10 Hit Songs You Didn’t Know Were Advertising Jingles

This is an interesting list from Billboard.  

I guess it should be a surprise to exactly no one that this Run-DMC classic was used as a TV spot.

Run-DMC wrote it hoping that Adidas would hear it and offer then an endorsement deal.  It worked.  Not only did they get $1.5 million, but Adidas also launched a line of Run-DMC sneakers.  This started the whole trend of rappers name-checking products in their songs.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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