The Top 10 Muse Stories of 2019

See our most-read posts from the year

We're just hours away from the New Year, which means it's time to look back at the most popular Muse stories of 2019.

We were quite fond of the various feature stories we did this year, from our collection of favorite Super Bowl spots (each saluted in 53 words or less) to the Clio Creators list to the Year in Creativity roundup. But in terms of sheer pageviews, only one feature story cracked the top 10—the list of 14 iconic ad campaigns from the past 60 years, as recalled by the creatives who made them.

The other nine stories in the top 10 were new-campaign stories, featuring compelling ads from brands like Ikea, ESPN, Gillette, Volkswagen and Nike. 

See our 10 most-read posts from 2019 below. 


Ikea's Hilarious Christmas Ad Has One of the Best Original Songs Ever

By Tim Nudd
Nov. 8, 2019

Mother London's wonderful holiday spot for Ikea, directed by Tom Kuntz, featured ornaments and other household items singing an original grime track by D Double E, chastising the owners of a home for their dreary abode. Read the story here.


Liberty Mutual Trades in Bad Actors, Happy Thoughts and a Zoltar Machine

By David Gianatasio
July 29, 2019

Four new commercials created by Goodby Silverstein & Partners and director Harold Einstein of Dummy Films took Liberty Mutual's familiar Statue of Liberty backdrop and cranked up the silliness of the scenes unfolding in front of it. Read the story here.


14 Iconic Ad Campaigns, Recalled by the Creatives Who Made Them

By David Gianatasio
Oct. 22, 2019

To get the behind-the-scenes scoop on some of advertising's greatest campaigns from the past 60 years, Muse solicited tales of their creation—and in some cases, immediate fallout—from the creators themselves. Read the story here.


ESPN Salutes the SEC With the Music of Tyler Childers

By Tim Nudd
Nov. 27, 2019

ESPN found the perfect soundtrack for its brand anthem for the SEC Network—the Grammy-nominated song "All Your'n" by Kentucky native Tyler Childers, a rising star in country music beloved across the South. Read the story here.


Gillette's New Campaign Actually Takes Responsibility for Toxic Masculinity

By Angela Natividad
Jan. 14, 2019

In a surprising act of humility and conviction, Gillette and agency Grey released a short film directly challenging its longtime tagline, "The Best a Man Can Get." The work was some of the most debated of the year in pop culture. Read the story here.


VW Just Moved the Illegally Parked Beetle on the Cover of Abbey Road

By Tim Nudd
Sept. 23, 2019

For the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Beatles album Abbey Road, agency Nord DDB in Sweden created a new cover for the album—in which it reparked the lotus white Volkswagen Beetle, which was illegally parked (half on the sidewalk, half on the street) on the original. Read the story here.


Pornhub Made 'The Dirtiest Porn Ever' to Clean the World's Beaches

By Tim Nudd
Aug. 27, 2019

To address the issue of polluted beaches, Pornhub filmed what it called "The Dirtiest Porn Ever," starring popular amateur porn couple LeoLulu. For every view of the video, Pornhub made a donation to to Ocean Polymers, which is working to find a sustainable solution to the removal and processing of ocean waste. Read the story here.


A Young Wayne Gretzky Gets Tim Horton's Autograph in New Ad Based on a True Story

By David Gianatasio
Dec. 11, 2019

In September, Tim Hortons chief marketer Paloma Azulay found herself chatting over coffee with Wayne Gretzky. He told her an incredible story about meeting Tim Horton when he was a kid. That true story became this new commercial, which brought tens of thousand of Canadians to the Muse site. Read the story here.


Santa Rethinks 'Naughty or Nice' in W+K's Remarkable Mental Health Ad

By David Gianatasio
Dec. 17, 2019

Santa Claus sat on a snowy rooftop and pondered the idea of his "Naughty and Nice" list in this poignant, incredibly crafted PSA by Wieden + Kennedy New York for the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Read the story here.


Nike Finally Gave Women's Soccer the Breathtaking Ad It Deserves

By Tim Nudd
June 3, 2019

Nothing came close to matching the pageviews on our story of Nike's remarkable three-minute spot for the Women's World Cup, also made by Wieden + Kennedy. In classic Nike style, the spot, set to "Bad Reputation" by Joan Jett, flew around the world and featured all sorts of soccer stars—and was anchored by 10-year-old Californian rising star Makena Cook (who would later appear in Apple's snowball-fight ad for the holidays). One of the year's most energetic and enjoyable spots. Read the story here.

Tim Nudd
Tim Nudd was editor in chief of the Clio Awards and editor of Muse by Clio from 2018 to 2023.

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