The most memorable moments on Super Bowl Sunday don’t always take place on the gridiron and the most complex plays aren’t always scripted by the coaches on the sidelines. Sometimes it’s a 6-year-old dressed in a Darth Vader costume rather than a 6′ 8″ behemoth in shoulder pads that has America talking on Super Monday.
Ever since Apple ushered in the age of the blockbuster Super Bowl commercial with its epic “1984” ad during the third quarter of Super Bowl XVIII, the NFL’s biggest game is must-watch television from start to finish regardless of what is happening on the field. That iconic Apple commercial directed by Ridley Scott remains the most talked about aspect the Los Angeles Raiders’ 38-9 win over the Washington Redskins in Tampa (edging that 74-yard touchdown run by Marcus Allen).
From classics like Mean Joe Greene’s legendary Super Bowl spot and the Xerox monks commercial to recent favorites like Betty White’s big hit for Snickers, here are 50 of the most unforgettable Super Bowl commercials ever aired. Which is the best? Any favorites that we forgot?