Quiz about Top Pop Songs of 1981
Quiz about Top Pop Songs of 1981

Top Pop Songs of 1981 Trivia Quiz


Please take this fun quiz about some of the top 100 songs from the U.S. Billboard Hits charts of 1981. Good luck!

A multiple-choice quiz by mrgrouchy. Estimated time: 4 mins.
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Author
mrgrouchy
Time
4 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
313,660
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
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1. According to the title of a 1981 hit song by Eddie Rabbitt, what kind of "night" does the singer love? Hint

Rainy
Starry
Stormy
Snowy

2. In 1981, the super band Foreigner had a top five U.S. hit with the song "Urgent." Which "All Star" saxophonist played a fiery solo in the middle section of the tune? Hint

Dexter Gordon
Wayne Shorter
Junior Walker
Grover Washington, Jr.

3. Which New York City band led by singer Debbie Harry reached the top of the U.S. charts with the song "Rapture" in 1981? Hint

Steely Dan
Climax Blues Band
Blondie
Raydio

4. Which 1981 U.S. hit by John Lennon features the lyrics, "Keep me close to your heart / However distant, don't keep us apart..."? Hint

Just Like Starting Over
Woman
Watching the Wheels
Nobody Told Me

5. In 1981, singer Joey Scarbury reached number two on the U.S. singles charts with a song called "Believe It or Not." Which American television series used this song as its theme? Hint

The Greatest American Hero
One Day at a Time
Superman
The Jeffersons

6. Darryl Hall and John Oates had a 1981 hit with the song "Kiss On My List." Please complete this line from the first verse of the song: "When they insist on knowing my ________, I tell them this..." Hint

Wish
Joy
Bliss
Love

7. Which group featuring Lionel Richie had a top ten U.S. hit in 1981 with the song "Lady (You Bring Me Up)"? Hint

Kool and The Gang
The Trampps
The Manhattan Transfer
Commodores

8. In 1981, singer Marty Balin had a top ten hit with the song "Hearts." Which 1960s psychedelic band from San Francisco did Balin belong to? Hint

The Grateful Dead
Jefferson Airplane
The Doors
The Electric Prunes

9. Which Scottish-born singer reached the top of the U.S. singles charts in 1981 with her song "Morning Train (Nine to Five)"? Hint

Olivia Newton-John
Petula Clark
Sheena Easton
Juice Newton

10. In 1981, Christopher Cross reached the number one spot in the U.S. singles charts with the song "Best That You Can Do." Which popular Dudley Moore film used the song as its theme? Hint

Arthur
Stripes
For Your Eyes Only
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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. According to the title of a 1981 hit song by Eddie Rabbitt, what kind of "night" does the singer love?

Answer: Rainy

Eddie Rabbitt, born in Brooklyn, New York, achieved success in both pop and country music during the 1980s. His song "I Love a Rainy Night" was a crossover number one hit in the U.S. Billboard singles charts in both country and pop music. The lyrics to the song's second verse say, "I love the rainy night / It's such a beautiful sight / I love to feel the rain on my face..."
2. In 1981, the super band Foreigner had a top five U.S. hit with the song "Urgent." Which "All Star" saxophonist played a fiery solo in the middle section of the tune?

Answer: Junior Walker

The Foreigner song "Urgent" reached the number four spot on the U.S. Billboard singles charts in September 1981. This tune features the searing vocals of lead singer Lou Gramm as well as a terrific solo on the sax by Junior Walker of Motown fame. Walker and his All Stars had a top ten U.S. hit in 1966 with a song called "Shotgun."
3. Which New York City band led by singer Debbie Harry reached the top of the U.S. charts with the song "Rapture" in 1981?

Answer: Blondie

Debbie Harry and Blondie were major players in the New York City pop scene during the late 1970s and into the 1980s. Their song "Rapture" was one of the first top 40 singles to use rap lyrics. Part of the rap portion of the lyrics read, "And you get in your car and you drive real far / And you drive all night and then you see a light / And it comes right down and lands on the ground..." The song was a crossover smash hit, reaching the number spot in both the U.S. Billboard pop and dance categories.
4. Which 1981 U.S. hit by John Lennon features the lyrics, "Keep me close to your heart / However distant, don't keep us apart..."?

