This past weekend my wife and I were watching football and during commercial break saw the most recent iPod Nano ad. My wife loved the song they played and asked me the name of the song. I of course didn't know and just let it go. Well today, TVSquad had an article about that very song ("1234" by Feist) and reminded me to buy it for my wife. I love the internet and how it never leaves you wondering....
Anyway, this got me thinking. Advertisers and television producers often find great songs - some old classics and some new lesser-known ones, but many of them ones you might want to add to your music collection. I've done some searching around and found the following resources for finding songs from commercials so you'll always know the name of that song you either want to get - or the name of the song you hate and can't get out of your head. Either way, the information is here for you.
Commercials, Trailers & Soundtracks
AdTunes - an ad music blog that serves as a guide to music used in television commercials, film trailers, soundtracks and more. This is an excellent resource with links to iTunes downloads as well.
TV Shows & Movies
TV Show Music - an excellent database of music from television shows. Pick your show and find music played during episodes or advertisements of that show.
TV Show Songs - another database for music in television shows - includes a forum section.
Tune Find - a database of music in movies and television shows with a search feature
Internet Movie Database (IMBD) - The best database for movies and TV shows bar none. This site isn't specifically for music by any means, but its a great place to find songs played in TV shows or movies.
400 Great Songs in Movies - The flimsite.org site has a listing of the 400 films and songs nominated for the American Film Institute awards
What's That Called Database with links to Amazon & iTunes to purchase
Squidoo TV Commercial Music - Another resource for Movies and television music. This one gives you the YouTube video of the commercial (yeah you can watch it again :))
The UK Television Advert Music Database - Don't want to leave out you guys across the pond. A great television advertisement music database for finding songs.
As Seen on TV - An about.com guide on oldies songs used in new TV commercials. Also includes info on whether the song used is an original version or a remix.
Commercials.tuneforums.com - A forum for discussion of TV commercial music - good way of asking "what is that song..."
Oh, and if you want to see the video of that "1234" song by Feist. Here's the video on YouTube. The music is kind of catchy, but the video kind of isn't. I think the iPod Nano commercial is better to watch...
That should be enough to get you started. Now you should never be left wondering: what was that song....?