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Quiz about Eggheads Music by the Decades
Quiz about Eggheads Music by the Decades

Eggheads Music by the Decades Trivia Quiz


The Scrambled Eggheads team take you on a musical tour of the decades.

A multiple-choice quiz by Team The Scrambled Eggheads. Estimated time: 4 mins.
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Author
Plodd
Time
4 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
343,125
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Average
Avg Score
7 / 10
Plays
2094
Awards
Top 20% Quiz
Last 3 plays: Hayes1953 (9/10), poohfaber (9/10), Guest 208 (3/10).
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Question 1 of 10
1. 1920s: This song was made famous by Eddie Cantor in the 1928 movie "Whoopee!" and celebrates the initial joys, but then the woes of marriage. What is its name? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. 1930s: This song was composed by George Gershwin for the 1935 opera "Porgy and Bess". Over 30,000 versions of the song have been made since, including those by Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald. What is the name of this sultry smooth jazz song? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. 1940s: This song was written for the Walt Disney film Pinocchio in 1940 and was sung by Cliff Edwards in the character of Jiminy Cricket. Do you know which of the following songs fits the bill? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. 1950s: This decade saw the birth of Rock 'n Roll, and Chuck Berry had a 1955 hit song in which he had to ask his girl "Why can't you be true?" What was the name of the song? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. 1960s: The song "Born to be Wild" performed by the band Steppenwolf was used in the 1969 cult film "Easy Rider". Another song performed by this wonderful band was also used at the beginning of the movie. Can you name that tune? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. 1970s: "Ride a White Swan" was the first hit single by which British group regarded as having introduced the concept of Glam Rock? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. 1980s: Originally released in 1981 by the American rock band Journey, this song has since become a best-selling downloadable iTunes track. What is this song that continues to inspire? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. 1990s: The song "Unchained Melody" became a hit in 1990, on release of the film "Ghost", having previously been a hit in 1965 for The Righteous Brothers.
Who had the hit in 1990?
Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. 2000s: Which Irish born singer had a July 2000 hit with "Life Is A Rollercoaster" which debuted at number one in the UK and Ireland? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. 2010s: Which 2011 song became a worldwide hit for Adele, reaching number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 and UK Singles chart? Hint



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Most Recent Scores
May 25 2024 : Hayes1953: 9/10
May 17 2024 : poohfaber: 9/10
May 15 2024 : Guest 208: 3/10
May 15 2024 : Guest 47: 8/10
May 10 2024 : Guest 165: 9/10
May 06 2024 : Guest 73: 8/10
Apr 28 2024 : dee1304: 7/10
Apr 27 2024 : Guest 63: 7/10
Apr 27 2024 : Guest 159: 7/10

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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. 1920s: This song was made famous by Eddie Cantor in the 1928 movie "Whoopee!" and celebrates the initial joys, but then the woes of marriage. What is its name?

Answer: Makin' Whoopee

Written by Walter Donaldson and Gus Kahn, the words for this song are very funny. Here's an example of a couple of the verses:

"Another year, or maybe less
What's this I hear, well can't you guess
She feels neglected and he's suspected
Of makin' whoopee...

"He doesn't make much money
Only five thousand per
Some judge who thinks he's funny
Says 'You'll pay six to her'

"He says 'Now judge, suppose I fail?'
The judge says 'Budge - right into jail
You'd better keep 'er, I think it's cheaper
Than makin' whoopee'"

(Question and additional information provided by Creedy)
2. 1930s: This song was composed by George Gershwin for the 1935 opera "Porgy and Bess". Over 30,000 versions of the song have been made since, including those by Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald. What is the name of this sultry smooth jazz song?

Answer: Summertime

The lyrics to the song were written by DuBose Heyward who also wrote the 1925 novel, "Porgy". He and his wife, Dorothy, both lived in Charleston, USA, for a number of years and were able to establish the true living and working conditions of African-Americans at the time. The novel was adapted to the stage and the play opened to good reviews on Broadway in 1927. Eight years later, Heyward collaborated with George Gershwin and the rest, as they say, is history.

(Question and additional information provided by Plodd)
3. 1940s: This song was written for the Walt Disney film Pinocchio in 1940 and was sung by Cliff Edwards in the character of Jiminy Cricket. Do you know which of the following songs fits the bill?

