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Music Trivia Questions & Answers Quiz

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Music Trivia Questions & Answers Quiz Game
Music Trivia Questions & Answers Quiz Game

Music is an expression. It’s an emotion. We all listen to different types of music which we try to relate to. The singers and artists become our idols and we try to follow them all the time. Music is also a great topic of conversation, especially when you find someone who has the same choice of music taste as you. Then the conversation can go on for hours.

We have prepared a Music trivia questions & answers quiz through the decades for you and your friends to see how much of a music fan you are. The difficulty level of the music quiz varies from easier to difficult with but we’re sure music is something everyone has knowledge about.

Interesting Music Trivia Facts

  • The first rock ‘n’ roll song to hit #1 was “Rock Around the Clock” by Bill Haley and His Comets
  • U2’s “Angel of Harlem” was written about Billie Holiday, a Jazz singer who moved to Harlem as a teenager in 1928
  • Bessie Smith, the greatest of all blues singers, is known as the “Empress of the Blues”.
  • Cheryl Crow’s hit “All I Wanna Do” is adapted from the poem “Fun” by Wyn Cooper.
  • Linkin Park was at one time called “Hybrid Theory”, they started out as “Xero”. For legal reasons, they eventually dropped both of the original names and settled on “Linkin Park”
  • Even though piano keys are referred to as the “ivories,” they haven’t been made out of ivory since the 1940s to protect endangered species. Today, they are most often made of plastic or resin.
  • A single violin is made from over 70 individual pieces of wood
  • A chromatic scale includes all twelve notes of an octave.
  • Tubas generally have from three to six valves, though some rare exceptions exist.
  • Your favorite song is probably your favorite because you associate it with an emotional event in your life.

50’s Music Trivia Questions & Answers

Q. Who was awarded the very first gold record?

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 Perry Como.

Q. Who made the highly rated 1959 jazz album Kind of Blue?

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Miles Davis

Q. The live album Beauty and the Beat featured pianist George Shearring and which singer?

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Peggy Lee  

Q. Which animal is represented by the Oboe in Peter and the Wolf?

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 Duck

Q. Which Welsh singer was born Gaynor Hopkins in June 1951?

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Bonnie

Q. Who were the famous backing singers on most of Elvis Presley’s early hits?

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The Jordan Aires

Q. 1950s record turntables commonly offered four speeds: 33, 45, 78, and what other?

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16 (technically the speeds were 33⅓ and 16⅔ but record decks tended to show only the whole numbers)

Q. What was Emile Ford and the Checkmates’ 1959 hit, supposedly the longest ever question in a UK No1 song title?

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What do you want to make those eyes at me for?

Q. Which American rock’n’roll star caused controversy when he married a young teenager?

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  Jerry Lee Lewis

Q. In which American state was Madonna born?

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Michigan

60’s Music Trivia Questions & Answers

Q. Who were Cliff Richard’s backing group through the 60s?

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The Shadows

Q. Who wrote and had a hit with the instrumental Classical Gas?

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Mason Williams

Q. Who had the 1965 instrumental hit Spanish Flea?

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Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass

Q. Who wrote Patsy Cline’s hit Crazy?

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Willie Nelson

Q. What city hosted the Beatles as the resident band at the Kaiser Keller and Top Ten Club?

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Hamburg

Q. Who won (barefoot) the British Eurovision Song Contest in 1967 with Puppet on String?

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Sandie Shaw

Q. Who wrote and sang the novelty hit Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh, about Camp Granada?

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Allan Sherman

Q. Which group’s best-known recording is the 1967 single ‘A Whiter Shade of Pale’?

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Procol Harum

Q. The Isley Brothers’ hit was called behind a … what?

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Painted Smile

Q. Which iconic British female singer made the highly regarded album titled ‘(her first name) in Memphis’?

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Dusty Springfield

Q. Which English rock band, formed in London in 1969, takes its name from a fictional character in David Copperfield?

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Uriah Heep

Q. What song, released to promote the film The Millionaires, featured its stars Peter Sellers and Sophia Loren?

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Goodness Gracious Me

Q. Who managed the Beatles’ prior to his early death in 1967?

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Brian Epstein

Q. Whose nickname was a derived from the term satchel-mouth?

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Louis Armstrong (Satchmo)

Q. Who was the famous rock guitarist in the group Love Sculpture, notably featuring on their breakneck hit version of Khachaturian’s classical piece Sabre Dance?

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Dave Edmunds

Q. Whose single ‘Glad All Over’ knocked the Beatles’ ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand’ off the top of the UK charts in 1964?

