What I mean by "reference track" is that specific track or tracks that you listen to as soon as you get a new system or pair of headphones. It might be your favorite song that you have heard a hundred or more times, or it could be a song that might not be your favorite but sounds incredible on a high end system like your Bose.
A few of mine are:
Weird Fishes/ Arpeggi by Radiohead
Kascade by Animals as Leaders
Perfect Darkness by Fink
All of them can be found on Spotify.
What about you guys/gals?
Baby it's Cold Outside by Holly Cole and Ed Robertson
Joy to the World for unto us Child is Born by Amy Grant
Sleigh Ride by Leroy Anderson and the Decca Orchestra
Englishman in New York by Sting.
All turned up really loud!
A Dream Within a Dream - The Alan Parsons Project / Tales of Mystery and Imagination (MFSL Gold Disc)
@keef82: Scram sounds AMAZING on my Lifestyle V25 in my livingroom, too bad my downstairs neighbors don't agree.
Donna Summer or Tina Turner!
Both have a great range and really test the system well. Tina is good for feeling the bass especially Simply The Best!