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Quiz about Lets Hear It for the Girls 80s Number 1 Hits
Quiz about Lets Hear It for the Girls 80s Number 1 Hits

Let's Hear It for the Girls: 80s Number 1 Hits Quiz


These incredible female artists all reached the pinnacle of success on the Billboard charts in the totally gnarly and rad decade of the 1980s. Let's see how many you can remember.

A multiple-choice quiz by camhammer. Estimated time: 5 mins.
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Author
camhammer
Time
5 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
364,793
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Average
Avg Score
8 / 10
Plays
1033
Awards
Top 35% Quiz
Last 3 plays: Triviaballer (10/10), Guest 166 (7/10), Guest 90 (7/10).
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Question 1 of 10
1. This track topped the Billboard charts for four weeks in the fall of 1980. Which song, performed by a "supremely" talented singer, was it? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. Which song, the biggest hit of 1981, spending nine weeks in the top spot on Billboard, was an allusion to a particular attribute of an old-time movie star? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. Which upbeat, catchy song (in which the singer is dressed up as a cheerleader in the video) was number one on Billboard for one week in December 1982? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. This massive hit was number one on the Billboard charts for six weeks in the spring and summer of 1983 and came from a movie soundtrack. Which song, that might have you "dancing for your life", was this? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. Another big hit from an iconic 80s movie soundtrack, which song was number one on Billboard for two weeks in the spring of 1984? Don't forget what the title of the quiz is! Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. This number one was from an 80s icon who is still going strong in this millennium. Which "sort of insane" song reached number one on Billboard for one week in May 1985? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. Which Billboard number one hit (three weeks in 1986) relates to us through its lyrics that "children are our future?" Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. This song managed to "go-go" to the top of the Billboard charts for one week in December 1987. Which song is it? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. This tune, from the youngest artist (she was 17) to ever write, produce and perform a solo number one hit, topped the Billboard charts in early summer 1988. Which song was this? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. Which song, number one for two weeks in summer 1989, includes the lyrics: "step by step, heart to heart, left, right, left, we all fall down?" Hint



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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. This track topped the Billboard charts for four weeks in the fall of 1980. Which song, performed by a "supremely" talented singer, was it?

Answer: "Upside Down" - Diana Ross

All of these were hits in 1980 but only one got to number one. Diana Ross, former lead singer of the legendary Motown trio The Supremes, struck gold with the funky hit "Upside Down." The song also reached the top position in the Billboard Disco and R&B charts.
2. Which song, the biggest hit of 1981, spending nine weeks in the top spot on Billboard, was an allusion to a particular attribute of an old-time movie star?

Answer: "Bette Davis Eyes" - Kim Carnes

Only one of these is a real song, though the artists all had hit songs in 1981. The smash hit "Bette Davis Eyes" by Kim Carnes was the Billboard number one song of that year, and went on the win the Grammy award for "Best Song" in 1982. The song was originally written and recorded by songwriter Jackie DeShannon in 1974 but did not gain any traction until Carnes added her signature husky, soulful vocals to it on her album "Mistaken Identity."
3. Which upbeat, catchy song (in which the singer is dressed up as a cheerleader in the video) was number one on Billboard for one week in December 1982?

Answer: "Mickey" - Toni Basil

Yes, it's Mickey, the man who is so fine he blew Toni Basil's mind. Multitalented Toni Basil, (Born Antonia Christina Basilotta) largely thought of as a one-hit wonder, is actually vastly skilled in many facets of show business; directing, choreography, acting and, of course, singing. She both directed and choreographed her famous and influential video for "Mickey".
4. This massive hit was number one on the Billboard charts for six weeks in the spring and summer of 1983 and came from a movie soundtrack. Which song, that might have you "dancing for your life", was this?

Answer: "Flashdance...What a Feeling" - Irene Cara

All of these were hits from 1983 but only one came from a movie soundtrack. Irene Cara is an accomplished singer-songwriter, actress, and producer. She had a huge hit in 1980 with the song "Fame" and had a starring role in the "Fame" movie. "Flashdance...What a Feeling" was the number three song for 1983 according to Billboard.
5. Another big hit from an iconic 80s movie soundtrack, which song was number one on Billboard for two weeks in the spring of 1984? Don't forget what the title of the quiz is!

Answer: "Let's Hear It for the Boy" - Deniece Williams

"Let's Hear It for the Boy" an extremely successful song off of the "Footloose" soundtrack. Deniece Williams (Born June Deniece Chandler) is another multidimensional talent who excels at songwriting and producing as well as singing. She has carved out a noteworthy career as an acclaimed performer of pop and r&b songs as well as gospel standards.

She is celebrated for her impressive four-octave vocal range.
6. This number one was from an 80s icon who is still going strong in this millennium. Which "sort of insane" song reached number one on Billboard for one week in May 1985?

Answer: "Crazy for You" - Madonna

Yet another number one song off of a movie soundtrack, this one from the "Vision Quest" soundtrack, "Crazy for You" was Madonna's second number one of 1985 after "Like a Virgin." Madonna, often referred to as the "Queen of Pop" was ranked number two (only behind the Beatles) on a list of Billboard's top 100 artists of all time.
7. Which Billboard number one hit (three weeks in 1986) relates to us through its lyrics that "children are our future?"

Answer: "Greatest Love of All" - Whitney Houston

One of my favorite vocal performances of all time, Whitney is at her spine-tingling best in this song. "Greatest Love of All" was written by Micheal Masser and Linda Creed as "The Greatest Love of All," and the lyrics were about Creed's fight with cancer. Unfortunately she lost this battle as this song was becoming a worldwide hit in early 1986. Whitney Houston fought her own battle against substance abuse and sadly she lost as well, passing away at the age of 48 in 2012.
8. This song managed to "go-go" to the top of the Billboard charts for one week in December 1987. Which song is it?

Answer: "Heaven is a Place on Earth" - Belinda Carlisle

Belinda Carlisle was the former lead singer for the Go-Go's. This song was her greatest chart success, including Go-Go's songs. Carlisle had a very strong solo career, with such hits as "I Get Weak", "Circle in the Sand", and "Mad About You."
9. This tune, from the youngest artist (she was 17) to ever write, produce and perform a solo number one hit, topped the Billboard charts in early summer 1988. Which song was this?

Answer: "Foolish Beat" - Debbie Gibson

Writing and performing a number one song before being out of high school is quite an impressive feat. Gibson has remained a recording artist well into the 21st century and while not able to reach the lofty heights of her initial recordings, she continues to write and record songs.

She has also had a very strong career in the theatre including starring roles in productions of "Grease", "Beauty and the Beast", and "Funny Girl".
10. Which song, number one for two weeks in summer 1989, includes the lyrics: "step by step, heart to heart, left, right, left, we all fall down?"

Answer: "Toy Soldiers" - Martika

"Toy Soldiers" by Martika. Martika (Born Marta Marrero) had several more hit songs in the early 1990s including "More than you Know", "I Feel the Earth Move", and "Love...Thy Will Be Done." She reinvented herself with a change to more of a "Latin pop" sound in the early 2000s. In 2004 Eminem sampled "Toy Soldiers" for his hit "Like Toy Soldiers."
Source: Author camhammer

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