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The 7 Best Songs To Hear In Headphones!

Updated on June 11, 2011

SoundOps Mastering presents: Tracks That Come Alive In Stereo

Stereo sound is old news. When you separate the Left and the Right, songs sound better. But there are a few songs out there in particular that take it to the next level. These tracks were recorded, mixed, produced, and mastered to be experienced in stereo. And for those of you who didn't know, the best stereo is heard in headphones!

When we pulled this list together, we had 3 things in mind...

1) to argue about which songs are the best ever to hear in stereo,

2) for you to find your old pair of headphones (or get some new ones), and

3) for all of us to kick back and take a listen with our players turned way up!

It's possible that you may have never heard a song that was produced like these. It's more likely, however, that you heard them on an old "boom box" or at a party and couldn't notice the stereo goodness.

Here's what to listen for when you hear these songs...

When a band goes into the studio, all the different instruments are recorded individually and all these tracks are manipulated by the engineers. They mess around with the volume, EQ, and effects of each one. They also control which speaker(s) will play each part. In many recordings, the singer will be "in the middle" or in both speakers, whereas some of the drums will only be in the left speaker, and others only in the right. It's called panning. Sometimes, the lead guitar, for example, will pan slowly from one side to the other. Or, you may hear the keyboard bounce back and forth between the left and right. These things are easier to notice in headphones. Producers don't make these little changes by accident. Stereo production is it's own art form. It's a creative representation of a recording.

After a song is produced, it is sent off for mastering. The mastering process cleans up the audio and brings it to life, making everything sound more crisp and level. The best songs to hear in headphones have gone through all the stages of production and post production (mastering) with people like us in mind. These dudes knew they were making little masterpieces that would only be discovered in a real stereo environment.

So, bring your beverage of choice, turn down the lights, and enjoy these tunes the way they were intended to be heard - with one speaker in your left ear, and one in your right! Have fun!

Picture created by Hidrate (cool chick from the US). Thanks! To see more of her art, check out her online gallery and her profile on deviantart.com

The Top 7 Songs To Hear In Headphones - presented by The SoundOps Mastering Studio

If you think a song should be included in this list, sign the guestbook with your recommendation. If we get a few votes for the same tune, we'll kick one of these off the list (after we hear it for ourselves of course). Thanks y'all, and don't forget to vote for the song that should be # 1!

PS: Click on an album cover to download the song from Amazon!

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Need Some New Headphones? - Amazon Has The Best Selection

It's always a good day to pick up a new set of headphones! Take it from guys who listen to music for a living. In the mastering studio, we hear stuff blasting out of speakers the size of people all the time, but nothing beats a great tune in your favorite phones :)

Bands: Listen Up!

If you want your recording to sound its best for all those people who will have you in their mp3 players, you need mastering. Make sure it's professionally mastered before you start handing it out. You'll hear the difference...and so will your fans!

Headphone Art - by Hidrate

Thanks for stopping by! Sign your name, leave a comment, or share a stereo story. Do have the perfect headphones? Is there a song that should've been on the list? Tell us - anything goes!

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      abcde 2 years ago

      Where r da songs

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      anon 3 years ago

      What are the songs

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      willduke lm 5 years ago

      @carl-wagner-902: Thanks!

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      willduke lm 5 years ago

      @nina-stina24: Thanks! We will definitely check it out.

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      willduke lm 5 years ago

      @bryan-t-rodriguez-98: Great find! Thanks for reading :]

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      bryan-t-rodriguez-98 5 years ago

      ready or not- Fugees. They also switch from speaker to speaker.

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      nina-stina24 5 years ago

      Bulletproof by La Roux is a decent song for headphones too. But this is a cool list nonetheless. :)

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      carl-wagner-902 5 years ago

      2 More Great Headphones songs:

      Gorillaz - Every Planet We Reach is Dead

      Pink Floyd - Any Colour You Like

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      willduke lm 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks for the comment!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      thanks for this great lens...

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      dvdmoviereviews 5 years ago

      interesting...

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      adamfader 5 years ago

      Great idea for a lens. Thanks

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      jadehorseshoe 5 years ago

      A Very Nice Lens!

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      hughgrissettsr lm 6 years ago

      super lens! try led zeppelin's rock and roll on headphones!

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      hughgrissettsr lm 6 years ago

      super lens! try led zeppelin's rock and roll on headphones!

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      willduke lm 6 years ago

      @bosieboy: Ha ha. Why not. Thank you!

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      willduke lm 6 years ago

      @orange3 lm: Nice!

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      bosieboy 6 years ago

      I am older than I like to admit to and am afraid for me a 70s disco album is my fave for headphone listening - Romeo & Juliet by Alec R Costandinos.

      I know you will think I am a little weird - but hey, each to their own!

      Anyway - great lens. Given you a squidlike - we all need them!

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      orange3 lm 6 years ago

      White Rabbits - Percussion Gun is my favorite song to listen to with headphones :)

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      willduke lm 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks for contributing man! I agree. Great song. Added it

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Supertramp's "Crime of the Century" should be on this list, One of the best endings in rock history, Sounds incredible on my Headphones

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      willduke lm 6 years ago

      @Joyce Mann: Thanks for sharing - I'm glad you like it :)

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      Joyce T. Mann 6 years ago from Bucks County, Pennsylvania USA

      I love wearing my headphones so that I can belt out my favorite tunes at the same time. Great lens. Thanks!