Known From8 Great Songs You Know from Renault Commercials


You are watching television and just after the commercial break you realize there’s a song stuck in your head you’ve just heard. Like almost all brands, Renault uses music snippets to accompany their brand statement in tv commercials. And some of them are legendary.

1. Cake – ‘I Will Survive’ 

In 1996 the American band Cake, mostly known for their hit ‘The Distance’, released a cover of Gloria Gaynor's song ‘I Will Survive'. Although it was a hit among Cake fans, Gaynor called it her "least favorite version" of the song. Gaynor didn't like how Cake changed some of the original lyrics to make it sound more profane. 

2. Urge Overkill – ‘Girl, You’ll Be a Woman Soon’

In 1994 this cover by alternative rock band Urge Overkill appeared prominently in Quentin Tarantino's movie Pulp Fiction. Neil Diamond, who originally wrote this song for the ladies, which made up most of his fan base, initially refused to let Tarantino use it as he hated the violent script. However, he was probably glad he relented as the success of the song put Diamond back on the cultural radar after a period when his hits had dried up. 

3. Chris Isaak – ‘Baby Did a Bad Bad Thing’

Chris Isaak had his big breakthrough in 1991, when his single ‘Wicked Game’ was used by David Lynch for his film Wild At Heart. Eight years later, a famous director once more adopted one of Isaak’s songs for a movie soundtrack. This time ‘Baby Did a Bad Bad Thing’ was featured in the 1999 movie Eyes Wide Shut, directed by Stanley Kubrick, starring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman. This song about heartbreak and lust is typical of Isaak's retro sound.

4. Kaleo – 'No Good'

The blues/rock band Kaleo was formed in 2012 in Iceland. The band signed with Atlantic Records early 2015 and subsequently relocated to Austin, Texas. 'No Good' is the opening track on the first US home based album A/B with a crunching, bluesy stomp-rock sound. 

5. Barns Courtney – 'Glitter & Gold'

'Glitter & Gold' was released by former Sleeper Cell and Dive Bella Dive frontman Barns Courtney as his first solo release. Courtney has opened for artists including The Who, The Libertines, Ed Sheeran, Tom Odell and Fitz and The Tantrums, and opened for Blur at the closing party for the 2016 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. His first full-length album The Attractions of Youth has just been released.

6. Renault Scénic: Johnny Thunder – 'I’m Alive' 

In 1969 Johnny Thunder, an American R&B and pop singer, released the rock song 'I'm Alive'. None other than Bob Dylan was among the impressed: "It was one of the most powerful records I've ever heard. (...) Well, it was that sentiment, truly expressed. That's the most I can say ... if you heard the record, you'd know what I mean." 

7. Renault Clio: Nancy Sinatra – 'The Last of the Secret Agents'

Nancy Sinatra is an American singer and actress and the eldest daughter of Frank Sinatra and Nancy (Barbato) Sinatra. She is widely known for her 1966 signature hit 'These Boots Are Made for Walkin'. The track you hear in this Renault tv commercial is more of a rarity: it only was released as b-side. 

8. Renault Mégane Estate: Tame Impala – 'Beverly Laurel'

Last, but certainly not least, we dwell on the track in the commercial for the Renault Mégane Estate, in which the Australian psychedelic rock band Tame Impala can be heard. 'Beverly Laurel' originates from the album Lonerism, which was internationally acclaimed, reaching platinum status in Australia and receiving a Grammy Award nomination for Best Alternative Music Album.

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In Known From you can find playlists with songs that you know from television shows, video games, movies or commercials. Songs you maybe didn't even realize you knew, but the moment you hear them again, they immediately take you back. We put those songs together for you on YouTube and Spotify.