With everyone stuck at home as lockdown three rumbles, people are still enjoying online quizzes with their friends and family.
So to help out, we’ve come up with 100 questions on music through the decades (we advise putting together a multi-generational team for this one!).
Music has evolved in the last 60 years as the swingin’ Sixties made way for the glam rock and disco eras of the Seventies, before a new wave of musicians burst onto the scene in the Eighties.
Girl and boy bands dominated the Nineties, which also saw grunge, Britpop and R&B take off, while the Noughties saw an explosion of Indie rock bands.
So, how much about these era do you remember?
You also might be one of the many quiz masters out there who are hunting down questions to keep their family and friends entertained during lockdown – well, don’t worry, as we have you covered.
You will find the answers below, so no scrolling down and cheating in advance.
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1. What was The Beatles’ first UK number one single?
2. “Hello darkness my old friend, I’ve come to talk with you again” are the opening lines of which 1965 song?
3. Which band was formed by brothers Ray and Dave Davies?
4. Which band had a 1968 UK number one with ‘Everlasting Love’?
5. The Spencer Davis Group were formed in which UK city?
6. Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, Peter Tork and Davy Jones formed which band in the 1960s?
7. Who had a UK top 10 hit in 1968 with ‘Son of a Preacher Man’?
8. In what year was Led Zeppelin’s eponymous debut album released?
9. According to the song which was a hit for The Animals in 1964, in which U.S. city was ‘The House of the Rising Sun’?
10. After her music career took off in the 1960s, who went on to become known as the Queen of Soul?
11. What was Lulu’s winning entry at the 1969 Eurovision Song Contest?
12. What was the Beach Boys first UK number one single?
13. Which singer-songwriter, who released his self-titled debut album in 1962, was born Robert Zimmerman?
14. What 1964 hit was the only UK number one for The Supremes?
15. Who had UK top 10 hits in the 1960s with ‘Purple Haze’ and ‘All Along The Watchtower’?
16. “Ground Control to Major Tom” is the opening line of which 1969 song?
17. Which then husband and wife duo had a 1966 hit with ‘River Deep – Mountain High’?
18. Pete Townshend is the lead guitarist of which band formed in 1964?
19. Which Motown hit was recorded by The Miracles, Gladys Knight & The Pips and Marvin Gaye between 1966 and 1967?
20. Which song, recorded by the Righteous Brothers in 1965, is one of the most recorded songs of the 20th century?
1. Who was the frontman for the band T. Rex?
2. What were the first names of the Jackson 5?
3. What was Elton John’s first UK number one single?
4. “A long, long time ago, I can still remember how that music used to make me smile” are the opening lines to which 1971 hit?
5. Which group was Rod Stewart a member of during the early 1970s?
6. Who was David Bowie’s glam rock alter ego?
7. What is the real name of ‘School’s Out’ singer Alice Cooper?
8. In what year was the Eagle’s album ‘Hotel California’ released?
9. Who was the first female country artist to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1977?
10. Which disco queen was known for hits such as ‘Hot Stuff’ and ‘I Feel Love’?
11. Lionel Richie fronted which 1970s group?
12. In what year did ABBA win the Eurovision Song Contest with ‘Waterloo’?
13. Which 1970s glam rock band were known for the deliberate misspelling of their song titles?
14. ‘High Voltage’ was the 1975 debut album of which rock band?
15. Which month became a 1978 disco hit for Earth, Wind & Fire?
16. Following the break up of The Beatles, which group did Paul McCartney form in 1971?
17. Which Fleetwood Mac album remained at number one in the U. S. album charts for 31 weeks following its 1977 release?
18. Which 1973 Pink Floyd album has become one of the best-selling albums worldwide?
19. Which rock band recorded ‘Smoke on the Water’?
20. How old was Elvis Presley when he died in 1977?
1. Selling 25 million copies in the decade alone, which 1982 album has gone one to be the best-selling album of all time?
2. Who joined George Michael to form Wham! in 1981?
3. Which band opened Live Aid at Wembley in 1985?
4. “Tommy used to work on the docks, union’s been on strike, he’s down on his luck, it’s tough, so tough” are the opening lines of which 1986 song?
5. Which band’s fifth studio album, released in 1987, was called ‘The Joshua Tree’?
6. Hitting the top spot in 1985, which song was the Eurythmics’ only UK number one?
7. Which song’s music video was the first ever to be shown on MTV in 1981?
8. Which singer, who launched her solo career in 1982, went on to become the biggest selling female artist of all time?
9. What was Kylie Minogue’s first UK number one single?
10. Which 1980s girl group was formed by Sara Dallin, Siobhan Fahey and Keren Woodward?
11. Whose backup band was called The Revolution?
12. Which 1983 song has gone on to become the most played song in radio history?
13. Who joined Lionel Richie in 1981 to record the duet ‘Endless Love’?
14. Who was the lead singer of Spandau Ballet?
15. “Where have all the good men gone, and where are all the gods” are the opening lines to which 1984 song?
16. What was Culture Club’s first UK number one single in 1982?
17. Who had a UK top 10 hit in 1985 with ‘Running Up That Hill’?
18. Which group, who released their debut album in 1981, took their name from a character in sci-fi film Barbarella?
19. Which group were the UK’s only Eurovision Song Contest winners of the 1980s?
20. What song was Queen’s only UK number one during the 1980s?
1. What was Take That’s first UK number one single?
2. In what year was Britney Spears debut single ‘…Baby One More Time’ released?
3. “An old man turned 98, he won the lottery and died the next day” are the opening lines to which 1996 song?
