Quiz about Hit Songs We Hate
Quiz about Hit Songs We Hate

Hit Songs We Hate Trivia Quiz


The bad hit songs in this quiz may make you groan, but I bet you know them well. Warning: these bad songs may get stuck in your head if you play this quiz.

A multiple-choice quiz by Godwit. Estimated time: 4 mins.
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Author
Godwit
Time
4 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
319,947
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Average
Avg Score
7 / 10
Plays
4460
Awards
Top 10% Quiz
Last 3 plays: Guest 166 (1/10), Guest 76 (10/10), Guest 2 (8/10).
1. Rupert Holmes wrote "Timothy" in 1971. Some trapped miners are rescued but one is missing. Answer this question: "Timothy, where on earth did you go?" Hint

He was buried in the rubble
He was a donkey
He was, it seems, eaten
He was a hallucination they all shared

2. Rupert Holmes also penned, "Escape (The Pina Colada song)". Holmes said he feels chagrin at having written it. It's a sappy story we love to hate, about what? Hint

Getting drunk in Margaritaville
A man answers his lover's singles ad
Fruit drinks in the summer
Drinking after divorce

3. "See the tree how big it's grown, but friends it hasn't been too long, it wasn't big, I laughed at her and she got mad..." Can you name this bad hit song? Hint

Barbara
Memories
If You Leave Me Now
Honey (I Miss You)

4. This crazy song started on a carnival float, the Baha Men sang it in a movie, and it was passionately shouted at sports games. Which song is it? Hint

YMCA
Who Let the Dogs Out?
Single Girl
Mickey Mouse

5. Paul Anka wrote about his wonder and joy at this real event, but it's sappy and self-indulgent. What is he so pleased someone is doing? Hint

Wash My Car
You're Having My Baby
Ring My Bell
Going to the Chapel

6. In 2000 Ricky Martin sang "She Bangs", topping the music charts all over the world. By 2004 "Blender" magazine named "She Bangs" one of the "50 Worst Songs Ever", citing Martin's version and a 2004 version heard on "American Idol". Who sang "She Bangs" on "American Idol"? Hint

William Hung
Sam Hung
William Wang
William O'Brien

7. Originally released by "Starship" with Grace Slick as a lead vocal, the cities Cleveland, New York City, and San Francisco all claimed this song was about them. Some radio stations changed the traffic portions of the lyrics to their own local streets and bridges. Which bad hit are we talking about? Hint

Shining City On a Hill
You're So Vain
We Built This City
Green, Green Grass of Home

8. It was first titled "Don't Tell My Heart" by writer Don Von Tress. Which flakey song became a 1992 signature for Billy Ray Cyrus? Hint

Tears of a Clown
Achy Breaky Heart
Why, Why, Why
Desperately

9. Recognize this? "In the year 9595, I'm kinda wonderin' if Man is gonna be alive. He's taken everything this old Earth can give, and he ain't put back nothing, whoa-whoa..." What's the title of that foreboding song? Hint

1984
Aquarius
Doorway of Perception
In the Year 2525

10. In 1991 Right Said Fred confidently informed listeners that they were too much of something. Can you name that repetitive and annoying hit song? Hint

Something Good
Da Bomb
Too Hot to Handle
I'm Too Sexy


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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. Rupert Holmes wrote "Timothy" in 1971. Some trapped miners are rescued but one is missing. Answer this question: "Timothy, where on earth did you go?"

Answer: He was, it seems, eaten

Timothy was one of the miners, and people soon realized he was eaten by the other miners. "My stomach was full as it could be, And nobody ever got around to finding Timothy".

This song was banned from radio due to its shocking implications, but it nonetheless climbed to number 17 on the US Hot 100 Billboard. Executives tried to get the song off the banned list by claiming Timothy was just a donkey, but there's nothing about a donkey in the lyrics. Some say Holmes purposely wrote a song he believed would be banned, to generate badly needed publicity for The Buoys. This terrible song did make them a one-hit wonder.
2. Rupert Holmes also penned, "Escape (The Pina Colada song)". Holmes said he feels chagrin at having written it. It's a sappy story we love to hate, about what?

Answer: A man answers his lover's singles ad

The singer is "tired of" his lady, and intrigued with a singles ad he decides to answer. He discovers the ad was written by his girlfriend. "If you like Pina Coladas, And getting caught in the rain, If you're not into yoga, If you have half a brain..." The song was inspired by a singles ad Holmes saw in a paper. Holmes said of his career, "No matter what else I do, my tombstone will be a giant pineapple."
3. "See the tree how big it's grown, but friends it hasn't been too long, it wasn't big, I laughed at her and she got mad..." Can you name this bad hit song?

