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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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Nine Inch Nails

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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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Aerosmith - This was Aerosmith's first major hit.

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

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

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

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Eminem, Dr. Dre

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brian-michael-wells added Black Sabbath

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Nine Inch Nails

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

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Green Day

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Filter - The first single off Filter's debut album Short Bus.

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Beastie Boys

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Pharrell Williams, Snoop Dogg

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josh-bray added Toto

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josh-bray added Europe

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

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joshua-miller added Mötley Crüe

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joshua-miller added Dio

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Cherub Rock is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Songs That Are Ruined By Laptop Speakers
sean-sittig added The Smashing Pumpkins

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josh-bray added The Proclaimers

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Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

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ever-pasillas added Muse

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Ozzy Osbourne - The song is about Ozzy pledging to play music until he is no longer physically able to.

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

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Daft Punk, Pharrell Williams

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Far East Movement

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Heaven and Hell is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Songs That Are Ruined By Laptop Speakers
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Candlebox - The song was on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for almost a full year (1994).

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

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

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

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U2 - This was U2's first number one hit in the United States and Canada.

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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 Megadeth

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josh-bray added Dilion Francis

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

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jacob-stark added Coheed and Cambria

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Timber is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Songs That Are Ruined By Laptop Speakers
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