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  Multiple Choice Quiz about Protest Songs   best quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
The sixties and seventies were a time when young men were tired of dying in a war that they didn't believe in. At the same time, the civil rights movement was taking form. Many of the songs from that era reflect these attitudes.
Average, 10 Qns, skunkee, Oct 05 10
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  Songs of Protest: Top Ten from 'Rolling Stone'   top quiz  
Multiple Choice
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In 2014, 'Rolling Stone' conducted a poll to select the top ten protest songs of all time, as judged by its readers. Not surprisingly, many of them came from the 1960s and 1970s.
Easier, 10 Qns, looney_tunes, Apr 12 15
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  Vietnam: A War Set To Music   best quiz  
Multiple Choice
 15 Qns
Few conflicts have inspired so many songs as Vietnam. Many of those songs reflected - some say inflamed - public opinion of an unpopular war.
Average, 15 Qns, darksplash, Jul 30 11
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  Sixties Protest Songs   best quiz  
Multiple Choice
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The Billboard charts have contained several protest songs through the sixties. This quiz is about some of the songs, their singers and writers.
Average, 10 Qns, shanteyman, Jun 16 09
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  Oldies Against Racism   top quiz  
Multiple Choice
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These ten Oldies all have lyrics that encourage people to care about people, regardless of race or skin colour.
Easier, 10 Qns, skunkee, Mar 30 10
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  When Arcade Gaming Used to Be Cool   top quiz  
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In the late '70s and early '80s arcade games were at the height of their popularity. Howewer, the world was also gripped by the fear of a nuclear conflict, due to the tension between USA and USSR. Here are some great songs inspired by those uneasy times.
Average, 10 Qns, LadyNym, May 30 17
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  Songs of Peace, Politics & Protest Part I   top quiz  
Multiple Choice
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Music has played a great part in peace-keeping, political situations and protests. This quiz will explore some of those songs. Enjoy!
Average, 10 Qns, thegogga, Jul 10 21
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  My Favorite "Presidential" Tunes   top quiz  
Multiple Choice
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I'll give you a potpourri of tunes, and you'll match them up with a U.S. presidential name they are connected with in some way. Confused? No worries, you'll catch on fast. Have fun!
Average, 10 Qns, shvdotr, Dec 11 18
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  Little Boy Soldiers   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
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The title of this quiz comes from a war protest song by the rock group "The Jam" (1979). This is a quiz on songs that protested war. Most were released in the 1960s and 1970s.
Easier, 10 Qns, dcpddc478, Oct 04 11
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  A Rumblin' in the Land   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
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Songs of dissent and rebellion have long been popular, sometimes sung openly and at other times only in trusted settings. Here are some songs for you to guess that might be better left unsung in front of an oppressive ruler.
Average, 10 Qns, CmdrK, Dec 07 14
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trivia question Quick Question
One of the songs on U2's iconic "War" album also deals with the dangers of nuclear proliferation. What unit of time appears in its title?

From Quiz "When Arcade Gaming Used to Be Cool"




