Music Article

What's the song? TV ad edition

Shazam-ing in under a minute is hard. We make finding the soundtracks to your favorite recent commercials easy.

H&M Foster the People, ''Don't Stop''

To promote David Beckham's Bodywear line, this Guy Ritchie-directed clip features FtP's whistling ditty — and the nearly naked Spice Husband parkouring through L.A. in pursuit of his lost wardrobe. Does he stop? He does not! Find the song On 2011's Torches.

Prabal Gurung for Target, Greg Holden, ''She's Got Something''

Actress Olivia Thirlby (Juno, Bored to Death) and her man cycle through a full Manhattan rom-com, while Holden's wistful acoustic ballad drives home their crazy-sexy-beautiful vibe. Find the song On 2009's Sing for the City.

Budweiser Black Crown, Sohodolls, ''Stripper''

The Clydesdales stay in the stable for this Anheuser-Busch joint, which looks like a nightclub set for a Drake video (mahogany floors, pretty ladies, candelabras) but sounds like a Gary Glitter halftime jam. Find the song On 2007's Ribbed Music for the Numb Generation.

Chevy Traverse, Frenetic Sound, ''My Friends''

The pitch is that there's plenty of room in this SUV for a little girl's imaginary friends — though after the mess they make in the kitchen, Mom probably wants to strap them to the roof rack instead. Find the song As a single on iTunes.

Cadillac Sts, Victory, ''Play It''

The ideal ride-along for a bros' night of baseball, picking up canine hitchhikers, and dancing with hot diner waitresses? This swaggering electro-funk soufflé. Find the song As a single on iTunes.

Samsung Smart Camera, Gentlemen Hall, ''Sail Into the Sun''

Because life — or more specifically, deer sightings, school plays, bike tricks, graduation, and true love — doesn't really happen until you capture and share it with your teeny, sleek future camera. Find the song As a single on iTunes.

Windows 8, Langhorne Slim, ''The Way We Move''

Bill Gates' latest baby can do everything: integrate your hardware, make it easier to impersonate llamas, and spread the gospel of Slim's Americana. Find the song On his 2012 album of the same name.

Honda, Santigold, ''Disparate Youth''

Robots, surfer dudes, and Honda drivers all agree: Santigold's spiky ''Disparate Youth'' is a solid jam, and the song's rebellious streak almost (almost!) makes you want to swap your vintage Vespa for a Civic. Find the song On 2012's Master of My Make-Believe.

University of Phoenix, Django Django, ''Zumm Zumm''

The best part of attending school online? Listening to jittery British dance rock as loud as you want while you learn — all while not changing out of your house pants. Welcome to the future! Find the song On their self-titled 2012 debut.

Originally posted Mar 01, 2013 Published in issue #1249 Mar 08, 2013 Order article reprints