This post is a kind of collaboration with my youngest son. He is writing a similar post, highlighting his favorite songs to listen to using his headphones. He’s got a much broader range of music that he listens compared to me, so I’d encourage you to check it out at Muzik Mondai.
I’m often a little behind on keeping up with the music scene, but in this case, I’m more than a century behind.
I just got my first pair of what I consider “nice” headphones (Mpow H19 IPO Active Noise Cancelling Headphones), and I never knew what I was missing until I listened to Bruce Springsteen’s The Rising album over the weekend. The headphones shut out the world around me and allowed me to just listen to the music. It was wonderful.
I have had headphones before, but they were the equivalent of the free ones you get on an airplane. I just didn’t think I would be able to notice the difference in sound quality between those cheap headphones and a nicer set. Boy, was I wrong…
According to Wikipedia, the first headphones were developed in the late 19th century for use by telephone operators, to keep their hands free. Initially, the audio quality was mediocre and a step forward was the invention of high fidelity headphones. In 1958, John C. Koss, an audiophile and jazz musician from Milwaukee, produced the first stereo headphones.
So the technology has been around a long time, and I am just really taking advantage of it now. I tried to think of some songs that might sound great through a set of headphones, and the first one that came to mind was Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen, and I guessed correctly:
After that, I wasn’t sure what else to try, so I decided to look for some expert guidance. I went searching on the web for some listings of songs that are considered great songs to test out headphones on. I came across lots and lots of listings, but I only checked out a couple of them and listened to the songs that were suggested. It was quite an eclectic set of songs, and there were very few songs that I was familiar with.
One song that stood out was: “Wild Monk” by Osamu Kitajima. According to Vlad Svavov, the author of one of the articles I came across about top songs for testing headphones, Wild Monk” is just a fun, dynamic track that really tests the treble reproduction of any sound system. I don’t know treble vs bass, but I simply enjoyed how the music shifted from one ear to the other at times, and was a different kind of music to what I usually listen to.
The final one I’ll include is another song and artist I’ve never heard of: Paper Moon” by Booka Shade. It’s another song that just really shows off the beauty of listening to music through a pair of headphones.
I’d love to hear some suggestions as to songs that you think sound particularly great through a set of headphones; I’ve got some serious catching up to do…