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  Fight For Your Right To...   top quiz  
Multiple Choice
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A look at some of the popular protest songs over the years.
Average, 10 Qns, 480154st, Jan 16 18
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  Songs of Peace, Politics & Protest Part III   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
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Music has played a great part in peace-keeping, political situations and protests. This quiz will explore some of those songs. Enjoy!
Tough, 10 Qns, thegogga, Mar 29 09
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  Songs of Peace, Politics & Protest Part II    
Multiple Choice
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Music has played a great part in peace-keeping, political situations and protests. This quiz will explore some of those songs. Enjoy!
Average, 10 Qns, thegogga, Mar 29 09
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  Songs of Rebellion and Revolution    
Multiple Choice
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It's a pretty poor revolution that doesn't have a song to raise hearts, spread the message, rally the faithful or lament the failure. Here are some you may recognize.
Tough, 10 Qns, CSLwoman, Feb 23 19
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  Questions on Protest Songs   popular trivia quiz  
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Here is a 'Protest Song' quiz with a little more than the usual. I give the issue or event, you tell me the song that protested it. Good Luck!
Average, 10 Qns, hews, Nov 10 20
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  So Nuke Me    
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Nuclear war, Vietnam and the Civil Rights movement have produced a wealth of protest songs, both serious and satirical.
Average, 10 Qns, StarStruck60, May 16 10
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  Hell No. We Won't Go!    
Multiple Choice
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It was the resistance chant of the 1960s. Uncle Sam needs you to answer these questions about opposition to war and conscription as told in folk, rock, and soul music.
Difficult, 15 Qns, oscarguy, Jun 23 05
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  Protest Songs Through The Decades   popular trivia quiz  
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These are all songs protesting wars throughout the decades (from the 60s to present day).
Tough, 10 Qns, DoveHouse, Nov 01 11
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  Political Eighties Music    
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The 1980's showed that political awareness could go nicely with big hair, shoulder pads and bad make-up. Here are questions about some of the decade's more memorable political songs.
Tough, 10 Qns, beanster, Feb 23 22
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  Riot on? Right on!    
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Somehow rock music got saddled with the reputation of being rebel music. Maybe it's due to the fact that so many songs deal with instigating riots.
Tough, 10 Qns, hootch, Mar 29 09
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  This Song is About Vietnam?    
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Yeah, us '60s relics remember Country Joe and the Fish and his "1,2,3 what are we fightin' for..." But who knew that a certain Monkees song was also about Vietnam? Read on....
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Political Songs Trivia Questions

1. "September '77, Port Elizabeth weather fine," is the opening line to which anti apartheid song?

From Quiz
Fight For Your Right To...

Answer: Biko

Peter Gabriel's song "Biko" about the atrocities being committed by the apartheid government has also been recorded by Simple Minds, Joan Baez and Paul Simon. As the anti apartheid movement continued to gather international support, the line "You can blow out a candle but you can't blow out a fire" rang true. "Fire In Soweto" was also an anti apartheid song and was recorded by Sonny Okosun.

2. The haunting song "Russians", dealing with the threat of mutually assured destruction, was recorded by which successful solo artist - a former member of an equally successful trio?

From Quiz When Arcade Gaming Used to Be Cool

Answer: Sting

Featured on Sting's debut solo album "The Dream of the Blue Turtles" (1985), "Russians" (released as a single a few months after the album) uses a theme from Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev's suite "Lieutenant Kijé". The song appeals to the common sense of the citizens of both USA and USSR, rejecting the views of those in power and emphasizing that a nuclear war would be unwinnable. The song's stylish black-and-white video was directed by Jean-Baptiste Mondino, famous for his work on a number of Madonna videos. Prior to embarking on his successful solo career, Sting had been the bassist/vocalist of new wave trio The Police.

3. Which presidential name is somehow associated with a song called "Sixteen Tons"?

From Quiz My Favorite "Presidential" Tunes

Answer: Ford

Tennessee Ernie Ford's 1955 rendition of "Sixteen Tons" hit number one on the Billboard charts. Merle Travis is credited as the author of the song, along with hits like "Dark as a Dungeon" and "Re-Enlistment Blues." Travis would be a good answer if we were linking the song to Texas or the Alamo, but the only presidential name I could associate with it is Ford. Gerald Ford replaced the resigned Richard Nixon in 1974 and served as president until 1977, losing the election of 1976 to Jimmy Carter. Ford died in 2006.

4. A song released during the Vietnam war was critical of those who had political or social connections that would get them exempted from having to serve in their country's armed forces. Which Creedence Clearwater Revival song was it?

From Quiz A Rumblin' in the Land

Answer: Fortunate Son

John Fogerty wrote "Fortunate Son" about the hypocritical nature of people who spoke in support of war and patriotism but looked for ways to exempt themselves or their family members from serving in the military.

5. In 1965 Barry Mcguire recorded 'Eve Of Destruction'. However, which other group recorded this song as an album track shortly before Mcguire's version?

From Quiz Protest Songs Through The Decades

Answer: The Turtles

The song was originally offered to The Byrds who rejected it. It was then offered to The Turtles who often recorded some of The Byrds' rejects. This song was a protest against the Cold War, Vietnam and the nuclear arms race.

