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Quiz about Super Number One Hits
Quiz about Super Number One Hits

Super Number One Hits Trivia Quiz


Only a small percentage of number one hit songs reach that position collectively in the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia. Listed are ten that achieved this feat between 1980 and 1985. Other songs mentioned reached top spot in two of these.

A multiple-choice quiz by muffin1708. Estimated time: 6 mins.
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Author
muffin1708
Time
6 mins
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Multiple Choice
Quiz #
254,558
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
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Question 1 of 10
1. In 1980 a legendary American singer scored the trifecta with her fifth number one single on the U.S.charts. This song was lifted off her best-ever selling album that was written and produced by Barry Gibb and the Bee Gees. Almost simultaneously it hit number one in the three countries for three weeks each in October of that year. Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. In late 1982, an English group with previous success in Australia and the U.K. hit the charts with a song that stayed top in these two for eight and four weeks respectively. It also gave the band it's only number one hit in the U.S., albeit for one week. The group had previously held top position in the U.K. charts for two weeks in 1980 with a song entitled "Geno". Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. A lot of hype surrounded a song put out by an American group, also in the latter half of 1982. The publicity it received sent it to the top for six weeks in both the U.S. and Australia, and for four weeks in the U.K. The reason being its use as the theme for a blockbuster movie. Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. In 1983 a group that started with two number ones on the American charts, which was the start of four consecutive top tens, struck the treble with the second release that went top for four weeks. It was previously on top in Australia for five weeks and was enjoying a three week stay there in the U.K. The song became a temporary national anthem for one of the featured three countries after the event which unfolded in Newport, Rhode Island on the 26th September 1983. Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. A huge hit from a super album developed in early 1983. The song in question topped the charts in America for seven weeks and for five in Australia. However it only scraped into the U.K.'s number one position for one week, though the album itself sold over 3.5 million copies there. This song is lifted off the album rated by the Guinness Book Of Records as the all-time best seller. Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. A British act caused a big impact when hitting the Billboard Top Ten eight times in as many attempts from 1984 to 1987, including four number ones. The debut song went top in America for three weeks. It had previously headed the U.K. charts for two weeks and Australia's for eight. Earlier on the band had projected songs with a politically- motivated theme in Britain without much success. However a change in image and music changed their fortunes no-end. Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. A singer who turned solo artist after fronting a very popular band for many years produced a song in 1984 that first hit the top of the U.K. charts for six weeks. It then followed onto Billboard for two and Australia for three weeks respectively. This hit was the singer's fourth number one, including one as a duo, since leaving the band where two hits went to the top. Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. Born Gaynor Hopkins and with only a few entries into the charts, this lady's hit from 1983 topped the U.S. and Australian Top 40's each for four weeks. Earlier it had gone top in the U.K. for two weeks. It was this artist's second Top Ten universally after another hit that went to number one in Australia for two weeks in 1978. It also went top in six European countries but peaked at number four in the U.K. and number three on Billboard. Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. A group featuring a flamboyant lead singer earned top place on the U.K. charts in August 1984 and then went on to the top position in Australia for four weeks and then the American charts for three. They first performed in a short-lived band called The Executive before signing with Innervision Records before CBS,Columbia and Epic. Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. A united collection of top artists joined together in January 1985 to record a song which would raise money and aid the plight of many less fortunate people. The song was written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie and 800,000 copies sold out on the weekend of it's release. It ultimately topped the Australian charts for ten weeks, for four in the U.S. and two weeks in the U.K. Hint



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1. In 1980 a legendary American singer scored the trifecta with her fifth number one single on the U.S.charts. This song was lifted off her best-ever selling album that was written and produced by Barry Gibb and the Bee Gees. Almost simultaneously it hit number one in the three countries for three weeks each in October of that year.