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The Dave Clark Five

Q. Jimmy Page is an English musician who formed which rock band in 1968?

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Led Zeppelin

Q. What’s the name of the motor biker who dies in the Shangri-Las’ hit The Leader of the Pack?

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Jimmy

70’s Music Trivia Questions & Answers

Q. In which American city was Elvis discovered dead in 1977?

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Memphis

Q. Who sung the hit song Jive Talkin’?

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Bee Gees

Q. What is the first name of Paul McCartney?

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James.

Q. Who sang backup on Carly Simon’s hit “You’re so vain”?

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Mick Jagger

Q. Which singing-songwriting founder of the Flying Burrito Brothers died age 26, after which his body was ‘stolen’ by a friend and burnt in the Joshua Tree National Park?

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Gram Parsons

Q. Which American singer and entertainer was nicknamed Schnozzola, because of his large nose?

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Jimmy Durante

Q. Who had the hit song I Shot the Sheriff?

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Eric Clapton

Q. Which soul band’s hits included ‘Emma’, ‘So You Win Again’ and ‘Brother Louie’?

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Hot Chocolate

Q. Who is the artist of the famous hit song Grease?

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Frankie Valli

80’s Music Trivia Questions & Answers

Q. What was Madonna’s first UK top ten single?

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Holiday

Q. Who reunited in 1981 for ‘The Concert in Central Park’, which attracted more than 500,000 music fans?

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Simon and Garfunkel

Q. Which group had a 1980s hit with the song Ghost Town?

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The Specials

Q. Which Roxette sing featured the line “I’m not afraid, a trembling flower, I’ll feed your heart and blow the dust from your eyes”?

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Dressed for Success

Q. Which country turned pop star named her album after her birth year, 1989?

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Taylor Swift.

Q. Which musical duo had the albums ‘Rockney’ and ‘A Christmas Knees-Up’?

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Chas ‘n’ Dave

Q. Whose childhood hit was Fingertips?

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Stevie Wonder

Q. Matt le Blanc played a Alanis Morissette’s boyfriend in which one of her videos?

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Walk Away

Q. Dolly Parton had a 1981 hit with which song from the film of the same name?

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9 to 5

Q. Mickey Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, and Davy Jones, whose missing?

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Peter Tork (all members of the Monkees)

Q. Which hit song features the lyric “The love we share seems to go nowhere and I’ve lost my light”?

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Tainted Love

Q. Who sang the title track of the late 80’s James Bond film License to Kill?

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Gladys Knight

90’s Music Trivia Questions & Answers

Q. What pop singer is known as ”The Material Girl”?

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Madonna

Q. Which Micheal Jackson song entered straight at number 1 position on Billboard 100 Singles chart?

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You are not alone

Q. What big 90’s female movie star starred in Bon Jovi’s Always video?

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Keri Russell – aka “Felicity”

Q. Which Radiohead album has been cited by musicians as one of the greatest albums of all time?

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OK Computer

Q. Which singer-songwriter from Sale released the album ‘White Ladder’ in 1998?

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David Gray

Q. Actor Rhys Ifans is a former member of which Welsh rock band?

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Super Furry Animals (also accept The Peth)

Q. Who was the only female solo artist to have a number 1 hit single without releasing an album?

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Lisa Loeb for her single Stay

Q. Who sang A Whole New World for Disney’s Aladdin?

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Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle

Q. Which member of what rap band burned her football player boyfriend’s house down?

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Lisa “Left eye” Lopez of TLC

Random Music Trivia Questions & Answers

Q. Whose 2013 world tour was called ‘The Mrs. Carter Show’?

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Beyoncé

Q. True or False. Miley Cyrus is the daughter of country singer Billy Ray Cyrus?

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True

Q. Stewart Copeland was the drummer with which band?

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The Police

Q. What is the better known stage name of Robyn Fenty?

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Rihanna

Q. Larry Adler played what instrument?

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Harmonica

Q. Whose band was the All Stars?

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Junior Walker (Jr. Walker)

Q. How many strings does a violin usually have?

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Four

Q. Which singer appeared in the feature film, Battleship?

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Rihanna

Q. In 2013, who resumed his career with his third and fourth albums the 20/20 Experience and The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2, exploring new soul styles with 1960s and 1970s rock?

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Justin Timberlake

Q. In May 2015, who dressed up as George Michael to celebrate their 27th birthday and posted the snaps on Twitter?

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Adele

Q. Daniel Stein, an English DJ and record producer known for his electronic music, is better known by what name?

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DJ Fresh

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