Acura

June 8, 2012

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

June 5, 2012

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

June 16, 2009

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

March 16, 2009

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

March 14, 2009

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:

Target

March 14, 2009

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.

Sears

March 14, 2009

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

March 14, 2009

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

March 14, 2009

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”

March 14, 2009

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.

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