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We Debuted At Number One Trivia Quiz


Over 1000 songs have reached the number one spot on the Billboard Charts since the 1950s. One of the most difficult feats in Billboard History is to debut at number one. Test your knowledge on ten of the greatest debuts to make the charts.

A multiple-choice quiz by apathy100. Estimated time: 4 mins.
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Author
apathy100
Time
4 mins
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Multiple Choice
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405,214
Updated
Dec 03 21
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Question 1 of 10
1. On November 14, 1998, what member of The Fugees debuted in the number one position with their track "Doo Wop (That Thing)"? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. Just a few months previous to "Doo Wop (That Thing)", our next track had also debuted at the number one spot on the charts. Aerosmith's "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" was recorded for the soundtrack to a film starring Stephen Tyler's own daughter, Liv Tyler. What film was this track recorded for? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. And without further ado, 1998 seems to have been the year for songs to debut at the number one spot. Not only that, but so were the soundtracks. On February 28, 1998, what famous song from the "Titanic" soundtrack debuted at the number one spot? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. In 1997, Elton John's track "Something About The Way You Look Tonight/Candle In The Wind" debuted at the number one spot. It also has the distinction of becoming the first song to be certified what? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. One of three Mariah Carey tracks to debut at the number one spot in the 1990s (we'll get to the other two shortly), "Honey" was the lead single from Carey's sixth studio album entitled what? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. Puff Daddy & Faith Evans, ft. 112 would go on to have success with a track that sampled the 1983 hit song "Every Breath You Take" by The Police. "I'll Be Missing You" debuted at the number one spot and was in memory of what famous rapper who was murdered in March 1997? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. The second Mariah Carey song to make this crazy quiz was the number one single "One Sweet Day" and debuted in December 1995. What popular R&B group did she record this song with? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. Whitney Houston's "Exhale (Shoop Shoop)" debuted at the number one spot in November 1995 and was featured on the soundtrack for the film "Waiting to Exhale". Whitney had previously acted in the 1992 film "The Bodyguard" as well as various films during the late 1990s and 2000s. Did Whitney Houston perform as an actress in "Waiting to Exhale"?


Question 9 of 10
9. The final entry by Mariah Carey in this quiz is in relation to the first song to debut at the number one spot by a female artist. What Carey song was this that also had a rap remix featuring verses from Ol' Dirty Bastard? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. What singer who died at the age of 50 became the first musician to ever have a song debut at the number one position? Hint



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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. On November 14, 1998, what member of The Fugees debuted in the number one position with their track "Doo Wop (That Thing)"?

Answer: Lauryn Hill

Hitting the charts from her debut single album ""The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill", this song rose straight to the top of the charts. "Doo Wop (That Thing" became the first debut single to ever debut at the number one spot and the first one by a rapper to do so. In doing so, it was only the tenth time in the history of the charts that a song ever debuted in the number one position.
2. Just a few months previous to "Doo Wop (That Thing)", our next track had also debuted at the number one spot on the charts. Aerosmith's "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" was recorded for the soundtrack to a film starring Stephen Tyler's own daughter, Liv Tyler. What film was this track recorded for?

Answer: Armageddon

"Armageddon" was the highest grossing film of 1998, though getting quite a few mixed reviews from critics. The soundtrack to the film featured four tracks by Aerosmith and a solo song by Stephen Tyler himself including The Beatles cover "Come Together" and "Sweet Emotion", both successful tracks in the 70s and 80s. "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" would remain at the number one spot for four straight weeks and was successful in various other countries including Australia, Ireland and Norway.

A cover of the song would be released by country musician Mark Chesnutt in 1999 and would reach commercial success as well cracking the top twenty on the Billboard charts.
3. And without further ado, 1998 seems to have been the year for songs to debut at the number one spot. Not only that, but so were the soundtracks. On February 28, 1998, what famous song from the "Titanic" soundtrack debuted at the number one spot?

Answer: My Heart Will Go On

Initially recorded for Celine Dion's 1997 album "Let's Talk About Love", it gained notoriety, popularity and success when it was included as the quintessential romance track from the 1997 disaster film "Titanic" starring Leonardo Di Caprio and Kate Winslet. Debuting at the number one spot, the track has garnered many awards including Record of the Year at the 1999 Grammy's, Song of the Year, Best Female Pop Vocal Performance and Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture of Television. It was also the first time that a Canadian musician won Record of the Year.
4. In 1997, Elton John's track "Something About The Way You Look Tonight/Candle In The Wind" debuted at the number one spot. It also has the distinction of becoming the first song to be certified what?

Answer: Diamond

A tribute to the late Diana, Princess of Wales, "Candle in the Wind 1997" was released with proceeds going to the various charities Diana had started prior to her untimely death. Originally written by Bernie Taupin and Elton John in 1973, it was re-written and re-recorded.

In various countries around the world, it included a double A-side track "Something About the Way You Look Tonight". The song would top the Billboard 100 for a total of fourteen weeks. It would go on to be certified Diamond in the United States becoming the first single to sell 10 000 000 units.
5. One of three Mariah Carey tracks to debut at the number one spot in the 1990s (we'll get to the other two shortly), "Honey" was the lead single from Carey's sixth studio album entitled what?

