Weekly survey: What are the best tracks to test headphones, earbuds, and speakers?

A proper version of the original recording is loaded with subtleties that can only be heard with high-quality gear. Listen for the range of dynamics (the differences between the loud and soft passages) as well as the deep bass that comes in with the chorus. First, you can test your favourite songs, tracks that are so familiar that know every nanosecond of the song. (Hint: Listen for the buzz on the last note of the bass riff. The way I see it, there are two ways to go about this. Or speakers. So here’s my question: What songs do you use to audition audio gear? The clearer and more defined the buzz, the better.)
For the second phase of my testing, I used “The Man’s Too Strong” from Dire Straits’ Brothers in Arms album. Since you’ll be mostly listening to music on your new purchase, chances are you have a bunch of go-to songs that you use to test out prospective audio equipment. Despite its deepness, the bass note is very smooth and pure. Does the equipment reproduce the recording better or worse? It may not be something you listen to all the time, but the recording is so good that you know it’ll expose any flaws in what you’re looking to by. Or just different? This is a very important and possibly a very expensive decision, so you want to make sure you get the best-sounding gear for your budget. What are those songs–and why? I use both methods. Every once in a while, you need a new set of headphones. Second, you can choose a song just for its sonic characteristics. If it sounds good, then consider purchasing whatever you’re using. In the first instance, I often go with “Walk on the Wild Side” by Lou Reed. I’m looking to write a column for Global News on the subject this weekend, so I can use all the input I can get. Or earbuds.
Weekly survey: What are the best tracks to test headphones, earbuds, and speakers?