Dear Inman: There’s an Acura commercial with a split screen. On one half, a guy in a suit is walking through an airport. On the other, the same guy is dressed much more casually and walking through a hotel. The music is a great R and B-type song. What’s it called and who sings it? – P.W., via e-mail

Dear P.W.: It’s “Say I Wanna Know” by Nick Waterhouse.

Here’s the video:

Honda Pilot

Dear Inman: Is the song that is playing in the commercial for the Honda pilot where the family all joins in a Black Sabbath song? I think it is, But I don’t know the name of it. – C.Q., via e-mail

Dear C.Q.: Close, but no hell.

The song is “Crazy Train,” which appeared on Ozzy Osbourne’s first solo album in 1980, after he left Black Sabbath.

Sun Chips

Dear David Inman: There’s a commercial for Sun Chips promoting their new biodegradable bag. What’s the name of the music on the soundtrack? – E.W., via e-mail

Dear E.W.: That’s “The Only Other Thing” by Orba Squara.

J.C. Penney

Dear Inman: What’s the name of the song played during the J.C. Penney commercial they showed during the Oscars? — T.R., via e-mail

Dear T.R.: It’s “Unbelievable,” by Sleepy Rebels.

Sears Kenmore

Dear Inman: Can you tell me what the music is for the Kenmore washer and dryer commercial with the boy who won’t take his hat off and who sings it? – S.R., via e-mail

Dear S.R.: It’s “Imaginary Girl” by The Silver Seas. Here it is:


Dear Incredible One: What’s the name of the music in the Target commercial with fashions from Go International? – E.F., Boston

Dear E.F.: It’s “Everyone Knows Everyone” by The Helio Sequence.


Dear David: There’s a Sears commercial with a song that included the words “without you here” and features a lawn mower cutting grass. Can you tell me the name of the song? – R.W., Louisville

Dear R.W.: The song is “We Missed You” and it’s sung by Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver.

GM Olympics

Dear Inman: Could you please tell us the title and singer of the song used in the GM commercial during prime time Olympics? – Pam and Joe, New Albany, IN

Dear Pam and Joe: It’s “The Story,” by Brandi Carlile.

Visa Olympics

Dear Inman: One of the Visa commercials during the Olympics had a musical piece with an orchestra and chorus. Can you tell me the title and the performer? – Beth, via e-mail

Dear Beth: The piece is called “Choral Ending,” performed by Craig Armstrong.

Dow Chemical “Human Element”

Dear David: Can you find out the name of the haunting melody used in the new Dow Chemical “Human Element” ad? – G.B., Boston

Dear G.B.: It’s “New Harmony Waltz,” by Susan Voelz.