Music Trivia

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.

Music Trivia

So let’s try to see how much you and your friends know about the biggest music hits and artists of every time. Here are some of the best music trivia questions for your next trivia night, game, or challenge.

Music Trivia Questions and Answers

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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?▶ Swifties
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?▶ Sweden
Who was the lead singer of the rock band Queen?▶ Freddie Mercury
New Orleans is known as the birthplace of what type of music?▶ Jazz
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?▶ 88
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?▶ 2016
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?▶ Bleach
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?▶ 2003
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?▶ Music
Award winning Latina pop artist Shakira was born in raised in what Country?▶ Colombia
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?▶ 27
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?▶ Nevermind
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?▶ Pigpen
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?▶ Paris
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?▶ Sting
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?▶ Coldplay
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?▶ AC/DC
Released in 1989, “Bleach” was the debut studio album by what rock band?▶ Nirvana
Pump Up the Jam is the 1989 debut studio album by which Belgian dance act?▶ Technotronic
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?▶ 27
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?▶ U2
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?▶ 1956
According to the popular Christmas song, “Frosty the Snowman”, what are the snowman’s eyes made out of?▶ Coal
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?▶ Paris
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.

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