General Motors audio engineer Matt Kirsch has released a list of the top 10 songs for testing car audio quality, reports USA Today.
Hip Hop heads may presume the list to be rife with the ultra-clean production of Dr. Dre or the eclectic yet hard-hitting sounds of Timbaland, or perhaps the unmistakable energetic thump behind Swizz Beatz’ musical concoctions. Not so, according to Kirsch.
The first two slots on the list belong to “Don’t Know Why” by Norah Jones and “Diamonds and Rust” by Joan Baez. “No One” by Alicia keys comes in at number three, with Kirsch explaining, “Listen for clarity in Alicia’s vocals and spacious background sound.”
The only other remotely Hip Hop act on the list, which includes Imogen Heap, Johnny Cash and Radiohead, is the Black Eyed Peas, who come in at numbers five and six, with “Boom Boom Pow” and “Rock that Body,” respectively.
“Listen for powerful, accurate bass beats, even at full volume,” says Kirsch of “Boom Boom Pow.” He also explained his choice of “Rock that Body,” saying, “Listen clear, intelligible lyrics over the powerful, persistent bass beat.”