Answer: When You Wish upon a Star

"When You Wish upon a Star" won the 1940 Academy Award for Best Original Song, and the American Film Institute ranked it seventh in their 100 Greatest Songs in Film History, thereby becoming the top-ranked Disney animated film song.
The song was written by Leigh Harline and Ned Washington, and has since become the representative song of The Walt Disney Company.

(Question and additional information provided by moonraker2)
4. 1950s: This decade saw the birth of Rock 'n Roll, and Chuck Berry had a 1955 hit song in which he had to ask his girl "Why can't you be true?" What was the name of the song?

Answer: Maybellene

The basis for the song "Maybellene" came from a traditional fiddle tune "Ida Red". "Maybellene" was both Berry's first single release and first hit song. It also held a high spot on the rhythm and blues, country western, and pop charts, and has been described as being "a pivotal song in the emergence of rock 'n' roll."

(Question and interesting information provided by unterkircher)
5. 1960s: The song "Born to be Wild" performed by the band Steppenwolf was used in the 1969 cult film "Easy Rider". Another song performed by this wonderful band was also used at the beginning of the movie. Can you name that tune?

Answer: The Pusher

"The Pusher" is a song written by Hoyt Axton. The song was made popular by Steppenwolf when they made a cover of it on their 1968 album titled "Steppenwolf". The song was then used at the beginning of the movie "Easy Rider" accompanied by scenes of drug trafficking. Though this song has been covered by other artists this version remains the most popular. Songwriter Hoyt Axton apparently did not record this song himself until 1971 on his album "Joy to the World".

(Question and additional information provided by Eastenders01)
6. 1970s: "Ride a White Swan" was the first hit single by which British group regarded as having introduced the concept of Glam Rock?

Answer: T Rex

This became a hit single in 1970 when the group was called Tyrannosaurus Rex, which was soon shortened to T Rex. The leading light of the band in every way was Marc Bolan who wrote all of their music and gradually recruited each of his fellow musicians. He died tragically as a passenger in a car accident in a secluded part of Barnes, London in 1977, and this author has passed that site on many occasions since. Still to this day there are always fresh flowers being placed there. RIP

(Question and additional information provided by Airmale)
7. 1980s: Originally released in 1981 by the American rock band Journey, this song has since become a best-selling downloadable iTunes track. What is this song that continues to inspire?

Answer: Don't Stop Believin'

In 30 years, "Don't Stop Believin'" was used in a campaign video for Hillary Clinton, HBO's "The Sopranos", movies "The Wedding Singer" (1998) and Disney's "Tron: Legacy" (2010), as well as the rallying song for sports teams around the world, including the San Francisco Giants, winners of the 2010 World Series.

(Question and additional information provided by CoachinChina)
8. 1990s: The song "Unchained Melody" became a hit in 1990, on release of the film "Ghost", having previously been a hit in 1965 for The Righteous Brothers. Who had the hit in 1990?

Answer: The Righteous Brothers

The Righteous Brothers had a hit with "Unchained Melody" in both 1965 and 1990. The original recording was featured in the 1990 film "Ghost" and was such a hit that it was re-released and became a major hit once again for the Righteous Brothers. It is one of the most recorded songs of the 20th century, including recordings by Elvis Presley, The Supremes and Roy Orbison.

(Question and additional information provided by veronicavee)
9. 2000s: Which Irish born singer had a July 2000 hit with "Life Is A Rollercoaster" which debuted at number one in the UK and Ireland?

Answer: Ronan Keating

Ronan Keating rose to fame in the late 1990s as a member of the Irish boyband Boyzone. He then went solo in 1999. A popular Ronan hit "When You Say Nothing at All" was featured in the 1999 film "Notting Hill". As a solo artist, Keating has sold over 22 million records worldwide.

(Question and additional information provided by peewee2)
10. 2010s: Which 2011 song became a worldwide hit for Adele, reaching number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 and UK Singles chart?

Answer: Someone Like You

The song came from Adele's second album, "21", which was released in January 2011. It was a joint collaboration between Adele and Dan Wilson, who also wrote songs for Josh Groban, Dixie Chicks and Engelbert Humperdinck. The song also became a number one hit in Australia, New Zealand, France and Ireland.

(Question and additional information provided by Plodd)
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