By Sean Doorly
For some, the ’80s conjure up images of Rubik’s Cube, acid-washed jeans, Members Only jackets and Cabbage Patch Kids. For others, it’s all about the music– from icons like Madonna and Springsteen to hair bands like Poison and Motley Crue.
So slip on those parachute pants, straighten that skinny tie and spray your hair with Aqua Net, it’s time to test your mastery of ’80s music with our quiz.
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Whats the name of the lead singer of Duran Duran?
Simon LeBon is the lead singer of Duran Duran — the New Wave pop band from England responsible for hits like Hungry Like the Wolf, Rio and Save a Prayer.
What was the first video played on MTV?
On Aug. 1, 1981, MTV broadcast their first video, Video Killed the Radio Star, by The Buggles. Fun fact: You Better Run, by Pat Benatar, was the second video to be played on MTV.
In 1986, thanks to The Bangles, what was America walking like?
Walk Like an Egyptian by The Bangles was a No. 1 hit in 1987. Fun fact: Liam Sternberg, wrote the song Walk Like an Egyptian and the theme song for the TV show 21 Jump Street, which starred Johnny Depp. Was (Not Was) had a hit with Walk the Dinosaur in 1989. All this walking may explain the 80s leg warmer craze.
In the movie, Say Anything, what song blares out of the boom box held up by John Cusacks character?
Peter Gabriels song In Your Eyes helps John Cusacks character Lloyd Dobler win the heart of the girl of his dreams. Shock the Monkey, Big Time and Dont Give Up are also songs by Gabriel.
What year were CDs first introduced in America?
CDs were introduced to America in the spring of 1983. Philips and Sony developed the technology in 1979.
Which future Friends star did Bruce Springsteen pull up on stage in one of his music videos?
In 1984, Courtney Cox was the lucky gal plucked from the audience to dance with The Boss in his video, Dancing in the Dark.
What football team was responsible for the song, The Super Bowl Shuffle?
William Refrigerator Perry, Jim McMahon, Mike Ditka and Buddy Ryan of the Chicago Bears lent their vocal talents to this novelty hit in 1985. The Bears shuffled their way to victory at Super Bowl XX in 1986.
We Got the Beat was a hit for what 80s all-girl group?
The Go-Gos album, Beauty and the Beat, featuring the hit song We Got the Beat, was released in the summer of 1981. The album held the No. 1 on the charts for six weeks.
Pop music rivalries are hardly new– who was Debbie Gibsons pop rival in the 80s?
At the tail end of the 80s, these two bubble gum pop princesses ruled the charts with songs like Gibsons Only In My Dreams and Shake Your Love and Tiffanys I Think Were Alone Now and All This Time.
Van Halen loved the 80s so much, they named an album after one year in the decade. Which year?
1984 was Van Halens sixth studio album. Its was only 33 minutes in length, but was packed with hits like Panama and Jump. This was also the last album with charismatic frontman David Lee Roth.
Whats the name of Poisons drummer?
Rikki Rocket is Poisons drummer. As for the other drummers– Tommy Lee drummed for Motley Crue until he left the band in 2000, Tico Torres drums for Bon Jovi and Rick Allen drums for Def Leppard.
Whats Madonnas real name?
All true-blue fans know the material girls real name is Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone. She was born on Aug. 16, 1958 in Bay City, Mich.
In 1986, Run D.M.C. had a hit with a remake of a song from what classic rock group?
In 1986, Run D.M.C. had a top-five hit with a remake of Aerosmiths Walk This Way. The popularity of Run D.M.C.s cover helped Aerosmith stage a comeback. They released Permanent Vacation in 1987, which spawned a number of hits.
Whats Jennys number?
In 1982, the band Tommy Tutone released the song 867-5309/Jenny. 867-5309 was the phone number of the parents of a girl who band member Tommy Heath had met in a nightclub. People across the country who had this number had to change it because of the rash of prank phone calls of people looking for Jenny.
The band Men at Work is from?
The five lads from the land down under burst on the music scene in 1981 with their debut album Business as Usual. The album contained the hit songs Who Can It Be Now, Down Under and Overkill. Men at Work won a Grammy for Best New Group in 1982.
What Huey Lewis & the News song was a No. 1 hit in 1985, and was featured in the movie Back to the Future?
1985 was a good year for Huey Lewis & the News. The band opened the 1985 Grammy Awards, their album Sports was certified multiplatinum and Power of Love was their first No. 1 song. The song was featured in the movie Back to the Future and it was nominated for an Oscar.
What did singer Corey Hart need to wear at night?
Canadian pop star Corey Hart had a top-20 hit in 1983 with his catchy pop tune Sunglasses at Night. Sunglasses were popular in the 80s– in 1986, Timbuk 3 had a hit with their song The Futures So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades.
Dont You (Forget About Me) by Simple Minds was featured in what 80s movie?
The song was featured in the 1985 movie The Breakfast Club, which starred members of the Brat Pack– Ally Sheedy, Molly Ringwald and Judd Nelson.
What was Robert Palmers only No. 1 hit on the American pop singles chart?
In 1985, Robert Palmer scored his only No. 1 hit with the song Addicted to Love. The song was made famous by the music video featuring blank-faced and beautiful models pretending to play instruments behind Palmer.
Which is not a song by Cyndi Lauper?
Shes So Unusual isnt a song– its the title of Cyndi Laupers debut album. It sold 5 million copies and scored four top-10 hits, including Girls Just Want to Have Fun and Time After Time.
20/20 not bad for an eleven year old(even though my mom listens to 80’s music all the time)
Not bad for this 11 year old because I know nothing about this I got 20 out of 20
I did great 20 out of 20 not bad for this 11 year old who knows nothing about wich is so true!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
20/20 not bad for a fifteen-year-old
I am only 11 and i got 20 out of 20
I love you guys are doing well and good luck with thatbore
I got 19/20!!! I just love this music, its the best!!!!;D