6. "And it's one, two, three, What are we fighting for? Don't ask me, I don't give a damn, Next stop is Vietnam...." was the raucous sing-along chorus of song by a 1960s band. Who were they?

From Quiz Vietnam: A War Set To Music

Answer: Country Joe and the Fish

"Country Joe" McDonald and his band The Fish hailed out of San Francisco and "I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-To-Die Rag" was on their second album, which was released in 1967. The band was active between 1966 and 1971 and reformed on occasions after that.

7. Who recorded the song that includes the line "There will be no more misery when the world is our rotisserie"?

From Quiz So Nuke Me

Answer: Tom Lehrer

"We Will All Go Together When We Go" was recorded by Tom Lehrer in 1959, but gained popularity in the early 1960s. He wrote it in 1956 when in the army. Lehrer was what we would now call a child prodigy. He graduated from high school at the age of 15 and went to Harvard to study math. It was there that he started writing and playing his satirical songs and made his first record, a private recording of "Songs by Tom Lehrer", which he sold to family and friends.

8. "Eve of Destruction" was a Number One hit in 1965 for Barry McGuire. In 1962 Barry became part of a folk group where he co-wrote and sang one of their hits, "Green, Green". Which group was Barry with before he had his breakthrough solo hit?

From Quiz Sixties Protest Songs

Answer: New Christy Minstrels

After working in the fishing and plumbing professions, Barry McGuire ended up with a gig in a bar in the early sixties. He released an unsuccessful single, "The Tree", and soon afterward formed a partnership with Barry Kane. The two of them joined the New Christy Minstrels in 1962. The following year McGuire and Sparks co-wrote "Green, Green" and Barry sang lead vocals on the group's first hit record. After three years with the group Barry embarked on a solo career. In the fall of 1965 he hastily recorded "Eve of Destruction" in one take. The song promptly got airplay and rose up the charts. While McGuire had minor follow-up successes, he never again broke the Top Forty. The Seekers had hits such as "Georgy Girl" and "A World of Our Own" in the sixties. The Brothers Four formed in the late fifties at the University of Washington and The Serendipity Singers was a nine member folk group from the University of Colorado.

9. "Put Out The Fire" by Queen was written as a protest against a certain issue current to the times. What was this song written as a protest against?

From Quiz Songs of Peace, Politics & Protest Part III

Answer: It was a protest against fire-arms

While it was never released as a single, "Put Out The Fire" is recognised as being the most "traditional" Queen song on their 1982 album "Hot Space." Guitarist Brian May reportedly wrote the song after the death of John Lennon in 1980, as a protest against fire-arms. The song appears to be sung from the perspective of both a gunman and someone who is anti fire-arms. While not one of Queen's best songs, the lyrics are cleverly written and get the point across very well. Interestingly, the song succeeding "Put Out The Fire" on the album was titled "Life Is Real," and is a tribute to John Lennon.

10. This song about strife in Northern Ireland was banned in the UK by the BBC.

From Quiz Political Eighties Music

Answer: "Invisible Sun" by The Police

From the album "Ghost in the Machine" released in 1981. In July 2005, the Irish Republican Army (IRA) renounced the use of violence after 35 years of armed struggle against British rule in Northern Ireland.

11. One of the very first general war protest songs was Bob Dylan's "Blowing in the Wind", made popular by Peter, Paul and Mary. It's a powerful song that started a solid decade of protest songs. What question does "Blowing in the Wind" NOT ask?

From Quiz Hell No. We Won't Go!

Answer: How many wars must be fought to the end before the laws start to mend?

It took Peter, Paul and Mary to chart Dylan's "Blowing in the Wind" in July, 1963. Dylan would not have a chart item until 1965 with "Subterranean Homesick Blues". "Blowing in the Wind" can be counted as one of the very first anti-war anthems. In a very big sense, the popular music scene would never be quite the same again.

12. Peter, Paul and Mary had a big hit with a song written by John Denver, who later released it himself. What song was it?

From Quiz This Song is About Vietnam?

