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Rock and Roll Legends Quiz (1980s)

The Rock and Roll Legends of the 1980s Quiz.

As time moved on, rockers of all backgrounds continued to evolve the malleable genre. While some preferred to experiment with the fundamentals of Rock and Roll in order to create a new vision. Others, meanwhile, attempted to take Rock and Roll back to its roots.

The decade overall proved that experimentation was going to be one of the genre’s defining characteristics.

Take our Rock and Roll Legends Quiz on the 1980s in order to discover how much you know about events of this defining era in music. We are sure you will be tapping your foot and humming some of the tunes from this quiz for the rest of the day without even realizing it.

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Instructions: Answer each question to the best of your ability. Once you select an answer, you will then find out if it correct or not. There will also be an explanation to help you learn more about history. An orange “Continue” button will appear and allow you to move to the next question.

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What band achieved yet another number one hit in February of 1980 with their single "Crazy Little Thing Called Love"?
Queen
The Beatles
Def Leapord
The Rolling Stones

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In what year did the music-based television channel M.T.V. launch?
1981
1982
1983
1984

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What it the name of the front man of The Police who recorded the hit "If You Love Someone, Set Them Free" in 1985?
Bruce Dickinson
Mick Jagger
Sting
Axl Rose

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In December of 1980, what former member of The Beatles died of a gunshot wound?
Ringo Starr
John Lennon
George Harrison
Paul McCartney

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What is the name of the mockumentary which released in March, 1984 that became a cult classic because of its dissection and parody of Rock and Roll?
This Is Spinal Tapp
I Am Michael Sol
Best in Show
Double Down

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What was the name of the debut album by the Rock group Bon Jovi?
Happy Arbor Day
Adventures in Civilization
I Spy
Bon Jovi

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What was the name of the seventh album by the band Rush, which also happened to be their first top five hit?
The Turn of a Friendly Card
Peers Feel It
Peanuts for Ideas
Permanent Waves

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In March of 82, what band released its first hit single with Bruce Dickinson as their new vocalist?
KISS
Iron Maiden
ACDC
Van Halen

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In October of 1980, Boy released as the debut album of what Rock group?
Bon Jovi
Jethro Tull
U2
The Who

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In 83, the Rock band Quiet Riot hit number one in the U.S. and U.K. with what album?
Rock and Roll Legends of the 1980s Quiz
Kick Start My Heart
Metal Health
Bat Out of Hell
Holy Diver

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In May of 1983, what band had a hit single with "Burning Down the House"?
Gentle Giant
Pink Floyd
The Talking Heads
Deep Purple

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Which of the following songs was a number 1 hit for the band Toto in 1983?
"Africa"
"We Are the World"
"Land Down Under"
"Cum on, Feel the Noise"

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What band released their most iconic album, Fore!, in 1986?
The Police
Black Sabbath
Toad the Wet Sprocket
Huey Lewis and the News

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What band had a number 1 hit with the song "Owner of a Lonely Heart" in 1984?
Kinda
No
Yes
Maybe

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In May of 1985, what Dire Straits album released which would soar to become a number 1 hit in both the U.S. and the U.K.?
Brothers in Arms
Metal Health
Memories
Hardline

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What song by Huey Lewis and the News released in February of 1982 and would become the band's first top-ten hit?
"Happy to Help"
"Do You Believe in Love?"
"Riders on the Storm"
"Feel the Heat"

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In January of 1983, Def Leppard released their third studio album to much acclaim. What was the name of this album?
Time of the Season
Photograph
Wuthering Heights
Pyromania

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What band recorded the 1980 hit, "Another One Bites the Dust"?
Air Force None
Guns N' Roses
Queen
Simon and Garfunkel

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What Rock band left their mark on the music scene of the eighties with such hits as "Here I Go Again" and "Is This Love?"?
Wham!
Black Sabbath
Whitesnake
Motley Crue

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In May of 1986, musician Peter Gabriel hit number one in the U.S. with what song?
"Underdog"
"I Want It All"
"Sledgehammer"
"For the Peace of all Mankind"

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In what year did Bon Scott, the front-man for the rock band ACDC pass away?
1980
1982
1984
1986

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Phil Collins' 1981 debut solo album Face Value was a massive success that established the man as a star of music. What band had Collins previously been a drummer and vocalist for before his solo career?
The Cars
Genesis
Chicago
Heart

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What was the name of the smash hit debut album for the rock band Guns N' Roses?
Heavy Metal
Appetite for Destruction
Bark at the Moon
In the Dark

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In May of 1986, the song "The Final Countdown" hit number one in the U.K. What rock band recorded this hit?
Lynard Skynard
The Stray Cats
Europe
A-Ha!

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In September 1980, what rock star drummer of the band Led Zeppelin passed away, thus causing the band to temporarily disband?
Ringo Starr
Keith Moon
John Bonham
John Paul Jones

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Folk-Rock musician Paul Simon relaunched his post Simon and Garfunkel solo career with the release of what 1986 album?
Destroyer
Duck Soup
Thick as a Brick
Graceland

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What band became Hair Metal legends with their two 1984 hits, "I Wanna Rock" and "We're not Gonna Take It!"?
Cream
Def Leapord
KISS
Twisted Sister

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What band recorded the March 1981 number one album High In Fidelity?
Rush
R.E.O. Speedwagon
Aerosmith
Damn Yankees

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What hit single headed up Billy Squier's 1981 album Don't Say No?
"Touch Me"
"Take Me Home Tonight"
"Heat of the Moment"
"The Stroke"

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What Rock and Roll and Blues pioneer made the impressive donation of his personal 7,000-strong record collection in 1982 to the University of Mississippi to preserve Rock history?
B.B. King
Fats Domino
Lloyd Price
Louis Jordan

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