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If a character enters an elevator for any reason, the music playing on its speaker system -- regardless of the program's genre -- [[StandardSnippet is almost always]] [[http://youtu.be/urXvUmhd05k some version]] of "The Girl from Ipanema" by the great Antônio Carlos Jobim. (If not, it's probably the "Theme from ''[[http://youtu.be/tSsiS-v6_6M A Summer Place,"]]'' which would probably be referencing [[RelaxOVision a comfortable break from the action]].)

Some trace this trope's popularity back to directors such as Creator/JohnLandis, who used it as an in-joke for every scene he shot inside an elevator.

In RealLife, of course, it was once a common practice for elevators to have soft instrumental music piped in as a means to relax the nerves of jittery or claustrophobic passengers, this also being the rule for department stores/shopping malls and grocery stores/supermarkets. However, this fell out of favor in the 1990s and ever since the noticeably smaller number of places (including the relatively few elevators) that ''have'' music will have the actual songs rather than the instrumental knock-offs, making this in general a ForgottenTrope, and a DeadHorseTrope in the case of this song.

Usually an integral part of an UncomfortableElevatorMoment.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* In Creator/AdultSwim adverts for ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'', the anime soundtrack theme "Barefoot in the Park" is played during the long awkward scene in the elevator with Asuka and Rei. The song itself [[SuspiciouslySimilarSong sounds a lot like a big-band version of "Ipanema"]].

* An Australian comedy duo called Creator/TheUmbilicalBrothers have a skit that entails a ride in an elevator. As there's no elevator prop, entering the elevator is signaled with a vocal beatbox of "The Girl from Ipanema".

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In the ''[[ComicBook/AngelIDW Angel: After the Fall]]'' comics, the Senior Partners send the entire city to Hell midway through [[Series/{{Angel}} the TV show]]'s BolivianArmyEnding. It should come as no surprise what music plays when Spike gets in an elevator...
* Subverted and PlayedForLaughs in ''Rutetid'', a cartoon spinoff of ComicBook/{{Pondus}}. A man and his wife leaves an elevator in shock, revealing that the music inside is played by a live black metal band. Cue this line: "I always thought elevator music was bad, but ''this''...
* ''ComicBook/TheFarSide'' also runs away with this trope, stuffing a string quartet inside the elevator.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* {{Subverted}} and {{lampshaded}} in ''Fanfic/PrettyCurePerfumePreppy''. In the sixth episode, there is an elevator moment, in which a bossa nova-ish version of the opening for the first season of ''Anime/YesPrettyCure5'', "Smile Go Go", played instead of the obligatory "Girl from Ipanema". Chiara asks why is it so, and Hakuo responds it was too overused.
* ''Fanfic/TheLife'', a ''Halo'' fanfiction, has several scenes when the characters have to take an elevator. So far, every single elevator scene has had a muzak arrangement playing in the background. There's usually lots of Lampshade Hanging from the characters involved. In fact, the A.I. running the main character's ship plays elevator music on all ship elevators with the intention of [[InvokedTrope invoking]] this.
* In the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' city of Ankh-Morpork,as envisaged by Creator/AAPessimal, the nearest thing to a skyscraper is the unstable Tump Tower. It has prototype lifts which are ultimately powered by golems or trolls. As Assassin Miss Alice Band discovered [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/5952595/7/Why-and-were when on a mission]], the lifts also have very small gnomes who are moved to play soothing tunes on their elim whistles (a lot smaller than penny whistles).
-->"Research indicates that passengers in the new Stronginthearm lift and elevator system prefer to hear soothing light music as they ascend or descend..."\\
"Well, I don't!" said Alice, firmly.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Non-elevator example: in ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo'', "Ipanema" plays in the dentist's office when Nemo is first seen in the fishtank.
* Used in the dining room scene of ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove'', to make the awkward silence that much more amusing.
* In ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory2'', when Al is riding the elevator down to the lobby, the music playing is an "Ipanema"-style version of the main theme from ''WesternAnimation/ABugsLife''. Both films were scored by Randy Newman.
* Non-elevator example: In ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'', António Carlos Jobim's lesser classic "Meditation (Meditação)" is heard at the main guest entrance to the castle of Duloc.