Answer: Woman

The album "Double Fantasy" was released in 1981, shortly after John Lennon's assassination in December 1980. The song "Woman" appeared on the U.S. Billboard charts in January 1981, and it climbed to the number two spot. This romantic ballad was the second of three singles from the album to reach the top ten in the U.S. singles hit parade. The single "Nobody Told Me" was released in 1984.
5. In 1981, singer Joey Scarbury reached number two on the U.S. singles charts with a song called "Believe It or Not." Which American television series used this song as its theme?

Answer: The Greatest American Hero

Joey Scarbury, from California, went to the number two position in the U.S. Billboard singles charts with the tune "Believe It or Not" in the early summer of 1981. The hit song was the theme for the television series "The Greatest American Hero." The series, starring William Katt, chronicles the adventures of an ordinary human who receives superhuman powers.

The song's chorus fits in well with the show's theme: "Believe it or not, I'm walking on air / I never thought I could feel so free / Flying away on a wing and a prayer/ Who could it be? / Believe it or not, it's just me."
6. Darryl Hall and John Oates had a 1981 hit with the song "Kiss On My List." Please complete this line from the first verse of the song: "When they insist on knowing my ________, I tell them this..."

Answer: Bliss

Hall and Oates sing, "When they insist on knowing my bliss, I tell them this / When they want to know what the reason is / I only smile when I lie, then I tell them this / Because your kiss is on my list..." This song went to the number spot in the U.S. Billboard charts in April 1981. The dynamic duo from Philadelphia recorded over a dozen top twenty U.S. hits during the 1980s.
7. Which group featuring Lionel Richie had a top ten U.S. hit in 1981 with the song "Lady (You Bring Me Up)"?

Answer: Commodores

Lionel Richie and his band Commodores, from Alabama, got to the number eight spot in the U.S. Billboard singles charts with their song "Lady (You Bring Me Up)." It was released in late June 1981 and featured the lyrics: "Once I was filled with desperation, a solitary man / You gave me hope and inspiration like only true love can."
8. In 1981, singer Marty Balin had a top ten hit with the song "Hearts." Which 1960s psychedelic band from San Francisco did Balin belong to?

Answer: Jefferson Airplane

Marty Balin was born in Cincinnati and along with singer Grace Slick became an integral part of the San Francisco bands Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship during the 60s and 70s. In 1981, he had a solo hit with "Hearts"- the song went to the number eight position in the U.S. singles charts in June 1981.

The chorus reads, "Hearts can break and never mend together / Love can fade away / Hearts could cry when love won't stay forever / Hearts can be that way." The Doors and the Electric Prunes hailed from Los Angeles.

The Grateful Dead, founded in the San Francisco Bay area, were led by Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir.
9. Which Scottish-born singer reached the top of the U.S. singles charts in 1981 with her song "Morning Train (Nine to Five)"?

Answer: Sheena Easton

Sheena Easton, born in Bellshill, had a number one U.S. single in the spring of 1981 with "Morning Train." The upbeat lyrics and catchy melody catapulted the song to the top of the charts for two weeks. The chorus lyrics read, "My baby takes the morning train / He works from nine to five and then / He takes another home again / To find me waiting for him..." Petula Clark and Olivia Newton-John were born in England, and Juice Newton was born in New Jersey.
10. In 1981, Christopher Cross reached the number one spot in the U.S. singles charts with the song "Best That You Can Do." Which popular Dudley Moore film used the song as its theme?

Answer: Arthur

"The Best That You Can Do" was better known as "Arthur's Theme", and the song and the movie were both gigantic hits. Christopher Cross sings, "If you get caught between the moon and New York City / The best that you can do is fall in love." The song won an Academy Award for Cross. The movie "Arthur" starring Dudley Moore as a playboy was one of the biggest box office hits of 1981.
Source: Author mrgrouchy

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