Answer: 'Woman In Love" - Barbra Streisand

Barbra Streisand's "Guilty" album co-incidentally topped the U.S. album charts for three weeks also. The album's title track won the coveted Grammy Award for the "Best Pop Vocal Performance, Duo Or Group", with Barry Gibb, and went to number three on Billboard's singles chart. "Upside Down" reached the top for four weeks in the U.S. and for five in Australia for Diana Ross. Kim Carnes had the 1981 Billboard record of the year with "Bette Davis Eyes" that went top in the U.S. for nine weeks and for six in Australia while Thelma Houston's "Don't Leave Me This Way" scored a creditable top position in both the U.S. and Australia for one week.
2. In late 1982, an English group with previous success in Australia and the U.K. hit the charts with a song that stayed top in these two for eight and four weeks respectively. It also gave the band it's only number one hit in the U.S., albeit for one week. The group had previously held top position in the U.K. charts for two weeks in 1980 with a song entitled "Geno".

Answer: "Come On Eileen" - Dexy's Midnight Runners

The featured song was sent by the ground control team to the space shuttle "Discovery" in August 2005, to remind the flight commander Eileen Collins that it was time to return to earth. However it was all in vain as bad weather delayed re-entry for an extra day! "Goody Two Shoes" gave Adam and his Ants two weeks at the top in both the U.K. and Australia, a feat equaled by Soft Cell's "Tainted Love".

The Buggles' "Video Killed The Radio Star" spent six weeks at number one Down Under and one week there in the U.K. (It spent the minimum one week at number 40 on Billboard).
3. A lot of hype surrounded a song put out by an American group, also in the latter half of 1982. The publicity it received sent it to the top for six weeks in both the U.S. and Australia, and for four weeks in the U.K. The reason being its use as the theme for a blockbuster movie.

Answer: "Eye Of The Tiger" - Survivor

The Sylvester Stallone movie "Rocky III", had "Eye Of The Tiger" as its theme, and assured Survivor of a number one hit. History didn't quite repeat itself three years later when this band's theme from "Rocky V", namely "Burning Heart", stayed at number two for two weeks. Toto's "Africa" topped the U.S. charts for one week, while in Australia it had a fortnight at the top. Steve Miller got "Abracadabra" there for two weeks in both Australia and the U.S. Lipps Inc's "Funky Town" topped Billboard for a month and in Australia for one week.
4. In 1983 a group that started with two number ones on the American charts, which was the start of four consecutive top tens, struck the treble with the second release that went top for four weeks. It was previously on top in Australia for five weeks and was enjoying a three week stay there in the U.K. The song became a temporary national anthem for one of the featured three countries after the event which unfolded in Newport, Rhode Island on the 26th September 1983.

Answer: "Down Under" - Men At Work

"Down Under" was, fittingly, Australia's only entry into this category. Men At Work's classic became a national treasure following "Australia II"'s victory in the America's Cup and was the official anthem for the crew. The Knack's "My Sharona" topped the list in the States for six weeks and in Australia for five. Chic's "La Freak" proved one of the Disco era's biggest hits by staying on top on Billboard for six weeks and in the U.K. for two. "Shout" by Tears For Fears spent three weeks on top in America and two in the U.K.
5. A huge hit from a super album developed in early 1983. The song in question topped the charts in America for seven weeks and for five in Australia. However it only scraped into the U.K.'s number one position for one week, though the album itself sold over 3.5 million copies there. This song is lifted off the album rated by the Guinness Book Of Records as the all-time best seller.

Answer: "Billie Jean" - Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson's "Thriller" album spawned an incredible seven top ten hits onto the Billboard Charts, punctuated by a six week stay at the top alongside Paul McCartney with "Say Say Say". Among "Thriller"s other singles was "Beat It"- 1983,s Grammy winner as record of the year. "All Night Long" by Lionel Richie was on top in America for a month and in Australia for one week. Kenny Loggins' "Footloose" ruled for three weeks in both Australia and the U.S. and Madonna's first number one on Billboard ,"Like A Virgin" stayed for six weeks, and went top in Australia for two.
6. A British act caused a big impact when hitting the Billboard Top Ten eight times in as many attempts from 1984 to 1987, including four number ones. The debut song went top in America for three weeks. It had previously headed the U.K. charts for two weeks and Australia's for eight. Earlier on the band had projected songs with a politically- motivated theme in Britain without much success. However a change in image and music changed their fortunes no-end.

Answer: "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" - Wham!

