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Hits of the '80s Quiz

Wiggle into that jumpsuit, ruche down those legwarmers and puff up that perm; you're ready to relive the '80s! 25 Questions.

 
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Which song was the first UK No. 1 single announced in the '80s?

  • "Brass in Pocket" by Pretenders
  • "Atomic" by Blondie
  • "What's Another Year" by Johnny Logan
  • "Another Brick in the Wall (Part II)" by Pink Floyd

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What is the name of the song released by Elaine Paige & Barbara Dickson in 1985, from the musical "Chess" by Tim Rice, Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus?

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Frankie Goes to Hollywood was a British dance-pop band popular in the '80s. Can you put their first four singles in the order in which they were released?

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  • "Two Tribes"
  • "Welcome to the Pleasuredome"
  • "The Power of Love"
  • "Relax"

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Soap stars love to sing, it seems. Can you match the following '80s hit singles with their famous soap star artists?

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  • "Every Day (I Love You More)"
  • "Anyone Can Fall In Love"
  • "Hand on Your Heart"
  • "Every Loser Wins"

Right

  • Jason Donovan
  • Kylie Minogue
  • Anita Dobson
  • Nick Berry

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Which member of the cast of the 1980 cult film "Fame" had a hit in 1982 with the theme tune of the same name?

  • Gene Anthony Ray
  • Laura Dean
  • Irene Cara
  • Lee Curreri

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What is the name of the festive charity single written by Bob Geldof & Midge Ure, originally released in 1984?

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In honour of the late legendary quiz host Bob Holness, "we'll have a P, please, Bob", put these male solo artists, with '80s hits, in age order - oldest first.

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  • Paul Young
  • Phil Collins
  • Paul McCartney
  • Peter Gabriel

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Can you match the following groups with their 1987 Brit Awards?

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Left

  • Five Star
  • The Bangles
  • The HouseMartins
  • Dire Straits

Right

  • Best British Group
  • Best British Newcomer
  • Best Album
  • Best International Group

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Madonna is a musical legend. But which of these singles of hers was NOT released in the '80s?

  • "Vogue"
  • "La Isla Bonita"
  • "Like A Prayer"
  • "Express Yourself"

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Who sang "The Only Way Is Up" with her Plastic Population?

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It's a Jubilee year in 2012, but our reigning monarch wasn't the only royal legend around in the '80s. Can you place the following Queen singles from that decade in release order?

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  • "I Want It All"
  • "Radio Ga Ga"
  • "Another One Bites the Dust"
  • "A Kind of Magic"

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Can you match the list of '80s One Hit Wonders below with their artists?

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Left

  • "Turning Japanese"
  • "I'd Rather Jack"
  • "Echo Beach"
  • "Feels Like Heaven"

Right

  • The Vapors
  • Fiction Factory
  • Martha & The Muffins
  • The Reynolds Girls

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"Two's company", but which of these popular duos did NOT achieve a UK No. 1 single in the '80s?

  • Erasure
  • Eurythmics
  • The Communards
  • Wham

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Which Lionel Richie song's music video features a clay model of Richie's head, sculpted by a blind art student as part of the storyline?

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Can you place the following UK No. 1 singles from 1985 in the order that they reached the top of the charts?

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  • "The Power of Love" by Jennifer Rush
  • "Frankie" by Sister Sledge
  • "I Want to Know What Love Is" by Foreigner
  • "Move Closer" by Phyllis Nelson

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Match the following '80s hits with the year that they were released.

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Left

  • "When The Going Gets Tough" by Billy Ocean
  • "Total Eclipse of the Heart" by Bonnie Tyler
  • "I Think We're Alone Now" by Tiffany
  • "Vienna" by Ultravox

Right

  • 1988
  • 1983
  • 1981
  • 1986

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Which US state was Glenn Medeiros born in, singer of "Nothing's Gonna Change My Love For You", which reached No. 1 in the UK singles chart in 1988?

  • Alaska
  • Montana
  • Rhode Island
  • Hawaii

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What five letter word spelled out a hit for Ottowan in 1980?

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We sadly lost some amazing artists in the '80s. Can you put these singers in the order in which they were deceased?

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  • Marvin Gaye
  • Bob Marley
  • Karen Carpenter
  • John Lennon

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OK, this isn't a geography quiz, but can you match these song titles - each containing a place name - with the artist that released them during the '80s?

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Left

  • "China Girl"
  • "One Night in Bangkok"
  • "Kids in America"
  • "Copacabana"

Right

  • Murray Head
  • Kim Wilde
  • David Bowie
  • Barry Manilow

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The BRIT Awards show of 1989 was infamous for missed cues and fluffed lines. But which artist won both the Best International Female Solo Act AND the Best International Breakthrough Act that year?

  • Tracy Chapman
  • Neneh Cherry
  • Kylie Minogue
  • Robin Beck

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No. 1 in the UK, Ireland, Australia and the US, which chart-topping single released by Dexy's Midnight Runners in 1982 is guaranteed to get everyone jumping on the dance floor?

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Every artist knows that a successful Christmas song will get played year after year. Can you place these perennial festive favourites from the '80s in their order of release?

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  • "Merry Christmas Everyone" by Shakin’ Stevens
  • "Fairytale of New York" by The Pogues
  • "Driving Home for Christmas" by Chris Rea
  • "Peace on Earth / Little Drummer Boy" by David Bowie & Bing Crosby

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The right song at the right time can make a good film great. Can you match these tunes, all released as singles in the '80s, with their film titles?

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Left

  • "Eye of the Tiger" by Survivor
  • "Power of Love" by Huey Lewis & the News
  • "Almost Paradise" by Ann Wilson & Mike Reno
  • "Up Where We Belong" by Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes

Right

  • "Back to the Future"
  • "An Officer and a Gentleman"
  • "Footloose"
  • "Rocky III"

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Which Italian house music group had a hit in 1989 with "Ride on Time"?

  • Capella
  • Black Box
  • Livin' Joy
  • Corona

 

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