9 Most Memorable Ad Campaigns from the 80s and 90s

lets go shoppingThis article is contributed by Keith Richardson.

Replay all those oldie ads that made your childhood extra special. From the catchy jingles, interesting concepts to funny one-liners, relive those moments all over again. Here is a list of top 9 memorable ad campaigns from the 80s and 90s that will take you back to memory lane.

 Taco Bell – The Taco Bell Chihuahua

There’s nothing like a cute Chihuahua going up to man who’s eating Taco’s and saying “Yo queiro Taco Bell” (I want some Taco Bell). This add which went rampant in 1997 featured this adorable Chihuahua walking down the street proclaiming his desire for Taco Bell over a pretty female Chihuahua!

Just Do It – Nike

By coming up with just three words in 1988 – “Just Do It”, Nike‘s famous ad campaign still continues to run as strong as ever. By the late 1980s Nike was losing ground to contenders such as Reebok and others. Once the “Just Do It” ad campaign hit the market, it took Nike right to the top of the field, proving to be one of the most successful ad campaigns of all-time.

Mentos – The Freshmaker

During the1990s “Mentos The Freshmaker” was the new ad campaign for Mentos. Most of these advertisements indicated what life was for fresh people, and also had a tagline “fresh goes better”. These ads definitely didn’t fall on deaf ears since following their introduction into the market, the sales of Mentos increased dramatically worldwide.

Got Milk?

During the late 80s and early 90s there was a sharp decline in the amount of milk people were drinking and thus the Got Milk? ad campaign was created by the California Milk Processor Board. It featured stalwarts from the fashion industry lending their support by wearing the famous milk moustache.

Once you Pop, You Can’t Stop – Pringles

If you can’t stop eating Pringles once you’ve opened the tube, you’ve got to blame it on their famous ad campaign “Once you pop, you can’t stop”. Though I’m not sure what all these addiction-themed ads try to portray about the relation between ads and vulnerability to addiction, this ad certainly did it for Pringles.

Three Croaking Frogs – Budweiser


These three popular Budweiser frogs – essentially life-like puppet frogs named “Bud”, “Weis”, and “Er” who began amusing audiences in 1995, went on to become part of the most well-known international alcohol campaigns. The ad featured these three frogs croaking “Bud-Weis-Er” and then the Budweiser sign falls down.

 Life Call Emergency

This campaign was for a device for elderly and sick people to alarm paramedics if they had an emergency, an accident, or couldn’t get to the phone. What made the ad famous was a falling lady called Mrs. Fletcher who says, “I’ve fallen, and I can’t get up!” – A line that went on to become a 90s craze!

Coca Cola Classic – New Kids On the Block

This 1990 New Kids on The Block Commercial Went like “You never do know you might find magic in a coca cola classic. There’s magic in the real thing”. The gimmick was that money would pop out when you opened the coca cola can – yes, very weird, but it was a hit!

Keeps Going and Going and Going (Energizer)

Who wouldn’t like a pink bunny wearing funky sunglasses playing a marching band-style drum? The 1990s paved the journey for the quirky Energizer bunny, which started as a parody of their rival company Duracell’s trademark Duracell Bunny. The popularity of the spunky Energizer Bunny outlived its competitor and became a highly recognizable character of the 90s.

Author Bio: Keith Richardson is an employee at Adslot, which places advertisements on websites. He enjoys participating in graffiti and art festivals

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