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Quiz about No 1 Hits of the 80s Vol13
Quiz about No 1 Hits of the 80s Vol13

No. 1 Hits of the 80s Vol.13 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: 5 mins.
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Author
fredsixties
Time
5 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
327,556
Updated
Mar 29 24
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Average
Avg Score
7 / 10
Plays
2494
Awards
Top 35% Quiz
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Question 1 of 10
1. This 1980 tune, taken to the top by Diana Ross, was originally turned down by another top recording artist. Which song did Ross take up the charts? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. A recording artist turned actor had a powerful hit with "Jessie's Girl" in 1981. Can you name him?

Answer: (Two Words (famous rifle))
Question 3 of 10
3. Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes combined for the number one hit "up Where We Belong" in 1982. What motion picture soundtrack did this song come from? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. "Once upon a time I was falling in love, but now I'm only falling apart, nothing I can do, a...." go the lyrics to this number one tune from 1983. Can you give me the title?

Answer: (5 Words (Its always beating))
Question 5 of 10
5. This diva broke through and hit the top with the smash hit "What's Love Got to Do With It" in 1984. Just think of long legs and high heels. Who is she?

Answer: (Two Words)
Question 6 of 10
6. What distinction does the 1985 Duran Duran number one single "A View to a Kill" hold in the world of music? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. Which two top recording artists combined to make "On My Own" a number one hit in 1986? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. This R&B act became pop chart stars in 1987 with the song "Always". Can you name them? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. Terence Trent D'Arby had his biggest hit with this 1988 number one tune. Well, can you give me the name? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. "Forever Your Girl" was a 1989 top selling hit for this former cheerleader who went on major success, and was idolized by her fans. Can you name her?

Answer: (Two Words (Clue in Question))

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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. This 1980 tune, taken to the top by Diana Ross, was originally turned down by another top recording artist. Which song did Ross take up the charts?

Answer: Upside Down

Of the four listed, the only number one tune was "Upside Down" a 1980 classic that spent four weeks at the top of the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 charts in the fall of 1980, and reached number two in the U.K. The song was the first release from a self titled album called "Diana".

The song was written co-written by Nile Rodgers with Aretha Franklin in mind. Franklin turned down the material for the album, declined to record it, and the songs were then passed on the Ross, who took full advantage.
2. A recording artist turned actor had a powerful hit with "Jessie's Girl" in 1981. Can you name him?

Answer: Rick Springfield

Rick Springfield was originally from Australia, and had a few minor hits through the 1970s. Springfield also was nurturing an acting career at the time. He had signed a recording contract and recorded the album called "Working Class Dog". He claims that he didn't expect the album to do very well, so he took an acting job on the American soap opera "General Hospital".

The came "Jessie's Girl" which, when released in the spring of 1981, took off and went to the top of the Billboard Hit 100 charts for a two week stay. Springfield eventually won a Grammy Award for the song in 1982.
3. Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes combined for the number one hit "up Where We Belong" in 1982. What motion picture soundtrack did this song come from?

Answer: An Officer and a Gentleman

The song comes from the soundtrack of "An Officer and a Gentleman" a 1982 motion picture starring Richard Gere, Debra Winger and Louis Gossett Jr. Although the recording duo was a likely combination, the song got to the top of the U.S. Billboard charts in the fall of 1982 and remained there for three weeks.

In an interesting aside, Don Simpson, one of the producers of the motion picture, unsuccessfully campaigned to have the song removed from the soundtrack, allegedly saying "The song is no good.

It isn't a hit". Guess producers don't know everything.
4. "Once upon a time I was falling in love, but now I'm only falling apart, nothing I can do, a...." go the lyrics to this number one tune from 1983. Can you give me the title?

Answer: Total Eclipse of the Heart

"Total Eclipse of the Heart" was Bonnie Tyler's biggest U.S. hit, reaching number one on the Billboard Hot 100 charts in the fall of 1983 and remaining there for four weeks. It was also here most successful song worldwide, hitting the top of the charts in Australia, the U.K. and Canada. The song was a release from the album called "Faster Than the Speed of Night".
5. This diva broke through and hit the top with the smash hit "What's Love Got to Do With It" in 1984. Just think of long legs and high heels. Who is she?

Answer: Tina Turner

Tina Turner had been a successful recording artist for many years, with her then husband Ike, but when here marital problems forced her to split with him, her career was put on hold. Her comeback as a solo artist began in the early 1980s and this single was off her breakthrough solo album "Private Dancer".

It spent three weeks at the top of the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 charts in September of 1984 an re-established Turner as a top selling recording artist.
6. What distinction does the 1985 Duran Duran number one single "A View to a Kill" hold in the world of music?

Answer: Only Billboard Hot 100 James Bond theme song to reach number one

"A View to a Kill" was a 1985 number one tune recorded by Duran Duran for the James Bond action film of the same name. It was a stand alone single specifically created for the film and was written by the group along with John Barry. It hit number one for two weeks in the U.S. and also topped the charts in Canada, Sweden and Italy, and was a Top 10 hit in a number of other countries.
7. Which two top recording artists combined to make "On My Own" a number one hit in 1986?

Answer: Patti LaBelle and Michael McDonald

Patti LaBelle fronted Patti LaBelle and the Bluebells in the 1960s, and also LaBelle ("Lady Marmalade") in the 1970s. McDonald was first a member of Steely Dan ("Do It Again", Rikki Don't Lose That Number") and then was a major voice in The Doobie Brothers later in the 1970s. Blending their two voices together, we got "On My Own" in 1986.

The song spent three weeks at the top of the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 charts that year. LaBelle originally was to record the song as a solo, but she felt something was missing, and the song should be a duet.

When asked who she would like to record the song with as a duet, she named McDonald as her first choice.
8. This R&B act became pop chart stars in 1987 with the song "Always". Can you name them?

Answer: Atlantic Starr

Atlantic Starr had a number of hits on the R&B charts and even hit on the Hot 100 charts with the number three charting "Secret Lovers" in 1986, but it was "Always" which gave them their only number one hit when it reached the top of the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 charts for one week in the summer of 1987.
9. Terence Trent D'Arby had his biggest hit with this 1988 number one tune. Well, can you give me the name?

Answer: Wishing Well

"Wishing Well" was a number one tune from Terence Trent D'Arby that hit the top of the Billboard Hot 100 charts in May 1988 for a one week stay. This was the pinnacle of D'Arby's career as he never was able to duplicate his success again.
10. "Forever Your Girl" was a 1989 top selling hit for this former cheerleader who went on major success, and was idolized by her fans. Can you name her?

Answer: Paula Abdul

The singer is Paula Abdul. "Forever Your Girl" was the second release from her album of the same name and the second straight song to reach number one. The song spent two weeks at the top of the U.S. Billboard charts in the spring of 1989. It was a follow up to her debut single "Straight Up" which also went to number one. Of course the reference in the question is to the television show "American Idol". Paula spent eight seasons as one of the celebrity judges on the show.
Source: Author fredsixties

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