August 03, 2006

Music for adverts

I've noticed in UK adverts recently that there's been a rather pleasing shift back to alternative acoustic music in order to sell stuff. This pleases me because I love alternative acoustic music (I'm a sensie… one for Scrubs fans to pick out) and also because it allows me to plug two of my favourite female artists because their songs have been heavily featured in two ads in the UK over the past month or so. Yay!

Vashti Bunyan

Vashti Bunyan

I'd imagine that to be part of the psychadelic folk movement is a little bit pressuring. I mean, do you have to get high before you sit down and play your acoustic guitar? Do you have to paint pink and yellow flowers onto your guitar and wear pink tinted sunglasses and a headband? If you're Vashti Bunyan, then you just make great music. I'd almost forgotten about a copy of her EP, Just Another Diamond Day, that someone had given to me to borrow and I forgot to give back (sorry Dan) that I'd had on to listen a year or so ago until it appeared in a T–Mobile advert.

If you like Devendra Banhart, you'll like this.

Vashti Bunyan – Diamond Day MP3 Expired [Buy 'Just Another Diamond Day']



Leslie Feist, member of Broken Social Scene, slamming hottie, awesome artist. Has only really had one hit record, Mushaboom, but that's the one that I remembered hearing on a Silent Night commercial (I think it's also been on a couple of Lacoste commercials), and it's good… Enjoy!

Feist – Mushaboom MP3 Expired [Buy 'Let It Die']

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  1. Both songs are lovely, although I never knew Mushaboom was from a commercial :S.
    To continue the advert theme, you could try find Manitoba/Caribou’s ‘Crayon’, also used on a T-Mobile advert.
    Very nice.

    03 Aug 2006, 22:38

  2. Steven

    Can anybody tell me who the artist is on the latest orange ad, the one where orange inflatable animals are put up on a beach

    14 Aug 2006, 19:40

  3. Mathew Mannion

    The song is “Adventure.exe” by Final Fantasy, I’m looking for a sample of it at the moment but you can buy it from eMusic

    14 Aug 2006, 20:20

  4. Mathew Mannion

    Here we go, enjoy:

    Final Fantasy – Adventure.exe

    14 Aug 2006, 20:37

  5. Graham Holland

    Hi there,

    If you’re into acoustic music then why not visit my website and listen to the It’s A Frog’s Life Acoustic Podcast. If you like it you can subscribe using iTunes or any other podcaster you care to choose.



    p.s. the latest show has a competition to win Rachael Dadd’s new CD Songs From The Crypt.

    18 Aug 2006, 11:15

  6. Clion

    This has been bugging me for so long. thanks for the sample.

    03 Sep 2006, 19:45

  7. julz

    does anyone know the music for the new orange magic numbers advert?

    13 Sep 2006, 21:07

  8. linders

    I am really wanting to know what the song on the Orange magic numbers advert is. The advert is the 1 where the girl is walking through the person’s mind… Please help if you know, sounds like they are singing ‘wade into the water’????

    18 Sep 2006, 17:51

  9. advertsongs

    “Only in my Dreams” by Nat Baldwin on the cd ‘Lights Out’

    btw..not really like “wade in the water” o__o

    18 Sep 2006, 18:32

  10. Alexander323

    please help, what is the song from the T Mobile ad where the buildings fold up when the people are walking towards them? it’s really bugging me.

    26 Sep 2006, 22:51

  11. Mathew Mannion

    Bedouin Soundclash – When The Night Feels My Song

    27 Sep 2006, 00:21

  12. Adam

    Please help me find out what music is used in the recent Air France ads, theres one with a girl lying on a pier by a lake, and another where a couple climb out of a swimming pool, both ads then say the seat number (ie seat 14 a). The song has really nice chilled female vocals & I would dearly love to hear it in full!!

    10 Oct 2006, 21:55

  13. Haz G

    Please can someone send me the Nat Baldwin song in iTunes format please, I can’t find it anywhere. My email is –

    17 Oct 2006, 16:20

  14. Joe

    Does anybody know what song is used on the latest Orange ad? Its the one with those clockwork white things walking along and you hear “We forgot to serenade her” and another voice says “Lets do it now” and they start singing – I want that song!

    Thanks all,


    23 Jan 2007, 14:28

  15. Carl

    Does anybody know the song that is used with the latest T-Mobile ad (Street Check)?