In the space of just over seven years George Michael had ten number ones on the Billboard charts including the initial hits when combining with Andrew Ridgeley as Wham! Queen's "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" surprisingly missed top position in the U.K. even though blitzing the Australian top forty for six weeks and the U.S.'s for four. "Do You Really Want To Hurt Me" by Culture Club went within an ace of the trifecta with five weeks on top in Australia, three in the U.K., and number two for three weeks in the U.S. "Brass In Pocket" scored a creditable two weeks at number one in the U.K. and a week in Australia for Chrissie Hynde and The Pretenders.
7. A singer who turned solo artist after fronting a very popular band for many years produced a song in 1984 that first hit the top of the U.K. charts for six weeks. It then followed onto Billboard for two and Australia for three weeks respectively. This hit was the singer's fourth number one, including one as a duo, since leaving the band where two hits went to the top.

Answer: "Hello" - Lionel Richie

Lionel Richie's biggest success came with his first entry onto the U.S. charts after leaving the Commodores. The duet with Diana Ross entitled "Endless Love" ruled the Billboard charts for nine weeks in 1981. "Mull Of Kintyre", somehow, did not chart in America, even though holding down top spot in the U.K. for nine weeks and ten in Australia. Huey Lewis' "Power Of Love" went to number one for a week in Australia and two in the U.S.,while M's "Pop Muzic" was top in Australia for five, and in the U.S. for one week.
8. Born Gaynor Hopkins and with only a few entries into the charts, this lady's hit from 1983 topped the U.S. and Australian Top 40's each for four weeks. Earlier it had gone top in the U.K. for two weeks. It was this artist's second Top Ten universally after another hit that went to number one in Australia for two weeks in 1978. It also went top in six European countries but peaked at number four in the U.K. and number three on Billboard.

Answer: "Total Eclipse Of The Heart" - Bonnie Tyler

Bonnie Tyler's "It's A Heartache" was the hit that performed so admirably five years earlier for this Welsh-born lady with the raspy voice. One hit wonders Toni Basil and Charlene managed one week each at the top in Australia with "Mickey" and "I've Never Been To Me", and scored for one week respectively in the U.S. and U.K. Irene Cara took "Flashdance" to number one in America for six weeks and in Australia for two.
9. A group featuring a flamboyant lead singer earned top place on the U.K. charts in August 1984 and then went on to the top position in Australia for four weeks and then the American charts for three. They first performed in a short-lived band called The Executive before signing with Innervision Records before CBS,Columbia and Epic.

Answer: "Careless Whisper"- Wham! With George Michael

George Michael was then bordering on a solo career, but still in collaboration with Wham! partner Andrew Ridgeley. The song was ranked number one on Billboards end-of-year hits for 1985. In a 2006 poll for Britain's "Favourite Breakup Song", it came in at number six. Bob Geldof's Boomtown Rats stayed top for one week in Australia and for four in the U.K. with "I Don't Like Mondays", while Roxy Music ruled the Australian charts for six weeks and for two in the U.K. with "Jealous Guy". Joan Jett's Blackhearts had seven weeks on top of Billboard and three weeks at number one in Australia with "I Love Rock 'N' Roll.
10. A united collection of top artists joined together in January 1985 to record a song which would raise money and aid the plight of many less fortunate people. The song was written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie and 800,000 copies sold out on the weekend of it's release. It ultimately topped the Australian charts for ten weeks, for four in the U.S. and two weeks in the U.K.

Answer: "We Are The World"- USA For Africa

This group of superstars, calling themselves "United Support Of Artists" left any inflated egos that they may have had at the door. This was suggested with a large sign made by producer Quincy Jones and placed above the entrance. "Do They Know It's Christmas?" preceded "We Are The World" briefly and was performed by a fine group of British artists in aid of famine relief in Ethiopia.

This was another very successful venture and while it didn't quite make the top ten in the U.S.A., the song went to number one on the U.K. charts for five weeks and Australia's for three. "I Want To Know What Love Is" by Foreigner spent seven weeks on top in Australia and two weeks in the U.S. "Endless Love" by Diana Ross and Lionel Richie was number one in America for nine weeks and the Australian Top 40 for five.
Source: Author muffin1708

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