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The 1980's were famous for many reasons, everyone had amazing hair and fashion went crazy! Not forgetting the birth of Hip Hop Rap music, recording the Top 40 on a cassette and who can forget PacMan? There were no mobile phones or internet dating, if you liked a love interest you had to talk to them face to face (yes the 80's were a scary time). Here we've put together the most amazing 80's music quiz that you'll ever take. It involves many references to songs that have also been used more recently so even the young ones can have a go!

Don't forget to check your score at the end of the quiz!


1. If Tracy Chapman was looking for a vehicle, what kind would she want?

Answer
A Fast Car

2. In the 1980's who are arguably the most successful songwriting collaboration- Stock, Aitken and who?

Answer
Waterman

3 Which song that included a famous drum fill was used by Cadbury in an advert that included a gorilla?

Answer
'In the air' by Phil Collins

4. What kind of eyes did Eric Carman sing about in a song used in the film Dirty Dancing?

Answer
Hungry Eyes

5. Who will protect you from the hooded claw?

Answer
Frankie Goes to Hollywood

6. What famous song included a man doing the hoovering in the video?

Answer
'I want to break free' by Queen

7. Where was the woman from Heaven 17 working and what was her job role in the single 'Don't You Want Me Baby'

Answer
As a waitress in a cocktail bar

8. Which doctor featured in the trailblazing rap group NWA?

Answer
Dr Dre

9. Demonstrate a moonwalk.

Answer
Give yourself a point for trying!

10. How far along were Bon Jovi when they were 'Livin on a Prayer'?

Answer
Halfway there

11. What does the LL stand for in LL Cool J?

Answer
Ladies Love

12. What were Madness trying to buy in the video for 'House of Fun'?

Answer
Condoms

13. Should I stay or should i...?

Answer
Go

14. Simon Cowell is known for wearing his trousers high up. In the early 1980's he left electric and musical industries Ltd but what are they more commonly known as?

Answer
E.M.I

15. The Fresh Prince teamed up with who in 1987 to release 'Girls Ain't Nothing But Trouble'?

Answer
Jazzy Jeff

16. What are the first six words in the Spandau Ballet hit 'True'?

Answer
'So true, funny how it seems'

17. The 1980's saw the birth of breakdancing- can you demonstrate a breakdance?

Answer
Give yourself a point for trying!

18. In the video for Karma Chameleon, what kind of transport was used for the excursion?

Answer
A Boat

19. What did The Waterboys see the whole of?

Answer
The Moon

20. in 2001 Atomic Kitten did a cover of an original 1989 hit, what was the name of the song?

Answer
Eternal Flame

21. Which Friends actor/actress appeared in the music video for 'Dancing in the Dark' by Bruce Springsteen?

Answer
Courtney Cox

22. Many 80's Christmas songs still rule our festive airwaves, one of them included Boy George, George Michael, Sting, Bono and Tony Hadley but what was the catch line?

Answer
'Do they know it's Christmas time?'

23. Where is the 'grass green and the girls are pretty'?

Answer
Paradise City

24. If Cher had Marty Mcfly's time machine in 1989, what would she have done?

Answer
'Turn back time'

25. Someday we'll return here when the  _ _ _ _ _ _ _ child sings again.

Answer
Belfast

26. 'Don't Stop Believin' was covered in the first episode of which hit TV musical series?

Answer
Glee

27. Which 80's music video involves the lead singer appearing  in a black and white magazine and pulling a woman sat in a cafe into the magazine?

Answer
'Take on me' by A-HA

28. What right were the Beastie Boys fighting for?

Answer
To Party

29. What does Madonna have to tell her father in the video for 'Papa Don't Preach'

Answer
She's pregnant

30. How many years after 1969 did Bryan Adams release 'Summer of 69'?

Answer
15 years

31. In the video for 'Careless Whisper', a woman is seen leaving George Michael by what method of transport?

Answer
An aeroplane

32. What colour were 99 balloons?

Answer
Red

33. An iconic top boyband made a return which included a collaboration with Neyo. Who are they?

Answer
New Kids on the Block (NKOTB)

34. Replicate the theme tune to Star Wars.

Answer
Give yourself a point for trying!

35. Which 80's girlband had fruit in their name?

Answer
Bananarama

36. Freddie Mercury released a song for the 1988 Olympics, it was performed in a city with the same name during the arrival of the Olympic flag from Seoul, but where was it?

Answer
Barcelona

37. Sing the chorus from the Proclaimers 1987 hit about walking a long way.

Answer
Give yourself a point for trying!

38. In the chorus for 'Never going to give you up' what else will Rick Astley not do?

Answer
'Let you down, run around and desert you, make you cry, say goodbye, tell a lie and hurt you'

39. KIA used a Gary Jules Christmas number one song which was a stripped down version of the original that featured in 'Tears for Fears'. What was the song title?

Answer
Mad World

40. What did Billy Joel deny starting in his 1989 single?

Answer
The fire

41. Kylie Minogue did a duet with which 'I'm a Celebrity' contestant in the hit 'Especially For You'?

Answer
Jason Donovan

42. Where would Fleetwood Mac want to be with you?

Answer
Everywhere

43. Where was Lionel Richie dancing on in his 1986 single?

Answer
On the ceiling

44. The singer Limahl had an 80's trademark haircut in the video for 'Neverending Story'. What was the haircut?

Answer
a mullet

45. In the video for Hearts 'All I wanna do is make love to you', how do the lovers meet?

Answer
She picks him up hitchhiking

46. Where was Tiffany singing in her video for the 1987 hit 'I think we're alone now'?

Answer
A shopping centre

47. 'La Bamba' was used in adverts for two car manufacturers, can you name one of them?

Answer
Vauxhall or Subaru

48. What colour was Monday according to New Order?

Answer
Blue

49. Kenny Loggins- 'Highway to the Dangerzone' was released for which iconic 80's movie starring Tom Cruise?

Answer
Top Gun

50. Might as well face it, you're addicted to...?

Answer
Love

Scores

How did you do?

1-10

Go back to school

11-20

Underwhelming

21-30

Distinctively average

31-40 

Nearly there

41-45

Always the bridesmaid

46-50

Boom, nailed it



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