Answer: Leaving on a Jet Plane

Admittedly, I was but a child when the war was in full swing, so I missed a lot of what was going on. I guess that's why I always thought this John Denver song was about him touring, not Vietnam. As I was even younger when Peter, Paul and Mary released, I was even more clueless.

13. Who was "Glad To Be Gay" in 1978?

From Quiz Fight For Your Right To...

Answer: Tom Robinson

Although homosexuality was decriminalized in 1967 in the UK, British police were still raiding gay pubs and clubs for no reason ten years later. This and the fact that the newspaper "Gay News" was charged with obscenity for publishing a photo of two men kissing while soft porn magazines were openly on sale at any news outlet prompted Robinson to write this song, protesting the hypocrisy of the situation.

14. What large city was calling in the apocalyptic title-track of The Clash's third studio album?

From Quiz When Arcade Gaming Used to Be Cool

Answer: London

Released as a single on December 7, 1979 - one week before the eponymous double album - "London Calling" was titled after BBC World Service's station identification during WWII. The song was inspired by the Three Mile Island nuclear incident of March 28 of the same year, as well as other social and political issues such as police brutality, youth alienation, and the threat of natural disaster. Though not The Clash's most successful single, "London Calling" reached Number 11 in the UK charts immediately after its release.

15. Bob Dylan's first appearance in the list of the top ten protest songs, but not his last, was the 1975 song 'Hurricane', written to protest the unjust imprisonment of what man?

From Quiz Songs of Protest: Top Ten from 'Rolling Stone'

Answer: Rubin Carter

After nearly ten years of writing in genres other than protest music, Dylan returned to one of his strengths, the impassioned description of injustice. He co-wrote this song with Jacques Levy, to raise public awareness of the plight of Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, a professional boxer who had been imprisoned for a murder he claimed he had not committed. The single was released in 1975, and the track was included on the 1976 album 'Desire'. Carter was granted a retrial, but was convicted again in February of 1976. His conviction was eventually overturned in 1985, and all charges were dropped in 1988. The detailed accuracy of Dylan's lyrics has been challenged, but their power is undeniable: "Pistol shots ring out in the barroom night Enter Patty Valentine from the upper hall She sees the bartender in a pool of blood Cries out, "My God, they killed them all!" Here comes the story of the Hurricane The man the authorities came to blame For somethin' that he never done Put in a prison cell, but one time he could-a been The champion of the world."

16. "And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda" was a song written about a particular battle but also about romanticizing war in general. Which battle inspired the song?

From Quiz A Rumblin' in the Land

Answer: Gallipoli

Eric Bogle wrote the song in 1971 about a young Australian who was recruited into his country's army in 1915. The soldier was sent to Turkey where the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) was badly defeated at Sulva Bay on the Gallipoli peninsula. Years later, the soldier, having lost both legs in the battle, reminisced while watching an ANZAC Day parade: "The young people ask 'what are they marching for', and I ask myself the same question".

17. "19" was hit for British Musician Paul Hardcastle in 1985. What is the number a reference to?

From Quiz Little Boy Soldiers

Answer: Average age of an American soldier when he went to Vietnam

In this hit by Paul Hardcastle, he claimed that 19 was the average age of a soldier on his first trip to Vietnam. It went into the effects of traumatic stress disorder on soldiers after they came home.

18. Who wrote the song 'Universal Soldier' made famous by Donovan in August 1965?

From Quiz Protest Songs Through The Decades

Answer: Buffy Saint Marie

Buffy Saint Marie wrote this song in 1964 as a track on her debut album 'It's My Way,' however, it was not a popular hit at the time. This song tracks wars through the ages and from all religions.

19. Who recorded "Talkin World War III Blues"?

From Quiz So Nuke Me

Answer: Bob Dylan

"The Freewheelin Bob Dylan", released in 1963, has not only "Talkin World War III Blues" on it, but also some of the best songs Dylan ever wrote. "Masters of War", "Hard Rain's a-Gonna Fall" and "Don't Think Twice It's All Right" all first saw the light of day on this album. Dylan established a reputation as king of the protest song, whether it was against Vietnam, for civil rights, against nuclear war, there was a Dylan song that fitted the subject. He was the background music to much of the 1960s.