* ''Sev Trek: Puss in Boots'' (an Australian parody of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'') has a muzak version of the theme music playing in the [[PunnyName tardylift]] when our heroes are hunting down the alien.
* Another non-elevator-example: In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTheMovie2017'', "Ipanema" is briefly heard in Capper's bachelor pad.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/NightAtTheMuseum'', the museum's elevator plays an instrumental version of Barry Manilow's "Oh Mandy"
* Used in ''Film/MrAndMrsSmith2005'', when the title characters shoot their way into an elevator not once, but twice in quick succession. Both times, the song is clearly playing on the speakers. (The second time is arguably funnier, due to the presence of bullet holes in the elevator walls...)
* Particularly amusing in ''Film/TheBluesBrothers'', as a contrast to all the blues, jazz, and swing in the rest of the movie. Also amusing is the fact that it's [[SoundtrackDissonance intercut with the National Guard troops going "Hut! Hut! Hut!" as they storm the building]].
* [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in ''Film/DeepRising'' in a scene where three protagonists are in an elevator that stops with a crash, and the music comes on.
-->''[in reaction to an odd noise that temporarily drowns out the elevator's muzak]''\\
'''Finnegan:''' [[LeftTheBackgroundMusicOn What is that?]]\\
'''Pantucci:''' "The Girl from Ipanema"?
* In ''Film/TheMatrixReloaded'', music that vaguely resembles "The Girl from Ipanema" can be heard after Neo and company get off an elevator, en route to meeting with the Merovingian.
* In ''Film/AGoodDayToDieHard'', after entering an elevator, "The Girl from Ipanema" can be heard in Ukrainian.
* Done with a Steampunk elevator in ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}} and Obélix: Mission Cleopatra''.
* The ''Film/DawnOfTheDead2004'' remake:
** The characters are riding in an elevator while escaping the zombies. Though the song playing in said elevator is a muzak rendition of "All Out of Love".
-->'''CJ:''' Hey, I like this song!
** Subverted earlier when the characters first arrive at the mall, where the song is a muzak version of "Don't Worry, Be Happy" by Bobby [=McFerrin=].
* Subverted nicely (with a bit of ActorAllusion on the side) in ''Film/{{Godzilla|1998}}'' (1998). The lead character, played by Creator/MatthewBroderick, and others escape into an elevator, which does not play "Ipanema," but "[[Film/FerrisBuellersDayOff Danke Schon]]".
* Used in ''Film/BabePigInTheCity'', with an elevator full of animals.

* In ''Literature/CiaphasCain'' when he visits the local Arbitrator the elevator has a recording of ''Death to the Deviant'' playing. According to Cain it sounds like it was recorded by tone-deaf ratlings with nose flutes.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* On ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'', Dr. Cox and the Janitor take over the suite of a man who had been transferred out of the hospital to get some peace and quiet. After a while, [[spoiler:the Janitor has the door to the room covered with plaster and wallpaper, and when Dr. Cox puts his ear to where the door should be, the Janitor is dancing to]] "The Girl from Ipanema".
* Franchise/StargateVerse:
** In an [[HilariousOuttakes outtake]] for ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' Season 4, the actors are huddled in a corner of a Wraith set (a teleportation room in the corresponding episode). This looks so much like an UncomfortableElevatorMoment that David Hewlett [[InvokedTrope starts humming]] "The Girl from Ipanema", cracking up the others.
** This trope is also ''averted'' in an episode of ''Series/StargateSG1''. Sam Carter and Jack O'Neill are standing in one of the lifts at the SGC, having a bit of an UncomfortableElevatorMoment, and Sam starts humming [[ThemeTuneCameo the show's]] ''ThemeSong''. Behind-the-scene commentary reveals that Amanda Tapping originally wanted this to be the theme song for ''[=MacGyver=]'' (as an ActorAllusion to Richard Dean Anderson), but nobody could remember it right.
** In the ''Series/StargateUniverse'' episode "Epilogue", the elevator at the Teneran archives, which were created by the descendants of stranded 21st century Earth time-travelers, plays a SuspiciouslySimilarSong to "The Girl from Ipanema".
* Used in the ''Series/BurnNotice'' episode "Past and Future Tense".
