World's Worst Hold Music Has Been Identified
By Dave Basner
July 10, 2020
These days, most people would prefer to send an email or do an online chat rather than make a phone call, and one of the main reasons why is because with email and chat, they will never be subjected to hold music. For whatever reason, most hold music is unbearable. Typically, it's saxophone solos interrupted every three seconds by a recording telling you your call is important, but sometimes it can be even worse, as one person found out.
They recorded themselves calling a San Diego-based number and when they got through, a recording told them they were caller number five and it'd be "just a moment." That's when the world's worst hold music kicked in.
If you've got an ear for godawful versions of pop songs, you might recognize that what is playing is actually a cover of Britney Spears' "Toxic." In fact, you can hear the whole version of the song on YouTube. It's by the appropriately named S***tyfluted.
While many people suspect the hold music was put in place by a disgruntled member of the IT team, it's actually intentional. If you make it through the hold music when you call the number, 858-924-0180, you'll be connected to a conference call with other people across the globe who also called the number. There, perhaps you can discuss how atrocious the hold music was. Call at your own risk though.
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