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What is your favourite song to test headphones/speakers?

Thought I might make a playlist to add a bunch of songs recommended by the Massdrop community. My go to song has always been Hotel California. Keen to hear what yours are.
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Out of Sight by Miami Horror
Michael Jackson thriller, steely Dan hey nineteen
Theme X - Hiroyuki Sawano - you have all the frequencies you would ever want in that plus lots of synth, string and drums action.
There's a whole discussion on this: https://www.massdrop.com/talk/105/what-are-your-favorite-test-tracks-and-why There's some good information on things to look for along with the tracks in which they live.
Heefty
Hmm, no idea why, but that link doesn’t work for me. Freezes at a blank white page. edit: 4th time’s the charm? Oh well!
Couldn't pick just one so I gave you my top 5: Papa Was A Rolling Stone - The Temptations This is always the one song I play for testing due to lead and backup vocals and how dynamic the entire song is overall. It does a good job of covering many vocal ranges and has some nice stereo separation that I enjoy. Sounds wonderful from my 2ch setup and headphones. Billie Jean - Michael Jackson This is almost always the 2nd song I play as the production and imaging on this track are marvelous. A good 2ch system or headphones can pick up all the finger snaps (and place them) as Jackson is moving around constantly or his lips smacking, taking in a breath, etc. My Cherie Amour - Stevie Wonder A more intimate song that has some nice echo/reverb due to where the track was recorded. A good setup will make this known, otherwise, the effect can be lost (which is a real shame). Also, Stevie shows some great range as the band does their thing. A poor setup can really smear and suffocate this song and remove that airiness that makes it feel like a live recording. Ain't No Sunshine - Bill Withers The song that motivated me to pickup the guitar and the first I learned, so it has a special place for me. A nice simple song with Bill's vocals and chill guitar playing as band members fade in and out over the entire song. If you can find a live version, it's even more of a treat. Death Letter Blues - Son House The great bluesman that influenced Muddy Waters. Many won't enjoy the taste of this one but I advise you to watch the video while listening to see how he plays. His particular style of slide playing is just a joy to watch and just as much fun trying to pick up all the subtleties of the strings played and their notes. Just gobs of layering and technicalities. His voice is so unique and the wrong system can clean it up too much and remove some of that harshness and grain. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NdgrQoZHnNY Sorry for the long post!
jaydunndiddit
Not at all. This is the type of quality comment I'm looking for.