* {{Lampshaded}} in the ''Series/{{Bones}}'' episode "The Mastodon in the Room". Sweets is playing "The Girl from Ipanema" on the piano when Caroline calls him to persuade him to give up his TenMinuteRetirement:
-->'''Sweets:''' I'm on sabbatical.\\
'''Caroline:''' Doing what, installing elevators? Because I can hear the music.
* This occurs in the ''Series/{{Chuck}}'' episode "Chuck vs. The Nemesis". Especially comical because the elevator in question seems to be a coded-access elevator in a super-secret government facility.
* Used hilariously in the episode "Eye of the Beholder" of ''Series/{{Castle}}'' in a shot of a swat team riding a hotel elevator, with the very uncomfortable hotel manager, altogether very awkwardly with this music playing in the background.
* Humorously used by Keith Olbermann on his sports show. The theme was that all the sports stories had gotten him riled up, and he had to leave his studio, go down to the ground floor, open the back door and let out a primal scream. All the way there and back he was muttering to himself... except when he's in the elevator, which was playing a happy, peppy number that had him smiling.
* Creator/TheWeatherChannel used to do a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_3kkCMGWjAo "Local on the Eights"]] (or simply a Local Forecast) which showed the current weather in the viewer's region (usually sponsored by their cable or satellite provider), as well as a forecast for the next few days, so that viewers would not have to wait for their region to come up on a national forecast, or sit through international and tropical weather forecasts, in order to get a forecast pertinent to them. As everything was being shown on the screen, Muzak played in the background. The Muzak would change every so often, and in December, there was usually ''holiday'' Muzak as well.
* Similarly, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rn4zr0I47zg the Prevue Channel]] (later called the Magazine/TVGuide channel) used to play Muzak while it scrolled through the TV listings available from the viewer's cable or satellite provider.

* Lampshaded on ''The Lazlow Show''. Anthony Cumia (of ''Radio/OpieAndAnthony'') joked that the hypothetical SpaceElevator would require the world's longest version of "The Girl from Ipanema" while you rode it.
* ''Radio/BleakExpectations'': When the main characters are [[{{Hellevator}} travelling into Hell via elevator]], they hear three things: the screams of the damned, the pleasure of the masochists, and a "weird sitar version of the girl from Ipanema".

[[folder:Music Videos]]
* The Music/FooFighters:
** Their "Monkey Wrench" video features Dave Grohl riding an elevator with a muzak version of "Big Me" playing in the background.
** As something of a thematic continuation, the music video for "Learn to Fly" is bookended with a muzak version of "Everlong" playing in the background.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* The Trophy Mode music in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Brawl'' is an "Ipanema"-style remix of the game's RecurringRiff.
* When the player enters any elevator in ''VideoGame/SystemShock'', the background music changes to a suspiciously "Ipanema"-like ditty. Which creates ''horrible'' MoodWhiplash when you've just barely managed to blast your way through creepy dark areas full of creepy enemies while listening to creepy audio logs... and then you're in the elevator, and hearing [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1aOszMedO2M this.]] Or when you ''exit'' the elevator and find yourself facing a room full of zombie mutants that want to eat your brains.
* In ''VideoGame/Mother3'', while riding the elevator in the [[spoiler:Empire Porky Building]], you are treated to an "Ipanema"-style arrangement of the pig-masks' theme.
* There is no actual elevator music in ''VideoGame/{{Iji}}'', but Tasen logbooks boast that the lifts ''are'' equipped with music players and that they play such unforgettable classics as "exploding eardrums that are also on fire" and "Hel Sarie will kick you in the face".
* The elevators in ''[[VideoGame/GoldenEye1997 GoldenEye 64]]'' feature elevator muzak arrangements of the film's ThemeTune. Strangely, these were absent from the game's spiritual successor ''VideoGame/PerfectDark''.
* ''VideoGame/{{Turok}} 3: Shadow of Oblivion'' has a SuspiciouslySimilarSong to "Ipanema" titled [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pjnDTdsEmgA "The Girl from Galyanna."]]
* In ''VideoGame/RiseOfTheTriad'', when you enter an elevator, there is a one in ten chance that [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iviwOGJkAzU this]] will play. In the remake, one of the levels has a segment which almost entirely takes place in a big elevator and which has a remade version of the tune.
