With the final month of 2011 knocking at the door, AdWeek has put together a Top 10 list of the Best Commercials of the Year — a collection they say celebrates creativity "across a wide variety of products, themes, styles, and geographies."


Naturally, that heartwarming Volkswagen commercial featuring the little boy as Darth Vader came out on top (over 44 million views on YouTube!) — but I'm also happy to see two green-themed shorts making the cut. 


First up is the dark, dystopian Nissan Leaf spot by TBWA\Chiat\Day that envisions a world where everything electric is instead powered by gasoline. The results make you want to take a deep breath of fresh air. There's even a nice dig at the Chevy Volt and its use of a small "range extender" gasoline engine. 




Next, is one of my favorites , a haunting cover by Willie Nelson of Coldplay's "The Scientist" for Chipotle's sustainable food foundation. The animated bit features a pig farmer going back to his organic roots after realizing the horrors of factory farming.   


Want one more? Enjoy this hilarious Cravendale Milk spot about a world where cats have opposable thumbs. 


To view the full list of 10, hit the AdWeek article here

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