Made for Headphones Playlist by Audio Connection

Made for Headphones Playlist

We have created the ultimate playlist to test out your headphones and speakers.

This playlist was compiled based on feedback from our customers and Facebook followers giving explanations as to why they make a great track to test out headphones. We have personally enjoyed the selection and honestly a fantastic set of songs to test out your home audio speakers too. 

Without further ado, please enjoy! 

The Playlist

  • Your Latest Trick by Dire Straits
    ("Not a daily listen for me, but I always give Your Latest Trick by Dire Straits a go on new gear. Guitar, sax, instrument separation etc.")

  • Heartbeat by King Crimson

  • Parabola by TOOL

  • The Road by UNKLE,Eska
    ("Unkle - The road, a fantastic song, a dense and complex recording that will challenge any pair of cans and help reveal their pros and cons.")

  • First We Take Manhattan by Barb Jungr

  • Unfinished Sympathy by Massive Attack

  • Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen
    ("Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody. Firstly, what a fantastic song. Secondly it has all the crucial components to test out a set of headphones. Love the band. Love the song.")

  • Thunderstruck by AC/DC

  • Burn the Witch by Radiohead
    ("I find “burn the witch” by Radiohead in 24-bit is usually a good test track; impeccably well produced and dynamic, then the complex, fast paced stringed arrangement at the end as the track reaches its crescendo puts a good headphone (and DAC) through its paces")

  • Breathe by Pink Floyd

  • River by Herbie Hancock

  • Ghostwriter by RJD2
    ("RJD2 - Ghostwriter. Those dizzying drums 👌")

  • Tanqueray by Johnnie Johnson
    ("Tanqueray by Johnnie Johnson. Those keys are just so clean, but then you can hear all the texture on the snare and the band calling out in the background. That Keith Richards solo also has a story. The song is certainly something else")

  • Hotel California by The Eagles (Hell Freezes over)
    ("Hotel California, Eagles, Hell Freezes over. There is so much going on in the first minute. I love it when the drums kick in..... It's sublime")

  • Heaven Beside You by Alice in Chains
    ("Heaven beside you by Alice in Chains, MTV unplugged version.
    It has incredibly fast attacks -and tests at the same time positioning, cymbals, strings and vocals perfectly like not many other tracks.
    It’s also one of my favourite songs.")

  • Nica Libres At Dusk by Ben Howard
    ("Nica libres at dusk -Ben Howard. Great soundstage and detail.")

  • Sweet Pain by Nustrat Ali Fateh Khan
    ("For the dynamics instrumentation and vocal details.")

  • Take Five by Dave Brubeck Quartet
    ("Comes down to a balance between familiarity and its technical aspects.
    The timbre, open sound, use of natural instruments and subtle percussive details make it a good choice for critical listening.")

  • God of Wine by Third Eye Blind
    ("God of wine - Third eye blind. Absolutely smashing track that has a great mix of low, mids and highs to test out the headphones.")

  • Pathway by Marilyn Mazur
    ("Soundstage, imagining, highs, realism.")

  • Open Eye Sginal by Jon Hopkins

  • You and Your Friend by Dire Straits 
    ("You and Your Friend - Dire Straits. Tonnes of atmosphere, swathes of headroom and incredible imaging.")

  • Flamenco Sketches by Miles Davis
    ("Flamenco Sketches by Miles Davis. A classic jazz track that sounds amazing with good audio gear.")

  • Miss You by Trentemøller
    ("Trentemøller has one track: album- “Last resort”, track “Miss you”. It is possibly the best recorded track I know. The air, the sap ace, to glow, the base, the crispness of the gongs and all in a amazingly sexy wrapper. No better music to test the headphones.")

  • Angel by Massive Attack
    ("Angel by Massive Attack. Bass, space, dynamic and detail.")

  • Mountains by Hans Zimmer
    ("Mountains - Song by Hans Zimmer. A pure musical wonder. The song starts on light, gentle piano and then builds up into powerful organ variations. It mellows out before the organ and strings reappear, slowly pulling you further, as the organ reaches a powerfully mournful crescendo with the orchestra also playing loudly and emphatically behind it. When the organs reach their peak, the slight sound of a choir can be heard, which can only be distinguished By listening to this song on a great headphones, the details send chills down your spine. This is why I choose this song.")

  • Lift Off by Tom Misch
    ("My go to track is Lift Off by Tom Misch, Yuasef Dayes, and Rocco Palladino. The acoustics and percussion on the track really test how each headphones handle the attack of Yussef’s drums while maintaining composure with the guitars.")

  • Over My Head by Fleetwood Mac
    (""over my head" by Fleetwood Mac to begin with. It has a beautiful bass line played by John McVie, slowly roll into the mix while hi pitch chimes are being played. Then his wife Christine takes over on great vocals.")

  • I Want to Break Free by Queen

  • Overture (From "TRON: Legacy"/Score) by Daft Punk
    ("One of my go to songs is the track Overture from Tron Legacy by Daft Punk. Really good fusion of Orchestral and Electronic music. Takes me to a happy place whenever I listen to it")

  • Evidence by Faith No More
    ("Evidence by Faith No More. Excellent bass rhythm, smooth male vocals, black background. There are so many songs on my test playlist, but I always play this one first. I just know it so well.")

  • Money by Pink Floyd
    ("Pink floyd was notorious for 24 bit recordings dark side of the moon in 24 bit has sounds that will really test it out")

  • Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin
    ("George Gershwin - Rhapsody in Blue. Switching from piano to strings/brass/percussion overload and back again several times. dynamic potency")

  • Turn Your Lights Down Low by Bob Marley

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