20. What song, by John Lennon, contained the following interesting lyrics? "Ev'rybody's talkin' 'bout Bagism, Shagism, Dragism, Madism, Ragism, Tagism. This ism, that ism, ism, ism, ism."

From Quiz Protest Songs

Answer: Give Peace a Chance

John Lennon and his then new bride, Yoko Ono, offered up their opinion of war from a hotel bed in Montreal, where they were staging a bed-in. The actual recording of the song was attended by many other celebrities and journalists, who joined in on the choruses. It reached number one the American charts. The song was very popular at anti-war demonstrations and pretty much became an anthem for the youth of the time.

21. What song did these 1970, Elton John lyrics come from? "Holy Moses, let us live in peace, Let us strive to find a way to make all hatred cease. There's a man over there, What's his colour? I don't care. He's my brother, let us live in peace."

From Quiz Oldies Against Racism

Answer: Border Song

Released on the 1970 album "Elton John" (the one of "Your Song" fame), it was actually the album's first single release. It flopped in the U.K. and only reached Number 92 on Hot 100 chart in the U.S. Aretha Franklin released a version the following year, that made it to the Top 40 list. Bernie Taupin, Elton's long time writing partner, wrote the lyrics about the sense of alienation he was feeling at the time. Elton added the last verse (the one quoted in the question) to make the song more about bigotry in general.

22. "Universal Soldier" has been covered by many artists. Who was the song originally written and sung by?

From Quiz Songs of Peace, Politics & Protest Part III

Answer: Buffy Sainte-Marie

While most people recognise "Universal Soldier" as being the work of Scottish folk-singer Donovan, the song was originally written and recorded by Buffy Sainte-Marie. It was originally released on her 1964 album "It's My Way!" Essentially, the song talks about how hard the life of soldiers is. It also attempts to debunk the stereotypical idea of soldiers being "all brawn no brains," by singing about how during the time of the Vietnam War, soldiers came from all sorts of different backgrounds. It also goes on to suggest that leaders and dictators would be nothing without their soldiers, and how it's not right that soldiers should have to give their lives while the people giving their orders are quite comfortable.

23. "Where Is The Love?" is considered by many to be the Black Eyed Peas' "break out" single. Due to the YEAR OF ITS RELEASE and its lyrics, it is also viewed by many as being an anthem against what?

From Quiz Songs of Peace, Politics & Protest Part I

Answer: Terrorism, the War on Terror and the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

"Where Is The Love?" is considered to be the Black Eyed Peas' breakout song, and came off their album "Elephunk" which was released in 2003. Despite being a writer and vocalist in the song, Justin Timberlake is not credited due to technical reasons. The song is also recognised as being the first single from the Peas to feature Fergie, as the group had been a trio before that time. In the song, many issues are talked about, including terrorism, the U.S. Government, hypocrisy, war, greed and intolerance. Lyrics such as "Overseas yeah we tryin' to stop terrorism. But we still got terrorists here livin'. In the USA the big CIA the Bloodz and the Crips and the KKK" and "the war's going on but the reason's undercover. The truth is kept secret. Swept under the rug," are viewed as being a lamentation against terrorism, the invasion of Iraq, and the War on Terror. While many might say that this song could be used as an anthem for any one of the events listed above, it is most often perceived and used by the anti-war members of the public as an anthem against the War on Terror and the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Iraq was invaded of March 2003 which would begin a long "War on Terror," and "Where Is The Love?" was released very shortly after the invasion.

24. U.S. president Ronald Reagan and short-lived Russian leader Konstantin Chernenko duked it out in a ring in this classic eighties video.

From Quiz Political Eighties Music

Answer: "Two Tribes" by Frankie Goes to Hollywood

This 1984 video was made in what in retrospect were the last years of the Cold War, which symbolically ended in November 1989 with the fall of the Berlin Wall.

25. Once upon a time, when Elvis Costello was still an angry young man, he recorded a song called "Riot Act" with his band the Attractions. On which of his early albums can you find this tune?