4. Which rapper was shot and killed in Los Angeles in 1997?
5. Which band had a 1992 UK top 10 hit with ‘Come As You Are’?
6. Which song Elton John rewrite following the death of Princess Diana in 1997?
7. Damon Albarn, Graham Coxon, Alex James and Dave Rowntree formed which successful 1990s band?
8. Which television character scored a Christmas number one in 1993?
9. Which 1990s girl group became the most commercially successful group in North America since The Beatles?
10. Whitney Houston’s version of ‘I Will Always Love You’ was recorded for which 1992 film?
11. In what year did Robbie Williams leave Take That?
12. Which 1991 song holds the record for the most consecutive weeks at number in the UK singles chart?
13. Who was the lead singer of M People?
14. Oasis secured their first UK number one hit in 1995 with which song?
15. Who had a 1999 hit with ‘Genie in a Bottle’?
16. “You’ll say, we’ve got nothing in common, no common ground to start from, and we’re falling apart” are the opening lines to which 1995 UK number one?
17. What was the name of Robbie Williams’ 1997 debut solo album?
18. Which group had 1990s hits with ‘A Little Time’, ‘Don’t Marry Her’ and ‘Perfect 10’?
19. Which dance craze was popularised by Spanish duo Los del Rio in 1996?
20. Fred Durst was the lead singer of which American rap rock band formed in the 1990s?
1. ‘Crazy in Love’ was the first solo number one for which singer?
2. How long did Rihanna’s ‘Umbrella’ stay at the top of the UK singles chart in 2007?
3. ‘Fearless’ was the title of which country/pop singer’s second studio album?
4. Which Scottish band released Take Me Out in 2004?
5. “Coming out of my cage, and I’ve been doing just fine” are the opening lines to which 2003 top 10 hit?
6. Justin Timberlake split from which group in 2002?
7. Who scored their second UK number one with ‘Poker Face’?
8. Which 2006 song became the first to top the charts in the UK on dowload sales alone?
9. In 2002, Christina Aguilera, P!nk, Lil’ Kim, and Mya joined forces in a music video for which song?
10. Alex Turner is the lead singer of which band which formed in 2002?
11. Who had a 2006 number one hit with ‘Hips Don’t Lie’?
12. Who was the first winner of The X Factor back in 2004?
13. Which Snow Patrol song, released in 2006, has gone on to become the most played song on British radio in the 21st century?
14. Which American rapper scored seven UK number ones during the 2000s?
15. Which 2000s girl group comprised Nicole Scherzinger, Carmit Bachar, Ashley Roberts, Jessica Sutta, Melody Thornton, and Kimberly Wyatt?
16. “The heart is a bloom, shoots up through the stony ground, there’s no room, no space to rent in this town” are the opening lines of which 2000 number one hit?
17. In what year did Michael Jackson die?
18. Which duo scored ‘nul points’ for the UK in the 2003 Eurovision Song Contest?
19. Which country singer released his debut single ‘Austin’ in 2001?
20. Which rapper had a UK top five hit with Candy Shop in 2005?
Answers – The Sixties
1. From Me To You
2. The Sound of Silence by Simon & Garfunkel
3. The Kinks
4. Love Affair
6. The Monkees
7. Dusty Springfield
9. New Orleans
10. Aretha Franklin
11. Boom Bang-a-Bang
12. Good Vibrations
13. Bob Dylan
14. Baby Love
15. Jimi Hendrix
16. Space Oddity by David Bowie
17. Ike and Tina Turner
18. The Who
19. I Heard It Through The Grapevine
20. Unchained Melody
Answers – The Seventies
1. Marc Bolan
2. Michael, Jermaine, Jackie, Tito and Marlon
3. Don’t Go Breaking My Heart (with Kiki Dee)
4. American Pie by Don McLean
6. Ziggy Stardust
7. Vincent Furnier
9. Loretta Lynn
10. Donna Summer
11. The Commodores
18. The Dark Side of the Moon
19. Deep Purple
Answers – The Eighties
2. Andrew Ridgeley
3. Status Quo
4. Livin’ On a Prayer by Bon Jovi
6. There Must Be An Angel (Playing With My Heart)
7. Video Killed the Radio Star by The Buggles
9. I Should Be So Lucky
12. Every Breath You Take by The Police
13. Diana Ross
14. Tony Hadley
15. Holding Out for a Hero by Bonnie Tyler
16. Do You Really Want to Hurt Me
17. Kate Bush
18. Duran Duran
19. Bucks Fizz
20. Under Pressure (with David Bowie)
Answers – The Nineties
3. Ironic by Alanis Morissette
4. The Notorious B.I.G.
6. Candle In The Wind
8. Mr Blobby
9. The Spice Girls
10. The Bodyguard
12. Everything I Do, I Do It For You by Bryan Adams (spent 16 weeks at number one)
13. Heather Small
14. Some Might Say
15. Christina Aguilera
16. Breakfast At Tiffany’s by Deep Blue Something
17. Life Thru A Lens
18. The Beautiful South
19. The Macarena
20. Limp Bizkit
Answers – The Noughties
2. 10 weeks
3. Taylor Swift
4. Franz Ferdinand
5. Mr Brightside by The Killers
7. Lady Gaga
8. Crazy by Gnarls Barkley
9. Lady Marmalade
10. Arctic Monkeys
12. Steve Brookstein
13. Chasing Cars
15. The Pussycat Dolls
16. Beautiful Day by U2
19. Blake Shelton
20. 50 Cent