10 Most Popular Soft Drinks in the US

Coca Cola

Coca-Cola has come a long way since Dr. John Pemberton sold the first glass in a downtown Atlanta pharmacy in 1886.

Dr. Pepper

Initially, the soft drink was served more as a medicine than a simple drink, with early advertisements claiming the drink aided digestion and restored vigor and vitality.


Fanta became popular in Germany, and when The Coca-Cola Company regained control after the war, they began marketing the drink to other countries.

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Diet Coke

Diet Coke was the first new product to use the Coca-Cola trademark in nearly 100 years when it was released in 1982.


He originally called it Brad’s Drink but later renamed it Pepsi-Cola and advertised that it relieved dyspepsia – better known as indigestion.


Coca-Cola acquired the Sprite brand in 1960, but the lemon-lime flavor we know and love today was developed in West Germany as a Fanta flavor before being sold as Sprite in 1961. 

Mountain Dew

The original Mountain Dew formula was created in 1940 by Barney and Ally Hartman in Tennessee.

Diet Pepsi

Diet Pepsi was the first diet cola distributed nationally in the US in 1964, beating out Diet Coke by nearly 20 years.


Sunkist began distribution in 1978 after extensive work to get the orange flavor and carbonation just right.

Red Bull

The energy drink wasn’t officially launched and marketed until the late 80s, but began making rounds in 1976 in Thailand as a pick-me-up for laborers and drivers.


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