What's that song? Commercial Edition

Is there anything as niggling as hearing a song in a TV ad you know you know, but you don't quite know enough to name it? Or anything as exhilarating as catching a snippet of a song for the first time that you have to hear again right away?

Below, our roundup of the recent commercial soundtracks that have caught our attention… If you've got your own questions, post in the comments and let us know — we'll do our best to find you an answer!

First off: The Palm Pre from Sprint, featuring angular L.A. rockers Io Echo's "Doorway" (that's singer Joanna Gikas vamping in the 3-D phone); you can find the song on iTunes, or streaming here on their MySpace:

Next up: The Carl's Jr. ad featuring The Hills' Audrina Patridge snarfing down a teriyaki burger in a gold bikini — to the sounds of Jenny Lewis' breathy wails on "The Moneymaker," from indie stalwarts Rilo Kiley's 2007 release Under the Blacklight:

And last but not least, the Dell commercial full of quirky, ethnographically diverse young people going in one door and coming out the other happily be-laptopped?They're accompanied by the ethnographically diverse synth-pop duo Stereo Total's kooky-mod "I Love You Ono" (which is actually a cover of a song by defunct Japanese new wave outfit the Plastics), on their '06 record My Melody:

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  • usm3

    Give me back that Filet-O-Fish!

    • Tom

      Have you gotten an answer yet on your Mazda 3 commercial music? I think that the music is extracted from Sparks & Underture on the Who’s Tommy. You wouldn’t be able to tell from the studio recording, but this interlude shows up a couple of times on Live At Leeds. BTW, I’m not certain about this, but if Pete Townsend is not collecting a royalty on this commercial, I think he’s got a pretty good copyright infringement claim.

  • Kevin

    Can anyone tell me the name of the song played in the 2010 Mazda 3 commercial…i’m posting the link to the commercial…http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=knBNI_PkBg4

  • Kevin

    Can any one tell me the name to the song played in the 2010 Mazda 3 commercial…i’m posting the link to the commercial on youtube….
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=knBNI_PkBg4

  • Kelly

    So disappointed to see my beloved Rilo Kiley used that way.

  • val

    File this under “I know what song it is, but why won’t they release a full-length version”: Cat Power covering David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” for a Lincoln car commercial. Don’t they realize what $$$ opportunity they’re missing?

  • Judy

    After the Visa aquarium commercial I have totally been in love with Tuesday Afternoon by The Moody Blues.

  • Gary

    Looking for name of the jazzy 40′s era big band (Great drumming) song used in the current Macy’s radio spots.

  • Gary

    Loking for the name & artist of the jazzy/big band (Great drumming) tune
    used in the current Macy’s radio spots. Thanks in advance!

  • Ryan B

    Man, remember when that song you wanted to hear was on the radio or Mtv?

  • Katarra Parson

    What’s the name of that Macy’s commercial song being played on the radio. It’s like a big band song from the 30′s or 40′s. Has a great big bamd theme. I need to know what is is! It’s awesome!

    • ogdidit

      sounds like cherry poppin daddies

  • sara

    I got frustrated when i couldnt find the name for the song in that iron chef thing commercial, it goes like, “Hey everybody can you walk the walk?” and stuff…i need to knoww soo bad!

    • Ashlee

      Poe- Haunted is the song on Iron Chef.

      • Kelly

        I watched a YouTube clip of Haunted and it isn’t the same song as the current Iron Chef commercial.

  • sam

    There’s this new Macy’s commercial feturing a Tommy fragrance, and there is this really awesome 60′s sounding garage rock band playing in the backround. They sound like a modern group, can anyone tell me who this is they sound awesome.

  • Mary

    Does anyone know where the drumming song is from that accompanies one of the iPad TV commercials? It’s only drums.

  • ray

    Name of song in Macy’s 2010 commercial?

  • Dusty

    Can anyone tell me if that beat in the beginning of the Adidas Beast commercial with Dwight Howard, Slim Chin is an actual song and if so wuts the name of it, the beat is sic

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