Do you love to pop to pop singer icons like Britney Spears, Backstreet Boys and Michael Jackson? What’s your knowledge of songs by Katy Perry, The Beatles, Robyn Fenty, or Justin Timberlake? Music trivia questions are some of the most fun quizzes for all ages.
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|What famous female singer died of alcohol poisoning in 2011 at the age of 27?
|▶ Amy Winehouse
|Which singer rose to fame with his adaptation of the song “La Bamba” in 1958?
|▶ Ritchie Valens
|What famous musician was shot by Mark David Chapman in the year 1980?
|▶ John Lennon
|What female singer had an embarrassing wardrobe malfunction during the Super Bowl XXXVIII halftime show?
|▶ Janet Jackson
|Who sang the version of the song “Day-O” (The Banana Boat Song) released in 1956?
|▶ Harry Belafonte
|The fans of Taylor Swift are known as what?
|In 1967, what band released the hit song “Ruby Tuesday”?
|▶ The Rolling Stones
|Which famous American musician was fatally shot by his father on April 1, 1984?
|▶ Marvin Gaye
|Which band sang the hit “Hey There Delilah”, which reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2007?
|▶ Plain White T’s
|ABBA was a pop group from what country?
|Who was the lead singer of the rock band Queen?
|▶ Freddie Mercury
|New Orleans is known as the birthplace of what type of music?
|Who was the lead singer for the rock and roll band “The Crickets”?
|▶ Buddy Holly
|Who was the lead singer of the band Audioslave?
|▶ Chris Cornell
|How many keys are on most baby grand pianos?
|Where was the very first Hard Rock Cafe opened?
|▶ Piccadilly, London
|In what city was Ludwig van Beethoven born?
|▶ Bonn, Electorate of Cologne
|What was the name of Michael Jackson’s first solo album as an adult?
|▶ Off The Wall
|What was the name of Taylor Swift’s first album?
|▶ Taylor Swift
|What was the title of Kayne West’s debut album release in 2004?
|▶ The College Dropout
|“All Shook Up” is a song that topped the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 on April 13, 1957. Who was the singer?
|▶ Elvis Presley
|“Hallelujah” is a song written by which Canadian recording artist?
|▶ Leonard Cohen
|Who wrote and recorded the one hit wonder “Spirit in the Sky” released in late 1969?
|▶ Norman Greenbaum
|Singer-songwriter George Michael, famous for such hits as “Faith” and “Father Figure”, passed away in what year?
|Who played the title character in the teen sitcom musical comedy “Hannah Montana”?
|▶ Miley Cyrus
|What American singer-songwriter wrote and first recorded the song “Blue Suede Shoes” in 1955?
|▶ Carl Perkins
|What was the name of Seattle grunge band Nirvana’s first album, released in 1989?
|Who is the lead singer for the American rock band Pearl Jam?
|▶ Eddie Vedder
|Who is the Canadian singer-songwriter best known for her hit song, “Call Me Maybe”?
|▶ Carly Rae Jepsen
|American singer-songwriter Johny Cash passed away in what year?
|In music, the space between one musical pitch and another with double its frequency is called what?
|▶ An octave
|What American punk rock band released their best selling album “Dookie” in 1994?
|▶ Green Day
|“Stairway to Heaven” a song by English rock band Led Zeppelin was originally released on which of their albums?
|▶ Their untitled fourth studio album commonly referred to as “Led Zeppelin IV”.
|A Grammy is an award to recognize outstanding achievement in what industry?
|Award winning Latina pop artist Shakira was born in raised in what Country?
|K-pop is a genre of music that originated in what country?
|▶ South Korea
|Who played lead guitar for the British rock band Queen?
|▶ Brian May
|Released in 1992, what is the best selling soundtrack album of all time?
|▶ The Bodyguard
|What was the name of the Eminem single that set the world’s record in 2013 for the most words used in a song?
|▶ Rap God
|What late American singer was the mayor of Palm Springs California from 1988 to 1992?