* One lift in ''VideoGame/PsiOpsTheMindgateConspiracy'' plays a Muzak version of "With my mind" by Cold, part of the soundtrack for the game.
* In the Genesis game ''Zero Tolerance'', every elevator on the space station has [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXaNTAD54mg this music.]]
* ''The Glorious Trainwrecks 529 in One Klik and Play Pirate Kart'' has "Ipanema" as menu music, and you get achievements for listening to it enough times.
* ''Franchise/MassEffect'':
** The [[DynamicLoading Space Elevators]] in ''VideoGame/MassEffect1'' come complete with Space Muzak. Specifically, they're all muzak arrangements of several of the more dramatic pieces from the game. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_tAcIGhh5Yo Which makes them a lot less dramatic.]]
** A shout-out to the first game in Miranda's loyalty mission in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'': The team must take a particularly long elevator ride with elevator music playing in the background. Miranda slams the elevator's console with an omni-tool, and the elevator speeds up and the music stops. She ''really'' must mean business.
** And in the ''Project Overlord'' DLC for the same game, the elevator music makes a comeback, while Shepard's team is investigating a crashed Geth ship. Hilarious, nightmarishly distorted elevator music while exploring a seemingly [[NothingIsScarier completely dead ship]]. [[spoiler:It's even funnier [[BrickJoke the second time]] when you go back through that part of the ship later, with the same distorted music, while fighting off hordes of hacked Geth.]]
* ''VideoGame/HaloReach'' has a mission where you have to take an elevator to shut down a comms jammer. As you go up, and down the elevator, you're treated to gleeful muzak. Keep in mind [[SoundtrackDissonance this is while the city you are currently in is being]] ''[[DeathFromAbove nuked from sub-orbit]]''.
* The music from ''VideoGame/StarshipTitanic'' changes from majestic to tinny as you travel though the different class, suggesting the lower classes ''don't need good music.''
* ''VideoGame/{{Magicka}}'' spoofs this in the challenge map called "Caverns", where the players enter the arena through a wooden mechanical platform that is ([[AnachronismStew somehow]]) playing muzak. Some of the later enemy waves also enter through the elevator, accompanied by the same chime.
* ''VideoGame/{{Blood}}'' has this in all its elevators. If you shoot all the speakers, Caleb will say "''Thank'' you."
%%* As does ''VideoGame/MaxPayne''.
* ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'' has the tune play in elevator during the Disco Bandit's Nemesis quest.
* ''VideoGame/ExecutiveAssault'' does this with the elevator leading to your office.
* ''VideoGame/FirstEncounterAssaultRecon'' plays an Ipanema-style [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MHT0ueHjacM muzak ditty]] during the ElevatorActionSequence where you have to protect Alice, resulting in SoundtrackDissonance.
* ''VideoGame/PoliceQuest: Open Season'' has Ipanema-esque bossa nova music in the Parker Center elevators. One of these tunes was [[RecycledSoundtrack reused]] for the lobby music (Gammie's theme) in ''VideoGame/LeisureSuitLarry 6''. Another sounds similar to "How Insensitive", also composed by Jobim.
* ''VideoGame/SpaceQuestVIRogerWilcoInTheSpinalFrontier'' pulls the same trick with the Ascend-O-Pad that plays a remix of Shablee's theme. It's also one of the few places where Josh Mandel spent a lot of time writing jokes into every possible clickpoint.
* In the FanRemake of ''VideoGame/SpaceQuestIIVohaulsRevenge'', Muzak plays inside a restroom on Vohaul's asteroid fortress. A tinny version of the Monolith Burger theme also plays outside the entrance to the titular restaurant nearby.
* Not necessarily elevator music, but the [[SofterAndSlowerCover softer and slower arrangement]] of [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZHUZ65gj9s "Crimson Wings"]] in the UsefulNotes/PCEngine version of ''VideoGame/{{Ys}} IV'' sounds rather Ipanema-like.
* ''VideoGame/{{Obsidian}}'' has the cubicle maze area in the Bureau, with a swingy, exaggerated piece of muzak that constantly plays while you're there, fitting well with the Vidbot employees that parody things from eye doctors to personnel managers.
