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We love when commercials really take it to the next level and manage to incorporate more than one song in its ad. So when we saw this commercial for Southwest Airlines using not one, not two, but four songs? We were instantly obsessed.
The first song is ‘Push It’ by Salt-n-Pepa, which was released in 1987 as a b-side, and then again in 1988 as its own single. It peaked at #19 upon its first release, but eventually reached #2 when it was performed at Nelson Mandela’s 70th birthday concert. Salt-n-Peppa were a hip hop trio from New York City, marking one of the first all-female rap crews in the game. Salt-n-Peppa went on to become one of the biggest and most well respected acts in hip hop and rap.
Next up is ‘Bust a Move’ by Young MC. Young MC is an English-born American rapper, singer and actor who is most famous for the song used in this commercial, ‘Bust a Move.’ His debut album ‘Stone Cold Rhymin’ was released in 1989 and did well, commercially, but his follow-up albums did not do as well.
The next song, ‘Sailing’ by Christopher Cross, was a huge hit in the US upon its 1980 release date. Boybanders NSYNC (as well as many other artists) even went on to cover the number 1 Billboard song on their debut album, guaranteeing millions of teens and tweens around the globe would have no idea the song was first written and recorded by someone else. They would eventually discover the truth years later and feel betrayed, failing to understand what it meant to ‘cover’ a song until that moment. Or maybe that was just us.
The song to close out the hilarious commercial is ‘Good Vibrations’ by Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch. It was released in 1991 and became a huge hit in the US, Sweden and Switzerland. The song was written by Amir Quadeer Shakir — also known as M.C. Spice — who happened to be a good friend of Donnie and Mark Whalberg’s — both of whom were in Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch. ‘Good Vibrations’ hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100.
Check out the commercial (and songs!) in the video above!
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