SafeAuto Commercials: The Most Viewed Of All Time

SafeAuto has been extolling the virtues of its state minimum auto insurance policies for almost 20 years. And some of the company’s marketing efforts have yielded exceedingly entertaining commercials. Let’s take a look back at the top six most popular SafeAuto spots in history (as determined by the number of views on YouTube as of March 2012), in descending order.

6. Name: “Airport” Views: 25,974

This commercial focuses on one activity that’s universally hated: going through airport security. The idea is that simply carrying “the minimum” is easy and painless – both at TSA checkpoints and with auto insurance. It’s hard to pick the most ridiculous moment in this spot – but our vote goes to the man who says: “Sir, I’m gonna need you to whinny.”

5. Name: “Do The Jingle: Buster Douglas – The Boxing Match” Views: 31,225

Though it won’t win awards for realism or production values, this commercial does highlight the notion that driving without auto insurance is like getting into the ring without boxing gloves. And while some commenters have derided its campiness and slow-mo punches, you have to give props to a spot that features one of the few men in history who has knocked out Mike Tyson.

4. Name: “Flash Mob Dance at Easton” Views: 36,400

Who doesn’t like a good flash mob? This event was staged at Easton Town Center in Columbus, Ohio (where SafeAuto is based) and expertly performed by more than 100 dancers from Columbus’ Pinnell Dance Centre. It has all of the tenets of an excellent flash mob: a spontaneous appearance, expert choreography, and a really catchy song!

3. Name: “MMA” Views: 47,672

Unlike Buster Douglas, mixed martial arts fighter Clay “The Carpenter” Guida didn’t hold back anything in this spot. The first-ever Strikeforce Lightweight champion wreaks havoc on the hapless uninsured soul, who is eventually “persuaded” to buy auto insurance. Gold stars go to the intentionally-cheesy facial expressions on both Guida and the powder blue-clad interviewer.

2. Name: “Kicked” Views: 53,949

You know a commercial gets its point across when every male who watches it winces repeatedly. The hilarity associated with these repeated “crotch shots” is amplified by the cringe-worthy sound effects, the ironically soothing classical music score, and the cast of pain inflictors, which includes a woman and a young girl.

1. Name: “Wedgie” Views: 82,842

The wedgie is a classic tool of discomfort and humiliation that has been etched in American lore for decades. But the beauty of this ad is delivered via the excruciating facial expressions and the falsetto screams issued by the hapless victim (and don’t click STOP before you’ve reached the end). It’s no wonder that this spot is easily the most-watched SafeAuto commercial of all time.

 

This commercial focuses on one activity that’s universally hated: going through airport security. The idea is that simply carrying “the minimum” is easy and painless – both at TSA checkpoints and with auto insurance. It’s hard to pick the most ridiculous moment in this spot – but our vote goes to the man who says: “Sir, I’m gonna need you to whinny.”

5. Name: “Do The Jingle: Buster Douglas – The Boxing Match” Views: 31,225

Though it won’t win awards for realism or production values, this commercial does highlight the notion that driving without auto insurance is like getting into the ring without boxing gloves. And while some commenters have derided its campiness and slow-mo punches, you have to give props to a spot that features one of the few men in history who has knocked out Mike Tyson.

4. Name: “Flash Mob Dance at Easton” Views: 36,400

Who doesn’t like a good flash mob? This event was staged at Easton Town Center in Columbus, Ohio (where SafeAuto is based) and expertly performed by more than 100 dancers from Columbus’ Pinnell Dance Centre. It has all of the tenets of an excellent flash mob: a spontaneous appearance, expert choreography, and a really catchy song!

3. Name: “MMA” Views: 47,672

Unlike Buster Douglas, mixed martial arts fighter Clay “The Carpenter” Guida didn’t hold back anything in this spot. The first-ever Strikeforce Lightweight champion wreaks havoc on the hapless uninsured soul, who is eventually “persuaded” to buy auto insurance. Gold stars go to the intentionally-cheesy facial expressions on both Guida and the powder blue-clad interviewer.

2. Name: “Kicked” Views: 53,949

You know a commercial gets its point across when every male who watches it winces repeatedly. The hilarity associated with these repeated “crotch shots” is amplified by the cringe-worthy sound effects, the ironically soothing classical music score, and the cast of pain inflictors, which includes a woman and a young girl.

1. Name: “Wedgie” Views: 82,842

The wedgie is a classic tool of discomfort and humiliation that has been etched in American lore for decades. But the beauty of this ad is delivered via the excruciating facial expressions and the falsetto screams issued by the hapless victim (and don’t click STOP before you’ve reached the end). It’s no wonder that this spot is easily the most-watched SafeAuto commercial of all time.

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