* The warehouse elevator in ''VideoGame/PajamaSam 2: Thunder and Lightning Aren't So Frightening'' does this.
* In the Medical level of ''VideoGame/NightmareNed'', muzak plays in a pitch black waiting room, which is the HubLevel for areas based on Ned's [[AfraidOfDoctors fear of doctors and dentists]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'' does this with a bossa nova variant of the game's theme, labeled "Hotel" on the soundtrack. It plays during Mettaton's cooking show and at the MTT resort.
* In ''VideoGame/AmericanMcGeesGrimm'', pausing the game in any episode from the seventh onward results in a tinny Muzak rendition of the opening theme. The style and tinniness make it clear that this trope is being invoked.
* In the FPS sections of ''Franchise/JurassicPark'' for the [[UsefulNotes/SuperNintendoEntertainmentSystem SNES]], the elevators you used to get between floors switched between two songs, one [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EoxIFOoEBn0 jaunty]] and the other [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HIxTjDjWyew smooth and relaxing]]. Considering that you were exploring a dark building full of Velociraptors and Dilophosaurs, this made for some ''prime'' MoodWhiplash. Especially when you were hauling ass to an elevator and right as you got in, you heard [[HellIsThatNoise the horrible screech of a Raptor]]... only for the doors to close and that jaunty music to play.
* ''VideoGame/Fallout4'' has muzak on some elevators, such as the one to the Diamond City mayor's office.
* One level in ''VideoGame/RevolutionX'' (featuring Music/{{Aerosmith}}) has brief interludes in an elevator; [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=32oZviti5qo the music that plays]] is, fittingly, a muzak version of "Love in an Elevator".

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* In ''WebAnimation/TheSagaOfBiorn'', Heaven is accompanied by a smooth jazz Muzak.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* [[http://irregularwebcomic.net/43.html Written as a musical score, no less]] in ''Webcomic/IrregularWebcomic''. Whether this counts as a LampshadeHanging or not is debatable.
* [[http://www.bmoviecomic.com/?cid=338 Features prominently in a strip]] of ''Webcomic/TheBMovieComic''.
* ''Webcomic/KeychainOfCreation'': [[http://keychain.patternspider.net/archive/koc0023.html First Age elevators]] still play music [[RagnarokProofing after a millennium of disuse]]. Not exactly "elevator muzak", though -- it's the opening theme song from ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''.
* [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/377 On this page]] of ''Webcomic/MegaTokyo'', the elevator plays "Fly Me to the Moon", the ''ending'' theme song from ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''.
* Subverted in ''Webcomic/EverydayHeroes'' during an UncomfortableElevatorMoment, when the [[http://eheroes.smackjeeves.com/comics/1891160/first-things-first/ music playing]] is actually "Wind Beneath My Wings". (If you can read music, you'll notice the melody is from the chorus, "Did I ever tell you you're my hero", which seems appropriate.)
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'''s sixth volume album features a track called Elevatorstuck which remixes the ''Homestuck'' Theme into the style of this trope, though the flashes in which it was ultimately used had nothing to do with elevators. Its usually used as background music, [[MostAnnoyingSound or to infuriate and annoy people who complain]] [[LeftTheBackgroundMusicOn about the background music.]]
* Referenced in ''Webcomic/{{Wondermark}}'', [[http://wondermark.com/1k19/ "In which there are choices"]]. Two men, waiting for an elevator that just won't arrive, suggest solutions to their problem that grow ever more ridiculous:
-->'''Man 2:''' We could be priests of the new order, sanctifying ''the Metal Cube Room'' as an ''oracle'' and allowing only ''ourselves'' access, and only then on the solstice, and only ''then'' following a blood sacrifice from throngs of peasants who've made desperate pilgrimages to hear the faint, muffled strains of the ''muzak'' version of "The Girl from Ipanema".
* In ''Webcomic/BeyondTheVeil'' some salvagers have [[http://beyondtheveilcomic.com/?comic=um-hello-_ an argument]] about the elevator muzak on a centuries-old starship.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses:
** WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic put it to good use in the [[WebVideo/TGWTGYearOneBrawl One Year]] [[http://www.thatguywiththeglasses.com/videolinks/thatguywiththeglasses/nostalgia-critic/6719-1-year-anniversary-video Anniversary brawl]].
