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TOTP Music Quiz

  1. Whose song "I Only Want to Be with You" was the first ever to feature on Top of the Pops?
  2. The Rolling Stones were the first band to perform on TOTP; with which song?
  3. Dexys Midnight Runners performed their 1982 hit "Jackie Wilson Said (I'm in Heaven When You Smile)" in front of a large image projection of who instead of singer Jackie Wilson?
  4. Name the second dance troupe to appear regularly on Top of the Pops? They succeeded the Go-Jos.

  5. Which band made a memorable 1991 performance with Smells Like Teen Spirit?
  6. How many times did the The Beatles appear live on the show?
  7. Which dance troupe made over three hundred appearances after being created in 1976 for the show?
  8. On 23 July 2006, "Chasing Cars" was the last song performed live on TOTP. It was performed by which group?
  9. Les Gray famously performed with a ventriloquist dummy during the performance of which song?
  10. Which heavy metal band refused to mime their single "Running Free" in 1980?
  11. The performance of "Maggie May" by Rod Stewart and the Faces had which presenter miming with a mandolin?
  12. With over 160 appearance who holds the record for the most number of appearances on Top of the Pops?
  13. Who was the first woman to become a regular host? She was a regular presenter between early 1983 and August 1988?
  14. Top of the Pops was the world's longest-running weekly music show. In which year did it start?
  15. Who performed 'Instant Karma!' on Top of the Pops in 1970?
  16. It was a journalist from the Top of the Pops magazine who came up with the Spice Girls’ individual nicknames. But which song was the Spice Girls' first ever on the show?
  17. During his performance of which song did David Bowie point directly into the camera whilst singing the lyric "I had to phone someone so I picked on you ooh ooh"?
  18. Who presented Top of the Pops from October 1988 to May 1991? She was the only non-Radio 1 DJ to do this regularly for the last 18 months of this period.


  1. Dusty Springfield's
  2. I Wanna Be Your Man
  3. Dart's player Jocky Wilson
  4. Pan's People
  5. Nirvana
  6. Once (on June 16, 1966)
  7. Legs & Co.
  8. Snow Patrol
  9. Lonely This Christmas (by Mud)
  10. Iron Maiden
  11. John Peel
  12. Cliff Richard
  13. Janice Long
  14. 1964
  15. John Lennon
  16. Wannabe (1996)
  17. Starman
  18. Anthea Turner