QUIZ: How much do you know about 1980s music?

21 February 2024, 11:48 | Updated: 27 February 2024, 10:45

80s music quiz!
80s music quiz! Picture: Getty/Smooth/Global

By Tom Eames

Welcome to our latest 1980s music quiz!

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This quiz will test your knowledge of the songs, artists, genres, and events that shaped the music scene of the decade. Whether you are a fan of pop, rock, rap, or new wave, you will find something to challenge you in this quiz.

Test out your 1980s music knowledge on yourself or with friends, and check the answers at the bottom.

Are you ready to rock? Let's begin!

1. Which band had a hit with 'Don't You Want Me' in 1981?

2. Which pop singer died in 1988 at the age of 30?

3. Which group won the Grammy for Best New Artist in 1990, only to have it revoked later when it was revealed that they did not sing on their records?

4. Which rock band reunited for a historic performance at Live Aid in 1985?

5. Which pop star played the role of Susan in the film 'Desperately Seeking Susan'?

6. Which band had a hit with 'Down Under' in 1981?

7. Which song by Bonnie Tyler was featured in the 1984 film 'Footloose'?

8. What was the title of the debut album by the American rock band Guns N' Roses, released in 1987?

9. What was the first single released from Prince's iconic album "Purple Rain" in 1984?

10. Which female artist scored a major hit in 1985 with the song "Heaven Is a Place on Earth"?

11. Which experimental rock band released the album "Remain in Light" in 1980, featuring the single "Once in a Lifetime"?

12. Who composed the instrumental theme song for the film "Chariots of Fire," which became a major hit in 1981?

13. Which British band released the album Ocean Rain in 1984, featuring the single "The Killing Moon"?

14. What was the stage name of the lead vocalist of the band Dead or Alive, best known for their 1985 hit "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)"?

15. Which American singer-songwriter released the album "Graceland" in 1986, incorporating elements of African music and featuring the hit single "You Can Call Me Al"?



  1. The Human League
  2. Andy Gibb
  3. Milli Vanilli
  4. Led Zeppelin
  5. Madonna
  6. Men at Work
  7. Holding Out for a Hero
  8. Appetite for Destruction
  9. When Doves Cry
  10. Belinda Carlisle
  11. Talking Heads
  12. Vangelis
  13. Echo and the Bunnymen
  14. Pete Burns
  15. Paul Simon