|▶ Sonny Bono
|Who was the original singer for the American punk rock band The Misfits?
|▶ Glenn Danzig
|Victoria Beckham was a member of which all girl English pop group formed in 1994?
|▶ The Spice Girls
|How old was American musician Jimi Hendrix when he passed away in 1970?
|Who is the former drummer for Nirvana that went on to become the frontman for the Foo Fighters?
|▶ David Grohl
|What Broadway musical broke the record for Tony nominations in 2016?
|▶ Hamilton (16 nominations)
|What is the name of What is the name of the Grateful Dead’s debut album released in 1967?
|▶ The Grateful Dead
|Who interrupted Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech at the 2009 Video Music Awards?
|▶ Kanye West
|What is the name of the first album released by American rock band Bon Jovi?
|▶ Bon Jovi
|What is the stage name of the member of Public Enemy who would later have a reality dating show?
|▶ Flavor Flav
|What American music duo released the studio album “Sounds of Silence” in 1966?
|▶ Simon & Garfunkel
|Houses of the Holy is the fifth studio album by which English rock band?
|▶ Led Zeppelin
|Who was the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?
|▶ Aretha Franklin
|When referring to a type of music, what does R&B stand for?
|▶ Rhythm and blues
|Come as You Are, a song by the grunge band Nirvana was released on which album?
|How many members were in the American rock band The White Stripes?
|▶ Two (Jack & Meg White)
|Who is the lead singer for the rock band Guns N’ Roses?
|▶ Axl Rose
|In what city does a Creole lady of the night strut her stuff, according to the original 1974 song “Lady Marmalade”?
|▶ New Orleans
|A standard 7-inch vinyl single is usually played at what rpm?
|▶ 45 rpm
|What are the first names of the lip-syncing musical duo known as Milli Vanilli that earned a Grammy Award in 1990?
|▶ Rob and Fab
|“If I Had $1000000” is a song by which Canadian musical group?
|▶ Barenaked Ladies
|Ron McKernan of the Grateful Dead was commonly known by what nickname?
|Which American actor performs music under the stage name Childish Gambino?
|▶ Donald Glover
|According to the lyrics of the hit Queen song Killer Queen, perfume came naturally from where?
|What British lead singer was born Farrokh Bulsara in 1946?
|▶ Freddie Mercury
|Which Elton John song did President Donald Trump use to nickname North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un?
|▶ Rocket Man
|Who recorded the one hit wonder “Pass the Dutchie,” released in 1982?
|▶ Musical Youth
|CBGB, the former infamous New York music club, stands for what?
|▶ Country, Blue Grass and Blues
|What band is named after a device featured in William S. Burroughs’ novel Naked Lunch?
|▶ Steely Dan
|The song Seventy-Six Trombones first appeared in what 1957 musical play?
|▶ The Music Man
|Which rapper was born Robert Matthew Van Winkle on October 31, 1967?
|▶ Vanilla Ice
|Which band’s name is also a reference to a large German airship, cylinderical in shape?
|▶ Led Zeppelin
|“I was working part time at a five and dime. My boss was Mr. McGee” are lyrics from which song by Prince?
|▶ Raspberry Beret
|Rock singer William Bailey is better known by what stage name?
|▶ Axl Rose
|Rob Pilatus and Fabrice Morvan were better known as what 1980s musical group?
|▶ Milli Vanilli
|The Wall of Sound was an enormous public address system designed for what band’s live performances in 1974?
|▶ The Grateful Dead
|Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner, the English musician, singer, songwriter, and actor, is better known by what name?
|Peter and the Wolf is a musical composition written by which Russian Soviet composer?
|▶ Sergei Prokofiev
|Ebony and Ivory was a 1982 number one hit single performed by which two singers?
|▶ Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder
|What American singer, songwriter and poet was also known as “The Lizard King”?
|▶ Jim Morrison
|In 2018, which American heavy metal rock band released a tribute to the Cranberries song Zombie?
