Sure, the Super Bowl is more or less a football game, but most people spend Monday morning talking about the commercials, rather than what happened on the field.
A handful of those big-budget spots (buying an ad during the game costs between $4–$8 million, and that's on top of production costs) prominently feature music. For a band, a placement in a viral Super Bowl ad could equate to more exposure for a band than an opening spot for Justin Timberlake.
This year, the agencies went with big songs and most of this year's ads featured soundtracks pulled from the top 40. A few of them also featured some familiar faces on screen, too.
Scroll through the gallery above for our morning-after guide to the music of the 2014 Super Bowl commercials.