Kia Optima Commercial Song

Kia Optima

Lovers, you are bound to be disappointed by this, but after searching and contacting people and Googling for like fifteen minutes, I have deduced: you will never be able to download this Kia Optima commercial song on iTunes.

You: Booooooo do your job honky
Me: Shut your dirty mouth, my little chicken liver pie

We had a bunch of requests for this song, so to make up for the fact that it’s not my fault that Kia hired some randoms to compose an original (and awesome) classy cello piece for their commercial, I will (hopefully) introduce at least one person to musicians with similar styles.  Anyone who is an expert at string quartets and music: help me out, man. I’m new to this, so leave a comment if you have any other recommendations that are similar to this Kia commercial.

1.  Emerson String Quartet
Probably one of the most well-established quartets on the planet with an armful of Grammys, these guys have been around for awhile. Check out their rendition of Dmitri Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. 12 in D-flat major, Op. 133. That’s its name, guys. Seriously. It is FIERCE. Check it out if you don’t believe me.  The legacy of Shostakovich is this: In Soviet Russia, string plucks you.  Even if you don’t know who he is, I’m pretty sure you can tell from his name that this dude was a B.A.M.F.

2.  Quatuor Danel
So I cannot read French, but here’s what I can tell you: they are French. They are the “Quartet in Residence” (whatever that means) at the University of Manchester in the UK, and I’ll eat my hat if they’re not as fancy as a white Persian Cat named “Duchess” that only eats Chateaubriand (I Googled it: it means “fancy steak”).  I had to use my Google Translate skills for that one. Below is a link to their album of the works of Turkish composer Ahmed Adnan Saygun.

3.  Ireland String Quartet
These guys are more like, “hey, we play classic pop and oldies” instead of “hey, we cover classicAL.” They’re plucky and adorable and going strong, and I’m a big fan of their “Moondance” cover.

4.  The Piano Guys
Now we’re on to the part where musicians show off how good they are by being silly.  The Piano Guys are one pianist and one cellist (who is better at naming cellos than anyone, although if I had a cello I would proooooobably name it Francesco Sparanero because cellos are definitely Italian and “Franco Nero” just doesn’t sound baroque enough) and they make rad music videos on the Great Wall of China and stuff like that.  Songs range from modern tracks with a classical twist to and original compositions. There’s some fun stuff on Me and My Cello.

  • Trudy Holtz

    Maybe they can commission a whole album. I am not going to buy a kia, but i’ll buy an album of that kind of stuff!

    • Juli Rossi

      I thought the same thing because THIS SONG IS AWESOME. But Kia is being vague and saying it was written by a “music house” and they won’t disclose who. Check out some of the options above if you haven’t yet. I was surprised by how much I liked them.

  • Randolph_Knackstedt

    The intro reminded me of YoYo-Ma

  • Cheryl Armstrong

    http://www.2cellos.com/ What about these two guys? They are fantastic – the sound is similar.

  • Montana Kern

    Kronos Quartet does some amazing stuff, they even collaborated with the front man from The National and I think they are pretty similar. Cool that a car commercial can get people turned on to classical music. Who woulda thought?

  • Kim Wile Jorgensen

    The cello piece is from one of the Sherlock Holmes movies — the first one, I think.

  • Jay Hawk

    Just a point of fact-it isn’t a song. Nobody is singing!!!

    • http://whatsongisinthatcommercial.com Cheryl Upshaw

      Don’t be silly. Of course it’s a a song. Songs don’t need lyrics to be songs. They just need music. Dubstep is music, and rarely has a singer. Those bits of music are called songs.

    • Cheryl Upshaw

      Sure it is. You don’t need a singer to have a song, silly.

  • Bud Spaulding

    Could it be Break of Reality?

  • Cathy

    I thought it was 2CELLOS, who I found by browsing The Piano Guys videos on YouTube.

  • dlewisto

    This definitely reminds me of music “Animusic” creates. They do animated videos which are amazing. My favorite is below but Pipe Dreams is another very popular one. You can buy CDs with their videos on them but I don’t think they sell just the music.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=toXNVbvFXyk&list=PLAE7974A68AC62B47

  • Candice Nieman

    I think its BOND