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Music-themed commercials:

Bud Light Seltzer - Post Malone (series of spots, acting but no music)

Cheetos - MC Hammer "Can't Touch This" (which prominently samples Rick James' "Super Freak")

Doritos - Lil Nas X "Old Town Road"

Audi e-tron - Maisie Williams from Game of Thrones sings "Let It Go" from the film Frozen

 Planters - Cutting Crew "(I Just) Died In Your Arms," controversial Mr. Peanut spot 

Walmart - Elton John "Rocketman"

Michelob - Jimmy Fallon with The Roots

Pepsi Zero - Missy Elliot and H.E.R. remix The Rolling Stones' "Paint it Black" 

 TurboTax - a catchy original song about taxes, which captures the zeitgeist of viral dance crazes

Google - featuring an instrumental version of A Great Big World's "Say Something"

Facebook Groups - Twisted Sister "I Wanna Rock"

Amazon Alexa - Usher feat. Lil' John and Ludacris "Yeah!"

Hard Rock Hotels - featuring J.Lo, Pitbull, Little Steven and DJ Khaled

Verizon - Pearl Jam "River Cross" from their new album Gigaton, out 3/27

Heinz - Four Tops "Reach Out (I'll Be There)"

And heading into commercials from the game were these bumpers: 

The Clash "Rock The Casbah"

Grateful Dead "Bertha"

J.Lo "Let's Get Loud"

Drake "Nonstop"

Eurythmics "Sweet Dreams"

Phish "Free"

Simple Minds "Don't You Forget About Me"

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