Christina Aguilera creatively remixed the National Anthem and the Black Eyed Peas went tech-tacular for their halftime show, but what about the other musical moments at yesterday's Super Bowl in Dallas? We've helpfully broken those down into "awesome" and "awful" -- fortunately Eminem gave us two ads, one for each category.
• Eminem's "Lose Yourself" in Chrysler's "Imported From Detroit" Commercial
A voice-over intones a pep talk for beleaguered Detroit as the beat from Em's "8 Mile" anthem creeps up in the background. Em drives a Chrysler, joins a choir, and announces gravely, "This is the Motor City, and this is what we do." So, uh, can we buy a LeBaron in the East Village?
• Muse's "Knights of Cydonia" During Steelers Intro
The weirdest part of the band's six-minute prog epic played about a half-hour before the big game over a montage of their biggest passes and strongest collisions -- unexpectedly cool.
• The Go! Team's "The Power Is On" in Play60 NFL Commercial
This song is better than all of the Black Eyed Peas' halftime performance tracks combined.
• The Faces "Ooh La La" During the Walter Payton Award Ceremony
Warm and gooey every single time.
• Dusty Springfield's "Just a Little Lovin' " in Sealy Commercial
The commercial itself kind of sucked -- Sealy thought they were being so salacious by implying people do things on their mattresses other than (gasp) sleep! -- but we'll take any chance to hear Carmen McRae's remix of the Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil standard during prime time.
• Kenny G's "Songbird" in Audi A8 Commercial
A lame attempt to use an unhip '80s star in an unexpected way -- as the Los Angeles Times points out, like Snickers successfully did with Betty White last year.
• Eminem's Lipton Brisk Ice Tea Commercial
"I get asked to do commercials all the time," claymation Em says. So, uh, why'd you pick this one?
• Elton John's "Tiny Dancer" in Budweiser Commercial
Another fish-out-of-water take, this time with Elton's gentle ballad being sung by gunslingers in a Wild West saloon.
• Faith Hill in Teleflora Commercial
The country star watches as her recording engineer sends his girlfriend flowers with a note that reads, "Nice rack." She doesn't even sing her disapproval. Fail.
• Justin Bieber and Ozzy Osbourne's Best Buy Commercial
A few weeks ago, the Prince of Darkness said he didn't know who the tween-pop sensation is -- the comic possibilities were huge here, but Best Buy played it safe, depicting Ozzy as bumbling (shocking choice!) and Bieber as self-deprecating. Snore.
• "Glee" star Lea Michele's version of "America the Beautiful"
Michele was the first singer to take the Super Bowl stage, and we knew she was singing live when she accidentally overemphasized the "p" in "purple" in the first 10 seconds. George W. Bush looked delighted, and we're sure a nation of Gleeks got off on seeing Michele backed by -- you guessed it -- a chorus. She sounded totally fine, but a bit overly dramatic with the vocal hiccups for our taste.