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Updated by Frontrunner Magazine on Oct 16, 2020
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Best Songs for Testing Speakers or Headphones

Buying speakers and headphones can be tricky. Some songs sound better on different speakers or headphones. Taste in music varies and it's easy to find yourself with a set of headphones or speakers that don't recognize bass, treble, vocal, or instrumental styles. Take a listen to some of these classic tracks with your headphones and speakers to test the difference. Feel free to add a track if you see something we have missed!

Steely Dan - "Hey Nineteen"

"Hey Nineteen" by studio pioneers Steely Dan is an incredibly rich and dynamic song.

Massive Attack - "Unfinished Sympathy"

"Unfinished Sympathy" will quickly identify the subwoofers with rattle and the ones with some true boom.

Leonard Cohen - "In My Secret Life"

If you are looking for subtlety then Leonard Cohen is your man.

The Who - "Baba O'Riley"

This track pans from left to right and with great speakers it is pure joy.

Beastie Boys - Brass Monkey (2017 Remastered)

Watch the volume on this one. The big booming bass could blow a cheap speaker apart.

Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody (Official Video)

Wayne's World made this one infamous for a reason. It is a smorgasbord of sound!

Harold Faltermeyer - "Beverly Hills Cop" Theme Song

Listen for the clicking sound in the background and you are good.