Here is his question:
What would be a list that you could give me to be mindful of when listening to other songs. I was watching a Dave Pensado video and he was interviewing someone (can’t remember who) but he told them that he learns a lot from their mixes. What is it that he’s listening for so he can learn something new and apply it?
Does it sound good in a car? On your stereo at home? On your home entertainment center? If you can find a mix that you are happy with on all of those places, you definitely have a contender.
Songs that you can’t get enough of are usually not limited too much. There is a fine line between “loud-enough-to-hang-in-the-ongoing-loudness-wars” and “that song is so distorted and it makes my ears tired”
One of the last things I look for in a song is kinda silly, but still relevant.
I think the best response you can get from a listener is physical movement.
I was in the studio with a producer and we were tracking. There was a short turnaround before the last chorus and the guitar lick that he had the guitar player play reminded me of a good old fashioned western movie. Every time I heard the lick, I acted like I took off my pretend hat and said “yeeeeeee haaaaaa”. I couldn’t help it. That experience has stayed with me because it was a tribute to the producer’s arrangement of that song… it MADE me move.
I can’t speak for Dave, but I know that mixes that I “learn from” are usually mixes that fit these criteria… especially the last one.