else?
Okay, not the best year for the water-themed amusement park, with <a href="http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/1273122--marineland-lawyer-calls-star-allegations-seriously-inaccurate-false">several allegations of animal abuse,</a> according to the Toronto Star. But one thing's for sure, you probably know all the words to this jingle — and all the versions.
Just in time for the holidays, remember when the dessert special was always a Toblerone bar in the '90s?
This doesn't even have to be a real commercial — the jingle says it all.
Concerned Childrens Advertisers
If there is anything we've learned from this jingle: Muffins and beets look good to eat
FACT: Most people in Ontario know this telephone number by heart.
Another Ontario tradition, the Canadian National Exhibition is an 18-day event full of rides, games and over-the-top food. This jingle that's a constant reminder summer is coming to an end still remains a classic.
It's fair to say — we all need this back in our lives.
AlarmForce, a Canada-wide home alarm and burglar alarm security system, also has us memorizing their telephone number.
Makes you want to eat peaches. All the time.
Remember this one? This commercial aired in the '80s in the Atlantic provinces for Sobeys supermarket chains.
Only four O's people.
UNITED Furniture Warehouse
A 2000 commercial spot for Western Canada and Ontario furniture warehouse, UNITED.
For some reason, these commercials always remind us of raking and shovelling the snow.
And even today, we always have time for Tim Hortons.
Valu Home Centers
Quite retro, but still catchy.
We're happy to know that our burger isn't waiting for us in a box.
This is only because Molson Canadian's 'I Am Canadian' was never a real jingle.
Two rabbits and their quest to help Canadian kids stay safe.
Which colour do you eat last?
So, so, so catchy. No matter how many times you play this ad.
Keeping Canadians classy since 1936.
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