Do you love the ’80s music scene? Did you carry a can of Aqua Net hairspray in your school bag? If you answered “yes” to this and also love trivia, maybe you signed up for a ’80s music theme trivia game Wednesday night, like Kim and I did! We wound up finishing second overall. Most of the questions seemed to be about hit songs, not surprisingly…
Most of the questions seemed to be easy for the people playing, with many of them being “socials.” But the duets question may have thinned the herd a bit!
1. Music Videos – In 1982, Toni Basil released a cheerleading-themed music video to what one-hit wonder song? I have this one on .45! It’s at my parents’s house, but it’s my record…
2. Albums – Graceland, released in 1986, is the highest-selling solo studio album by what artist? Psst…the answer isn’t Elvis!
3. Inspirations – What 1984 single by U2, their first top 40 single in the U.S., was partially written about Martin Luther King Jr.? Anyone else remember MLK’s assassination date because of this song?
4. British Bands – What British band hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1984 with a song that includes the line, “You’ve gone too far this time and I’m dancing on the valentine?” Overrated band in my opinion…but they were all over the airwaves.
5. Cover Songs – What Australian pop singer reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 with a 1988 cover of “The Loco-Motion?” So, so bubbly! And such an icon in Australia.
Look at that skinny tie! I’ll bet it’s double-knit fabric!
6. Duets – Name the two singers who performed on the 1989 single “After All” which peaked at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was nominated for the Academy Award for best original song. This song is one of the few rom-coms that I actually like! And not just because Robert Downey Jr. is adorable in it…
7. Glam Metal – Peaking at #9, what 1987 single with a four-word title was the first charting single on the Billboard Hot 100 by Poison? Ah, “mostly harmless” pseudo metal…
8. Hip-Hop – What hip-hop artist, whose real name is Joseph Saddler, is known for his work in a group alongside the Furious Five, who released their two studio albums in the 1980s? Lucky guess at the last second…
9. Dances – According to Billboard, the #2 best line dance song is what 1985 single by Miami Sound Machine, which shares its name with a type of carnival dance? Come on shake your body baby do the….
10. New Members – Johnny Gill joined what band as one of its last members in 1987? This question is abbreviated…I didn’t take a photo of it (I don’t know why I seem to forget getting photos of the tenth questions…must work on that)! Miss, though we thought about the right group.
Mystery Round – One-Hit Wonders
Name the artist who released the song that made VH1’s list of the Greatest One-Hit Wonders of the 1980s
M1 – “Party All The Time” (1985 – #79 on the list)
M2 – “Heart and Soul” (1987 – #68 on the list)
M3 – “Two of Hearts” (1986 – #26 on the list)
M4 – “Too Shy” (1983, #9 on the list)
Teamed up to get all of these…
Final Category – End of the Decade
“I was in my senior year of high school at this time…so we should DEFINITELY wager on this!” Yup…this was back when I cared about the music scene!
The last five #1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 during the ’80s were by Roxette, Bad English, Milli Vanilli, Billy Joel and Phil Collins. Name two of those five songs.
We went with “safe” guesses for Billy Joel and Phil Collins, since we were unsure which Milli Vanilli song to go with – or Roxette song (though we also knew the Bad English song). Wound up finishing tied in second with one other team.
Our next trivia game is most likely Saturday…As always, Go Pods, and stay classy, Eddie Murphy!