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Reference Tracks A
You can really benefit from using the Free Analyzer. Especially if you know what you want to test.
If you want to see, how your own songs compare to popular songs within the same genre, check out the Music Genre list. The top-20 singles from Billboard.com across different genres are analyzed every 3 months.
If you are curious about how current hit-songs measure, you should look into the Top Sales list. Every 3 months, we analyze the top-20 sales singles and Top 5 albums from Billboard.com.
If you want to get acquainted with the latest developments in loudness-normalization on streaming platforms, then check out the Streaming Services list. This is a fixed list of new and ‘classic’ songs. If the loudness-normalization algorithm suddenly changes on one of the platforms (Spotify, iTunes, YouTube Music, Tidal, Tidal HiFi, Deezer, Google Play Music or Amazon Music), we will catch it, because we analyze the same tracks from the same streaming services every 3 months. Note that Spotify’s Same Level and iTunes’ Soundcheck aim at playing back the audio tracks at identical perceived loudness level.
Finally, the TC compiled list is perfect for illustrating spectral, loudness and compression differences across instruments, music genres, technical signals – and in a historical context.
If you want to see how mastering has evolved through the years, you should check out the Greatest of all times tracks: From each available year (all the way back to 1958), the best-selling single according to Billboard.com is analyzed. For example, you can see how the Loudness War has left its mark on the last 60 years of popular music.
Choose a list of songs for the A tab in the comparison tool. There are plenty of tracks you can compare your music to.