** In the beginning of the crossover review for ''Anime/Interstella5555'', Nella rides an elevator to join the others... and it play a ''Mario'' theme as elevator music.
* When Creator/StuartAshen reviewed an [[ShoddyKnockoffProduct iPad ripoff]] ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IJXlFcAaSIk here]]) the long loading screens gave him time to hum this.
* This very wiki uses it on the screen asking if you want to pass through the content curtain. The options are "Yes", "No", and "Maybe." If you choose "Maybe" you get a screen that says:
-->Cool. We'll wait for you to think it over.\\
We would play some soothing "hold" music for you now but there were licensing issues.\\
Hum "The Girl from Ipanema", if you like.
* ''Godzilla Versus Disco Lando'': Apparently, [[Music/FrankSinatra Sinatra]]'s version plays inside Godzilla.
* How about [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w9vHAtM-dnc a live version]] played just for you and your fellow passengers?
* In the ''WebVideo/JoueurDuGrenier'' review of ''VideoGame/XPerts'', this classic elevator muzak is used when [=JdG=] points out that, unlike in many other games, you have to ''wait'' for an elevator to show up.
* Creator/CleolindaJones uses this in her ''[[Film/TheAvengers2012 Avengers]] in Fifteen Minutes'', during the scene where Black Widow beats up Russian agents while Agent Coulson waits for her to finish.
* When Alton Brown reviewed [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FgFeVlw2Ywg&t=3m54s useless kitchen gadgets]] for ''The Daily Dot'', the long cooking time for the Rollie Eggmaster was backed by a ballroom-style song that, if not precisely "The Girl from Ipanema", was ''very'' close to it.
* The joke website [[http://zombo.com/ www.zombo.com]] plays such a tune in the background.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'', the Muzak in Jack Hench's waiting room is a rather "Ipanema"-like arrangement of the ''Kim Possible'' theme song.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheAngryBeavers'', [[TheBusCameBack Treeflower returns to the forest]], only she is no longer the carefree NewAgeRetroHippie she was in her earlier appearance. Instead, she writes "elevator music" and wears a suit, since her retro 1960s band fell out of favor and broke up. [[spoiler:She is also dating [[NoAccountingForTaste Truckee the Shrew.]]]]
* The "Blue Harvest" episode of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' featured Han Solo (Peter), Luke Skywalker (Chris) and Chewie (Brian) taking an elevator in the Death Star and listening to a very [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c6zHyxHNcFg "Ipanema"-like arrangement of the Imperial March]].
* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode "Parasites Lost", Fry's duel with Lord Mayor of [[ItsPronouncedTropay Colón]] is set to a thrilling swashbuckling piece, except for the part in the middle when they enter an elevator. During which they fight in silence.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'', [[AIIsACrapshoot GIR has been merged with the house's AI]]. Zim commands the elevator to bring him down to the actual base, and GIR plays Muzak and demands that Zim dance to it before taking him anywhere.
* Enforced in ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'', where having a elevator remix was one of their self-imposed requirements to be One Hit Wonders in "Flop Starz".
** This version makes an appearance in a scene in which [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext Candace is riding in an elevator with a giant gumball machine globe she was running from.]]
* On ''WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}'', the Muzak playing in the dentist's office waiting room in "Doug's Dental Dilemma" was an elevator music rendition of in-universe rock song "Killer Tofu".
* ''WesternAnimation/SecretSquirrel'', episode "Hot Rodney": Secret Squirrel, in his race car, is in an elevator rushing to save Morocco Mole on the roof of a building. Some "Ipanema"-style music plays as another passenger looks on uncomfortably.
* In the pilot episode of ''WesternAnimation/CowAndChicken'', the Devil (before he was Bowdlerized to "The Red Guy") takes an elevator from Hell to the surface world, with muzak.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' episode "Gem Drill", Steven wishes he'd brought some music to listen to when he learns it's going to take two hours to drill all the way to the Cluster. Peridot puts on some elevator music.
* For a band that likes Death Metal, and ONLY Death Metal, Dethklok of ''WesternAnimation/{{Metalocalypse}}'' certainly have an interesting choice of music in their elevators.