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Songs The Greatest Songs That Are Ruined By Laptop Speakers  

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List Rules Songs that are sacrilegious to listen to on laptop speakers.

Have you ever heard a really, really great song that you love to dance to or that comes in really, really strong at this epic part, but then you try and listen to it through laptop speakers and all the magic is gone? This is a collection of exactly those type of songs. All of these songs not only have a great bass part, but all of these songs absolutely need to be heard out of speakers with a decent if not amazing bottom end, like you would get out of a sound system or a really good bluetooth speaker, like this one

Generally, music played out of laptop speakers sounds mediocre at best. If the only way you listen to music is through laptop speakers, then you're kind of missing out on a lot of the artist's intent when it comes to the songs they're writing. 

Most professionally produced songs are mixed with a lot of care and then mastered so you feel the impact of every dynamic in the song. 

Also, lots of laptop speakers, especially those coming out of Apple laptops (at least for the moment) are completely devoid of bass. 

Bassy songs like Lil Jon's Throw it Up, Rock ballads like Live's Lightning Crashes, and Jazz masterpieces like John Coltrane's Naima deserve to be listened to through a good sound system. Listening to these songs through a laptop is like eating a steak slathered with ketchup (an atrocity for another list). 

Vote for the songs that sound terrible through bad speakers, such as any songs with a good bass line or even just songs where you can't quite "feel it" unless you listen to them through an at least decent sound system. 

Thank you Bose for sponsoring this post. While this was a sponsored opportunity from Bose all content and opinions expressed here are our own. And make sure to make good sound decisions by listening to any of these songs out of the new Bose Soundlink Mini II

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Closer Nine Inch Nails

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Stairway to Heaven Led Zeppelin - Stairway to Heaven was voted #3 in 2000 by VH1 on its list of the 100 Greatest Rock Songs.

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Strobe Deadmau5

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Dream On Aerosmith - This was Aerosmith's first major hit.

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Welcome to the Jungle Guns N' Roses - In 2009 "Welcome to the Jungle" was named the greatest hard rock song of all time by VH1.

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Hotel California Eagles - The song has been covered by Gipsy Kings, Marilyn Manson, Frank Ocean, and many others.

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Brass Monkey Beastie Boys - The song peaked at 48 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.

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All Along the Watchtower The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Jimi Hendrix - Recorded only six months after the original version by Bob Dylan.

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Forgot About Dre Eminem, Dr. Dre

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The Perfect Drug Nine Inch Nails

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brian-michael-wells added Iron Man Black Sabbath

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louis-duggan added Knights of Cydonia Muse

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Baba O'Riley The Who - The song was included in Time magazine's list of the All-Time 100 Songs.

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Brain Stew Green Day

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Hey Man Nice Shot Filter - The first single off Filter's debut album Short Bus.

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Paul Revere Beastie Boys

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Drop It Like It's Hot Pharrell Williams, Snoop Dogg

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josh-bray added The Final Countdown Europe

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josh-bray added Africa Toto

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david-a-carlson added We Are the Champions Queen + Paul Rodgers

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What About Love Heart - The song was originally recorded in 1983 by Canadian rock group Toronto.

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joshua-miller added Dr. Feelgood Mötley Crüe

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joshua-miller added Rainbow In The Dark Dio

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david-a-carlson added Barracuda Heart

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josh-bray added I Would Walk 500 Miles The Proclaimers

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Cherub Rock is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Songs That Are Ruined By Laptop Speakers
sean-sittig added Cherub Rock The Smashing Pumpkins

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Can't Hold Us (feat. Ray Dalton) Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

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Not Going Away Ozzy Osbourne - The song is about Ozzy pledging to play music until he is no longer physically able to.

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She Talks to Angels The Black Crowes - The song hit number one on the US Album Rock Tracks chart.

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Like a G6 Far East Movement

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Lose Yourself to Dance Daft Punk, Pharrell Williams

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Heaven and Hell is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Songs That Are Ruined By Laptop Speakers
joshua-miller added Heaven and Hell Black Sabbath

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Far Behind Candlebox - The song was on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for almost a full year (1994).

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In da Club Ludacris, Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz, R. Kelly - The song has sold over 2 million copies.

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Lightning Crashes Live - Live was Rolling Stone's artist of the year in 1995.

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Temperature Sean Paul - "Temperature" won Dance Song Of The Year at the 49th Annual Grammy Awards in 2007.

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With or Without You U2 - This was U2's first number one hit in the United States and Canada.

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Gasolina Daddy Yankee - "Gasolina" is the first reggaetón song to be nominated for the Latin Grammy Award for Record of the Year.

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Sweating Bullets is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Songs That Are Ruined By Laptop Speakers
joshua-miller added Sweating Bullets Megadeth

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josh-bray added Get Low Dilion Francis

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Lollipop Lil Wayne, Stephen Garrett - The song won a Grammy Award in February 2009 for Best Rap Song.

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jacob-stark added A Favor House Atlantic Coheed and Cambria

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Body Snatcher Billy Idol - One of Billy Idol's first solo songs in over a decade.

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Timber is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Songs That Are Ruined By Laptop Speakers
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