The year's not over yet. But it's nearing quickly. Which means it will soon be time for best-of-the-year lists to appear on all your favorite magazines, shows, and blogs. And if you thought I fell off that wagon, you were wrong. I am, and will always be, a lister. My first top ten list in the series of "Best of 2012" is of TV commercials. There have been a lot of great ads this year -- from Charlie Sheen, Bud Light, and Doritos during the Super Bowl; through a younger, hipper award season; to the more traditional holiday favorites -- but only these ten made the list for 2012 (so far):

  1. The Dog Strikes Back (Volkswagen): http://www.youtube.com/embed/0-9EYFJ4Clo
  2. Man's Best Friend (Suburu): http://www.youtube.com/embed/c8kOeV56-kc
  3. Counts (Nike): http://www.youtube.com/embed/MT50eLLxPco
  4. Star Wars Fantasy Football (ESPN): http://www.youtube.com/embed/QcJPmzMKVGo
  5. iPad Mini Heart and Soul (Apple): http://www.youtube.com/embed/uFUSVaqSaxQ
  6. Sousaphone (Hyundai): http://www.youtube.com/embed/6L0Vx3zwjFk
  7. The Next Big Things (Samsung): http://www.youtube.com/embed/nf5-Prx19ZM
  8. Transactions (Acura): http://www.youtube.com/embed/XDhd8c-if4E
  9. Accurate. Deadly. Dependable. (Hornady): http://www.youtube.com/embed/Dl5QArjuEok
  10. Don't Tell Mom (Hyundai): http://www.youtube.com/embed/3jEU7yd4yuI
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