Scientists have declared that the average person will spend 43 days of his or her life on hold. That is 43-too-many days spent in the company of some of the worst musical abominations known to humankind. So if you need to choose some hold music for your own company, it’s reasonable that you want to choose songs that aren’t ridiculously horrific.
Have no fear. We’ve compiled some of our favourite songs so you can change up your hold music to be something actually enjoyable.
You can watch the youtube videos below, or listen to the Spotify playlist.
1. Sweet Child o Mine – Guns n’ Roses
No matter how many times you hear this classic rock song, it never fails to lift you up. Don’t be surprised if you click over to hear customers singing, “Woah woah woah woah …”
2. Telephone – Lady Gaga feat. Beyonce
Lady Gaga is one of the music phenomenon of the 2000s. This song of hers is super-catchy and … not really about a telephone at all.
3. Party Line – The Kinks
Back in 1966, when this song was written, many people were connected to party lines – a telephone line shared by several households. This meant that, if you were say in a popular band and you wanted to get some info on a mysterious lady who was always on the line, you don’t exactly have a lot of privacy.
4. Telephone Line – Electric Light Orchestra
Do-wop, Dooooooo-wop! A little power pop number from a fantastic band. And the telephone sounds in the background will definitely feel familiar to anyone who’s already spent a few hours on hold.
5. Love on the Telephone – Foreigner
I mean, how could people pass by this song as an ideal hold song? Foriegner are one of those classic underrated bands, and this song is one of their best.
6. Hanging on the Telephone – Blondie
This song was originally written by Jack Lee and appeared on his band The Nerve’s 1976 EP. Blondie covered the song on their Parallel Lines album, where it reached number 5 in the US and UK. It was also covered by the band Hep Alien on Gilmore Girls, which is my favourite TV show ever. AND it’s an awesome some, so there you go.
7. Technical Difficulties – Racer X
I don’t know about you, but when I’m waiting impatiently for something to happen, I like to have some awesome guitar noodling in my ear. It makes the time pass much quicker. So here’s Racer X’s appropriately-named epic instrumental track.
As a video, I’ve just given you a demo of Paul Gilbert playing this on guitar. Watch that man’s fingers move. He is a true master of his art.
8. Off the Hook – Rolling Stones
Here’s a fun little ditty from one of the world’s best rock bands. I saw the Rolling Stones in 2007, and never in my life have I seen a band own a stage as big as theirs. Mick Jagger ran from one side to the other while singing every word perfectly. Keith Richards was so focused on playing he started to fall over and a stagehand had to run out and prop him back up again. It was amazing.
9. Friday I’m in Love – The Cure
I don’t talk much about my love for post-punk, but … I’m not ashamed to admit that I love post-punk. And nothing makes you keenly aware of your own mortality while on hold like the despondent voice of Robert Smith.
10. Push It – Garbage
“This is the noise that keeps me awake, my head explodes and my body aches.” Sounds like hold music to me, yes? One of my favourite songs from my youth.
What songs do you have for your hold music?
Cavaet: Hold music is subject to licensing laws and fees, so you will usually need the artist’s permission in order to incorporate a song. Make sure that you have secured rights to a song before you use it – artists deserve to be paid for their creations.