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Music Quiz I

  1. What sort of population had a hit with Yazz with the song 'The Only Way Is Up'?

  2. Which female vocalist is missing from this 1981 line-up: Bobby G, Cheryl Baker, and Mike Nolan?
  3. Which American rock band had a hit in the eighties with the 'Eye of the Tiger'?
  4. Which band formed in Leighton Buzzard in 1978, choose Christopher Hamill as their new lead singer in 1981?
  5. Which reggae band are best remembered for their successful 1982 single 'Pass the Dutchie'?
  6. Which song gave Madonna her first UK number one?
  7. 'Candy Girl' was a R&B song by which boy band?
  8. The Pet Shop Boys gained four number ones including 'West End Girls' and 'It's a Sin, can you name the other two?
  9. Scottish singer Mary Sandeman had a 1981 number one hit; what was her stage name?
  10. Only one British girl group achieved a UK number one during the 1980s, can you name them?
  11. George Michael began his solo career, early in 1987, with a duet with which singer?
  12. 'Doctorin' the Tardis' was a 1988 electronic novelty pop single by which group?
  13. Which British singer had a number one single in the UK with a cover version of the song 'It's My Party' with Dave Stewart?
  14. Which American singer and teen icon is famous for her 1987 cover of 'I Think We're Alone Now'?


  1. Plastic (as in 'The Plastic Population')
  2. Jay Aston (Bucks Fizz)
  3. Survivor
  4. Kajagoogoo
  5. Musical Youth
  6. Into the Groove
  7. New Edition
  8. 'Always on My Mind' and 'Heart'
  9. Aneka (her hit was 'Japanese Boy')
  10. Mel and Kim

  11. Aretha Franklin
  12. The Timelords
  13. Barbara Gaskin
  14. Tiffany

Music Quiz II

  1. Which seasonal song was kept off the top spot by the Pet Shop Boys’ ‘Always on my Mind’ when first released in 1987?
  2. Formed in 1977 in Coventry, which English Two Tone and ska revival band had a 1981 UK number one hit that spent 3 weeks at the top?
  3. What did Dexys Midnight Runners name their violin section?
  4. Name the compilation album released by Bob Marley and the Wailers in 1984?
  5. Which band, which had a number of hits in the early 1980s, including a UK Number 1, was reformed in 2008 by Denise Gyngell and Julie Harris?
  6. In 1980 ABBA had two number one hits, can you name both?
  7. Which ballad written by Roy Orbison and Joe Melson was a number one hit for Don McLean?
  8. Which British pop band released the eighties albums 'Keep Your Distance' and 'Getahead'?
  9. According to the Norwegian musicians A-ha, where does 'The Sun Always Shine'?
  10. Which Swedish rock band formed in Stockholm in 1979, had a massive 1986 hit with their third album?
  11. Which reggae group with a name meaning 'black' in Arabic had a number one hit with 'Don't Turn Around'?
  12. John Bonham, who died in 1980, was best known as the drummer of which group?
  13. In which city were 'The Housemartins' formed?
  14. 'I Owe You Nothing' was a sole UK number one single for which band?


  1. Fairytale of New York
  2. The Specials (the hit was 'Ghost town')

  3. The Emerald Express
  4. Legend
  5. Tight Fit
  6. 'The WInner Takes it All' and 'Super Trouper'
  7. Crying
  8. Curiosity Killed the Cat
  9. On T.V.
  10. Europe (the album was The Final Countdown)
  11. Aswad
  12. Led Zeppelin
  13. Hull
  14. Bros

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