My list of songs for testing...

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I have created a new post that includes my Tidal and Spotify test lists, so they will be automatically updated, you can find it here: My Test Music






When trying out a set of headphones or speakers, or any other new part of the chain, I like to listen to all kinds of music and will usually spend at least a couple of weeks using the item daily to get a feel for it.

Saying that, I have a list of songs that I always listen to at least once with each item.

Not all of these songs are good, nor are the all well recorded, but I know them well from having listened to them so many times and they help me to quickly judge if something sticks out, for good or for bad.

I have most of these tracks on CD (well, in FLAC ripped from CD) but they are also available in their majority on Tidal or other streaming platforms.

The list of songs is as follows:

Chris Jones - Long After You're Gone
Crooked Still - Little Sadie
Steely Dan - Jack Of Speed
The Fairfield Four - These Bones
Jennifer Warnes - Way Down Deep
Daft Punk & Pharell Williams - Get Lucky
Rag'n'Bone Man - Human (acoustic)
Brian Bromberg - Elephants On Ice Skates
Yello - The Expert
Kanye West - Violent Crimes
Sara K. - All Your Love (Turned to Passion)
Eagles - Hotel California (Live On MTV, 1994)
Paul Simon - Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes
Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg - Still D.R.E
Dr.Dre, Hittman & Knoc-Turn'al - Bang Bang
Dr.Der & Eminem - Forgot About Dre
Alison Kraus - Down To The River To Pray
Sade - No Ordinary Love
Sade - Smooth Operator
E.S Posthumus - Nara (Theme to Cold Case)
Pentatonix - Hallelujah
Daniela Andrade - Crazy
Adele - Hello
Sam Smith - HIM
Billie Eilish - Bury A Friend
Billie Eilish - When the Party's Over
Yosi Horikawa - Letter
Yosi Horikawa - Bubbles
Gustavo Santaolalla - No Mercy
Swindle - New Life
John Mayer - Free Fallin' (Live at the Nokia Theatre)
The Civil Wars - Billie Jean
Becca Adams - Pretty Girl
Francesco Yates - Sugar (acoustic)
Missy & Blonde with Julia Ross - Something Just Like This
Alicia Keys - No One (acoustic)
Lana Del Rey - Hope is a Deangerous Thing for a Woman Like Me to Have
Zella Day - Seven Nation Army
Caro Emerald - Back It Up
Nach - El Cuenta Cuentos
T'Pau - China In Your Hand
Prince - BLACK MUSE
Busta Rhymes - Gimme Some More
Busta Rhymes & Lenny Kravitz - Make Noise
2Pac - Ambitionz Az A Ridah
2Pac - All Eyez On Me
Tracy Chapman - Give Me One Reason
Lorde - Royals
Oliver - Light Years Away
Johnny Cash - Hurt
Rage Against The Machine - Killing In The Name
Rage Against The Machine - Bombtrack
Dua Lipa - Don't Start Now
Ottmar Liebert & Luna Negra - La Luna (binaural)
Y Traxx - Mystery Land
London Philharmonic Orchestra - Adagio For Strings, Op. 11a
The Police - Walking On The Moon
Michael Jackson - Billie Jean
Die Antwoord - I Fink U Freeky
Eric Clapton - Tears In Heaven (acoustic) (Live at MTV Unplugged)
David Guetta feat. Skylar Grey - Shot Me Down
Luciano Pavarotti - Caruso


I have other songs that I know well, probably even better than these, but this is the list that I always fall back on at some moment during my testing.