    26 Jan 2007, 22:59

  16. brucey

    i’m in the same boat as Carl…... could anyone let me know what the name of the song is from the T-Mobile ad (street check) is please…........

    30 Jan 2007, 21:58

  17. brucey

    oh n my email address is so if you wouldnt mind sending your answer there …it would be much appreciated…. cheers

    30 Jan 2007, 21:59

  18. bryce

    the track on the T mobile ad is ‘This Is How We Walk On The Moon’ by Arthur Russell…... you can download it on

    30 Jan 2007, 22:06

  19. Natalie

    the orange advert witht he little figures walking down the street
    i knoew its by some famous comedians, but i cannot remember which famous duo
    it might have been laurel and hardy but i’m not sure
    hope i helped

    05 Feb 2007, 18:43

  20. Darkness

    Its Laurel & Hardy, let me call you sweetheart

    15 Feb 2007, 19:54

  21. edwin

    thanks 4 lettin me no wa da song is arthur russel ill be able 2 squeeze extra reps out now

    18 Feb 2007, 21:11

  22. Grahm

    whats the song on the orange add which starts ”
    little white monkey staring at the sand…”

    27 Feb 2007, 20:47

  23. MissMe

    Hey, hopefully someone can lookiong for the new orange mobile advert..were they all comeout of eachother on the bench…theres somthing about snapping turtles..
    please help..thanks
    Me xxxxxxx

    28 Feb 2007, 16:36

  24. emily

    Little Yellow Spider Devendra Banhart

    04 Mar 2007, 21:18

  25. Graham

    THANK YOU EMILY !!!!!!!!!! woo

    05 Mar 2007, 17:13

  26. kez

    does anyone know where l can get the song off the little snapping turtle which is on the new orange add?

    08 Mar 2007, 23:45

  27. bLEEp


    I was wondering if anyone knows who has done the cover Jazzy version of Depeche Modes ” i just can’t get enough” on the new Tropicana Orange drink adverts?

    any help would be great!

    thanks Lee

    16 Mar 2007, 12:23

  28. Diana D'Abrera

    I too would love to find out who has done the version of ” I Just Can’t Get Enough”, as used in the Tropicana advert. My brother is mad about this version and if possible I’d like to get a copy for his birthday. Perhaps you could email me if you know the answer please?

    19 Mar 2007, 09:50


    The music on the Tropicana advert (Just can’t get enough) is by Nouvelle Vague.

    20 Mar 2007, 16:09

  30. Leon

    does anyone know the song to the new orange mobile advert .. ” little white monkey sittin in the sand ” or sumit like tht i want to know that song can anyone tell me

    25 Mar 2007, 20:30

  31. Mark

    Devendra Banhart ‘Little Yellow Spider’

    29 Mar 2007, 21:15

  32. Liam

    THANK YOU EMILY !!!!!!!!!!

    28 Apr 2007, 22:37

  33. aimee lowles

    does any one no that music to the orange advert that goes somthink like ” hey mr snapin turtel snappin at a shell” ” hey little white monkey sitting on the sand” I REALLY NEED TO NO! thankyou

    27 May 2007, 18:23

  34. bar5anel

    i would like to know what is the name of the Orange ad where an astronaut a doggy and some toyz race to a line

    13 Jul 2007, 22:33

  35. bar5anel

    i would like to know what is the name of the soundtrack from the orange ad where an astronaut a doggy and some toyz race to a line and they all finish it at the same time :) please tell me cuz I like

    13 Jul 2007, 22:38

  36. Hamish

    Rock on! This blog has solved a few of my long going song finding problems.
    Thanks everyone!

    21 Aug 2007, 17:28

  37. leayann


    could anyone tell me what the song is on the advert for the xbox game: Assassin’s Creed
    its a really chilled out song by a female.

    16 Nov 2007, 22:29

  38. Mathew Mannion

    The Assassin’s Creed advert music (and the theme to the TV show House) is Teardrop by Massive Attack

    17 Nov 2007, 01:41

  39. jimminy

    Hello! there are a couple of new orange adverts around. The one where the people in the forest and the rain drops fall or the one in the living room and they make a telephone out of the sofa etc and they all have nice peacefull catchy songs. anyone know who does any of them or know of any artists who do music like that ? thanks

    22 Nov 2007, 00:40

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