Answer: Honey (I Miss You)

I know, some of you love the song "Honey". It made many a bad song lists, though, as well as "Worst Song of All Time". Critics say the guy wasn't even home when "the angels" came for his wife, he called her "kinda dumb and kinda smart" and he laughed at her. "Honey" was number one for five weeks in spring 1968, one of the biggest songs that year. So if you like this "bad" song, that's okay. So do a lot of other people.
4. This crazy song started on a carnival float, the Baha Men sang it in a movie, and it was passionately shouted at sports games. Which song is it?

Answer: Who Let the Dogs Out?

"Who Let the Dogs Out" was written and recorded for a carnival in 1998. It became the UK's fourth best-selling single, and a smash hit in Australia. A poll by "Rolling Stone" magazine earned it a number three spot on their "Most Annoying Songs" list.
5. Paul Anka wrote about his wonder and joy at this real event, but it's sappy and self-indulgent. What is he so pleased someone is doing?

Answer: You're Having My Baby

The 1974 "You're Having My Baby" was Anka's first number one hit in 15 years. He recorded it as a duet with Odia Coates. This song was voted "Worst Song of All Time" in a CNN poll, and made numerous "worst song" lists. The National Organization for Women gave it their, "Keep Her in Her Place" award, perhaps because of lyrics like this: "You're the woman I love, And I love what it's doin' to ya..."
6. In 2000 Ricky Martin sang "She Bangs", topping the music charts all over the world. By 2004 "Blender" magazine named "She Bangs" one of the "50 Worst Songs Ever", citing Martin's version and a 2004 version heard on "American Idol". Who sang "She Bangs" on "American Idol"?

Answer: William Hung

William James Hung Hing Cheong immigrated to New Jersey from Hong Kong in 1993, and sang "She Bangs" on the third season "American Idol" audition. His rendition was terrible. But he soon had four albums, a movie, and countless television interviews. Hung may have made "She Bangs" even more deeply hated than before--it made number 39 on "50 Worst Songs"--but he claims the song brought fulfillment of his dreams.
7. Originally released by "Starship" with Grace Slick as a lead vocal, the cities Cleveland, New York City, and San Francisco all claimed this song was about them. Some radio stations changed the traffic portions of the lyrics to their own local streets and bridges. Which bad hit are we talking about?

Answer: We Built This City

Parodies include "We Built This City On Slavery" and "We Built This City on Debts and Booze". In 2004 "Blender" magazine listed this as the worst song ever, being overly commercial and a type of song that "killed rock n roll." Grace Slick claims it was written about early 1970s Los Angeles.
8. It was first titled "Don't Tell My Heart" by writer Don Von Tress. Which flakey song became a 1992 signature for Billy Ray Cyrus?

Answer: Achy Breaky Heart

"Achy Breaky Heart" made Top of the Pops, Song of the Year, and Hot Country Singles for Cyrus. It had been turned down by the "Oakridge Boys" because they didn't like the term achy breaky. Weird Al Yankovic hated the song so much he wrote a parody called "Achy Breaky Song".

Another parody by Run C&W was titled, "Itchy Twitchy Spot". If that wasn't bad enough, "Alvin and the Chipmunks" covered the song.
9. Recognize this? "In the year 9595, I'm kinda wonderin' if Man is gonna be alive. He's taken everything this old Earth can give, and he ain't put back nothing, whoa-whoa..." What's the title of that foreboding song?

Answer: In the Year 2525

A 1969 hit covered many times, "In the Year 2525 (Exordium and Terminus)" was written by the duo Zager and Evans. They never made the hit charts again. The song laments the slow demise of Humankind. It made number six in the 1991 "Worst Rock and Roll Records of All Time, Worst Singles List".

The song was played in a number of science fiction movies. It was also discouraged from airplay just after Sept 11th, 2001, when terrorists hit the US World Trade Center.
10. In 1991 Right Said Fred confidently informed listeners that they were too much of something. Can you name that repetitive and annoying hit song?

Answer: I'm Too Sexy

The debut song "I'm Too Sexy" was a hit in the US, the UK and 30 other countries. But Right Said Fred never had a hit in the US again. "I'm Too Sexy" is about a fashion model who feels he is too sexy for his cat, his hat, his shirt, New York, Milan, and a number of other things, including "this song".

It's been covered and parodied by many, including Alvin and the Chipmunks. In 2009, the 20-year old group Right Said Fred released "Sexy Bum".
Source: Author Godwit

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