Best Super Bowl Commercial: Doritos with Lil Nas X and Sam Elliott and Dancing Horses

Horse Illustrated weighs in on the 2020 Best Super Bowl commercial debate, and we're asking readers for their input.

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It’s been a week since Super Bowl LIV, in which the Kansas City Chiefs came out victorious over the San Francisco 49ers, 31-20. Meanwhile, much of the talk over the past week has been on the greatest Super Bowl commercials, which are usually a highly anticipated aspect of the event, sometime even more so than the half-time show. One of the funniest 2020 Super Bowl commercials did indeed involve horses—but it wasn’t the Budweiser Clydesdales. Instead it was for Doritos in a commercial starring Sam Elliott and Lil Nas X of “Old Town Road” fame.

Best Super Bowl Commercial This Year?

Lil Nas X (Montero Lamar Hill) is the rapper, singer, and songwriter who went viral in 2019 using the Internet and social media—especially on Tik Tok—for promotion of his song “Old Town Road,” which is a country rap/country trap song. It hit the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 list for 19 straight weeks, breaking a record for longest time spent on the chart. Lil Nas X was able to catch the attention of Billy Ray Cyrus to do the remix (see below), which won a Grammy Award for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance and Best Music Video.

Many applauded the “showdown” between these Lil Nas X and actor Sam Elliott, of western movie fame, with their two “dancing” horses in the 2020 Super Bowl commercial for Doritos. And we can’t forget the cameo from Billy Ray Cyrus. The commercial is reminiscent of the original music video of the song, in which Lil Nas X rides a horse, ironically for the first time despite the song being all about horses, according to the singer.

We also came across a video about the making of the commercial that you’ll want to see (see below), done by Access Hollywood.

So you tell us, which one won the dance showdown: Lil Nas X or Sam Elliott?
And which horse won?

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