Top 10 Songs To Test Car Audio by Audio Engineer


We’ve all been in various positions where we appreciate a great sounding audio system in our cars. Sure, many of us think that the sound of the exhaust through the floor is the best type of music to listen to, but on a long touring drive to say a car show-off three states or so away, a well designed sound system can truly help melt the miles away and make for a more enjoyable drive. To help design some of the best audio listening environments, car manufacturers use the help of audio engineers, who happen to be very good listeners.  Audio engineer Matt Kirsch from General Motors has complied and shared his own playlist of the top ten songs to use to judge your own system with notes;

  1. Don’t Know Why” by Norah Jones. Listen for Norah’s voice to sound natural, and centered in front of you.
  2. Diamonds and Rust” by Joan Baez. Listen for strong vocals, and for the instruments to be set across a wide sound stage.
  3. No One” by Alicia Keys. Listen for clarity in Alicia’s vocals and spacious background sound.
  4. Hotel California” by the Eagles. Listen for the clarity and dynamic range during the opening guitar solo, and of course the powerful drum beat.
  5. Boom Boom Pow“by the Black Eyed Peas. Listen for powerful, accurate bass beats, even at full volume.
  6. Rock that Body“by the Black Eyed Peas. Listen clear, intelligible lyrics over the powerful, persistent bass beat.
  7. Hide and Seek“by Imogen Heap. Listen for the enveloping ambience of the song, building on the openness and dynamic vocals.
  8. He Mele No Lilo” by Mark Keali’i Ho’omalu from Lilo and Stitch.Listen for the ambience and staging as the children’s chorus is offset by powerful bass.
  9. Bird on a Wire” by Johnny Cash. Listen for the clarity in Johnny’s distinctive voice, and his guitar to sound natural and free of any coloration.
  10. Packt Like Sardines in a Crushd Tin Box” by Radiohead. Listen for the punch from the percussive bass, and the ring of the steel drums.
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