Answer: Butterfly

"Butterfly" featured a mix of both hip-hop as well as adult contemporary sounds. She worked with various hip-hop musicians including Missy Elliot, Sean "Puffy" Combs and Q-Tip. Five singles were released from the album, including a second number one hit "My All". "Honey" would spend three consecutive weeks at the number one spot in 1997.

It would be her third track to debut at number one, a record she would go on to hold for 23 years.
6. Puff Daddy & Faith Evans, ft. 112 would go on to have success with a track that sampled the 1983 hit song "Every Breath You Take" by The Police. "I'll Be Missing You" debuted at the number one spot and was in memory of what famous rapper who was murdered in March 1997?

Answer: The Notorious B.I.G.

At the 40th Grammy Award ceremony, "I'll Be Missing You" would go on to win the Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group. It would debut at the number one position and go on to spend eleven weeks there. It was recorded in honour of Faith Evans husband Christopher "Notorious B.I.G." Wallace following his murder as the result of a drive by shooting. Perhaps one of the more controversial songs to debut at number one, the rights to use the sample from "Every Breath You Take" were never given and Police songwriter Sting would go on to sue for the royalties.

Some reports suggest that Sting earns as much as $2000 per day after winning the lawsuit. Strangely enough, Sting would perform the song alongside Puff Daddy and Evans during the 1997 MTV Music Awards.
7. The second Mariah Carey song to make this crazy quiz was the number one single "One Sweet Day" and debuted in December 1995. What popular R&B group did she record this song with?

Answer: Boyz II Men

Spending sixteen weeks at the top of the Billboard charts in 1995-96, it would be the longest running number-one song in the chart's history at that time, eventually to be tied in 2017 by Luis Fonsi's "Despacito" and then broken when "Old Town Road" by Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus would top the charts for nineteen weeks in 2019.

The song was inspired by sufferers of the AIDS epidemic at the time and was written about specific people in their lives, some of whom had passed on. As such, a "real" music video for the track was never filmed.

Instead, snippets of Carey and Boyz II Men recording in the studio were used instead. Carey later came out to state that she was content with the music video as nothing truly could encapsulate the true meaning behind the song.
8. Whitney Houston's "Exhale (Shoop Shoop)" debuted at the number one spot in November 1995 and was featured on the soundtrack for the film "Waiting to Exhale". Whitney had previously acted in the 1992 film "The Bodyguard" as well as various films during the late 1990s and 2000s. Did Whitney Houston perform as an actress in "Waiting to Exhale"?

Answer: Yes

"Waiting to Exhale" was a romance film that centered on four women living in Phoenix, Arizona and their relationships with both each other and their men. Houston played the role of "Savannah Jackson", a successful television producer with a less than successful relationship track record.

It would be the directorial debut for actor Forest Whitaker. From a music perspective, the "Waiting to Exhale: Original Soundtrack Album" would feature some of the biggest names in the music industry including Whitney Houston, Toni Braxton, TLC, Chaka Khan and Aretha Franklin.

The album featured two number one hits; Whitney Houston's "Exhale (Shoop Shoop)" and Toni Braxton's "Let It Flow". "Exhale (Shoop Shoop)" would go on to be Houston's eleventh and final number one hit.
9. The final entry by Mariah Carey in this quiz is in relation to the first song to debut at the number one spot by a female artist. What Carey song was this that also had a rap remix featuring verses from Ol' Dirty Bastard?

Answer: Fantasy

Like many songs from the 1990s, Mariah Carey's "Fantasy" also uses samples as well. In this case, from the Tom Tom Club song "Genius of Love" in 1981. On September 12, 1995, Carey accomplished something that no other female singer had ever achieved (a song debuting at number one on the Billboard charts). Prior to the "Daydream" album in which "Fantasy" was released on, Carey had not typically used a combination of R&B with hip hop in her recordings. "Fantasy" would take her career into a different direction going forward. On the rap remix of "Fantasy", rapper ODB from the rap group Wu-Tang Clan was featured in the rap verses for the track. "Fantasy" would top the Billboard charts for eight straight weeks and also topped the charts in Australia, Canada and New Zealand.
10. What singer who died at the age of 50 became the first musician to ever have a song debut at the number one position?

Answer: Michael Jackson

Recorded in November of 1994 and released in August of 1995, "You Are Not Alone" goes down in the Guinness Book of World Records for being the first song to ever debut on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It also has the distinction of being the last Michael Jackson song to peak at the number one spot on the chart. Recorded for the studio album "HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I", the album itself would also debut at the number one spot on the Billboard 200.

The album was a two disc compilation and originals album that produced six singles of which three of them were Top 40 hits; "Scream", "They Don't Care About Us" and "You Are Not Alone". Critics of the album consider it to be Jackson's most "personal" as some of the tracks are considered to be a rebuttal to abuse allegations against him in 1993.
Source: Author apathy100

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