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Quiz about No 1 Hits of the 80s Vol 5
Quiz about No 1 Hits of the 80s Vol 5

No. 1 Hits of the 80s Vol. 5 Trivia Quiz


This is for the MTV generation. This is the continuing series of songs that were U.S. Billboard number one hits during the 1980s. How many do you remember? You may need the title or artist of the song. You may find some clues along the way. Have fun.

A multiple-choice quiz by fredsixties. Estimated time: 4 mins.
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Author
fredsixties
Time
4 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
325,139
Updated
Feb 22 22
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Average
Avg Score
8 / 10
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Top 20% Quiz
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Question 1 of 10
1. Queen started out 1980 with their first U.S. Number One hit. Which one was it? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. Which singer, predominantly known as a country performer, had a smash crossover hit with "I Love a Rainy Night" in 1981? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. The movie theme from "Chariots Of Fire" was a big hit in 1982 for this Greek musician. Can you name him? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. Dexy's Midnight Runners had only one successful U.S. hit. Come on, you know it. Tell me the name of the 1983 song. Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. What Kenny Loggins standard which went to number one in 1984 has something to do with Kevin Bacon?

Answer: (One Word)
Question 6 of 10
6. "No Jacket Required" was a very successful 1985 album by Phil Collins. From the songs listed from the album, and ONLY the songs listed, please tell me the only U.S. number one tune. Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. "Knee Deep In The Hoopla" was an album recorded in 1986 by a group called Starship. Two number one songs emerged from that album. One was "We Built This City". What was the other?

Answer: (One Word (Girl's Name-Spell Carefully))
Question 8 of 10
8. What was Bon Jovi "Livin' On..." in his 1987 smash hit?

Answer: (Two Words ( are you religious?))
Question 9 of 10
9. Although INXS had a world of success, which 1988 tune of theirs was the only one ever to hit the top of the U.S. charts? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. Way before American Idol, Paula Abdul was a household name in the pop music business. What 1989 song gave her the first of six straight number one tunes? Hint



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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. Queen started out 1980 with their first U.S. Number One hit. Which one was it?

Answer: Crazy Little Thing Called Love

Surprising as it may seem, "Crazy Little thing Called Love" was the first Queen classic to make it to the top of the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 charts. With songs like "Bohemian Rhapsody", and "We Are The Champions" among others, you would have thought they would have made it before, but not so.

In fact, up until 1980, they had only one number one in their native U.K., and that was 1975's "Bohemian Rhapsody". "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" spent four weeks at the top of the Billboard charts, but only went to number two in the U.K.

As an aside, the band reportedly has claimed that the whole song was recorded in about half an hour.
2. Which singer, predominantly known as a country performer, had a smash crossover hit with "I Love a Rainy Night" in 1981?

Answer: Eddie Rabbitt

Eddie Rabbitt was born and grew up in New Jersey. He moved to Nashville to begin his recording career and became a top selling country artist as well as a prolific songwriter. He wrote such songs and Elvis Presley's "Kentucky Rain", and had over a dozen country hits as a recording artist. "I Love a Rainy Night" was a crossover tune that spent two weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 charts in the winter of 1981.
3. The movie theme from "Chariots Of Fire" was a big hit in 1982 for this Greek musician. Can you name him?

Answer: Vangelis

Vangelis, as he is known, has been described as a progressive, electronic, neo-classical musician, who does in fact hail from Volos, Greece. He has been recording since the 1960s and is generally regarded as one of the greatest composers of electronic music of all time.

This song, which was from the 1981 motion picture of the same name made it to number one on the U.S. Billboard charts in 1982 for a one week stay in the spring that year.
4. Dexy's Midnight Runners had only one successful U.S. hit. Come on, you know it. Tell me the name of the 1983 song.

Answer: Come On Eileen

Dexy's Midnight Runners had hit the top of the U.K. charts in 1980 with "Geno", a song that never was released outside the U.K. In 1983 they released "Come On Eileen" for worldwide distribution, off an album called "Too Rye Ay". The song shot to the top of the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 charts and also went to number one in the U.K. and Australia.

However, the group couldn't sustain its success and disappeared shortly thereafter.
5. What Kenny Loggins standard which went to number one in 1984 has something to do with Kevin Bacon?

Answer: Footloose

"Footloose" was a top of the charts tune from the 1984 motion picture of the same name. The song spent three weeks at the top of the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 charts in the spring of 1984, and was nominated for an Academy Award. The motion picture featured Kevin Bacon and Lori Singer. If you recall the MTV music video, the Kevin Bacon character performed a dance routine to the music of the song.
6. "No Jacket Required" was a very successful 1985 album by Phil Collins. From the songs listed from the album, and ONLY the songs listed, please tell me the only U.S. number one tune.

Answer: One More Night

Got to know your Phil Collins for this one. All four songs listed were from the very successful "No Jacket Required" album which was Collins' third solo album. The only song listed that made the top of the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 charts was "One More Night" which spent two weeks at number one on the charts in the spring of 1985, as well as climbing to number four in the U.K. "Don't Lose My Number" went to number four in the U.S. and didn't chart in the U.K. "Take Me Home" was a number seven song in the U.S, but only reached number 19 in the U.K., and "Only You Know and I Know" didn't chart in either country. Collins did have one other number one song from the album called "Sussudio".
7. "Knee Deep In The Hoopla" was an album recorded in 1986 by a group called Starship. Two number one songs emerged from that album. One was "We Built This City". What was the other?

Answer: Sara

"Sara" was the other number one hit from Starship's "Knee Deep In The Hoopla" album, their first album release since shortening their name from Jefferson Starship, which was an off-shoot of the 1960's group Jefferson Airplane. Got all that? Anyway, Starship's "Sara" got to the top of the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 charts for a week in the spring of 1986.
8. What was Bon Jovi "Livin' On..." in his 1987 smash hit?

Answer: Prayer

"Livin' On a Prayer" was a number one smash hit from the Bon Jovi classic "Slippery When Wet" album. The group had a number one hit prior to this with "You Give Love a Bad Name", but this song established the group as a major worldwide force when it perched at the top of the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 charts for four weeks in the winter of 1987, as well as reaching number one in Canada, and becoming a top 5 tune in the U.K., Australia, Germany, Ireland, and Sweden.
9. Although INXS had a world of success, which 1988 tune of theirs was the only one ever to hit the top of the U.S. charts?

Answer: Need You Tonight

None of the other song listed were even close, although "What You Need" did make it into the Top 5. The correct song was "Need You Tonight" which snuck into the top spot on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 charts for one week in the winter of 1988. The group did have a lot of success in the U.S. following this song, which became the first of six straight top 10 hits, but never another number one.

By the way, "Original Sin" from 1984, was their only number one hit in their native Australia.
10. Way before American Idol, Paula Abdul was a household name in the pop music business. What 1989 song gave her the first of six straight number one tunes?

Answer: Straight Up

"Straight Up" was the third release from Paula's debut album called "Foerever Your Girl". While the first two tunes were relatively unsuccessful, "Straight Up" became a monster hit, spending three weeks at the top of the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 charts in the winter of 1989.

The song started a string of six straight releases by Abdul that went to the top of the charts between 1989 and 1991.
Source: Author fredsixties

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