|▶ Bad Wolves
|Who was the guitarist for the British rock band Cream?
|▶ Eric Clapton
|“Parachutes”, released in 2000, was the debut album of what British rock band?
|What children’s song about aquatic animals was streamed so much in 2019, it hit the Billboard Hot 100?
|▶ Baby Shark
|“Big Man on Mulberry Street” is a jazz influenced song by which American singer-songwriter?
|▶ Billy Joel
|Released in 1972, what Carly Simon hit was supposedly written about Warren Beatty?
|▶ You’re So Vain
|Released in 1975, High Voltage is the debut studio album by which hard rock band?
|Released in 1989, “Bleach” was the debut studio album by what rock band?
|Pump Up the Jam is the 1989 debut studio album by which Belgian dance act?
|Zack de la Rocha is the vocalist for what American rock band formed in 1991?
|▶ Rage Against the Machine
|In 1998, who replaced Casey Kasem as host of the American Top 40 radio program?
|▶ Shadoe Stevens
|Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, and Amy Winehouse all died at what age?
|The song Wild Horses was originally released which American country rock group on their 1970 album Burrito Deluxe?
|▶ The Flying Burrito Brothers
|The Traveling Wilburys was an English–American supergroup consisting of Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty and what other singer?
|▶ Roy Orbison
|“Come On Down”, a 2001 single recorded by Crystal Waters, samples the theme song from which American game show?
|▶ The Price Is Right
|“What a Wonderful World” is a jazz song first recorded by which American singer?
|▶ Louis Armstrong
|What musical is the based on the memoir of Maria von Trapp?
|▶ The Sound of Music
|Released as a single in 1982, “A Country Boy Can Survive” is a song written and recorded by which American country music artist?
|▶ Hank Williams Jr.
|The Waltz in D-flat major, popularly known as the “Minute Waltz”, is a piano waltz by which Polish composer?
|▶ Frédéric Chopin
|Released in 1988 “Kokomo” is a song by which American rock band?
|▶ The Beach Boys
|“Cat’s in the Cradle” is a 1974 folk rock song by which American singer-songwriter?
|▶ Harry Chapin
|Which musician is often called the fifth Beatle?
|▶ Pete Best
|Which music group has received the most Grammy Awards?
|Rapper Vanilla Ice had a hit song titled “Ice Ice Baby”, from which other song did “Ice Ice Baby” sample from?
|▶ “Under Pressure” by Queen and David Bowie,
|What are the full names of the four members of the Beatles?
|▶ John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr
|What was the first music video played on MTV?
|▶ Video Killed the Radio Star
|Which pop star sang the national anthem at the 50th Super Bowl?
|▶ Lady Gaga
|What song by Michael Jackson contains the lyrics “Annie are you OK?
|▶ Smooth Criminal
|What was the highest selling album of the 1980s in the United States?
|▶ Thriller by Michael Jackson
|Which of the Beatles is barefoot on the Abbey Road album cover?
|▶ Paul McCartney
|The first Eurovision song contest was held in what year?
|According to the popular Christmas song, “Frosty the Snowman”, what are the snowman’s eyes made out of?
|Who was the first performer at the 1969 Woodstock festival?
|▶ Richie Havens
|Who sang the title song “Grease” in the 1978 musical motion picture?
|▶ Frankie Valli
|What song from the Disney film “Coco” won the 2018 Academy Award for Best Original Song?
|▶ Remember Me
|Polish composer Frédéric Chopin is buried in what city?
|London Calling was the third studio album released by which English rock band?
|▶ The Clash
|What was the first Bond film to win an Oscar for best original song?
|▶ Skyfall (with Adele)
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Tim majored in Humanities with a bachelor in English and Theatre at New York State University. He lectured on entertainment business studies for three years at Plymouth College.
Tim has been a trivia host in his current hometown of Pittsburgh for the past two years. He enjoys hanging out with people who love trivia just as much as he does.
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