5 Best Bass Tracks I’ve Tried That Give Your Music System A Workout
There’s nothing quite like the big bass thrill of a music system. This track roundup celebrates my love for low frequencies with a selection of must-have tracks that can deliver tons of rich, happy bass when played on a capable music system.
I’m not talking about one-note bass, or bass so powerful it muddyes every other frequency strand in the music mix and is tiring to listen to for long periods of time. I’m talking about a musical bass that brings a sense of scale and melody to everything I hear.
A system capable of producing good bass with the tracks below will have a level of subtlety to energize a room to the kind of levels you only thought possible during live performance. Several of the tracks I’ve chosen below are useful demo tracks for testing other elements of a music system’s performance, and are also included in my feature of getting the best headphone sound for you.
A selection of demo tracks can be found on our Tidal playlist (opens in a new tab).
My 5 best bass tracks
1. Dangerous by Big Data
I often feel that Dangerous (opens in a new tab) by Big Data (feat. Joywave) should come with a health warning or a “proceed with caution” warning at the very least. It’s a huge track that’s fun but not for the faint-hearted, and truly lives up to its title when it comes to bass levels.
The bass levels of this track are so powerful that they seem like they could easily damage a bass speaker, and playing this track at high volume levels really needs to be done with caution. So far, however, it’s been just bags of fun and sheer joy to hear it play through a capable music system, and energizes the bass drivers of a speaker like no other. track that I heard.
I first heard this track while watching the Euphoria Season 1 finale. Even on a mediocre TV sound system, the sound was spectacular, and I could tell it had the right kind of qualities to put today’s speaker systems through their paces. It has since become one of my favorite avenues for doing a quick bass management assessment for many loudspeaker products. I used it during my Devialet Mania hands-on and was blown away.
2. The time of Hans Zimmer
While I appreciate a solid bass sound, sonic balance is also important, and orchestral tracks naturally have the best frequency distribution, from bass notes and timpani to strings and soaring flutes, for example, and bands. contemporary sound can be useful here.
Hans Zimmer’s soundtracks are among the most recognizable today, and Time (opens in a new tab) excerpt from the film Creation is a masterclass of a moving soundtrack, with rich strings, considerable bass weight and soulful dynamics. It’s a captivating piece of music that should fill the room – or your head if you’re listening through the best headphones – with sound full of depth and detail.
Also try Like a Dog Chasing Cars (opens in a new tab) from the original film soundtrack The black Knight; you should hear a lot of low weight without it being too loud. There’s also plenty of high-frequency detail to listen to, which gives the piece its rhythm and a sense of pursuit.
3. Newton Faulkner’s Tear
Like one of my favorite tracks, Teardrop (opens in a new tab) by Newton Faulkner is very useful for highlighting the delicate lower mid-frequency area before moving into the bass range. If the tonal balance is incorrect, a performer’s vocal performance can sound muffled and distant, as if they were perhaps singing from an adjoining room, and disconnected from the rest of the elements of the performance. If certain mid frequencies are boosted, the vocal may sound forward and too “fat” compared to other elements of the performance.
But in this case, the reason I included it here is for the powerful bass note that comes right at the end of the track. It happens just before the end of the song, but it’s definitely worth the wait if you’re listening on a capable music system or a deep-digging pair of headphones.
Many speakers I’ve heard just don’t go deep enough to handle that final note, and it can easily go unnoticed when played on lesser music systems. But with a good set of hi-fi speakers in place, or with a built-in subwoofer dedicated to low-end support, this track hits with a sustained bass note that can shake your insides. If you’re listening to this track and you don’t feel the power at the end, you need a better music system.
4. The Ballad of the Runaway Horse by Jennifer Warnes
Another proven track that I also use to check out the capabilities of a system with vocals, this track by Jennifer Warnes has great bass on the right speakers. The Ballad of the Runaway Horse (opens in a new tab) is a long track that can get a little tiring to listen to on a lower music system. It’s far more engaging on a capable music system, with melodious bass notes on the right setup. The double bass should sound like an instrument playing a full range of musical notes, rather than sounding like its only limited bass note through speakers that aren’t able to dig deep enough.
5. Spoons by Rudimental
As the saying goes, “timing is everything”. If a performance seems loose, disorganized, or boring, it’s likely due to poor timing and will result in a low level of engagement with your favorite music.
One of my favorite tracks to gauge timing is Spoons (opens in a new tab) by Rudimental (feat. MNEK & Syron). Of course, it’s got great bass energy too, and if you’re not hooked on the beat and infectious rhythm while listening to this track, then the system isn’t working properly.
My bass obsession
Who doesn’t like to listen to music with a bit of bass? Bass is a key part of our enjoyment of music, so if a music system isn’t able to recreate and produce the low frequencies you love to hear, it’s unlikely to make any musical connection when you listen to your favorite songs.
Some would say I’m a bass fanatic, but without it I argue you only get part of the sonic picture. For me, the pleasure of feeling big bass sounds is one of the sonic factors attributed to the euphoric feeling I get from attending live events. It energizes the crowd, can sway emotions, and encourage a powerful sense of connection with the artist I hear. The bass adds breadth to everything I hear, tapping into the power of the music and even (sometimes) making me want to get up to dance. Without good bass, the sound coming from a speaker is just background noise.