From Quiz Riot on? Right on!

Answer: "Get Happy!!" (1980)

The album "IbMePdErRoIoAmL" is also known as "Imperial Bedroom", but on the sleeve it was written like this: Imperial in capital letters, bedroom in small and with the two words mixed up.

26. The Monkees wanted to join the fray and record a protest song. Which hit of theirs was their attempt?

From Quiz This Song is About Vietnam?

Answer: Last Train to Clarksville

They didn't write the song, but according to Micky Dolenz, they wouldn't have been allowed to say a whole lot if they had, either. So there's really not much of a protest at all, just a reluctance to go. (Note from the editor: the only line that Boyce & Hart put in as an oblique reference to Vietnam was 'And I don't know if I'm ever coming home.)

27. Released four years before the Rodney King riots in Los Angeles, which rap group protested racial profiling and police brutality on several tracks on their album "Straight Outta Compton"?

From Quiz Fight For Your Right To...

Answer: N.W.A.

NWA truly gave us some of rap's greatest stars. As solo artists, MC Ren's album "Shock of the Hour" went gold, Eazy-E went double platinum with "Eazy-Duz-It", Ice Cube's first seven albums were either gold or platinum and Dr. Dre's album "2001" surpassed his three x platinum debut "The Chronic" by going six x platinum. Dre and Ice Cube are also accomplished actors.

28. Many Iron Maiden songs have been inspired by war and conflict. Which one contains a reference to the Doomsday Clock?

From Quiz When Arcade Gaming Used to Be Cool

Answer: Two Minutes to Midnight

Featured on Iron Maiden's fourth studio album, "Powerslave" (1984), "Two Minutes to Midnight" was the band's tenth single, and their first to exceed five minutes in length. It is a powerful, unrelenting statement against nuclear war, inspired by the symbolic clock (known as Doomsday Clock) used by the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists to represent a countdown to potential nuclear catastrophe ("midnight"). In September 1953, when the USA and the USSR tested H-bombs within a few months of one another, the Clock reached two minutes to midnight. The other options are all well-known Iron Maiden songs based on historical events.

29. "Here Comes the Sun" and "Taxman" certainly have presidential optimism to them. So which presidential moniker is attached to them?

From Quiz My Favorite "Presidential" Tunes

Answer: Harrison

Of course these are two Beatles hits penned by George Harrison, the "quiet Beatle." Surely "Here Comes the Sun" would be every presidential hopeful's anthem during a campaign, and whose help would an elected president have more need of than the "Taxman", the IRS? There have been two Harrisons in the White House, beginning with War of 1812 military hero William Henry Harrison, who unfortunately died of pneumonia after only a month in office in 1841. His grandson was Benjamin Harrison, who served as president for one term from 1889 to 1893. He died in 1901.

30. The 1969 album 'Willie and the Poor Boys' included the song that came in at Number Eight in the poll. Which group are responsible for this version of John Fogerty's song 'Fortunate Son'?

From Quiz Songs of Protest: Top Ten from 'Rolling Stone'

Answer: Creedence Clearwater Revival

'Fortunate Son' was written to criticize the fact that the elite of society, who are often vocal in their declarations of patriotism, are not the ones who bear the actual costs of war, either by way of actually fighting or in financial terms. Some have seen it as being anti-military, but Fogerty did not intend it that way. He has said in interviews that, as a former member of the Army Reserve, he wanted to see more support of the needs of the individual soldiers who are engaged in active combat (or in peacekeeping missions). 'Fortunate Son' has been covered many times, and is also frequently performed in concert. A notable instance of this was the 2014 Concert for Valor in Washington, D.C., where it was performed by Bruce Springsteen, Dave Grohl and Zac Brown, drawing criticism from those who saw it as being an anti-military statement. "Some folks are born, made to wave the flag Ooo, they're red, white and blue And when the band plays "Hail to the Chief" Ooo, they point the cannon at you, Lord It ain't me, it ain't me, I ain't no senator's son, son It ain't me, it ain't me, I ain't no fortunate one, no."

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